How do you relieve an itchy scalp?

Suffering from an itchy scalp can be very distressing.

Not only because it can be painful, but also because it can cause discomfort.

It can be quite uncomfortable to have to scratch your head repeatedly. And the more you scratch an irritated scalp, the more it becomes inflamed. This is a vicious circle that must be stopped.

External aggressions that weaken the scalp

An irritated scalp reflects a temporary crisis. An itchy scalp is often caused by a temporary situation that is induced by various external factors such as:

  • the environment
  • smoking
  • dandruff
  • wearing a helmet
  • unsuitable or aggressive hair treatments

The environment

Let's start with the first factor: the environment. This category includes all external phenomena such as pollution, abrupt temperature changes, wind and sun.

Whether individually or combined, these elements can lead to a dry and therefore irritated scalp.


Do we even need to mention that tobacco consumption is harmful to your health and your hair’s beauty?

Nevertheless, let’s just remember that the toxic components contained in tobacco are spread through the blood. As a result, the capillaries shrink and the quantity of oxygen decreases. The hair bulb then suffers directly from this lack of oxygenation.

These substances are also transported by the smoke that settles on the hair and smothers the hair fibers.

These combined phenomena can cause itching of the scalp. But beyond this discomfort, they can cause many hair disorders, including severe alopecia.

However, we know that the beneficial effects of quitting smoking are quickly visible on the hair. After only 3 months, the hair regains the shine and vitality it had lost!



Dandruff is often the result of a disturbance, essentially a deficit, in the production of sebum by the scalp. A poorly hydrated scalp is an itchy scalp.

Helmet wearing

Wearing a helmet regularly and for long periods of time can have an effect on the health of the hair.

It’s easy to understand that the scalp doesn’t breathe well under a helmet.

Sebum should naturally drain outwards to moisturize the scalp. However, in this situation, it will concentrate in the hair follicles and thus prevent the roots from getting the proper nourishment.

There is also a mechanical cause of hair damage: the friction of the helmet tends to break the most fragile hair.

However, it’s impossible to do without a helmet when riding a motorbike, scooter or even a bicycle! So it may be a good idea to opt for a more ventilated helmet and to use gentle shampoos.


Aggressive hair treatments

In the same way, scalps can be weakened and strongly irritated by unsuitable or aggressive hair treatments (chemical dyes, repeated perms, frequent straightening, overly hot hair dryers, etc.).

All these aggressions result in a more or less persistent inflammation of the scalp. Irritation manifests itself through itching, redness and tightness, which can be temporary or long-lasting.


How do you calm an itchy scalp?

The scalp must be soothed as soon as possible to calm the irritation and relieve the itching.

It’s therefore important to quickly reduce the inflamed areas.

To do this, a soothing shampoo or care product containing cold essential oils chosen for their soothing properties (such as mint or eucalyptus, for example) can be very effective.

Once the crisis has been resolved, the scalp should be protected from external aggressions on a daily basis, to prevent it from becoming irritated again.

A well-maintained scalp is a healthy scalp that will grow strong and bouncy hair!


Scalp itching: helpful tips!

Tip 1: Rinse shampoos with cool water for its vasoconstrictive powers.

Tip 2: Space out coloring or bleaching as much as possible, especially if the active ingredients are not plant-based. Opt for plant-based dyes.


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