Itchy Scalp: Causes, Symptoms, and Natural Remedies

Itchy Scalp

An itchy scalp or scalp pruritus can be very irritating. It is a very common problem that leads to frequent scratching and discomfort. The causes for itchy scalp could be a bit hard to find, however, could be solved by trial and error. Each symptom talks about the area affected, and what reasons for the itchy scalp could be.

Causes For An Itchy Scalp

The causes for an itchy scalp are yet not studied thoroughly to conclude avoiding it forever. Yet, many different problems lead to it and become a symptom of that particular problem.

A few common problems are below and apart from those, we have rare issues which need urgent treatment from the doctor.

1. Dandruff

It is a problem related to the dry parts of the body, where the itch starts and the skin starts flaking off. It is a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis.

2. Head Lice

A contagious problem where parasitic insects live in human blood. It is very common among young children and their families.

3. Haircare Practices

Sometimes using too many hair care products and not washing your hair for too long can lead to buildup on the scalp. It is when you feel as if no matter how many times you wash your hair, you still feel as if your hair is still not clean and have an itchy scalp.

4. Contact Dermatitis

Sometimes products react on your skin and that reaction gives you rashes and irritation on the part where the product is applied. This is the part where itchiness comes into view leaving you distressed.

Symptoms Of An Itchy Scalp

Understanding the symptoms of an itchy scalp is just as important as the causes. It is imperative to look at all the indications for an itchy scalp rather than finding just one problem and looking for its solution.

1. Skin flakes on the skin

2. Red ring-shaped rashes

3. White nubs on the hair

4. Red rashes, pus-filled bumps, and hair loss

5. Small raised bumps

6. Difficulty in sleeping due to itching on the scalp

7. Dry, red scalp

8. Others

Natural Remedies Of An Itchy Scalp

The treatment of an itchy scalp depends on the symptoms and the causes. Each cause becomes a reason for different treatment, however, sometimes one treatment can eradicate different problems.

1. A few times washing the scalp thoroughly works for an itchy scalp and the rest of the time proper treatment is required. Avoiding or not giving weight to the treatment could lead to the infection spreading too, hence, it is important to address the issue before it grows.

2. Clogging of pores on the scalp can also lead to irritation and exercising releases all the toxins and clears out the pores. Therefore, sweating could be healthy for the scalp with a proper hair wash routine.

3. To perfectly treat the common itchiness, having a proper ritual is also important.

Step 1: For oiling, use Nimba Karanj Thailam – It is an anti-dandruff oil that prevents and reduces dandruff, is anti-fungal and antiseptic, makes the scalp healthy and nourished, and free from paraben, silicon, and sulphate.

Step 2: For cleansing, use Neem and Triphala Hair Cleanser – 100% natural and gentle hair cleanser, that deeply cleanses, reduces excess oil on the scalp, prevents and reduces dandruff, free from sulfates, paraben, silicones, and artificial chemicals.

Step 3: For untangling and keeping hair clean use Natural Neem Wooden Comb – It Controls hair loss, prevents and controls dandruff, and reduces itchiness.

4. For the itchiness, our Ayurveda Doctor recommends mixing hibiscus leaves, petals, curd, and lemon juice once a week before hair washing. Keep the mixture on the scalp for 15 – 20 mins to see the result and apply once a week for a month.

5. Massaging the scalp with lukewarm cold-pressed coconut oil before every hair wash is a great way to prevent dryness and itchy scalp. To control dandruff with dryness, add tea tree oil to the cold-pressed coconut oil.

6. Applying aloe vera pulp on the scalp before the wash once a week is also a fine remedy for itchiness.

7. If all the above remedies do not work, apply mashed bananas. Bananas help the hair look shiny, prevents dandruff, moisturize the scalp, and helps get rid of an itchy scalp.

8. To get rid of fungal and bacterial infection, apply neem leaf paste or add neem oil to the base oil. For the easiest and untidy way, rinsing hair with neem water also helps get rid of itchy scalp.


Contacting a doctor for the issue is the best way to go ahead with the rare problems faced. The home treatments could give relief for a few days but not for long and those problems would be back in a few days. So, for permanent relief, it is better to consult a doctor.

At Ohria, we provide free doctor consultation. For the same, please click on the link: Free Ohria Ayurveda Doctor Consultation

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