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How to Combat an Itchy Scalp With Starter Locs

January 11, 2022
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I’ve always struggled with a dry, itchy scalp. When I got my locs, it seemed like this concern became worse. The first few months were filled with days and nights of me scratching my scalp like crazy and dealing with flakes.

Since you shouldn’t manipulate your hair often during the beginning stages, I had to find ways to combat an itchy scalp without risking my starter locs unraveling or slowing down the locking process.

I’ve been able to find products and a routine that keep my scalp itch and dandruff free until my next loc retwist.

In this post, I’ll be sharing how you can combat an itchy scalp with starter locs and keep them flourishing on your journey!

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Itchy Scalp Solutions for Starter Locs:

Dry Shampoo

When I found out that I had to wait to shampoo my hair to prevent my locs from unraveling, I was freaking out deep down. As a loose natural, I was washing my hair bi-weekly — how would I wait 4-5 weeks until my next retwist to get my hair shampooed?

That’s when I came across a Dry Shampoo Foam from Waterless Hair Care, and it became a lifesaver.

This foam is used to cleanse and refresh your hair at the roots and does a great job at removing product build-up and absorbing oil. It’s simple to use and dries quickly!

My scalp and locs always feel fresh afterward. This is perfect if you need a refresher between your retwists without worrying about puffy roots or frizzy locs.

Check out the tutorial below to see how I use the dry shampoo:

Heritage Store Rosewater + Glycerin

Rosewater and Glycerin toner

Keeping your starter locs and scalp moisturized is important. You want to find a lightweight spray to use that won’t cause build-up over time.

The Heritage Store Rosewater + Glycerin spray has helped me combat a dry, itchy scalp and provide hydration for my locs. I spray this all over my hair and scalp 2-3x per week.

Here are some benefits of using Rosewater:

  • Conditions + moisturizes
  • Maintains your hair + scalp’s pH balance
  • Helps to promote healthy hair growth
  • Can soothe scalp inflammation

This has been a game-changer and I’m glad I’ve been able to find ways to keep my scalp moisturized without using too much product. Less is always more!

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

After applying Rosewater, I follow up with Jamaican Black Castor Oil to seal in the moisture and soothe my scalp.

Since I have high porosity hair, using heavy oils works perfectly for me by helping to improve moisture retention and combat a dry, itchy scalp.

Here are some benefits of using this:

  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Provides shine for your locs
  • Helps tame frizz
  • Improves blood circulation to the scalp
  • Promotes healthy hair growth

If this oil is too heavy for you, some other great alternatives for starter locs are Coconut, Jojoba, and Argan oil.

Scalp Massages

Once I apply the oil, I love doing a quick scalp massage. This is a step I’ve always done in my natural hair regimen because of the many benefits.

Here is why you should do regular scalp massages:

  • Promotes hair growth
  • Strengthens the roots
  • Prevents flakes and dryness
  • Conditions the scalp

Instead of using my fingers, I love this handheld scalp massager. Not only does it promote relaxation, but it also vibrates which accelerates blood flow to the scalp. It’s easy to use and reaches your scalp easily without causing tangles or frizz.

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Witch Hazel

Dickinson's Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is a natural toner that can remove excess oils and build-up on the scalp. It’s beneficial for those who sweat a lot from an active lifestyle or have an oily scalp + dandruff in general.

I used this more often before adding a dry shampoo to my regimen. I applied the Witch Hazel to a cotton round and gently rubbed it on my scalp. This did a great job at soothing it and getting rid of any flakes that I had!


These are quick and easy ways I’ve been able to combat a dry, itchy scalp with starter locs without worrying about them unraveling.

The last thing I wanted was for something I did to mess up the locking process — it’s important to speak with your Loctician to figure out ways to keep your locs intact between your retwists.

Remember, you don’t need a lot of products to keep your locs and scalp moisturized. I had to learn how to simplify my routine and not spend money on unnecessary products.

I’m excited to continue on this journey and watch my locs transform!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Brittany January 12, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the tips Maddy!

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