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Nov 9, 2019 / by Donna Young / In Frequently Asked Hair Questions, Hair Care / Leave a comment

The Causes of Itchy Scalp

The Causes of Itchy Scalp

Having an itchy scalp can be infuriating. It’s like having an itchy nose when you are putting nail varnish on. You want to give it a good old itch, but you don’t want people to see you scratching your head. The more you scratch your scalp, the itchier it becomes. So what are the causes of an itchy scalp?

The causes of itchy scalps are often mistakes that we make. This could be mistakes in our hair care routine or harsh hair care products for example. The problem can be resolved, if you know the cause. This is why we have shared the causes of itchy scalp – so you can avoid having an itchy scalp.

Wet Bed Hair

We know that after a long and relaxing bath the last thing you want to do it blow dry your hair. However, going to bed with wet hair causes an itchy scalp. Malassezia is a type of fungi that naturally occurs in our hair. This fungus thrives in damp and warm conditions – such as a wet hair in a cosy bed. If you regularly go to bed with wet hair, this will lead to breakouts as the bacteria will build up on your pillow.

Product Build Up

If you are a dry shampoo addict or love stronghold hairsprays, then you could have product build up. These strong hair products could be leaving a layer of stubborn residue in your hair. This will lead to an itchy scalp. Sometimes the residue can look like dandruff, but it actually just excess product. We would recommend a clarifying shampoo or exfoliator once a week that will remove this product build up and leave your scalp feeling itch free.


Dandruff is a common hair concern for many people. It is caused by the skin on your scalp shedding and then replacing itself too quickly. This can often lead to an irritated scalp or greasy hair. We would recommend that you change the hair products you use. If you’re not sure of the best hair care products for you, just ask our experienced and friendly hair stylists.

Tight Hairstyles

If you are a fan of wearing your hair in tight braids or high ponytails, this could be one of the causes of itchy scalp for you. You will be putting lots of strain on your hair follicles with these styles and this can leave your scalp feeling irritated. Try and give your scalp a break. We would recommend wearing tight hairstyles as little as possible, and never 2 days in a row.


Stress can be one of the main causes of itchy scalp for many people. Stress often causes a person’s nervous system to go into overdrive. This can then result in skin feeling like it is burning or itching. Take some time for you. Relax and switch off, go for a walk or get some fresh air. This will soon improve your health and well-being, and your scalp will thank you for it too.