4 Natural Ways to Beat an Itchy Scalp

Believe me, I have been through the times when it seemed like the itching would never end. The first few months of locking were definitely the worst of times. Every time I started to itch I would just grease or wash in hopes of finding some sort of relief. Let me tell you, nothing is worse than changing your oil and shampoo just to continue the itchy struggle. I have found that the first step to beating an itchy scalp is discovering the reason why it is happening. If you are itchy, don’t worry.  Here are four reasons you might feel this way and natural, affordable ways to rectify the itch. Remember, these are ways that have gotten me over the hump, but everyone’s scalp is different. All of my advice stems from having curly/coarse hair. If these solutions do not work for you feel free to tweak them to your liking. Listen to your scalp!

1. Dry Scalp

Over Washing

Those of you that have read my post about my dreadlock journey know that I suffered from dry scalp for way too long in the second year of my journey. After my big chop, I got accustomed to washing my TWA ( Teeny Weeny Afro) once a week. This is fine with a TWA because it has the luxury of being moisturized and brushed/combed. Locs are meant to be washed, oiled, and essentially . . . Left alone. Over washing stripped my scalp of it’s natural oils and for a while, I struggled to find a balance with washing and oiling because of my mistake.

Shampoos

Make sure that the shampoo is sulfate free.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) are found in most shampoos from department/ drug stores. These ingredients can strip the moisture right out of your hair.

The solution

Solving this problem is easy. Gradually space out your washdays. Make the next washday a week in a half later, then the next time two weeks.

There are a ton of natural oils that will help to regain the moisture. Some of my favorites are Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil, and Pimento Oil. Rose water is also fantastic for everyday use.

2. Not Washing Enough

I know that there are plenty of people advising dreadlock wearers to wash their hair about once a year (I’m exaggerating for a dramatic effect.) but under washing could be a cause itching and other problems. Because we do not brush our hair, there is an extremely high probability that we will experience build up. This is all of the dirt, dust, oil, and shampoo/conditioner resin that sticks to your scalp during the periods between wash days. This needs to be washed out routinely or a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia/ Pityrosporum could begin to grow on your scalp. This is very very itchy, flakes like dandruff, and fills your hair follicles with puss. Some cases of extreme under washing have also lead to alopecia.

The solution

This solution is a little more difficult than you’d think it would be. In order to eliminate the itchiness,  find the sweet spot between wash days. This may not be the same time frame as other friends and family members. Begin with the wash routine used before locking. If it is to often space it out gradually. If it is not enough, try washing more often.

REMEMBER. . . DO NOT GO MONTHS WITHOUT WASHING YOUR HAIR!

3. Clogged Pores

With locs, hair lotions and thick moisturizers are virtually obsolete. I have heard of others diluting hair lotion and moisturizers with water, but to be honest. . . It has not been a necessity for me.  Remember that most of us are not brushing our hair anymore, so the thick moisturizer is just sitting on the scalp collecting dirt and trapping dead skin. This will make the scalp more prone to itching. ( This was a huge problem for me as I transitioned from loose natural hair to dreadlocks.)

I have stopped using conditioner for this reason. Although many loc wearers still do, I find that my scalp is happier without.

4. Season Changing

Season changes can be a big concern for allergies. Our scalp is not immune to them. Washing and oiling routines may have to change with the weather. If your skin dries out more in the summer, you do not have to force the routine that worked in the winter and spring. Be flexible. I personally use more rose water and castor oil in the summer months than I do at any other time.

The Solution

This took a very long time for me to discover. Paying close attention to our scalp during the seasons changing will assist with our readiness to take action.


We all have faced itchiness from time to time. Being aware of the causes are the first steps to ensuring that it is not a continuous cycle. We all want healthy happy locs. I hope that the information here has been helpful. For any questions or to share tips and tricks, you can find me on

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My Dreadlock Journey : The Beginning

As you read in the title, today I will be sharing the beginning of my loc journey. Some of the information that I give here can be used in your own journey but keep in mind that I am not a loctition or a professional. Feel free to use any of my tips as a guide but remember that everyones hair and scalp are a little different, so what works for me. . . Someone else may have to tweak to their comfortability. Now . . . lets get to the good stuff.

For as long I can remember I have had a fascination with dreadlocks. Family members and acquaintances would sport them on and off and I would berate them with questions until I got on their last nerve.

After contemplating for yeeeeears, starting my first loc journey, then promptly cutting the journey short because I stared with permed hair. (It was a hot mess. . . and done in a beauty shop that told me it was a good idea!) I big chopped in December of 2014 and spent a year getting acquainted with my hair texture.

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February 2015, after leaving the military I began my loc journey.

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I had never done two strand twists before, and I had never retwisted dreadlocks but I was determined to make it work. The first few times I washed my hair ( I was still washing once a week.) Some of the twists came down all together and I would have to restyle my hair all over again. After a few trial and error washdays I found a method that would help me keep my locs intact without retwisting so often.

I stayed optimistic.

Here’ s a video I found that is the closest to the technique I used.

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I had some blow back from family and friends in the beginning. I’ve always done my own hair and like I mentioned before, I had absolutely no experience, so sometimes my locs did not look as well put together as some of them may have liked.

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But I kept pushing forward anyway. There is no cheat to get out of this stage of the loc process. Some retwist more often so they wont have to see so much of the frizz but be carful with the twisting because it can thin your hair.

I washed once a week and retwisted twice a month for the first six month of my journey. Although, my hair still loc’d in about five months, I would not recommend this.  I spent the entire next year combatting dry scalp and flaking because I washed so much. Now I wash about twice a month and retwist every six to eight weeks. This regimen is not ideal for starter locs, but as time progresses your wash and twisting routine will change organically with your schedule and scalp needs.

I only use coconut oil, Jamaican Black Castor oil, and water to retwist, but I will add Eco Gel if I am going to an event and I want them to look really tight. I have done this pretty much the entire time. The only exception to my current routine was when I started my two strands. At that time I used the Jamaican Mango and Lime Locking gel.

If you are just starting your journey, I would personally like to thank you for taking the time to read my story. I hope that I have been able to help in some way. If you have any questions about loc’ing or if you just want to swap stories, you can find me on

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