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This is one of the things nobody warns you about as you head towards the Crone Zone. Suddenly you're scratching your head ... a lot!

Several factors contribute to an itchy scalp during and after menopause. Declining oestrogen levels can lead to dryness and reduced elasticity in the skin, including the scalp. This dryness can cause irritation and itching. Additionally, changes in hormone levels may also affect oil production in the scalp, leading to dry scalp conditions like dandruff.

If you have a dry, itchy scalp (whatever age) here are three key things I do to reduce the itching. I take NO commission whatsoever when I recommend products. I'll only share what works for me and fingers crossed it will work for you too.

  1. Philip Kingsley Itchy Scalp 'serum' I put on my scalp after washing and occasionally before I go to bed (if I remember!)

  2. Day before I wash my hair, or if I can put my hair in a pony tail .... I put castor oil on my fingertips and massage into scalp.  It's very sticky so I sometimes dilute it with some sweet almond oil. Argan oil or coconut oil are alterative options. (see below)

  3. I massage my scalp either with fingers or a little machine I have (see link). Regularly massage your scalp to improve circulation and stimulate natural oils. Use gentle circular motions with your fingertips to avoid aggravating the itchiness.

LINKS .......

Coconut Oil Massage

  • Warm a small amount of coconut oil until it becomes liquid.

  • Apply the oil to your scalp, massaging gently with your fingertips.

  • Leave it on for at least 30 minutes or overnight for deep conditioning.

  • Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo to remove the oil.

Benefits: Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and has moisturizing and antimicrobial properties. It helps to deeply condition the scalp, reduce dryness, and soothe itchiness. The massaging action also promotes better blood circulation, which can improve scalp health.

Excessive use of hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can contribute to scalp dryness. Whenever possible, allow your hair to air dry or use these tools on low heat settings.

Opt for mild, moisturizing shampoos that are free from harsh chemicals and sulphates. These will help retain natural oils and prevent further drying of the scalp.

Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated, which can help maintain moisture levels in your scalp and skin.

Massaging certain acupressure points can also help, for example:

1. Bai Hui (GV20)

Location: At the top of the head, on the midline, approximately 7 cun (body inches) directly above the posterior hairline.

Benefits: Bai Hui is a vital point for overall wellness and is particularly effective in calming the mind and improving circulation to the head and scalp. It helps in balancing the body's energy and can alleviate itching and dryness by promoting better blood flow and nutrient distribution to the scalp.

2. Feng Chi (Gallbladder 20)

Location: Below the occipital bone, in the hollow between the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles, approximately 1.5 cun lateral to the midline of the neck.

Benefits: This point is known for relieving headaches, tension, and improving blood circulation to the head. By stimulating this point, it can help reduce scalp dryness and itchiness by enhancing the flow of Qi and blood to the scalp area.

3. He Gu (LI4)

Location: On the dorsum of the hand, between the first and second metacarpal bones, in the middle of the second metacarpal bone on the radial side. see diagram in blog link below.

Benefits: Large Intestine 4 is one of the 4 Gates I've often talked about in my classes - working it helps encourage energy flow to the head and scalp.

Remember, every woman's experience is unique, so it may take some experimentation to find the methods that work best for you.

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