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Why is my Scalp so itchy – Causes, Home Remedies and Treatments to get rid of an Itchy Scalp!

Updated on September 25, 2014

If you’ve ever suffered from an itchy scalp you don’t need to be told how annoying, painful and utterly embarrassing it can be. What you don’t need to be told either is that most of us one time or another have been at the receiving end of a disapproving glance just exactly when we were trying to relieve that terrible itch on our scalp after trying to ignore it for a while.

In this Hub I’m going to talk about the Causes, the Home Remedies and the Treatments that I know of to get rid of an itchy scalp. Some of these may work for you better than others; some may not work at all – So remember to listen to your scalp & don’t just start scrubbing away.


Now the causes of an Itchy Scalp can be mild or they could be due to some skin condition in which case a visit to the Doctor is the best bet. Some of these causes are as follows:

Lack of Hygiene

Yup folks you read that right; lack of washing your hair too is a cause for an itchy scalp because when you don’t wash enough you ensure that dead skin cells and oil builds up clogging the pores leading to flaking and discomfort.

Dry Skin

Having a dry and flaking skin too is one of the causes of an itchy scalp especially in the winter months when one’s skin is drier than usual.

Lack of Exfoliation

I’m sure most of us have read about the need for regularly exfoliating our skins but erroneously enough we usually associate this with our facial skin alone; however this isn’t so. So remember to exfoliate the scalp because not doing so is one of the causes for an itchy scalp.

A Bad Diet

So you thought a diet deficient in vitamins, good fats and zinc would only affect you in the old age – Well think again! These deficiencies can actually lead to manifesting themselves in many forms one of which maybe a dry and itchy scalp.


Stress is a leading cause of a number of ailments – An itchy Scalp maybe one of them.


I guess our Moms & our Grandmas were right – If you’re itching you might want to check for lice & nits because their bites do lead to extreme itching.

Seborrheic dermatitis

This is a common skin condition that may lead to redness, itching and flaking. This condition may occur anywhere on the body and in the cases that it occurs on the scalp it is known by another name – Dandruff.


This is an autoimmune disease whereby the body’s own immune system attacks healthy cells. In case of scalp this leads to a buildup of dead skin cells which can lead to a dandruff type look and itching.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has strong moisturizing properties which may help relieve an itchy scalp by moisturizing an otherwise dry scalp. Its best to use aloe vera sap obtained naturally from the plant but good quality aloe vera gel is the next best thing.

Use a high quality conditioner

A good conditioner that is packed full of vitamins and minerals which are essential for healthy hair and a healthy scalp might be just what you need.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda is a remedy for many skin conditions. What it does is that it helps exfoliate the skin which in turn leads to dead skin cells giving way to healthier newer skin cells thereby leading to a more relieved and much less itchy scalp.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Another wonderful home remedy to treat any itchy scalp is the use of Apple Cider Vinegar. Now this easily available product has both anti-inflammatory properties and also the ability to keep the pH levels of the scalp in check. All of that equals to a less itchy scalp.

Lemon Juice

Lemon has long been renowned for its antiseptic properties and maybe useful when treating a dry and itchy scalp. A good way to apply lemon could be to mix it with a natural moisturizer such as yogurt and apply it to your scalp leaving it on for a few minutes before thoroughly washing with a mild shampoo.

Essential Oil Mask

Essential Oils are known for their valuable properties and creating an Essential Oil Mask of Tea Tree Oil and Coconut Oil maybe a great way to relieve an itchy scalp. Coconut Oil is a great moisturizer and it would go a long way to relieving the itch due to a dry scalp. Tea Tree Oil on the other hand is well known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Adding a couple of drops to either or both to a base oil such as olive oil – another great oil packed full of vitamins and nutrients – could be an effective natural home remedy for dealing with an itchy scalp.

Vitamins and Nutrients

As aforementioned sometimes vitamin and nutrient deficiency may cause an itchy scalp so give the nutritionist a visit and talk it over with them. Perhaps a healthy mix of natural vitamin and nutrient packed foods along with supplements may be able to address the vitamin and nutrient deficiency that may cause a dry and itchy scalp.

Get rid of the Lice

There are a number of over-the-counter shampoos available that claim to kill lice and nits – Ask around for one which someone has tried and use it. Additionally there is that time tested oil and comb method whereby you oil your hair up with olive or mustard oil and use a comb with little or fine gaps between its teeth to comb through your hair in a systematic manner. What this does is that with enough repetition the lice and the nits get caught in the comb and are pulled out of the hair.

Give your Doctor a visit

As previously mentioned some skin conditions may also lead to a dry and itchy scalp and so visiting your Doctor and discussing treatment options with them may be just the thing you need.

In the end all I’d say is that I hope you found this Hub useful and I hope that some of these methods may help you get rid of that itchy scalp that drives all of us mad if we have it.


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      Michelle Scoggins 

      5 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great article. Thanks for all the information.


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