There are many things you can do and consider to make a difference to the appearance of an itchy, flaky scalp.

Is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) the cause of your itchy scalp?

One of the most common causes of an itchy scalp is harsh foaming agents, particularly the detergent Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  It is used in many high street shampoos and is what gives these shampoos their foaminess. However, it is known as the most common cause of skin and scalp irritants.

Simply avoiding all the products with this ingredient will make a massive difference to your itchy scalp. We do not use SLS in any of our products.  However, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) isn’t the only thing that can cause an itchy scalp.

Is seborrheic eczema the cause of your itchy scalp?

Skin conditions such as seborrheic eczema and scalp psoriasis also cause itchiness and flaking.  As a result, seborrheic eczema produces greasier, yellowy flakes, whilst red patches with silver scales characterise scalp psoriasis. Flaking occurs when the scalp loses more dead skin cells than usual, and they aren’t removed by brushing or washing your hair.

If you have flakiness without the itching, you probably have dandruff which is most common in people with oily hair. Dandruff is a common and very visible condition, made worse when your scalp isn’t properly moisturised. Most supermarket brands of chemical-based anti-dandruff shampoos may clear away dead skin cells, but they won’t equalise your scalp’s moisture.  Furthermore, these harsh ingredients continue to irritate your scalp, causing your skin to flake and itch even more.

5 things you can do to soothe your flaky, itchy scalp

Some factors, in addition to a change in the seasons, can cause dry scalp, including stress, certain shampoos and hair products, and dietary deficiencies.

Step 1.

The first is to avoid chemical-based shampoos and wash thoroughly using our natural manuka oil-infused shampoo on your itchy scalp. Our shampoo is formulated to not contain Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and other harsh toxins that will irritate your scalp.  Instead, our Shampoo is full of natural ingredients that will cleanse and nourish your scalp and hair. Manuka oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal making it very effective for treating dandruff by unclogging pores in the scalp and helps rid your scalp of irritating chemical residues left behind by other shampoos and products.

Step 2.

Our second top tip is to gently massage your scalp when you shampoo your hair. This will help to loosen flakes without leaving your scalp damaged or irritated. In addition, leave the shampoo on the scalp for upwards of 2 minutes.  This is to allow active ingredients like manuka oil to clear the scalp and skin of bacteria.

Step 3.

Avoid using hair styling products, wherever possible. They are not only filled with harsh toxins that cause build-up and itching, but they aren’t great for your lungs or the environment.

Step 4.

If you have an excessively flaky, greasy scalp, you may also like to try this natural remedy.   Start by massaging your scalp with Jojoba or Coconut oil with 1-2 drops of manuka oil for at least 30 minutes before shampooing.  This calms the oil glands in your scalp, which release too much sebum to cause greasiness. Using a natural conditioner with rich hydrating botanical oils like Argan oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Vitamin E and B5, for instance, will help soothe the most sensitive scalps.  Most importantly, it will help restore your scalp’s moisture levels are out they are out of whack.

Step 5.

Dietary deficiencies like depriving your body of enough water or essential nutrients of healthier foods could cause your scalp to dry out. The best vitamins for dry scalps are; Omega-3&6 they help keep your skin and scalp hydrated. Vitamin D deficiencies can cause dry, flaky skin. Vitamin A & C are two vitamins are known to promote the production of natural oils in the scalp.  As a result, these natural oils help the scalp retain moisture and not dry out. Lastly, vitamin B-12 can help skin retain moisture, reducing the redness and dryness commonly associated with scalp irritation.  Therefore, vitamin supplements coupled with a healthy diet and plenty of water will help to keep the skin barrier healthy.

Why switch to a natural shampoo and conditioner?

Switching to natural, non-toxic shampoo and conditioner is not only better for the environment; it can also be better for the appearance of your hair. One of the benefits of natural shampoo and conditioner, if the most obvious, is you know exactly what you’re exposing yourself and your family too. In addition to the eco-friendly ingredients, switching to a natural shampoo and conditioner can potentially help your scalp and hair look and feel healthier. Once you make the change, however, you may wish you had tried it sooner.

Our Haircare range is perfect for relieving a sensitive scalp. The natural, toxin-free formula is designed to leave their scalp grease-free, and hair soft and manageable.

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Do you know someone suffering an itchy scalp?

Like all itchy, flaky skin conditions, the trigger or cause of an itchy scalp might be one of many things. These include chronic conditions such as: dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema, all of which can be aggravated by the use of harsh artificial additives, found in many of today’s hair shampoos and conditioners. Add to that all the chemicals in hair dyes, hair gels and styling sprays, and it’s no wonder we are all scratching our heads! Itchiness can also be caused, or aggravated, by fungal infections or parasites such as: nits, head lice, dust mites or other airborne allergens. You can find out more here: