How To Stop Scalp Itching At Night

by Sucharita Mishra

Do you constantly keep scratching your head in the night? You could have a chronic itchy scalp. Though the condition is common, it can have serious complications in the long run. But worry not – here we have listed the causes of scalp itching and the remedies that can help relieve it. Keep reading.

Why Does My Scalp Itch at Night?

1. Dandruff

Dandruff causes itchiness and flaking on your scalp without any inflammation (1). Using hair products specifically formulated for treating dandruff may help reduce the itch.

2. Reaction To Hair Products

Your scalp may itch or develop a rash if you have an allergic reaction to an ingredient in your shampoo, conditioner, or any other hair product. You can determine the exact product that is causing the allergic reaction and replace it with one that suits your skin.

Even improper hair washing can make your scalp itch. If you do not rinse your hair thoroughly after shampooing or conditioning, the resultant product buildup can lead to itching.

3. Head Lice

Head lice are another cause of an itchy scalp (2). If you believe that the reason behind your scalp itch is head lice, try to examine your scalp to see for signs of head lice.

4. Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis can fill your scalp with itchy, scaly patches (3). It also may cause dandruff-like flaking and a dry scalp.

5. Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis causes your skin to become inflamed and itchy (4). It also can irritate your scalp if it spreads.

6. Stress

Anxiety and stress might also cause scalp itching. If you are going through a major life event that is causing you stress and anxiety, you might suffer from an itching scalp (5).

A few natural remedies may help treat an itchy scalp. Some of them are discussed in brief here.

Natural Remedies To Stop An Itchy Scalp At Night

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is known for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties (6), (7). Hence, using apple cider vinegar may help reduce scalp itching.

You Will Need

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

What You Have To Do

  • Fill half the spray bottle with apple cider vinegar and the remaining half with water.
  • Mix well and store.
  • Use the mixture whenever your scalp itches.

Note: Do a patch test on your skin to check if ACV is causing burns.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint has a cooling effect on the skin (8). This property might help reduce the itch.

You Will Need

  • Peppermint essential oil, 2 drops
  • Carrier oil, 5 drops

What You Have To Do

  • Mix 2 drops of peppermint oil and 5 drops of carrier oil.
  • Massage the mixture into your hair.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner after 20 minutes.

3. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil helps eliminate head lice and may relieve the associated itching (9).

You Will Need

  • Lavender essential oil, 2 drops
  • Carrier oil, 5 drops

What You Have To Do

  • Mix 2 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of carrier oil in the palm of your hand.
  • Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp.
  • Wash your hair with a shampoo and a conditioner after 20 to 30 minutes.

4. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has an anti-inflammatory effect (10). It may help ease scalp itching or irritation. The oil may also help treat the itching caused by dandruff or head lice (11).

You Will Need

  • Tea tree oil, 5 to 10 drops
  • Carrier oil, 10 drops

What You Have To Do

  • Mix the tea tree oil with the carrier oil.
  • Massage it into your hair.
  • Wash your hair after some time.
  • Alternatively, you can also use shampoos and other hair products containing tea tree oil.

5. Meditation

Research suggests that meditation can reduce anxiety and stress (12). It may also help relieve the associated scalp itching.


Don’t let an itchy scalp come between you and a good night’s sleep. Go ahead and try any of the remedies listed here. If the itching still does not subside, consult a doctor to understand if the cause is an underlying medical condition.

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

What autoimmune disease causes an itchy scalp?

Autoimmune disorders like psoriasis might cause an itchy scalp.

Why does my scalp itch a day after washing?

If you are not cleansing your hair properly after using a shampoo and conditioner, your hair might itch due to the product residue left behind.

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Sucharita Mishra has a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has worked on determining various heavy metals present in green tea for her Master’s dissertation at CSIR- CFTRI, Mysuru. After completing her degree, Sucharita decided to pursue her passion for writing. She is addicted to all things black and aspires to become a bat one day.