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Hair-Care Solutions: How to Soothe an Itchy Scalp



Madi Cardoso

Madi Cardoso

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Whether you’re suffering from dandruff or stress-induced itchiness, making a few hair-care switches can help. Here’s our guide to tackling scalp irritation head-on.

Reasons Why Your Scalp May Be Itchy

Itchiness on the scalp can be caused by many factors like dandruff, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, lice or even a bad reaction to a hair-care product*. Stress and anxiety can also cause scalp discomfort, given their effect on the nervous system**.

We recommend consulting a dermatologist for medical advice if you’re concerned about your scalp and if the issues are persistent.

Itchy-Scalp Relief – DOs & DON’Ts

However tempting, try to resist the urge to scratch your head as this can lead to further irritation (and even more itchiness!).

It’s equally important to avoid using harsh, irritant chemicals on your hair, especially if your scalp is feeling extra sensitive. Make sure to choose your shampoo and conditioner wisely.

If you’re suffering from dandruff, a dandruff shampoo and treatment should do the trick. Products containing salicylic acid or zinc pyrithione can help***.

If you’ve got contact dermatitis, it’s best to stop using your current hair products – and pick gentler formulas instead.


Whether you’re looking for a natural treatment for a flaky scalp or a powerhouse serum to combat dandruff, there are many hair-care options to choose from.

Shampoos for an Itchy Scalp

Infused with lavender, aloe vera and coconut, the Irritated Scalp Shampoo from Green People is an organic, daily use formula which gently cleanses hair while balancing the scalp. Made without parabens, SLS or phthalates, this shampoo is all pure goodness. Goodbye irritation – hello comfort.

Expertly developed by cult-brand Kérastase, the Specifique Bain Vital Dermo Calm purifies the scalp while providing nourishment. Hypoallergenic and tested under dermatological control, this advanced shampoo tackles sensitivity and itchiness. What’s more, it leaves your hair feeling light and looking radiant.

shampoo for itchy scalp

Formulated with balancing botanicals, the Healing Remedy Scalp Balancing Cleanser from L’ANZA conditions and comforts dry, flaky scalps, boosting its overall health within five days. Gentle and refreshing, this shampoo harnesses the power of exclusive Keratin Healing Technology to strengthen and repair weak hair fibres.

Soothing Treatment Serums & Tonics

The fresh-feeling, 100% vegan Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Scalp Serum calms irritated scalps, combining tea tree oil and lactic acid esters to help inhibit fungi and yeasts, the agents responsible for itchiness and dandruff.

Fragrance-free and 97% natural, the NOUGHTY Care Taker Scalp Soothing Tonic Lotion address itchiness, dryness and irritation at speed. With soothing bisabolol, oatmeal extract and piroctone olamine, this treatment turns the scalp into an unfriendly environment for the microbes that lead to discomfort.

Powered by StemCode Complex and Vitamin B5, the Scalp Genesis Soothing Serum strengthens the natural barrier of the scalp, providing relief for tension and itchiness.

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How to Soothe an Itchy Scalp? Here’s the answer:

How to Soothe an Itchy Scalp: Sources

*10 Reasons Your Scalp Itches and How To Get Relief, American Academy of Dermatology Association, Accessed November 2020

**Anxiety and Itching: What to Do When They Happen Together, Healthline, Accessed November 2020

***Conditions: Dandruff, NHS, Accessed November 2020

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