What are the Reasons for an Itchy Scalp


What are the Reasons for an Itchy Scalp?

  • 07 August 2020
  • Hair Experts @ AHS
  • 4 min. read

All of us at some point or the other have scratched our head, not for ideas but to relieve ourselves from some level of itching. Itching is a common phenomenon and can occur due to a wide variety of reasons - from random and common issues like dandruff, to possible lice to hives and also to medical concerns like psoriasis, among others. While some itching may go away on its own, there are a few others that may require proper hair treatment.

In this blog, we take a look at the seven major reasons for an itchy scalp. Some of the causes of an itchy scalp can lead to seriously adverse effects if left untreated and unanswered. The major causes of hair itching, however, can easily be treated. As such, there is no reason to worry unless you find the right answers to your problem at hand.

What is an Itchy Scalp?

Itchy scalp is a medical condition that causes the scalp to itch. Largely, it occurs because of inflammatory reactions, skin diseases and dandruff.

7 Causes Why You May Suffer from an Itchy Scalp

1. Dandruff


Dandruff is caused by a dry and itchy scalp and you may find flakes of skin all over your clothes. It is one of the most common causes of your hair itching. However, we as humans have a wide variety of medical and home remedies to treat dandruff easily and safely.

From shampoo to hair oil, treatments for dandruff are many and most of them are easily accessible. For example, using oil with lemon juice can also help in getting rid of dandruff and preventing it from coming back.

2. Reaction to a Hair Care Product

Reaction to a Hair Care Product

Sometimes products like shampoos and hair dyes can have allergic skin reactions leading to an itchy, dry, and flaky scalp. With regard to hair dyes, often the culprit is an ingredient in the dye called para-phenylenediamine (PPD), which is mostly found in black hair dyes.

Some shampoos can also irritate the scalp. Thus you need to do a better job of rinsing the shampoo from your hair. You could also have an allergy to a conditioner, or any other product that touches your scalp. If that’s the case, you’ll likely have an itchy rash on your scalp and any other skin that the product touches. One way of safeguarding yourself is to do a possible patch test on sensitive areas of your skin and see if there is any allergic reaction from the product you are about to use. To get rid of the itch, you need to stop using the product that’s causing the reaction.

3. Lice


Head lice and their tiny eggs, called nits, can often be found at the roots of the hair strands. You may get lice from someone who is already harboring lice. Being one of the common reasons for hair itching, head lice can be nasty and cause damage to your body.

Once discovered, you must get rid of lice and their eggs. Take an anti-lice shampoo and try to gently massage your scalp. Then wash thoroughly and comb your hair strands carefully. The shampoo will kill the lice while combing the hair carefully will help remove them from your scalp.

4. Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic Dermatitis

One of the most common itchy scalp causes is Seborrheic Dermatitis. Red skin, scaly patches, dandruff and itchiness are some of the main symptoms of this disease. Scientists are still unaware as to why this disease occurs. But it may be due to a yeast infection or due to the presence of yeast near the oil secreting glands of the skin.

Poor personal hygiene may aggravate the situation. If you are suffering from this condition, you need to take care of your skin. Prevent it from being dry by using a deep moisturizing shampoo. Try to keep your scalp clean to avoid dirt clogging up the pores of the scalp.

5. Hives


Hives are raised, red, itchy bumps that can appear on their own and may go away even without medication. Usually, they are a reaction to certain food or allergens. Hives primarily cause itching but may also sting.

6. Scalp Ringworm

Scalp Ringworm

Another reason for the scalp itching is Scalp Ringworm. It is a highly infectious fungal infection that can spread among toddlers quite easily. Scaly patches can occur all over the scalp accompanied by severe itching. The doctor may suggest oral medication along with the shampoo.

7. Psoriasis


Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which skin cells multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. This leads the skin to build into bumpy red patches covered with white scales. They mostly appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back and can cause itching. You must consult a doctor for proper diagnosis. There are various treatments available.


The reasons for itchy scalp may be far-ranging. It is therefore better to know the causes of itchy scalp before going in for treatments available for itchy scalp We, at Advanced Hair Studio, offer you a range of hair solutions and hair products, specifically designed to give you long-lasting results.

Our Advanced Hair Check is a preventive health checkup that can help diagnose possible hair problems and suggest effective remedies for it. This effort can help understand whether your concern is generic and can be resolved with better hair maintenance treatments or is it a case of specific medical attention. Knowing the problem is part of the solution.

Our Advanced Laser Therapy is a revolutionary laser treatment that converts light energy into chemical energy, which, in turn, promotes hair regrowth and increases blood circulation which may help in solving your scalp health concerns.

That is the prime reason, we have designed our Carl Howell Hair Care Products range as a specially designed cosmetic range of hair care products consisting of Advanced Revitalizing Complex - a strengthening and reconditioning complex for hair and scalp, for the help and support of our clients.

All our hair treatments are customized, keeping in mind the unique problems that you might be facing. So if your head is itchy, then visit the nearest Advanced Hair Studio and get your concern identified with the help of our hair experts and hair specialists.

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