Avoid Itchy Scalp in 3 Simple Ways

All Things Hair Team | 28 February 2019
Itchy Scalp: Closeup shot of a man touching her short brown hair wearing a suit outdoors

Itchy scalp bringing you down? Find out how you can nip it in the bud and avoid it for good.

You’ve probably seen it in commercials—people scratching their super itchy scalps, otherwise known as scalp pruritus. It might seem exaggerated, but for people who’ve actually suffered from this condition, it couldn’t have hit closer to home.

For people who have suffered from itchy scalp, it’s an everyday battle, and as the saying goes, the struggle is real. Aside from dealing with the unbearable itch, they also attract stares from people around them when they can’t help but scratch their scalp for some relief.



What causes itchy scalp?



One of the triggers of itchy scalp is an adverse reaction to certain ingredients in styling products which cause irritation and redness. Overuse of these products can also weigh hair down and prevent the scalp from absorbing other ingredients. Another culprit is hair product residue that has not been fully washed out of your hair.

Itchy scalp: Man looking at a mirror touching her dark brown hair
Skin conditions and reactions to hair products can cause itchy scalp. Credit: Shutterstock

The most common causes, however, include an inflammatory skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. With seborrheic dermatitis—think a severe version of dandruff—scalp itch and flaking are caused by your body reacting to a surplus of yeast that thrives on your skin.

How can you prevent all these? While there are several factors that may contribute to itchy scalp, sticking to a regular scalp care routine can definitely work wonders to keep that uneasy itchy feeling at bay.



How to prevent itchy scalp



1. Deep cleanse your scalp regularly

Itchy scalp: Closeup shot of a man shampooing her hair in the shower
Avoid product buildup, which can cause itchy scalp, by deep cleansing regularly. Credit: Shutterstock

A deep cleansing shampoo removes any stubborn product deposits left on the scalp. This gives you super clean, super healthy and super refreshed hair. Think of it as a reset for your scalp and hair. Do the deep cleanse once to twice a month. On other days, use a reliable anti-dandruff shampoo to help keep flakes at bay.

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2. Use cold water when rinsing hair

Itchy scalp: Closeup shot of a man with dark hair showering
Don’t let the cold bother you, as it is good for your hair and scalp. Credit: Shutterstock

Not only is cold water refreshing for the scalp, but it also closes the hair cuticles, preventing dirt from coming in. It also removes any residual product from the scalp without totally getting rid of moisture. The cool water rinse is also said to boost shine, so go ahead and turn your shower heater off.

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3. Exfoliate your scalp

Itchy scalp: Asian man touching her short black hair and wearing a blue polo
Exfoliate once or twice a month to renew and refresh your scalp.

Just like your face and the rest of your body, your scalp can benefit from a good ol’ scrub. This is because your scalp could be producing too many new skin cells and is in the process of getting rid of the old skin cells. If brushing hair more often doesn’t help, then look for an exfoliating scalp mask or DIY it by mixing brown sugar, oatmeal, and conditioner.

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An itchy scalp may be challenging to deal with, but with these simple tips, you can avoid it. Then, you can say hello to clean, healthy, and refreshed scalp that can give you a boost of confidence to face your busy day.

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