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Shampoo for itchy scalp: choose wisely

If your scalp itch is caused by dandruff, learn more about what causes it and which shampoo can calm your scalp and clean your hair.

Dandruff affects around 1 in 2 people in the world. Apart from visible flaking, the most common symptom is an itchy scalp. The sensitive skin on your scalp becomes irritated, and it responds by shedding the outer layers more quickly, attempting to get rid of dandruff-causing irritants.

This irritation causes an urge to scratch – which we advise against as it’s been shown to damage the scalp even more.


It’s true, there are many dermatological conditions that can lead to an itchy scalp – some conditions may require treatment by a doctor.

Most itchy scalps, however, are caused by dandruff – and it’s easily treated with the right shampoo.

  • Cleans – to rid the scalp of any dirt or grease that could break down into irritating substances

  • Calms – to relieve scalp discomfort with instant cooling freshness, containing ingredients like peppermint, eucalyptus and tea treeessence

  • Tackles the root cause – to keep the dandruff from coming back and causing scalp itch

An itchy scalp can become more irritated if left untreated. If your scalp itch is caused by dandruff, choose a shampoo that’s clinically proven to keep your scalp healthy and dandruff-free*.

Our Instant Relief Shampoo and Itchy Scalp 2-in-1 clean your hair, relieve scalp discomfort and preventdandruff. The cooling formula with tea tree essence and peppermint instantly makes the scalp feel revitalised and gets rid of dandruff and itch worries.

With Head & Shoulders, your scalp is protected from irritation and your hair is left clean and looking beautiful. Read more about itchy scalp.