How to get rid of scalp scabs

Scalp scabs can be caused by a number health problems. In some cases, they are the result of head lice. In other cases, they are caused by eczema or other skin diseases. These conditions need to be diagnosed by a doctor. However, most scalp scabs are self-inflicted and may be the result of an obsessive-compulsive disorder. While a psychiatrist can prescribe anti-anxiety medication, both the doctor visits as well as the drugs, can be expensive.

Wash your hair with a tea tree oil shampoo. Massage your head as you wash. This will help loosen the scabs, and bring more circulation to the head. Leave the shampoo on your head for five minutes.

Condition your hair with tea tree oil conditioner. Massage your scalp again, and leave the conditioner on for 15 minutes.

Rinse hair and towel dry. Style and dry your hair as usual.

Mix together a drop of peppermint hair conditioner, antibacterial lotion and cortisone lotion. Rub the mixture into the scalp scabs. The antibacterial lotion will help heal the scabs and the cortisone lotion will stop the itch. The peppermint conditioner will create a tingling sensation, which is similar to the feeling you get when you pick at a scab.


Use the peppermint conditioner when you have the urge to pick at your scalp.


Avoid using high heat settings on your hair dryer.

Things You'll Need

  • Tea tree oil shampoo
  • Tee tree oil conditioner
  • Peppermint hair conditioner
  • Anti-bacterial lotion
  • Cortisone anti-itch lotion
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In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.