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Itchy scalp can be very annoying and uncomfortable, but you don’t have to put up with it. Find out what could be causing the itch and how to get rid of it.

An itchy scalp is a common problem and is normally the result of some sort of irritation, so what causes this irritation?

Product build-up

Between washes, product builds up on the scalp, and this could lead to irritation and itchiness. If you notice or suspect product build-up, you should work a deep cleansing into your routine.


Dry scalp can become very itchy and flaky. Help eliminate it by using moisturizing products to replenish and restore your scalp’s natural moisture barrier. Our Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Shampoo and Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Conditioner relieve scalp itch and restore your scalp’s natural moisture barrier between shampoos.

Environmental factors

Your hair and scalp go through a lot of stress every day, from cold weather to pollution to dry indoor heating. All of this can damage the scalp, leading to irritation and itchiness.


In some cases, dandruff can be the root cause of the irritation. It’s easy to keep under control, as all our products contain ZPT (zinc pyrithione) for clinically proven dandruff protection. By getting rid of dandruff, you can relieve the itch. ¹ The more you scratch the itch, the worse dandruff irritation can get. So, avoid the temptation!


Using heat styling tools like straighteners can seriously dry out your scalp as well as your strands, causing itchiness – so try not to overdo it. Between washes, help get rid of itchy scalp with our Head & Shoulders Clinical Solutions. Target the itchiest spots with the easy spray top for instant scalp relief. 

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