Itchy Scalp: Anabel Kingsley’s Tips To Treat Menopausal Hair

Malcolm McLaren’s “Buffalo Gals” has been echoing in my head recently, especially the part about scratching leading to itchiness. Fortunately, I’ve managed to keep my menopausal itchy skin in check with various creams and hormone replacement therapy. However, dealing with an itchy scalp has been a different story, as heavy creams are not an option for hair care.

This was a game-changer for me. I decided to invest in a shampoo, scalp toner, and a moisturizing conditioner. Additionally, I began using the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer weekly, which has been fantastic. The outcome is clear – my scalp no longer makes me feel like a walking advertisement for anti-lice treatments. The products have won numerous accolades and received rave reviews for good reasons.

Yet, I couldn’t just stop there. I sought advice from Anabel to aid other women suffering from menopausal itchy scalp.

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“Scalp health is paramount for hair vitality and growth,” Anabel advises. “Without a clean and healthy scalp, you can’t expect to have hair that’s both beautiful and strong.

“Consider your hair as a plant and your scalp as the soil nurturing it; it’s obvious that the scalp deserves as much, if not more, attention and care as your facial skin.

“To ensure your scalp remains in prime condition, it should receive the same level of care as your face. Your scalp, after all, is an extension of your facial skin.”

Anabel Kingsley’s Top Tips to Help an Itchy Scalp:

• Shampoo regularly. Your scalp is skin – a living tissue. It therefore needs to be cleansed frequently. Like the skin on your face, your scalp contains thousands of sweat glands and oil glands and sheds dead skin cells. It is also exposed to the same environmental pollution as the skin on your face.Shampoo

• Tone daily. Use a soothing antimicrobial scalp toner each morning to perk-up your scalp environment. Look for witch hazel to regulate oil levels and camphor to cool and calm.

• Don’t forget to exfoliate. Just like the skin on your face, your scalp benefits from weekly exfoliation. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and pesky flakes. It also encourages healthy skin cell turnover. (Now this I have never even thought of and yet it’s so logical – 50Sense)

• Protect your scalp from UV rays. Your scalp can burn just like the skin on your face. Initially, this can result in redness, peeling and itching. Long term, sun exposure can cause serious damage, like skin cancer.

• Eat right. Just as certain foods can affect acne-prone skin, they can also flare-up a problematic scalp. Cheese, full-fat dairy products, very sugary treats and white wine and champagne are common aggravators.

Other foods are very good for your scalp. For instance, Omega 3s found in fatty fish such as salmon and sardines are anti-inflammatory.

For an extra Omega-3 boost, take a daily Omega-3 supplement. I recommend our Root Complex supplement. This also contains Collagen, Silica, Co-Enzyme Q10 and Vitamin D (Vitamin D being another hair and scalp essential).

• Approach a scalp problem as you would a skin problem. Use highly targeted products daily until symptoms clear, and then incorporate preventative products into your regular regime to help keep issues at bay.scalp and skin problem


Malcolm McLaren’s catchy line from “Buffalo Gals” unwittingly encapsulates the struggle many women face with menopausal itchy scalp. However, with the right approach, including regular cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and protection against UV rays, combined with a nutritious diet and targeted supplements, it’s possible to maintain a healthy scalp.

Products like the award-winning shampoo, scalp toner, and the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer offer a practical solution to this pesky problem, proving that with the correct care, your scalp can be just as pampered as your skin.