Scalp Irritation: What Are The Causes!?

Scalp Irritation

There are many causes of scalp irritation that your barber can point out to you. Communicate with your barber if you have an Itchy scalp, irritation, flaking skin, and other symptoms that can all be very embarrassing for many. It doesn’t have to be this way. Goodfellas Master Barbershop will reveal what could be causing your scalp to become so sensitive and offer simple solutions that you can implement today to improve your scalp’s health!

  • What is the Cause?
  • The Solution

What is the Cause?

Dry Scalp: Your scalp is dry and is irritating the skin’s outer layer. This can happen if you live in low humidity areas or are constantly in heated buildings. This is because the “dry air”, or lack of moisture, causes moisture to be literally sucked out of the skin’s upper layers.

Dandruff: Although the cause is unknown, it’s almost always due to an increase in oil production or an increase of microorganisms living on your skin (such as the fungus Malassezia which feeds off your natural oils).

Contact Dermatitis: This can be caused by the products you use for styling and cleaning your hair. Your scalp can become irritated from styling products over time. Shampoos can also contain ingredients that can cause allergies or irritation to your skin.

Chronic Skin Conditions, Psoriasis, and Eczema: Psoriasis can be described as a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes the overproduction of skin cells. Eczema, on the other hand, is caused by hypersensitivity reactions, which cause the skin to react to irritants (many of which are found in shampoos or styling products). If you suspect you may have any of these conditions, we recommend you consult a doctor.

Diet: It may surprise you, but your diet can contribute to an itchy scalp. A high-carb/greasy diet can lead to scalp inflammation and flakes. Deficits in vitamins and nutrients could also be a cause.

The Solution

Once you have identified the root cause of the irritation, you can begin to create a routine that will soothe and rejuvenate your scalp. We’ve listed below the best solutions that we have found to restore your scalp’s health. Goodfellas has many solutions, come see why we’re one of the best in town!

A dry scalp: After shampooing, apply conditioner to your scalp. This will allow your scalp to absorb the moisturizing ingredients. You can also add coconut oil or Argan oil to your scalp to help restore moisture. Another effective way to combat dry skin is to keep a humidifier running in your bedroom while you sleep.

You will need an anti-dandruff shampoo if Dandruff is the problem. Apply the shampoo to your scalp using circular motions. After letting it sit for a while, wash it off. Coconut oil can be used as a leave-in conditioner. It acts as an antimicrobial and keeps the microorganisms on your skin in check.

Contact Dermatitis: You will need to shampoo your hair thoroughly and rinse it out before going to bed. You can stop using products that are irritating your scalp once in a while and then see if it slows down. Once you have identified the problem, you can remove it completely and replace it with something less irritating.

Chronic Skin Conditions (Eczema and Psoriasis): This is a condition that can be caused by a combination of eczema and psoriasis. Please consult your dermatologist or family doctor for proper diagnosis. A medicated shampoo or corticosteroid lotion will usually be prescribed.

You can reduce irritation and restore skin health by improving your diet. For a few weeks, reduce carbs and refined sugars to see how your skin reacts. Supplements such as multivitamins, fish oils, and water are highly recommended.


It can be difficult to determine the cause of your scalp becoming irritated or flaky. This guide and Goodfellas will help you find the cause of your scalp irritation and provide a solution. Goodfellas is a friendly, full-service barbershop in St. Pete specializing in modern barbering with traditional techniques. We offer all types of cuts and styles as well as straight razor shaves and beard trimming with precision detailing. Offering a beverage while you get a nice fade or trim, it’s the ultimate male relaxation and cut spot. Family-owned and operated since 2012, so you know we’ve got the experience to help you with all your cutting needs. We can help. There are many beard styles that could fit into your style. Contact Goodfellas today for more information on scalp health!