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Scratching your head? An itchy scalp is a common problem – but what could it mean? Find out what itchy scalp could mean and what you can do about it.


Itchy scalp could be dandruff. In fact, it’s quite likely because itch is one of the early warning signs and often starts before flakes appear.

It’s all down to the scalp’s response to irritation. Naturally occurring microbes break down your scalp oils to form oleic acid –something 1 in 2 people are sensitive to.

And if you’re one of them, your scalp responds by becoming irritated and itchy.

More about the cause of dandruff

Whatever you do, resist the itch
With itching comes scratching – but try your hardest not to. You’ll just end up damaging your delicate scalp and in turn cause more irritation.

Scratching your scalp can also damage the hair, leaving it weaker and more prone to breakage.

What to do about itch
If your itchy scalp is a symptom of dandruff, simply targeting the cause of dandruff can treat it.

Use an anti-dandruff shampoo on a regular basis to keep both the flakes and the itch¹ at bay.

Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care with Eucalyptus will treat an itchy scalp¹ while also tackling the root cause of dandruff.

Ruled out dandruff? What next?
Dandruff isn’t the only thing that can cause an itchy scalp. It could be an allergic reaction or a sign of another condition.

So if you’re already using Head & Shoulders regularly and the itch won’t go away, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor or dermatologist to help identify what might be causing it.

More about itchy scalp

¹ Caused by dandruff

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