Natural Hair: Curing an Itchy Scalp

Hey Curlies,

I've had my braids in for a little over a week and I can definitely see some growth coming in already. A slight problem that I am having is an itchy scalp. I know that this is a problem for me because my hair is used to being washed every week. I am trying to go as long as I can without washing because I don't want to ruin the structure of the braids.

cure itchy scalp

I have found some alternative methods and possible reasons why some may have itchy scalp.


  • You could simply wash your hair with your regular shampoo. Be sure to follow up with a conditioner.
  • Using Tea Tree oil as a soother. You can apply it to your scalp or add some to a spray bottle filled with water.
  • Buy an anstingent at your local drug store. I've been using Witch Hazel on my problem areas. Use a cotton ball or Q-tip to apply directly to the scalp. Be sure to follow up with a light moisturizer.
What's causing the problem?

  • It may just be your time to "wash." Are you over due?
  • Take a look at the weather? Is it bitterly cold or very hot outside?
  • If you are wearing extensions, what type are they? They could be causing an allergic reaction
  • Are you moisturizing your scalp enough with light products?
  • Are you using heavy products on your scalp? Buildup can cause an irritated scalp.
  • Is your hair done too tightly?
I'll most likely wash my hair within the next few days. I'll keep you all updated.