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Itchy scalp? Here's what you should know

by Anita Makinde |  | 3 comments

Having an itchy scalp is one of the most frustrating, yet common problems for women with Afro hair. It's a nuisance whether you are in the boardroom, hanging out with friends, on a busy commute or a hot date. 

An itchy scalp can be tricky to get to the root of but is often caused by sensitivity to ingredients and infrequent cleansing of the scalp. 

Here are a few tips on how to combat an itchy scalp.  

Check the ingredients in your hair products

Sensitivity to artificial fragrances (parfum) and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) can lead to itchiness. Artificial fragrances are used in many products while sodium lauryl sulphate is often found in shampoos and is the cleansing agent responsible for foaming. Not only can SLS cause itching, it is extremely drying to Afro hair so it's better to opt for a shampoo that uses a gentler cleansing agent like cocamidopropyl betaine or cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine. 

Clean your scalp regularly

Itchy Scalp Afro Hair Products

An itchy scalp may simply be a sign that you need to wash your hair more frequently. The build-up of dirt and pollution can cause itchiness. If you notice your hair is okay for the first few days after washing and becomes itchier as time progresses, it's a good idea to decrease the time between your wash days. We recommend washing your hair every 7-10 days with a sulphate-free shampoo and every two weeks if you are wearing braids. 

Use a scalp oil

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Having a consistent hair routine can make the world of a difference. Using a scalp oil with ingredients such as lavender and eucalyptus can relieve itchinesss. Applying such an oil to your scalp immediately after washing and a couple of times throughout the week should do the trick. Our scalp oil Soothe has been especially formulated to relieve itchiness. 

Seek medical advice

An itchy scalp is easier to treat if you know what the problem is. Unfortunately it's not always that 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. 

Other articles:

How to effectively moisturise Afro hair

What exactly is hair porosity and how do I determine mine?

Afro Hair Care - The Ultimate Guide

Comments (3)

  • Karen Santos on February 26, 2020

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  • Daniella Nwude on November 16, 2019

    I have itchy scalp when I have done my cornrows within a week. I have had this problem after a month of braids but not much dandruff build up. two years ago my scalp became worse.
    In january 2017, I did a sewin which lead to this problem. The extension I bought was human hair but before using it, I must have washed it. Before the new year for 2017 I did my sewin which lasted for 2 weeks. To the point that I woke up 3am in the morning to take it down. Every night my scalp would be hot and itchy but I thought it was because of the braids but after a week. It didn’t make sense to still be itchy. My boyfriend was telling me to take it off before it becomes worse. I was like " no I did my hair for £40, i can’t" dot get me wrong the hair was beautiful. However when I took it out that morning I felt relieved but didn’t end there. This was just the beginning. I then washed my hair and dryed later in the morning but it was still sensitive and became worse so my boyfriend went to boots and was advised to buy anti itchy shampoo. That helped!!!!
    Then I left my hair for a month or 2. I decided to relax and put a sewin. Which lasted for 2 week and a couple of days. This time I kid you not! I was scratching my scalp like a mental woman. I kept feeling like things where running through my scalp which kept making me to itchy so quickl! At that point I said to myself that, this hair is going and my scalp needs a break. Which I did for 3 months before getting single plates which didn’t make me itchy much but my scalp was able to breath.

  • Nathania Harrison on August 16, 2019

    This is really helpful! It makes complete sense, I had a really itchy scalp when I had my braids and I was confused about why my hair was always dry and hard to detangle when I took them out and washed my hair.

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