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What's Causing Your Itchy Scalp

What's Causing Your Itchy Scalp

What's Causing Your Itchy Scalp

4 min read

There’s nothing more frustrating than an itch you can’t ease–especially when it’s on your scalp. There are numerous reasons why your scalp may feel itchier than one’s should, and we’re going to break down the most common occurrences below. 

Not Washing Your Hair Enough

Have you ever heard the myth that it’s best to go as long as you can in between washes? We’re here to tell you that this is false, and that it can easily be the culprit behind your itchy scalp. Throughout the day, sweat, dirt, dead skin, and pollution builds up on your scalp and clogs your hair follicles. When not removed of thoroughly and frequently, this buildup can begin to cause irritation on the scalp, and lead to frequent scratching.

If you find your scalp feeling itchy and irritated on a regular basis and you tend to go a few days in between washes, try increasing your washing frequency as best you can. 

Not Rinsing Shampoo Thoroughly

We’ve all been there–in a pinch for time and we accidentally do a less-than-thorough job at rinsing our shampoo. Although shampoo is designed to cleanse the scalp and remove excess buildup, if the product isn’t thoroughly rinsed out, your scalp may feel weighed down and unclean. Similar to the sensation of natural buildup on your scalp, your scalp may feel itchier than normal following an improper rinse of product. 

If this ever occurs, simply be sure to follow up with another cleanse as soon as you can, and be sure to rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Typically, we suggest rinsing both your cleanse and conditioner for at least 30 seconds each. 

Using Too Harsh of a Shampoo

Standard shampoos may leave your hair feeling squeaky clean, but the harsh sulfates added into these products will strip your hair of any natural moisture present on your scalp. Over time, this will dry your scalp out, leading to an uncomfortable, itchy sensation. 

Using a gentle shampoo free of sulfates or other harsh additives will help to preserve your scalp’s natural moisture and PH, keeping it feeling balanced and comfortable.

Scalp Conditions such as Dermatitis

If your itchy scalp is paired with redness, flakiness, or any extreme sensitivity, you may have an underlying scalp condition. The most common scalp conditions include: seborrheic dermatitis (aka dandruff), scalp eczema, or scalp psoriasis. 

A consistent hair washing routine full of clean, gentle products can really help to ease these conditions should you prefer a holistic approach. However, if you find your conditions not improving, or even becoming worse over time, you may want to consider reaching out to a dermatologist for guidance, as they can provide you with medicated products to assist your concerns.