Itching Scalp: Causes and Solutions

scalpI battled with itchy scalp a few years ago.  It was a nuisance.  I scratched and knocked my head all day, almost knocking myself out at one time!   It was so annoying and uncomfortable.   I was genuinely in agony.   At one point I had a friend of mine check to make sure I did not have lice!   Immediately after a wash, the itching would start and I would be in agony.   Then a wise person said to me, why don’t you change your shampoo?   I did.   And it worked!   All my weeks of agony were caused by that shampoo.

An itchy scalp is an inflammatory reaction of the skin underneath the hair on your head.

Like me, some people have had this condition and according to the doctors, it is nothing to be alarmed about in most cases. Itchy scalp can be caused by:

  • Dandruff, otherwise known as seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Allergy or sensitivity to hair products, including hair dye and other chemicals.
  • Scalp psoriasis.
  • Excessive scratching can introduce bacteria or fungus into the layers of the scalp
  • Acne
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and hypothyroidism
  • Infection and Allergies
  • Head lice
  • Allergic contact dermatitis or irritant contact dermatitis, such as from a hair dye
  • Folliculitis (infection of a hair follicle)
  • Fungal infection (tinea capitis, ringworm) or bacterial infection of the scalp
  • Sunburn

Persistent itchy scalp should be discussed with a medical professional.   However, if you suspect that your itching is not that serious, here are some home remedies that you can try to clear up the itchy problem.


1. Change Your Hair Products

You can start by isolating the various hair products you use;  including essential and carrier oils and see if your condition clears up after not using them for a while.   If the itching does clear up without further intervention on your part it is likely that the product was the culprit.

2. Eliminate Dry Scalp Conditions With Moisturizer

If your scalp is dry, it will itch.   So you will have to eliminate this condition by using moisturizing products.   Home solutions should have water as the base of the mixture and then add your oils like:   olive,  jojoba and rosemary.

3. Squash Dandruff in Its Tracks

  • One way to do this at home is to apply aloe vera gel at the itchy spots or use it to massage in your scalp.
  • A wash with baking soda could also do the trick for itchy scalp.   Dilute in water and then massage over the scalp.   It will sting a little in the areas where you have scratched the hair and left it raw.

4. Use Your Common Kitchen Ingredients

Some common kitchen staples can do the trick for you:

appleciderApple cider Vinegar- Rinse hair with the vinegar.   Use one part water and one part vinegar and massage it into the scalp.   Leave on fifteen minutes and then rinse out.

Lemon Juice- Add 3 tsps lemon juice to 4 tsps coconut oil and part hair in small sections adding the oil and juice to the hair.   Leave in for twenty minutes and rinse out.

Eucalyptus Oil- Add eucalyptus to olive oil.   Heat oils and add to scalp in small sections, massage into hair and leave overnight.

Yogurt- a blend of yogurt and rosemary can relieve itchy scalp make into a paste and rub on scalp, leave in for an hour or more and rinse out.

Tea Tree Oil- 1 tbsp. of tea tree oil with 1 tsp. of olive or coconut oil, and then apply the mixture to your scalp.   Wrap your hair in a plastic cap, leave on overnight and then wash as usual.


Author: Brenda Barrett

Brenda Barrett is an author and freelance writer. She has written for several websites, including her own- blackhair101 and fiwibooks, on topics ranging from healthy hair care maintenance, human resources, and publishing. She is an avid reader of fictional novels from all genres, a habit that she picked up from she was very young. This love of fiction spilled over into writing and she currently has several novels on the market.

Share This Post On


  1. I get itchy scalp usually in the winter – very annoying ! My girlfriend was using the Somaluxe Argan Oil for her hair, and I thought I would try it on my scalp to see if it helped with the itchy flaking thing. It really did! I used it for 2 days, and the Somaluxe Argan Oil totally stopped any itch and flakes.

    My girlfriend says usually you are not suppose to apply oil to your scalp, but its been like 3 months now since I used that Somaluxe oil on my scalp – and its the only thing that has ever worked!

    Post a Reply
  2. I have had scalp issues due to hot tubbing in hot chlorine filled tubs. Continued moisturizers seem to do the trick. showering post tub also help prevent the problem.

    Post a Reply
  3. Thank you. No many people take time to explain this problem the way you have done. I feel that young people today do not get adequate tips on acne.

    Post a Reply
  4. I found this article extremely helpful. Great post! 🙂

    Post a Reply
  5. Hello. I’m very glad this is new and relevant because I’m going through some stuff right now.
    I’m experiencing severe scalp itching that seems sometimes like a shooting burning sensation. I just bought T-Gel thinking that would help, but less than 30 minutes after I did my hair, it was itching again. I don’t understand.

    The itch is so severe that when I get the sensation I rush right over to the bathroom to examine my scalp, and I never see any dandruff or white stuff so what exactly is this itch? Its driving me crazy.

    I read various articles that say these kind of scalp problems were either caused by excess yeast or a fungus. With that being said, if I use Monstat Cream, or Ezcema cream on my hair will it cause it to fall out?

    I’m trying to think outside of the box, because my doctor is completely useless and says there is nothing wrong everytime I go to her w/ any health concern.

    Post a Reply
  6. Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Taking the time and
    actual effort to generate a top notch article… but what can I
    say… I hesitate a whole lot and never manage
    to get anything done.

    Post a Reply
  7. Thanks for all the advice….I will definitely be trying these treatments

    Post a Reply
  8. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back in the future. All the best

    Post a Reply
    • Brilliant information!
      Thank you very much!

      Post a Reply


  1. WHY IS MY SCALP ITCHY???? | naturalbeauts - […] Incorporate scalp cleansing into your regimen, it does not have to be weekly but do not go too long…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *