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Itchy scalp - How to get rid of itchy scalp

by Lotte Lindgren on Oct 03, 2022

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on April 9, 2024.

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Do you find your scalp itchy? It's a problem many people are familiar with and it can often be a frustrating and annoying experience. Itching of the scalp is only a symptom, there can thus be many different reasons why it itches. It is therefore important to find the cause before you can treat or prevent the irritation correctly.

What is itchy Scalp?

Itching of the scalp is a very irritating and unpleasant experience, which can often lead to sores on the scalp if it itches a lot. Scalp itching can occur for longer or shorter periods. The symptom is something everyone can experience and can be very variable. Therefore, there are also many different causes of itchy scalp. It can be crucial, in order to get rid of it, that you find the cause or causes that cause itching in the scalp. Read along here and find out what the reasons may be.

What are the symptoms of itchy scalp?

The cause of itchy scalp can vary widely. In some cases, it can go on for short periods, during which there will be periods without symptoms. But it can also go on for longer periods, where it itches more constantly. It can also vary from mild itching to more intense itching, which makes it almost impossible to do anything but scratch the scalp. It can be difficult to ignore the itch, and therefore it is important to get something done about it before you scratch your skin and make wounds in your scalp.

Causes of itchy scalp

As I said, there can be many different causes of itchy scalp. Most scalp problems will cause itching, so it is therefore a very common symptom to have. There can be many reasons for itchy scalp, everything from diseases to dry scalp. Here we give you suggestions for the most common causes of an itchy scalp.

Dry scalp

Dry scalp is one of the most common causes of itchy scalp. You will often experience small white flakes sprinkled from your hair. It can often be confused with dandruff, but requires a completely different treatment. You can learn more about the difference between dandruff and dry scalp here.

If the cause of your itchy scalp is dry scalp, then it is often quite simple remedies, such as a change in hair care routine or hair products that can make the difference. Often this will be, for example, switching to a sulphate-free shampoo, which means that your scalp's natural oils are not washed away. The natural oils help to maintain a normal scalp. If you use sulfate-containing products, it can help remove these and dry out the scalp. You can read all our best advice for dry scalp here.

Frequent hair washing

In connection with a dry scalp, it is obvious to take the next reason, which may be that you wash your hair too often. The frequent hair washes can contribute to drying out the scalp, especially if you use sulfate-containing products. Therefore, consider whether you can save on washing your hair during the week. We recommend somewhere between 2-3 hair washes per week, however this varies in relation to how active you are. If you exercise a lot, you may need to shower more often. Here it may be a good idea to look at which products you use for your hair. You must often use a mild shampoo without sulfate or silicone. A plus would be if it is good for the scalp.

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Check the hair for lice

Many immediately think “LICE!” as soon as it itches from the scalp. Especially families with children can be affected by lice. Fortunately, it is often easy to treat with a good lice shampoo and comb. However, we have experienced that it can take some time and it is important that you are persistent in combing. Read more in our blog post about lice in the hair here.

Cold air and winter

Winter brings dry and cold air, which can help dry out your scalp. This will often cause itchiness in the scalp when the temperature drops.

Allergies and the like

A common cause of an itchy scalp can also be allergies or if you have been in contact with something you cannot tolerate. It could, for example, be ingredients in hair products that you cannot tolerate that make your scalp itch. It could be, for example, that you have eczema on the scalp which causes it to itch.

Itchy scalp and hair loss

In connection with an itchy scalp, in rare cases you can also experience hair loss. This can be due to many different things/reasons, but first of all it is because your scalp is irritated. This means that your hair follicles cannot produce the normal strands of hair in the same way they could before.

The causes can be inflammation around the hair follicles, fungal infection of the scalp, dandruff or psoriasis.

Another reason for itchy scalp and hair loss can be improper hair care. If you have used harsh shampoos, hair dyeing, bleaching, styling products, hair extensions, heating tools such as hair dryers and straighteners for a long time. This hair care not only affects your hair, but also your scalp and can cause it to become irritated and itchy. In the worst case, it can end in hair loss because the hair structure is destroyed by the products.

Treatment of itchy scalp

It is important to state: itchy scalp is not a disease, it is a symptom of something else. It is the body's reaction to something not being as it should be. If you want to ensure optimal treatment, it is therefore very important to find the right cause so that the scalp can be treated effectively. Here are some methods that can help treat itchy scalp:

1. Use a mild shampoo: Choose a shampoo specially formulated for sensitive or itchy scalps. Avoid shampoos that contain harsh chemicals and ingredients, as these can worsen itching. Wash your hair regularly to remove excess oil and dandruff that can contribute to itchiness.

2. Rinse your hair thoroughly: When you wash your hair, be sure to rinse it thoroughly to remove all shampoo and conditioner residue. Product residues can irritate the scalp and cause itching.

3. Avoid hot water: Rinse your hair with lukewarm or cold water instead of hot water. Hot water can dry out the skin A lob is a popular hairstyle that gives an elegant and fashionable look.

4. Use a moisturizing scalp oil: Apply a moisturizing scalp oil regularly to soothe and hydrate the scalp. Oils such as tea tree oil, coconut oil or almond oil can help relieve itching and irritation. Read more about scalp oil here

.5. Switch to a hypoallergenic shampoo: If you suffer from an allergic reaction, you may need to switch to a hypoallergenic shampoo. These shampoos are specially formulated for people with sensitive scalps and contain fewer potential irritants.
6. Avoid frequent hair washing: Over-washing the hair can strip the scalp of natural oils and cause itchiness. Try to limit washing your hair to a few times a week to maintain the scalp's natural balance.


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7. Use a gentle brush: Choose a brush with soft bristles to avoid further irritating the scalp. Avoid using brushes with hard bristles or metal teeth, as these can scratch and irritate the scalp.

8. Avoid using hot styling tools: The use of hot styling tools like hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons can dry out the scalp and cause itchiness. Try to avoid these tools or use them on a low heat setting to minimize damage.

9. Keep your scalp clean: Keep your scalp clean by avoiding touching it with dirty hands and by washing your pillows and headgear regularly. This can help prevent the buildup of dirt and bacteria that can cause itching. Here you can optionally use a scalp brush.

10. Get professional help: If the itching persists or worsens, seek professional help. A dermatologist or hairstylist with expertise in scalp problems can help identify the cause of the itching and recommend the best treatment.It is of course also obvious to check the scalp for lice or mosquito bites. When these options are ruled out, it may be a good idea to take a closer look at your hair care products. Do you use products with harsh sulfates? Then it might be a good idea to switch to a sulphate-free shampoo, which means that the hair and the scalp's natural oils are preserved. Among other things, we can recommend Grow and Glow shampoo, which is a sulfate- and silicone-free shampoo. In addition, you can consider using a scalp brush, which can help remove dirt, dead skin cells, etc. from the scalp. Here is the answer for you, the Deep Scalp Brush, which gives a nice scalp massage while also being good for your scalp.

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