Causes and Remedies for Itchy Scalp

An itchy scalp can be embarrassing in public; and very annoying if you have to wait to scratch that itch when you are in private. In addition, the itchiness can even cause hair loss and a lot of discomfort. The worst part would be not being able to get rid of the itchiness or not knowing what the root cause of that discomfort is.


According to experts, some of the common causes for an itchy scalp include:

  • Dryness
  • Scalp psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Over use of products on your hair and scalp
  • Insufficient washing of your hair and scalp
  • Build-up of hair products
  • Head lice
  • Scalp sunburn
  • Dandruff
  • Excess stress and anxiety
  • Contact dermatitis

Now that you know what is causing your scalp to itch non-stop, stopping the itch would be much easier. In addition, you would not need to spend a lot to overcome an itchy scalp, because the remedies are right next to you, or at least affordable with ease of access. Some of these remedies include:

Regular Washing:

Washing your hair regularly to avoid the build-up of chemical products, dust and other impurities would be recommended if your itch is caused by this build-up or other forms of dirt. On the other hand, while washing, it would be a good idea to be gentle so as to avoid irritating the scalp further.

Hot Oil Treatment:

This remedy is best used when your itchy scalp is caused by a dry scalp. By massaging the hot oil – olive oil is best – onto your scalp, you will be not only increasing moisture to you scalp and hair, but also encouraging blood flow. This leads to an accelerated rate of growth for your hair. In order for this remedy to work best, cover your head with a plastic cap after massing the oil then stay for about 15 minutes before rinsing.

Apple Cider Vinegar:  

This is considered as one of the most effective remedies for an itchy scalp. It contains anti-inflammatory qualities, so it is better placed to kill viruses. If you are going this route, mix the ACV with water to dilute it then apply it on the scalp. Let it stay for five to 10 minute then rinse with clear water.

Aloe Vera:

Natural gel from this plant is considered a great natural remedy for an itchy scalp. All you have to do is apply on your scalp, leave it in for about half an hour or so then rinse it off. No more itching on your scalp.

Baking Soda:

This is a good solution for an itchy scalp due to dryness. Make a thick paste out of the baking soda then apply it on your scalp. For better results, you can have the above hot oil treatment then add on the baking soda paste. Leave on for 30 minutes then rinse out.

Lemon Juice:

It is considered as a good hair care home remedy for an itchy scalp. For it to work best for you, massage the lemon juice onto your scalp. Let it stay on for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse off and shampoo as usual. Your entire itch will be gone.

Finally, since scalp itchiness can be caused by a number of factors, do not self-diagnose if it is serious. It is advisable to consult a dermatologist for him or her to diagnose you and give you the best course of treatment.

Preferred Location

Preferred Location