Common scalp issues and how to treat them

Discover how to treat common scalp issues with Aveda's hair care products.

We take care of our complexion when it feels a little unhealthy, so why do we so often ignore our scalp, which is just an extension of the skin on our face?

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most common scalp issues, and if your scalp is displaying any symptoms described, it could be in serious need of a little TLC. Luckily, we’ve got some perfect products to help soothe and treat your scalp, to make it feel happier and healthier.


How to reduce scalp itching?

Can’t stop touching or scratching your scalp? An irritated scalp is not uncommon and can be caused by a variety of factors. It could mean that a product is aggravating your scalp, so it may be worth mixing up your hair care routine.

To reduce scalp itching, it is important to use gentle products that soothe the scalp. We recommend trying out our scalp solutions range, including our balancing shampoo and replenishing conditioner, which are expertly designed to improve the health of your scalp.

You could also try giving yourself an at-home scalp massage to reduce irritation. Our scalp solutions stimulating scalp massager helps to gently yet effectively lift impurities from the scalp and increase scalp micro-circulation, all while enhancing your sensorial scalp care experience. Perfect for an at-home scalp facial.

If your irritation has lasted for more than three months or is still lingering when you have changed your hair care products and routine, you could be experiencing a more serious scalp condition (anything from dandruff to psoriasis), in which case it is important to seek help from a professional.


How do I treat scalp sunburn?

We all know that sunburn is incredibly bad for our skin, however we often neglect protecting our scalp from UV rays. When the scalp gets sunburned, the protective oils and cellular structure of the scalp is damaged, which could cause the hair follicles to switch from the growth stage to the shedding stage and can increase the chances of hair loss.

To stop this, remember to use SPF on your scalp and/or shield it from the sun with a hat. You can also try our sun care protective hair veil – a water-resistant UV defence hair mist that forms an invisible screen to help protect hair from sun exposure to minimise damage and dryness.




What are some red scalp remedies?

Redness on your scalp can be caused by more than sunburn. Redness can be caused by a reaction to a product or ingredient, trauma from excessive heat styling, or a hairstyle that is causing too much tension at the hair follicle. Try laying off the styling for a while and being gentler with your hair and, if necessary, change your hair care products to identify the problem.

Our scalp solutions overnight renewal serum soothes your scalp to reduce redness and irritation. If redness on the scalp is accompanied by inflammation and other symptoms (such as scaly skin) then it could be due to a skin condition, so talk to a medical professional to get further guidance.



How to reduce scalp dryness?

Scalp dryness can be caused by a variety of factors, including over-washing your hair, extreme or cold weather, washing hair with very hot water or using the wrong hair products.

If you are struggling with a dry scalp and need a scalp hydration boost, we recommend trying our scalp solutions replenishing conditioner. This gentle and non-irritating dry scalp treatment hydrates and replenishes dry hair and scalp for a refreshed feeling, improving scalp hydration instantly and overtime.

If you’re experiencing a consistently dry scalp, this may be due to conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. In this case, it’s best to see your doctor to ask for appropriate treatments.


Having a healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair. By using gentle products from our scalp solutions range, you can treat common scalp issues including redness, dryness or oiliness, and promote healthy hair growth. You can also explore our range of salon services and book a professional hair and scalp check, with bespoke advice and expert knowledge.

How to get rid of oily scalp?

Oily scalp can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, hormones, and product buildup. Having an oily scalp every now and again isn’t a real issue. A little bit of oil is actually a good thing – sebum helps to protect and support healthy hair. However, too much oil can leave your hair feeling greasy and dirty.

Luckily, we have the ideal solution. Introducing the scalp solutions exfoliating scalp treatment, which instantly removes oil, product buildup and surface pollution, without disrupting the scalp barrier.