Remedies for an Itchy Scalp With Braids

Give itch the boot by hydrating, cleansing and treating your scalp right.

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Whether you're rocking cornrows or microbraid extensions, taking care of your scalp is super important for warding off the itchies. An itchy scalp is the result of braids that are too tight, dandruff, dryness, irritation or improper cleansing. The itch is uncomfortable and can even end up in flaking. Treat an itchy scalp using home remedies and techniques.

Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Head to your local beauty supply store and pick a bottle of anti-dandruff shampoo. Even if you haven't developed flakes, anti-dandruff shampoo will work wonders to fight the itch and treat any potential fungal issues that may be lurking under your braids. Mix the shampoo in a squeeze bottle with an equal amount of water then apply to your roots between the braids. Use your fingertips to lather up then rinse thoroughly. Apply every day until the itch clears up.


If you've been styling your braids with pomades, creams or waxes, chances are you have some itchy buildup on your scalp. Give that buildup and residue the boot with a facial astringent. This liquid cleanser will strip away accumulated oils and dirt on the scalp. Soak a cotton ball in astringent then swipe it along your scalp, getting into all the nooks and crannies between your braids. Repeat twice a day until your scalp feels itch-free.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a wonder treatment for itchy issues. It's a bit smelly but this natural oil has powerful antiseptic and antifungal properties so it's worth the whiff. Find it at any health food store. Soak a cotton swab in tea tree oil then rub the oil along the exposed areas of your scalp. You'll feel a slight tingle as the oil goes to work. Continue applying every day until the itch subsides.

Moisturizing Oil

Often an itchy scalp is the result of dryness. Since your scalp is covered by braids, moisturizing it is challenging, but oh-so-necessary. Use a natural oil such as jojoba or sweet almond since these options are free of harsh chemicals and preservatives that may make your scalp even itchier. Pour a few drops onto your fingertips and dab it onto your scalp. Massage the oil into your scalp once a day to hydrate the skin and cut out the itch.

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