Got An Itchy Scalp? 4 Common Causes and Treatments

Got An Itchy Scalp? 4 Common Causes and Treatments

Written by Jeanette Nkwate

Has an itchy scalp got you googling why is my scalp so itchy? Discover four of the most common itchy scalp causes and to treat them ASAP.

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Suffering from an itchy scalp and wondering: why is my scalp so itchy? There are many itchy scalp causes and most people will have an itchy scalp at least once or twice in their lifetime. Read on to discover four of the most common causes of itchy scalp and how to get relief from an itchy scalp today. 

1. Allergic Reaction

An allergic reaction or contact dermatitis is a common cause of an itchy scalp. This is why at Afrocenchix, we encourage everyone to learn how to understand the ingredient list on your products. Why? Because a lot of mainstream products contain artificial fragrances which can cause asthma, eczema, muscle pain, bloating, sinus pain, fatigue, eye irritation, gastrointestinal problems, headaches, dizziness and burning or itching skin irritations. 

How to Get Relief: Use hair products without parabens, sulphates, phthalates, harsh preservatives or artificial fragrances. Here at Afrocenchix, we never use parabens, sulphates, phthalates, harsh preservatives or artificial fragrances. We believe everyone should be able to access safe and effective haircare, that's why all of our products are 97-100% natural. 


2. Product Build Up 

Product build up can occur when the scalp comes in continuous contact with products that aren’t meant for it. This means if you are co-washing with a regular conditioner or even using a co-wash, it’s likely that you have product build up. 

How to Get Relief: We recommend using a sulphate-free shampoo to wash your hair and cleanse your scalp every 7-10 days. 

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3. Dry Scalp

Dry skin could simply be the cause of your itchy scalp. Just as the skin on your arm gets itchy when it’s dry, so does your scalp. Try to keep your skin hydrated so it is smoothed, as if it is left the scalp can easily become irritated and itchy. 

How to Get Relief: Try using a scalp oil. Quality scalp oils emulate the natural sebum produced on the scalp, and they can help moisture to permeate to keep your scalp and roots looking and feeling great.

Why not try our scalp oils: Nourish with strengthening Biotin Oil, Rosemary, Mint & Coconut Oil, or Soothe, which has been hailed by Vogue as one of their best scalp oils. They have both been designed to ease itchiness, combating dryness and promoting healthy hair growth. 

Just apply to your scalp after washing and a couple of times throughout the week to keep your scalp happy.

4. Dandruff

Did you know that dandruff was a common cause of itchy scalp? Dandruff is also known as seborrheic dermatitis and is caused by the overgrowth of Malassezia yeast. All scalps are home to this Malassezia yeast (so no need to be alarmed!) but when the production of this yeast goes into overdrive it can result in dandruff. Not sure if you have dandruff or just a flakey scalp? If you have dandruff, you’ll notice that your scalp will have large, yellowish flakes, as well as being oily, red and itchy. 

How to Get Relief: Aim to wash your hair every 7-10 days using a mild, sulphate-free shampoo. This will ensure that there is no build up on the no scalp, that you remove enough sebum, and that dirt and dust is gone. 

NB: An itchy scalp is easier to treat if you know what the problem is. Unfortunately it's not always straightforward. If you are suffering from excessive itching and if this is accompanied by other symptoms like bald patches, it's best to book an appointment with your GP or trichologist as soon as possible. 


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