Does Gray Hair Cause An Itchy Sore Scalp?
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Does Gray Hair Cause An Itchy Sore Scalp?

I am a woman in my early sixties and I have graying hair at the front third of my scalp. The rest of my hair is the normal dark brown. I have an itchy sore area exactly where the gray hair is and I am also losing the hair in that area. My GP has prescribed Ketoconazole shampoo which I have been using for some months but this does not seem to help. Can gray hair cause an itchy sore scalp? Is it a menopausal thing or something to do with hormones and is there an effective treatment for it?

Asked on Aug 30, 2010Improve / edit this question

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Ileen Zovluck   L4: Guide   130 answers   +186 votes
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Here is my totally unmedical opinion.

I have a tendency to get itchy from an awful lot of things, particularly on my scalp.  Coincidentally, I'm about 3/4 grey but about 12 years younger than you are.  Hair color resolves the appearance of being grey but I found the real solution is in finding hair products (ie  shampoo/conditioner) that don't CREATE itch.  I was on every prescription shampoo and tried everything else from Neutrogena to baby shampoo to $150 designer products with no relief.

Until one day a few years ago I fell over ordinary Pantene Products.  There is something absent from their products that had caused me a lifetime of allergic reaction.  I still don't know what it is, but it's a remarkable transformation.  I have also had severe reactions to any products with dimethicone, which is in most hair shampoos and products to make hair shinier.   It makes me itch like mad and has a lasting affect to 1-2 weeks after one use.

For styling products, I have had no reaction to Aussie products.  The gels and mousses don't irritate when used in moderation.

It's $4!  Give it a try.  If I may say so, I've got GREAT hair, so I must know something....:-)

Posted on Aug 30, 2010
Natalie Begil   L2: Contributor   183 answers   +67 votes
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I am still relatively young, but have started getting some grey hair. I also have a itchy scalp. I don't think that it because of the grey hair, but I am not sure.  I have started using different AVON products since they have come out with some new Advance Techniques (hair) products. I have also noticed that not washing my hair each day has helped. I think that they more you wash your hair, the more you get rid of the oils on the skin and surrounding the area.  Try going every other day when it comes to washing your hair even if it is oily.  It may help and you might want to check out some of the AVON hair products.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010
Natasha Polak   L4: Guide   175 answers   +113 votes
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I do believe grey hair causes an itchy scalp, because I know that sure enough, when mine is itchy, I always find new grey hairs have popped up.  It does have to do with hormones as well - but of course other factors like the water you use to wash your hair, how frequently you wash, and if you use any hair products can make it worse.  I would be interested to hear if the products recommended by others also bring you relief.  It's worth a shot! 

I am about half your age, but I have had greys since I was 19!  I wash my hair twice a week.  However, I don't know what to tell you about hair loss.  If your doctor isn't too worried, then it is probably just part of life.  Do you have thick hair or is it curly?  I do know that such types of hair are more prone to hair loss as we age.  I've not had that happen yet, but others in my family who do, have receding hairlines and bald spots - but they are in their 50's+.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010
Neva Cooper   L2: Contributor   46 answers   +22 votes
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I have dreadlocks (not grey hair) and for an ichy scalp i've always heard to try head and shoulders.  good luck!

Posted on Sep 1, 2010
Jim Bailey   L1: Member   0 answers   +0 votes
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i was told to use neutragena clear shampoo and a few drops of Tea Tree Oil. (Found at walmart for about $5 a bottle.) Stay away from conditioners as it will clog the pores and cause more problem. This itchy condition is known as folliculitis. It is not curable, but can be managed nicely with these products. Avoid using tar or sulfur based shampoos as this will damage hair! You can confirm this with your dermatologist. Hope this helps!

Posted on Jul 25, 2012

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