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4 Natural Remedies To Ease Itchy Scalp

(Last Updated On: December 10, 2017)

Itchy scalp can be annoying and embarrassing. There are many reasons why our scalp gets irritated and so there are many ways that we can ease this discomfort. In a previous post, I discussed 6 different reasons why our scalp gets itchy, including different methods we can use to prevent this from happening. In this post, we will be tackling simple ways we can take to ease itchy scalp using simple ingredients. I have also categorized each remedy under two major causes of itchy scalp, so go ahead and choose the best remedy to help soothe your scalp.

A. Dirty Scalp

If you co-wash (only use conditioner to wash hair), you will still need to cleanse your scalp at least once a month. Conditioners cannot remove all the dirt, heavy ingredients (i.e silicones, petrolatum) and product build up from your hair and scalp. To properly clean the scalp, you’ll need to:

  1. Wash your scalp with a good shampoo
  2. Exfoliate with brown sugar
    Recipe: Simply mix about 2 tbsp brown sugar with 1 tbsp olive oil/castor oil/coconut oil, apply directly on the scalp, gently massage the mixture on the scalp in a circular motion.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) soak/rinse: Used to remove dirt, oil and grease from the scalp.

ACV rinse recipe: After you’ve cleansed your hair with shampoo and have deep conditioned, follow up with an ACV rinse.
Recipe: Combine one part ACV with three parts lukewarm water, pour directly in your hair, while gently massaging the scalp. Allow the mixture to work its way through the hair and scalp, then rinse off with cool water to close hair cuticles.

ACV soak/spray recipe: not sure if this term exists elsewhere, but I have used this method successfully in the past.
Recipe: Simply combine 1 tbsp ACV with 3 tbsp water and a little bit of an anti-itch oil (see below) in a spray bottle. Spritz mixture directly on the scalp, massage in and let it dry.

If done properly and consistently, these remedies should help to remove all the dirt and grime that can cause the scalp to get flaky and itchy.

              B. Dry Scalp

4. Apply an anti-itch scalp oil
Anti-itch scalp oil recipe: extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO), castor oil, few drops peppermint oil, and few drops tea tree oil. These oils have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties which helps to kill fungus and soothe the scalp.

 How do you treat itchy scalp?


Monday 25th of January 2016

Thanks for the tips, my daughter has terrible dry scalp, is the brown sugar good on kids? She's 10 years old.

Adeola |

Thursday 28th of January 2016

yes, brown sugar is fine. you just need to be gentle. also, i recommend using jojoba oil on your daughter's scalp. some people have a low sebum (natural oil) production, and do they need to apply a product similar to sebum on their scalp. check out this post


Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

I've tried to exfoliate with brown sugar a few times however, it tangles my hair.

As needed I spray Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water on my scalp (use soft bristle toothbrush to massage/exfoliate my scalp) then I apply a shampoo. Rinse out, condition and style. This has helped TREMENDOUSLY.

Adeola @ *The Mane Captain*

Friday 27th of February 2015

Interesting, i just use my hands, but i'll try the toothbrush method. Sugar will melt in your hair once mixed with water, so it shouldn't tangle the hair. Thanks for sharing the extra tip


Thursday 19th of September 2013

Thank you so much for this post Mane Captain. Its very informative and timely for me personally. I had almost given up on itchy scalp/dandruff cos i faced the same problem when my hair was relaxed.

I'll definitely try out the brown sugar exfoliation and try the AVC recipe.

The Mane Captain

Friday 20th of September 2013

please do and come back to let us know your results. also, I forgot to mention that the scrub has to be washed off and should be done prior to shampooing. will include all the details in the separate posts i mentioned.

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