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Why Does My Scalp Itch After I Color My Hair?

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Itchy scalp issue after hair color is now common every year as the hair dye trend increases. Regardless of the issue, a lot of people still want to go in for it because of the beauty transformation. No hard feelings. Let’s get to the business of the day which is about the old age question; Why does my scalp itch after I color my hair?

The main reason why your scalp itch after hair coloring is because your scalp is reacting to the chemical contents in the hair dye. Some hair dye contains harsh chemical ingredients that can irritate the skin. And if these dye contents are allowed to sit long on hair, the result can be bad.

Don’t back out yet because in this article am going to show you;

  • How to care for hair before and after applying hair dye
  • Ingredients to watch out for  In hair dye
  • How to Stop Itchy scalp after hair coloring and
  • Some other causes of itchy scalp.

So Stay tuned and let’s get started:

How To Care for Hair Before and After Applying Hair Color

These days hair some hair color phreak opt-in for hair color without knowing the does and don’t and how to care for hair before and after applying hair color. Some don’t even heed to instructions in the box, what a pity!

Nevertheless, I am going to show you how to care for your hair before and after applying hair color the right way.

Before Coloring:

Preparing your hair before coloring is just like preparing (reading for an exam) which equals success. In the real world, prepping and aftercare of a thing is not complicated or tricky. So before you color your hair;

  • This advice goes to ladies who have been coloring and heat styling their hair very often. Make sure you do a hot oil treatment a few days before color application. This treatment ensures your hair has enough strength to withstand the reactions. Hot oil treatment protects the hair from damage as well.
  • If you are not going for hot oil treatment I will recommend you give your hair some time to rest and build its strength and integrity again.
  • Skip conditioner and wash your hair properly with clarifying shampoo to remove all the build-up from hair products you used previously. But–
  • Never wash your 24 hours or night before hair coloring. Wondering why? The hair produces its natural oils and anytime you wash your hair, Some quantity of the oil gets flushed away and this oil in mention is very essential for protecting the hair and scalp. Also, this oil helps you to achieve a well-distributed color.
  • If you are doing the coloring yourself, don’t ever forget to do a patch or strand test 24 hours before the appointed hair coloring day.

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After Coloring Care:

You probably crossed the first stage with or without side effects. But in case you are still experiencing some severe reactions 7 hours after hair coloring, consult a dermatologist for proper care after that.

  • Give your hair at least 48 hours before washing so that the hair color can sit in and as well let the scalp heal if there is any burn. This is very important because some hair color can take time before they blend into the strands.
  • For you to retain your hair color and as well make it last longer opt-in for shampoo specially designed for color-treated hair.
  • Moisturization is the key to both natural and color-treated hair. Moisturize, nourish, hydrate and oil your hair as much as you can, but be very creative so you won’t overdo for build-ups.
  • Also, be creative with heat styling as well. Try to reduce how often you use them. I don’t need to emphasize that they can damage hair.
  • Make sure to cut off the damaged end, so they won’t exceed their current level. For more aftercare tips check here

Please note that this is just a general aftercare tip. There are some colors that its care routine can make you go mad with my tips. If you are not familiar with the routine of the new color send me an email or you can ask your colorist for a recommendation.

If you are new to hair coloring or you want to try out multi-tone color for your hair. I will recommend booking an appointment with a professional and well-experienced hair colorist to avoid uneven coloring, hair damage or even worse.

Ingredients To Watch Out for In Hair Dye

Researchers have discovered that some of the ingredients used in hair dye can be unsafe for the human body. Don’t be scared,  because some of them can only be dangerous for humans when the proportion is above the certified standard.

The interesting part is that most of these hair dye (especially the permanent ones) can’t act well without some of these ingredients. You now see why we can do without them. So here is the list of ingredients you should watch out in hair dye.

    • p-Phenylenediamine (PPD):  PPD is one of the major and most common ingredients that constitute permanent hair dye. This is the ingredient responsible for most allergic reaction. But it can’t be replaced because it has lots of work to do. So manufacturers are regulated for the quantity to use. So it is relatively safe.
    • Paraben: This ingredient can come with different names like methylparaben, Alkyl para hydroxy benzoates and many more so identifying them can be tricky. So make sure you double-check for paraben-free labeled hair dye and products.
    • Fragrance: This is the actual ingredient that the manufacturer doesn’t list out its constituents (One fragrance can contain over 12 ingredients) and research shows that it’s not a good ingredient. If you are booking an appointment make sure you tell your colorist that you want fragrance-free hair color or you can buy it yourself.
    • Formaldehyde: This as well is associated with negative effects of allergic and skin reactions.
    • Sulfates: Also called sodium lauryl sulfate. This ingredient is only good for the removal of build-ups, but it can dry and irritate the skin. I try to avoid any hair dye and products with (SLS). Although some brands don’t show the full ingredients list. So Always opt-in for sulfate-free hair dye and hair products.

In summary, there are many more ingredients not listed here. but the ones listed above are the most common. To avoid getting in trouble always double-check and buy fro hair dye-labeled “organic” or “natural”  and minimize your exposure to hair dye.

How to Stop Itchy Scalp after Hair Coloring

If itching scalp symptom is beyond what you can handle. I highly suggest you consult a dermatologist so he or she can check you and give perfect relief remedies. But if it’s not severe, you can give it time to heal, because allergy reactions can go away by itself without you doing anything. While giving it time to here are things you should do.

  • Wash you thoroughly and clean water. You add apple cider vinegar to the water  (It works as well, but it is optional if you don’t have it at home) but while washing, make sure the water runs clear through your hair. You can also wash hair with a shampoo containing Clobex.
  • Apply unrefined coconut oil to your scalp, this one works very well.
  • Unrefined Shea butter from Africa also works, but it can get your hair and scalp messy with build-ups.

Itchy Scalp Build-Ups

Other Cause of Itchy Scalp

If the itchy scalp started a few hours after coloring your hair, no doubt that the cause may be the hair dye. But if it just started without you doing anything to your hair. Then below are possible causes of itchy scalp.

  • Dirty scalp from product build-ups
  • Dandruff
  • Ringworm
  • Lice
  • Dry scalp

Now I would love to hear from you:

Did you find the article on why your scalp itch after coloring helpful?

Or maybe you have something to me and other readers as well

Either way, do let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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I am Stanley. A Professional Unisex Hairstylist, Writer and books lover. After 12 months apprenticeship program as a stylist I started working with my boss for extra 1 year. This time frame made me acummulate knowledge and experience in the hair industry, of which I will love to share with friends all over the world through my blog.

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