Itching Scalp Causes and Solutions

Itchy scalp can be annoying, some people can pinpoint exactly what causes their itchy scalp and yet others get a bit alarmed when this irritating problem occurs. Whenever, I use a certain brand of conditioner I itch for hours until I wash out my hair and give my scalp a break. My scalp also itches a few days before I relax because it knows I am not supposed to be scratching it. It happens every time to me like clockwork. There are other reasons though why the scalp will itch, here are some:

Itchy Scalp Causes

  • Dandruff
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Scalp Psoriasis
  • Folliculitis
  • Ringworm of scalp
  • Head Lice
  • Dry Scalp
  • Inadequate Hygiene
  • Overuse of chemical in hair care products
  • Scalp sunburn
  • Stress

Natural Home Remedies for Itchy Scalp

Similar to dry scalp and dandruff there are some remedies that you can try at home that will give you some relief from itchy scalp. The great thing about these remedies is that most of the things mentioned you might have already as part of your regimen or have easy access to them.

1. Rosemary and chamomile tea

Chamomile is soothing not only to the nerves after a long day but also to an itchy scalp, it can be used by itself or with rosemary for even faster results. You can look no further than the spice or tea section at your supermarket for your remedies. Boil a mixture of three bags of chamomile tea and about three sprigs of rosemary (chopped) or a tablespoon of it dried. Then, cool and strain the mixture. Rinse the hair with this mixture for your final rinse.

2. Natural oils are also a great boon to relieve scalp itching. These oils are especially useful:

Eucalyptus oil

Peppermint oil

Tea tree oil

Avocado oil (mix with peppermint or eucalyptus for fast results)

Jojoba oil (excellent when itchiness is caused by dryness)

3. Aloe vera gel

This is probably the most popular itchy relief remedy. Why? It works. If your itching is especially severe, use a drop or two of peppermint oil with your gel. Leave on the scalp for up to half an hour and then wash off. See the Itchy Scalp Recipe.

4.  Lemon juice

Apply pure lemon juice on the scalp for at least fifteen minutes and then rinse off

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

One part apple cider vinegar to one part water, massage the mixture in the hair and then rinse off. This actually works to prevent pre-relaxer itching, if done four or so days before you relax.

6. Scalp massage

Use your finger pads (not your nails) and massage a little jojoba or peppermint oil into your hair scalp before going to bed can stop itching.

7.  Baking soda

Apply a paste of baking soda, olive oil and water to hair root, leave on fifteen minutes and then rinse off. If doing this without the oil, leave on the hair for a minimum of seven minutes. Do not leave it on hair too long. This remedy works very well. Just condition hair after thoroughly working paste through the hair root and rinsing properly after.



  • Zee said:

    I’m hoping you can help me, because I’m at my wits end. Two years ago I woke up one day with white patches on my scalp. This happened practically over night. Prior to this I had never had any scalp problems, but during this time there was a lot of stress and I was temporarily off my birth control. I believe this led to the white patches on my scalp. Initially I thought it was dandruff and went through a series of dandruff shampoos, which did nothing for the flakes or the itching. The itching is the worst. No, the flakes are the worst. They both are. Since this time I have been to the dermatologist, who tried an oil, which did nothing and he’s given me a foam (Olux-B), which can be helpful but also costs $200 a container. I’ve given up gluten and alcohol and meat. I haven’t had a relaxer in more than a year. I take an Omega-3 every day. I wash my hair two to three times a week (I like working out). I tried a mixture of the essential oils and carrier oils for my scalp(they help with the itch when they’re on, but not with the flakes). I think things are getting worse. Do you have any advice? It would be most appreciated.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Zee,
      I’ll try to help. Olux foam is really a short term treatment for itching or burning, it’s not supposed to be a long term solution.
      Since you are working on your body both inside and out, with the dieting and exercise. I am going to ask you to do something radical and not use any products on your hair for a whole week. No oils, no shampoo, conditioner or anything. Rinse out your hair with water or ACV solution or wash your hair exclusively with baking soda and water.
      Look at your products, is your shampoo sodium laureth free? Change it, if it is not.
      Slowly add back the products you use on your scalp to your regimen including the oils. Pay keen attention to any prolonged itching when you add the products. Let me know how it goes.

    • mapurima said:

      Hi Zee,

      I once suffered from scalp irritation and allergy. It bugged me for several years. I cured mine with ACV, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda. I’m now 99% cured. On how I did this, please visit me on this site: I hope I can be of great help to you.

  • Eddricka said:

    Hi I had follliculitis in April and have gotten medicine to treat it and it went away May but I also broke out all over my body because I also have eczema. I got Folloculitis from using Dark && Lovely hair dye. Do you think it is safe for me to relax my hair. My mom suggested a kiddie relaxer. She had folliculitis a few years back. My hair has fallen out. My beautiful natural hair and i want to relax it and wear a short pixie cut? Is it to soon or I shouldnt do it?

  • keekee said:

    My scalp has been irritated for about two years now and is thinning badly in the top. It all started one summer when I went 3 months without a relaxer and my hair was so dry and nappy. I combed my hair so hard in the top that it started to come out severely. I just started going to the dermatologist and he prescribed a topical solution. Is there any hope left for me?

  • Gina said:

    Keekee, what’s your haircare routine currently?

  • micky said:

    HI I’m 19 year old male who has been suffering from folliculitus since the age of 10. It’s plagued my teen years and it’s and issue that needs to be ridden off. I have been on anti biotics to get rid of the ‘spots’ and used various creams. My hair is very dry and the scalp is worse. I know this is common with African men and my parents say that it may be hereditary from grandparents.but I lived in England all mMy life and Now the hair loss has come into play and I’ve had enough. Has anyone been able to beat this thing?

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