Via MadameNoire.com

Of the many prob­lems that plague women and hair care, a HUGE con­cern is how to alle­vi­ate or get rid of itchy scalp. Some­times scalp irri­ta­tions are minor annoy­ances due to prod­uct build-up or changes in the weath­er. While no one is excit­ed to see loose flakes of dan­druff dot­ting their cloth­ing, most times this will clear up with a spe­cial­ly for­mu­lat­ed sham­poo for dan­druff. But in oth­er cas­es, itchy scalp goes from a mild incon­ve­nience to a full-blown, scalp-on-fire, can’t-keep-your-hands-out-of your-head type dis­as­ter of epic pro­por­tions. Any­one who has expe­ri­enced these symp­toms knows the pain of scratch­ing or even mas­sag­ing your scalp to the point that your whole head begins to feel inflamed and ten­der to the touch. Chron­ic bouts of itch­i­ness will leave you won­der­ing which came first – are you fran­ti­cal­ly dig­ging your nails in your scalp as a result of the inflam­ma­tion, or is the inflam­ma­tion a result of all the scratch­ing? It is a chick­en-or-the-egg conun­drum of the worst kind, and at the end of the day, who real­ly cares which came first? All we want is relief.

Luck­i­ly, there are a few nat­ur­al reme­dies you can try to see if you can final­ly win the war against the “itchies and the scratchies.”

1. Apple Cider Vine­gar

A sta­ple in the world of hair care, when dilut­ed with water apple cider vine­gar is used for its clar­i­fy­ing prop­er­ties as well as its abil­i­ty to help reduce hair poros­i­ty as a rinse due to its low pH bal­ance. It also has anti-bac­te­r­i­al qual­i­ties that make it par­tic­u­lar­ly help­ful in treat­ing an itchy scalp that is caused by bac­te­ria build-up, and against any fun­gal con­di­tion (yeast on the scalp). Yeast don’t like an acidic envi­ron­ment so swab­bing the scalp with an ACV solu­tion can be help­ful. Just be care­ful to make sure that you dilute it enough to a lev­el where it is com­fort­able enough to put on your scalp, or else it will sting like crazy, espe­cial­ly if you have any abrad­ed skin. The raw, unfil­tered organ­ic ACV is the best kind.

2. Aloe Vera
In case you decide to try the ACV, con­sid­er hav­ing some aloe vera gel on hand to soothe any sting­ing sen­sa­tions that you may get. Aloe Vera can be used straight from the plant, or the organ­ic gel can be bought com­mer­cial­ly. Nat­u­ral­ly emol­lient and calm­ing, it is a great balm for the scalp that will also soft­en the hair and feed your roots.

3. Tea Tree Oil
Melaleu­ca  Alterni­fo­lia, or sim­ply “Tea Tree Oil” is ubiq­ui­tous in sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers for this very con­di­tion in large part due to its high­ly anti­sep­tic qual­i­ties. It’s a triple threat to scalp irri­ta­tions because of its anti-fun­gal, anti-viral and anti-bac­te­r­i­al prop­er­ties. Again, Tea Tree Oil should not be used full strength and is best when used with a car­ri­er oil. Which brings us to the next tried and true prod­uct…

4. Coconut Oil
Ever seen a moldy coconut? That’s because the capyril­ic acid in coconuts inhib­it the growth of fun­gus. Inci­den­tal­ly, caprylic acid is also an active ingre­di­ent in a lot of vit­a­min sup­ple­ments for women who are try­ing to sup­press an over­growth of can­di­da (yeast) through­out the body. As always, look for the unfil­tered, unre­fined, organ­ic extra-vir­gin coconut oil, cold-pressed if pos­si­ble. It’s espe­cial­ly effec­tive when infused with a few drops of tea tree oil.

Stay Away From This

If you co-wash instead of using an actu­al sham­poo, this might be a good time to take a break and use a prod­uct that won’t just leave more build-up on your already belea­guered scalp. Do try to avoid sham­poos with harsh deter­gents that will strip your scalp (and hair) of its nat­ur­al oils, fur­ther adding to that dread­ed tight and dry feel­ing. If your sham­poo has sodi­um lau­ryl sul­fate or sodi­um lau­reth sul­fate as an ingre­di­ent, it prob­a­bly won’t be doing you any favors. Look for sham­poos with­out sul­fates and parabens and with nour­ish­ing oils that will soothe your skin.

Word to the Wise
One final word of cau­tion: itchy scalp can be caused for a vari­ety of rea­sons that are not always easy to self-diag­nose. If you are expe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms that don’t seem to be respond­ing to any treat­ments, or have bro­ken skin or open sores on the scalp, please see your der­ma­tol­o­gist or a licensed tri­chol­o­gist for an accu­rate diag­no­sis of your con­di­tion. In some cas­es, pro­fes­sion­al care may be required, for a com­plete analy­sis and eval­u­a­tion of your diet, as well as any med­ica­tions

Ladies, how do you relieve your itchy scalp?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

Leave a Reply

80 Comments on "4 Natural Remedies to Relieve an Itchy Scalp"

Notify of

I love this web­site, I might mix coconut oil and tea tree oil togeth­er and use that. I’m ready to take these braids out, I am miss­ing my hair :( .


I agree with the miss­ing the hair part!! I’m tran­si­tion­ing, scalp only seems to do the fool as the air gets colder.….warmer times I have no prob­lem ??? I too am using braids as my pro­tec­tice style and try­ing to hold out until the end of the month — Good luck!


Why does it seem like my scalp seems to itch more when I use sham­poos with­out sul­fates in it as opposed to those with sul­fates in them?
Good solu­tions. I will try your sug­ges­tions and diet has a lot to do with it.

B. Hutton

I have ezce­ma. A few days after using tea tree oil on my scalp with a car­rior oil like grape­seed oil, my scalp rarely itch­es. My scalp used to have soars, so painful and uncom­fort­able, I was afraid it would stunt hair growth because of the sever­i­ty. BUT NOT ANYMORE. been using tea tree oil for about 3 weeks now


My scalp gets irri­tat­ed real­ly eas­i­ly and I’ve tried the tea tree oil and I use moth­er acv but some­times I say eff it and just use head and shoul­ders. Works fine for me


Yoghurt helped me once too


sham­poo and water works every time.


not for every­one


I mas­sage a mix­ture of cas­tor, olive and coconut oils with a few drops of both tea tree and rose­mary oils added to it.


i use acv.

i also some­times take a 1/4 tea­spoon of cas­tor oil and rub it into my scalp.

i clean my hair/scalp with herbs.

Grey Poupon

ACV doesn’t clar­i­fy. Kills the fun­gus respon­si­ble for dan­druff but it doesn’t clar­i­fy.

look­ing back i real­ize i suf­fered the most when i used too many prod­ucts, both relaxed and at the begin­ning of being nat­ur­al. i was sur­prised to learn that the answer is just by mak­ing things sim­pler. watch the prod­ucts you use espe­cial­ly if they are prod­ucts that cause buildup. watch how you manip­u­late your hair, espe­cial­ly if you touch it often. you are trans­fer­ring dirt and good­ness knows what else may be on your hands onto your strands and scalp. make sure your is dry, whether you air dry it or you heat tools. if you dont allow your… Read more »
The only time I ever suf­fer from any itchy scalp is when I do some­thing that will obvi­ous­ly cause bac­te­ria to arise and don’t use my com­mon sense.  1. When I don’t wash my hair with sham­poo. I don’t care what any­one says, you need sham­poo to kill the bac­te­ria. Your choice on the sham­poo. Most peo­ple will say, “I co wash only and don’t use sham­poo and I suf­fer from an itchy scalp”. I sham­poo once a week (some­times once every two weeks, it just depends on my mood) and I rarely if ever am itch­ing my scalp. 2. If I… Read more »
Ubah Uma Luar

I agree with the brak from co wash­ing!
Now that i took a break for 2 months i definete­ly noticed my scalp is clean­er and at ease.
For me ‘Yes ‘to tomatoe’s sham­poo works won­ders for my hair and scalp.

Oh and i nev­er used oils on my scalp.
Now that i do that for 2 months by mas­sag­ing it on wednes­day and sat­ur­day noticed even less itch!!

Good Luck BEAUTY’S


Is this TIDE or is the BGLH????