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Itchy Head from Helmet

by Tammy
(Mechanicsburg, PA)

This may be a strange question, but does anyone else have a problem with their head itching, when wearing their helmet? Mine itches so badly that I can't even enjoy riding. I've tried everything I can think of, including not using any hair gels, mousse, hair spray etc. I also have tried with and without a doo rag. My hair is always clean. I do have short hair, which has many layers. I'm thinking that it may be the shorter pieces jabbing into my head. I have 2 different helmets, and I itch with both. If anyone has any ideas for me, I would appreciate your help. I love to ride, but this itching issue is really driving me crazy. Thanks

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Nov 26, 2017
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Itching scalp NEW
by: Jack Jones

I experienced an itchy head both of my 3 hour rides this weekend. I did shampoo before leaving and then just before my return trip the next day. Someone mentioned earlier that shampoo seems to cause her head to itch.. I'm going to experiment with just a water hair wash next time I'm riding over an hour.

Aug 10, 2015
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Going CRAZY!!!
by: Anonymous

We just rode 2,100 miles to and from Sturgis for the 75th Anniversary. My ITCHY head took SO much of the fun out of our trip!! 😢. I am THRILLED to know I'm not alone, however feel so sorry for those with this issue!!
PLEASE HELP!!!

Jul 15, 2015
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Itchy Scalp
by: Anonymous

Often times the itch is from the perspiration settling on the scalp and drying out the essential hair oils needed to keep it from itching. The Raci-Babi uses wicking active wear to wick the sweat b4 it has a chance to dry out the scalp.

Jul 14, 2015
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itchy head continued
by: Anonymous

I was so happy to see that I'm not alone with the itchy helmet head thing. I tried the bandana on the head. I tried not washing my hair the morning of a ride. I tried not using hair products. I even used the kotex pads in my helmet. It did help for about half an hour but the itch came back. For me the answer is a full face helmet that fits nice and snug!!! It was the best ride ever!! I'm guessing it was the wind blowing under the helmet? Anyway, I am THRILLED!!! This is a great site and I appreciated all the comments I read. :)

Jun 22, 2015
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by: AnonymousSusiq

I use menthogen and find it cures the itchy head. It was driving me nuts.

Feb 25, 2015
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Itchy Head
by: Raci-Babi

I have found that the material that one is using for a do rag - or not using so that the helmet liner is wicking off the essential hair oils. That allows the scalp to dry out - head itches, hair gets brittle and breaks.The design and the material are important for proper air flow to allow the proper material to wick only perspiration- not the oils that we need for beautiful hair at your next stop.

Feb 25, 2015
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Scalp itch
by: Pat in Maine! Snowmobiling

Oh, man, can I relate to this! No doc has solved my problem, yet. Did you find a solution?

Aug 02, 2014
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Plain water helped
by: Anonymous

Returning from a rally where we traveled 300 miles, my head became so itchy I was ready to dive off the bike! Had my husband pull over, got off and doused my head with water, which quickly began to calm the itch. Once I calmed down, and head was wet, I put on a polyester-stretch dew rag over the wet head,then the helmet. To my surprise and relief, it was itch free, just a couple (and I do mean only 2) miles down the road. Not sure if it was the water or combo of that and the dew rag, but know now what I will do in the future. Wish I had known this one before!

May 05, 2014
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Itchy Scalp
by: DJ

This is a terrible problem. I, too am thinking about giving up riding because of this problem. Wish there was a solution. I scratched my head so much this weekend - my head is sore to the touch.

Apr 20, 2014
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Itchy head
by: Anonymous

I recently experienced a "ITCHY HEAD" from wearing a motorcycle helmet. I also wore a dew rag underneath the helmet. I also had hair gel and hair paste and then I tried it with nothing in my hair. I would like to know what to do to prevent that because it sure does make for an uncomfortable ride.

Apr 05, 2014
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loosing hair?
by: moped hair

HI there! I am glad that I have found this site. I have been suffering from itchy helmet head for years. I have been also loosing my hair, but that can be an age thing. (37) Do you think itchy helmet head in a long term can result hair loss? Thanks for your answers.

Oct 15, 2013
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Head itching with helmet and speed
by: gypsybythesea

I too have this issue. So while on the last trip ended up with a bandana, but as long as I had my hoodie pulled tight with no wind it did not itch. so I have ordered today a spandex beanie, to wear under my helmet. it is the wind moving the hair line at speeds above 45. I will let you all know if this works.. it was only 4.00 on eBay!!

Sep 26, 2013
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solution from NZ
by: k1tty127

I found for me, putting a headtube on, made of polyester cotton under my helmet helped immensely. I can now go riding itch free again. You could make your own for next to nothing or buy one as they are not that expensive

Sep 25, 2013
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Beware of marketeering
by: Anonymous

I'm sick of reading very little on this page except people advertising their own products. Be very careful what you buy from the recommendations here. Read all the reviews very carefully first.

Sep 25, 2013
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9-25-13 helemt itch clean hair vs dirty
by: anna Raci-Babi

You are right. When you wash your hair , you dry out your essential oils. The essential oils keep the hair shiny, soft and from itching. you need an active wear material helmet liner that wicks sweat- but not your essential oils.

Sep 25, 2013
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helmet itch
by: Anonymous

I have found that if my hair it freshly shampooed I get it worse than if my hair is not so clean. Maybe it's the lack of natural oils when it's clean. On long trips I just suck it up the days I've shampooed my hair.

Jun 25, 2013
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solution at last!
by: Lyna

A miracle called "racibabi". I have long hair (mid back) and dreaded riding! but now everything is safely tucked it and no itch :-D

Jun 18, 2013
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Itchy Helmet Had
by: Tsfreeman2

Having a very itchy head when riding a motorcycle at 85 mph is pretty dangerous. I have a 2008 GW with Shoei Multitech helmets and my wife and I are in the middle of one month cross country from Baltimore to Seattle and back trip and an itchy head almost made us stop the trip. We tried anti-staic spray, which helped a little, do-rags, cleaning the liners, but nothing worked until we soaked our hair then put the helmets on. Not only did the itching stop, the wetness kept us cool for up to two hours or when our hair dried. Before you spend any money on new helmets, liners, or potions you should try this simple cure. It saved my trip and made the ride very comfortable.
Safe Riding!

May 13, 2013
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Head Itch
by: Ann M

I've had this going on for 8 years but only last year it was severe. We were out west,my head hurt so bad, bought vinegar & a spray bottle, sprayed my head every time we stopped & it eased the pain. As soon as it dried it would start again. Temporary relief, still looking for something better. Also have short hair. HELP !!

Apr 22, 2013
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Unbearable itching from helmet
by: Anonymous

I am having the same problem. It has to be a short haircut. I rode for a year with a chin length(no layers) style and didn't have any problems. I had it cut thinking it would look better after stopping and removing the helmet(you know how we are about our hair). Anyway, the inching is unbearable. It makes me not want to ride and that is out of the question. I love our Harley Electraglide and have to find a solution!!! HELP!!!!

Feb 28, 2013
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Itchy Head
by: Lynn

OMG! I have the same exact problem. Short, curtly hair. It almost puts me insane. Has anyone found a solution?

Dec 26, 2012
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Reply to Mari re Helmet itch
by: anna Raci-Babi

I always had that problem myself. The creating of the Raci-Babi Diva-Do stopped it.

Dec 26, 2012
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Still haven't found a solution.
by: Mari

This is foe Anna, I'm interested in what "products" you mean. Your reasoning sounds right. I tried mentogen and found it made no difference. Short of using the whole bottle in one go, I can't say it was any help.

Dec 26, 2012
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Helmet Itch
by: anna Raci-Babi

I used to have that problem too. It is normally caused by the liner/doo rag that you are or not using. What ever is comin gin contact w/your hair is absorbing the essesenscial hair oils. They are needed to keep your scalp from drying out and itching. Products that are made from active wear stop the itch,then no ointment is nessecary to apply to the scalp.

Dec 25, 2012
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insanely itchy itch!!
by: k1tty127

Have read all these posts and found it very helpful.I live in New Zealand and am going to try and get hold of this menthogen however, tomoro we are travelling and Im hoping like hell it will rain so we can go in the car!!! I thought it was the tight helmet that may have been the problem but seems not, according to most people on this site. Over the last year I have been on several rides and it has been this time of the year that it has been at its worst (summer), so I think that the heat and humidity make it worse for me... (dont have fibromyalgia) but I dont wear a cap/headwear at the best of times as my head itches insanely anyhow. I have called our local motorcycle dealerships re this problem and told they had never heard of this problem???? So Im feeling less of a freak now as I know it is common! Last ride I made the mistake of scratching my headby rubbing the helmet back and forth and ended up breaking the hair at the front of my hair (where it itches the worst) and ended up with lots of broken ends and a matted dread fringe instead of a fringe!!! Gutted!!! If none of the previous solutions work, I wont be going pillion anymore! Will keep you posted...... doing a raindance now :-)

Aug 24, 2012
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Can't wait to try products!!!
by: Janine

I cannot wait to order this product. My husband and I just completed a 1260 mile trip in 4 days and it felt like I was itching my head the whole way.....even removing my helmet many times and letting the wind blow thru my hair. I have always had a problem with itch but this year has been by far THE WORST. I told my husband when we got home that it is so bad, unless I find a remedy, I may no longer ride. I have tried a do rag and that seemed to make it a little better last year but did nothing to help this summer. I used 2 different style helmets on this past trip and itched equally with both......just had easier access to scratch with the "dixie cup" style versus my full face Shoei. I tightend both helmets thinking hair movement and short layered hair might be the problem but didn't seem to make a different. Anyway, I am ordering a couple of products and will let you know how they work. So glad my husband found this site for me!!!! Love that guy!!!!!

Jul 10, 2012
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stop itching..really?!
by: Anna

Hi ! I created the RaciBabi Diva do and Wick it to stop tangles knots and ITCHING!! ugh !! It really works- you can see many comments from customers on blogs and my facebook too. I do 100% $ back if it fails to meet your expections- I even refund shipping $

Jul 10, 2012
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It works great!
by: Sandy Dollard

I've used M-Gen for 2 years now and if you follow the directions (always use spray on clean head)it works great.
If you are using an older helmet with the scalp spray, I'd suggest using a do rag and/or getting the helmet spray.
I also use it in the winter time when I'm wearing all types of hats outdoors.
If I had time to go to more of the motorcycle rallies - I'd love to sell this from a vendor's booth - it won't be long before this product is in demand!
With a money back guarantee, what do you have to lose besides the itch?

Jul 05, 2012
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Loved Menthogen
by: Cindy

I have used Menthogen for the last 2 years and it has been a life saver for me. It is the only solution that worked to end the itchy scalp during the motorcycle ride. It's refreshing and easy to use. I'm hooked!

Jun 28, 2012
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disappointed in menthogen
by: Mari

I bought menthogen after reading all the paise it received on this site. However I didn't think it worked any better than olive oil on my hair or a mint scalp conditioner that I bought from my hairdresser. More than that, the bottle leaked after using it and now I only have one quarter of a bottle left after using it just once. I wasn't at all impressed. Was I using it wrong? I bought the shampoo too but after just 30 miles I was glad to stop for a good scratch.

Jun 27, 2012
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Menthogen?
by: Anonymous

Where do you find Menthogen ? Is it a shampoo?

--- there is a link right at the top of the website under the picture, webmaster ---

May 22, 2012
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Head Scratching Over Choice
by: Lee Cunningham - Ahead Solutions UK

With well over 300,000 different products available (for itch, scalp care etc.) in the northern hemisphere* alone, it's no wonder people end up with the wrong remedy time & time again.

You MUST use a 'trichological remedy' specifically made for the task - i.e. one for itch caused or made worse by wearing a helmet.

Google: "trichological remedy for helmet itch" or similar phrase then make your choice.

You'll be filtering out the unsuitable or plain poor products.

*Source: Institute of Trichology (Scientific study of the Scalp and Hair), London

May 21, 2012
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Scalp itch solution that worked for me
by: Anonymous

I can't list the number of unsuccessful remedies I've tried for my scalp itch. My wife found a simple solution that works 90% for me.

Conditioner!!

I've always used Head & Shoulders shampoo. My wife bought Head and Shoulders anti itch conditioner for me to try. It has helped tremendously.

May 17, 2012
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Feedback - Problem sorted
by: Pamela (KS)

Thanks to this website page. Bought Menthogen and is excellent. Thanks. Pam.x

May 06, 2012
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Itchy head from helmet
by: Anonymous

I am so happy I found this site. I just started reading so I have not tried anything yet. I have to pull off the road to itch my head it is so bad. I will update you on what worked for me, "if it works"? Thank you so much.
Maria

May 02, 2012
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is your foam from the inside fallin apart?
by: Anonymous

hello, i had the same problem and searched for replacement foam padding, i found some on amazon and they solved my problem. Turns out the buyer can make any helmet foam pad, just as long as you send him the dimensions, he had it ready the same day.

Mar 20, 2012
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Liners may exacerbate itch for sufferers
by: Thelma Lister

This site just notified me there was a reply! How cool. It's Menthogen for my itch. It makes my head feel cool whilst riding.

For me fabric liners (mixed fabric, 100% silk or cotton) were ineffective. In my humble opinion if you suffer severe itchy scalp they may make it worse. The problem is they're an extension of your helmet's lining. I used different liner designs from many reputable motorcycling brands. To be fair though I did not try not one anna has advertised.

Mar 20, 2012
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Solution to Stop the Itch !!
by: Anna

I created the Raci Babi Helmet liner -that doesn't wick your essential hair oils and keeps your hair ITCH FREE and TANGLE FREE!!!

Mar 20, 2012
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To stop helmet scalp itch you need Menthogen
by: Thelma Lister

I have just returned from a once in a lifetime motorcycle tour of the West Coast USA (I'm from UK) and couldn't have got through it without my trusty little bottle of Menthogen Scalp Stimulant.

I'm 36. Been riding for 12 years and only started to get itch in the last two years. I've tried many things such as the obvious helmet change to the less obvious wearing two additional layers between my head and the helmet!

Menthogen works simple as. I use M-GEN shampoo too which is specifically formulated for helmet wearers.

Mar 19, 2012
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scalp itching
by: Anonymous

In too am having this problem. Have not found any solutions I quit using any hair products and wash hair with baby shampoo. Any suggestions

Dec 30, 2011
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Answer to Stop the itch PLS!!
by: Anna

I know from riding myself that I thought I had bugs in my hair!! I finally got up the courage to ask my then boyfriend of 4 months-'DO I HAVE BUGS?"at a stop at an overlook. His confused look on his face and meek "nooooo..." let me know that he didn't have a clue as to what I was talking about- lucky him- his head doesn't itch when he rides! So I set about to find the solution. I created Raci Babi Helmet liner-I made them from active wear- as I found out that cotton is to absorbent and actually aids in itching!!

Dec 05, 2011
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Thanks anyways
by: Anonymous

For an allergic reaction scarves, bandanas and skull caps DO NOT WORK! Those are all the easy, first things tried. Got a whole bag of different head gear! Thanks anyways...

Dec 05, 2011
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ITCHY HEAD FROM HELMET..
by: Michelle,

Helmets always make your head itch..
That is why most wear a Scarf on your head first then put helmet on.. SCARF OR BANDANA OR SKULL CAP WILL REALLY HELP...TRY IT and you will see big difference...

Oct 10, 2011
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Itch has gone...
by: Viv

Feeding back...Menthogen worked wonders. That stuff is incredible isn\'t it? Now I can\'t wait to experience getting out there and riding again. I\'m so relieved. Thanks to this forum.

I also used Hairsense Micronutrients too (which I was sceptical about at first) but the itching has stopped 24/7 and my hair looks more healthy and it is more manageable when I remove my helmet after a long afternoons ride.

I got both from itchyscalpremedy.co.uk does anyone know if this is available in the states as I had to wait 9 days? It just arrived in time for my trip.

Oct 03, 2011
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itchy head from helmet
by: Anonymous

i am so pleased to find other peaple suffer .it drives me mad most times but when weather warm its terrible .it spoils my ride outs with my husband .i want help please .

Oct 01, 2011
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Menthogen for itch
by: Sheila

Hi. I bought a helmet where the lining was sold as hypo-allergenic but it itched like crazy. Menthogen is good.I also shampoo daily so I use the M-GEN shampoo. Seriously? Over 99% of the itch has vanished whichever helmet I use.

Sep 30, 2011
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Can't take the itching!!
by: Julie

I too suffer from the itching when wearing my helmet. I just got back from a 1200 mile trip, and we rode thru rain, cold and 2 states that have mandatory helmet laws. My head itches so badly that it is DANGEROUS!! I am trying to scratch while I ride, moving my helmet all over. When I remove my helmet after wearing it for prolonged periods my head, face and neck are itchy, burning, red and rashed! Thanks for the suggestion of the Menthogen, I am going to look into it, but it would be nice if someone would make a helmet from some other materials. I enjoy riding without a helmet, but definitely believe in the safety of wearing one, and there are times when you just HAVE to wear one!

Sep 29, 2011
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Head scratching research
by: Marianne

Kates right but it\'s a tiny percentage of the market that suffer so what manufacturer will make the investment..?

I'm on the Ahead Solutions mailing list and got the following release which is pretty good - it talks about main causes linings, static, and solutions, liners and sprays.

https://origin.library.constantcontact.com/doc202/1107417106451/doc/B4gZVm6PQigDQ2Tb.pdf

Sep 24, 2011
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bottom line ...
by: Kate

the bottom line: some of us are allergic to the helmet lining and/or the helmet shell material: polystyrene (styrofoam) and whatever polyester the lining is made of. A manufacturer could make a bundle producing an organic, hypoallergenic helmet for those of us who suffer the consequences of these synthetic materials.

Sep 24, 2011
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Itchy scalp : the real problem...
by: Anonymous

Well, I too suffer from the same problem... and now it has become worse from bad. It has done a lot of hair loss to me and loss of hair strength too! :'(
I simply turned mad because I didn't knew what's happening to me and though I knew that something is wrong with my helmet but I wasn't able to believe it completely because when my friends wore the same helmet of mine, they never got any itchiness!!!
I though i am having a fungal infection in my hair root :( . But now it is clear to me that this is only and only due to my helmet. I tried following
1. Put on a cotton hanky on my scalp before helmet... it worked for one day with around 50% efficiency but it still itches badly
2. Tried changing the helmet to a looser size, Wow no itch for one day but itchy sensations continue (though lesser than my previous tight helmet)

My questions is that, wht does this happens with us only, because there ae other people too who don't get any sort of itch or problem in whatever helmet they wear.. If it was due to bacteria or linear then their scalp would also itch.. Then what's the problem, do we have some disease :( :(

Sep 23, 2011
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since then
by: MbraneRider

Hello.
I always hung my helmet beside my saddle bag far away from the wheel/fender when parking. I didn't
have any scalp itch. (2006-2010)
This year without saddle bag + very hot summer and... I have since got scalp itch.
Scald itch have led to shingles on my forehead, oil leaks under engine, engine knock, eractic clutch
operation..
I really don't know what is Septempber now..

Sep 09, 2011
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Menthogen and Neutramist coctail!
by: Lizzie

I've tried many things to stop the itch in the past. Menthogen is the best i've come across and i never travel without it. i also use neutramist helmet sanitizer which has anti itch effect.

Sep 08, 2011
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Hats that irriatate the forehead.
by: Lindsay

I do with any hat I put on, it's makes my forehead irriatated and it's annoying because my hair is thinning andsprite gets cold and i need a hat.

Aug 08, 2011
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Feedback review of Menthogen
by: Deena Wilson, Leeds UK

Found this page whilst planning a 3500 mile European bike-tour. I currently wear a 3 month old full face Shoei. Changing helmets hasn?t stopped severe helmet itch (for me). It?s sometimes distracting and always annoying. I opted to use Menthogen after visiting this web page for 2 reasons. Firstly because it?s made for the specific purpose of stopping scalp itch and also I?ve already tried some of the other ideas mentioned in this section with varied success.

Bad points: Menthogen isn?t cheap at £15.00 a bottle (but I did get a deal when buying 2). The website states each bottle is a 6 week supply. I got just over 4 weeks per bottle though to be fair I perhaps used a couple of extra squirts here and there.

Good points: Application was quick and straightforward. Menthogen did what it says on the tin (well, bottle). It stopped my itchiness. As a result my rides were pleasurable. Itch and distraction free. After a couple of hours riding another few squirts gave me unusual refreshment... my hair wasn?t ?sore? through being pressed down in unusual positions. Small bottle travels well - easily fits into pocket.

Summary: Excellent results. A bit pricey but was definitely worth buying it for me.
Thanx to the original suggestion via this web page

Aug 07, 2011
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Sticking with Menthogen
by: Lisa Crabtree

A girl-friend of mine with long hair tried the kotex route UNTIL one of the little blighters came unstuck and tangled in her hair as she removed her helmet to meet a new date! It was a group bike-date; she was sooo very embarrassed.

Though she sees the funny side now she always says 'never again.' I'm afraid for me this method would not really 'chime' with the "look great" part of using Menthogen.

See my other post on having a great feeling scalp whilst looking great at http://www.her-motorcycle.com/use-menthogen-to-feel-and-look-great.html Thanks, but I'll be sticking with
M-GEN :-)

Aug 06, 2011
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itchy head
by: Yvonne - NC

I had that problem also. I've since let my hair grow and don't have the problem any longer. So, it must as you said, short hair jabbing the scalp. I guess the decision is style or comfort. I chose comfort because I am going to ride comfortably and we have a helmet law in NC.

Aug 06, 2011
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KOTEX!!!
by: Anonymous

I dont wear a helmet for that reason... it ruins the fun. BUT... my friends that do wear them, & have had that problem, line their helmets with Kotex... it seems to work, provides extra cushion, stops the static that causes most of the itching, & absorbs the sweat that causes the rest of it. They all swear by it. Ride Safe! :)

Jul 31, 2011
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Itchy Head
by: Anonymous

I too am happy that I am not alone but really need a solution. It is getting dangerous for me now as I am moving my helmet up and down while driving trying to find relief. It is incredibly distracting once it starts getting itchy. I am going to try all the suggestions except the cortisone stuff. I agree that someone could make a lot of money with a solution that works all of the time.

Jul 11, 2011
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Itching Scalp
by: Anonymous

I recently went on my first motorcycle trip, about 2 hours of riding. Half way into it, my head begun to itch. I thought perhaps it was from not using conditioner that morning, in addition to having short layered hair. I had some hand lotion so I rubbed it through my hair and it cured the problem. The next day, I made sure and use conditioner on my hair after washing, I thought it would cure the itching problem. Nope.

We had to pull over and I put the hand lotion through my hair again, it worked for a while, but the itching started again. We arrived home and I was never so glad to get the helmet off!

The next time I went riding, I rubbed fragrance free lotion through my hair, put on a bandana, before donning the helmet, and I made sure the helmet fit tightly. It worked, no itching, however there is still the problem of having the greasy lotion in your hair. We don't own a motorcycle, we rented one, but were thinking of buying one. Now I'm not so sure if I want to own one because of this "weird" dilemma.

Jul 03, 2011
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New Article May Help
by: Lisa

Hi, this article is quite a good read. Its called "Why People Who Wear Helmets Should Consider Their Hair & Scalp More."

It can be found here.

Jun 22, 2011
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Me Too
by: Sherry

I too have horrible itchy scalp from my helmet, I covered two small 1/2 inch rollers with foam and then cotton material. I put these on the top of my head, I have short hair just long enough to wrap around the rollers. This works, but can be a pain if you stop to eat you have to take them out, and put back in when your ready to ride again, but it does work for me.

Jun 05, 2011
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Follow up to my April 28th post...
by: Lisa Crabtree

I'm a 'Menthogen' advocate (see post April 28th) because it stops itch and it's made for helmet wearers. When recently placing my 2nd order online, I needed to contact customer services (who were outstanding btw).

As a goodwill gesture there sending me samples of their new shampoo (also especially for helmet wearers). If anyone has tried using this in conjunction with the Menthogen spray system? I hop on the forums when I've time; feel free to email me at lisacrabtree1 @ hotmail.co.uk

May 29, 2011
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Helmet Itch
by: chopper

I have read all the comments below and didn't see my issue. The itch that I get results into a burn on the forehead and around the scalp. I purchased a non DOT beanie helmet which worked great, but, it provided little protection and the liner was thin. I have emailed almost all major brands and all stated that they all use the same type of synthetic foam for the liner, which is the problem. I was told there was someone in Chilliwack, BC that removed the foam and replaced it with another product. He/she also replaces the liner with cotton which may also be the issue. Anybody out there ever heard of this person?

May 25, 2011
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Quoted me!
by: jujubee50

I read your note and thought I must have wrote it. It sounded so much like me. I too ride motorcycle and believe in helmets, but let me tell you, the itching has driven me to removing the helmet while riding as passenger and just holding the helmet while I let the wind massage my head! Only for a few minutes tho, and then it goes back on. But it drives me simply crazy and I can't enjoy the ride. I also found the same problem with hats in the winter. If you find a solution let me know. I'm nearby in Lancaster.

May 22, 2011
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Hope it Helps
by: Anonymous

I am having a terrible time with itchy head from my helmet, I have ordered the Menthogen mentioned on this site. I am not riding again until I get it. Hope it helps, not sure what I will do if it doesn't.

May 16, 2011
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Seabreeze
by: Jim

After suffering with helmet itch for years, I discovered something that worked for me. It was Seabreeze Fresh-Clean Astringent Sensitive Skin. I poured it into my hands and rubbed it all over my scalp and put my helmet on over wet hair.

Apr 28, 2011
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Itch Gone Using Menthogen
by: Lisa Crabtree

Just updating with some feedback. Thanks to this site. Tried this product from UK after finding this site on websearch; had been going out of my mind and tried some (in hindsight) crazy things. Ordered menthogen and now using it regularly. Very good especially now the temperature is on the rise. And it's specifically made with bikers in mind (well crash helmet wearers). Try www.menthogen.co.uk and thanks again for all comments in this webpage!

Nov 10, 2010
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Is it modern linings?
by: liz

I don't remember itching in British Colombia 22 years ago, and our "Kiwi" brand helmets were not snug. Is it the newer lining materials? or was it the dry climate? (my hair didn't frizz).

Now (in New Zealand) with new helmets it is constant and ruining the pleasure.

Oct 30, 2010
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M-GEN Works
by: Carla Daley

I'm in the UK. I commute 40 miles five days a week into the city; I suffer the usual helmet hair but suffered greatly (past tense!) with head itch.

Thanks to this very forum I've tried a number of suggestions - with varying levels of effectiveness. Menthogen wins for me for 3 reasons:

I) It's specifically made for wearers of head gear (bikers, cyclists, skiers etc).

II) It really works - NO itch literally within 2 mins of applying. less than a minute to apply and I'm actually smiling at my colleagues rather than grimacing!

III) The 30ml bottle is small and intrusive.

If you are a 'sufferer' then save yourself the agony... try Menthogen first! (and no, I'm not on commission though I blummin' well should be.)

Oct 23, 2010
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Mari I'm With You
by: lili

I too have discovered tight helmet equals no itch. Whatever you use, who cares? I personally use a cotton scarf and bunch all my hair under the scarf. Whenever it loosens, the itch can start...

Oct 21, 2010
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Relief from a beanie!
by: Mari

I too suffered badly from scalp itching, especially on long journeys. The bike became a dread instead of enjoyable. My head was sore from scratching it. After reading the opinions on this page, I came up with the opinion that mine is caused by static. I always get a shock from the car door after any short journey.

So I have solved mine and this is what I did. You need to get the helmet very snug so you will need to wear something under it. This will stop the friction that causes static. I tried the scarf method but it is too thin and doesn't fill the space in the helmet. I searched around the house before I went buying expensive headgear. I found an old beanie hat (Reebok) belonging to my son when he was younger. This is the key. The hat is almost too small for me and would definitely be too small to wear normally, but fits snugly and comfortably. It is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. The cotton will prevent further static. This is important. Don't even consider anything with nylon in it.

So I put on the hat under the helmet. Make sure the brim of the hat is just at the hair line. If it is on your forehead it will be too tight and feel uncomfortable. Put all your hair under the hat in front. This prevents your hair from causing static on your forehead. The beanie has to be small enough that it doesn't need to be turned up at the brim, otherwise it will be too tight. You will be able to put a small turn up at the back of the hat if you feel it will be too generous at the front.

The relief is amazing for me. I can hear the intercom clearly too, which I was worried about. And the great thing is that it will keep my helmet clean. I am going to buy a few similar hats to keep as spares in case I loose one on a journey. I think I am now obsessed with making sure I have my beanie at all times. The great thing about it is, it has cost me nothing!

Oct 18, 2010
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I have the same problem.
by: Anonymous

I ride dirt bikes and my head itches, I am pretty sure I found the cause of the problem. After my head starts sweating is usually when it starts itching. I found something that I think helps at least a little. I use gold bond itch powder stuff and put some in my helmet and on my head and it seems to help at least a little.

Oct 16, 2010
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Itchy scalp from SC.
by: Anonymous

I cannot believe that so many of us are having the same problem with "itchy scalp" from mc helmets. Please would someone who designs helmets for motorcyclists please design one with a different lining "that will not itch us." I am having the same problem and can find no relief. Please can someone help us? PLEASEEEEEEE! I love to ride with my husband and my children. One of my daughters also has this problem and it is not an enjoyable ride with our head itching like we have "lice." UGGGGGGG! Help all of us please!

Oct 14, 2010
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Try Menthogen - It's a Specialist Product
by: Anonymous

There is a specialist product that deals with itchy heads and scalp especially for bikers and sports people wearing helmets. Its called Menthogen and is reviewed on the official British Bike Association website it can be purchased and despatched globally from its dedicated product website menthogen.co.uk.

Aug 30, 2010
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Itching Scalp
by: elgranero

Hi, I too have just started with this insane itching scalp mainly from temple to temple across the top of the head (never at the back or crown - strange), I've tried no products/skull caps/ remove the liner wash etc - nothing has helped the helmet is only 15months old it's a Nolan flip (the previous was a Nolan flip). Never had this problem before now - so I want to know why now after all these years of riding....my husband or female friends don't have this problem....help!

Aug 19, 2010
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Anti itch solution for helmet wearers
by: Carla Daley

I'm a biker courier and really suffer no matter how often I shampoo or what shampoo I use. (T-Gel, head and shoulders Etc.) There is an anti-itch / irritant solution made specifically for people who wear helmets, hats and headgear called Menthogen. www.menthogen.co.uk

Aug 17, 2010
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Kotex Lining
by: Kate

I know it sounds strange, but it is a temporary solution until a cotton, hypoallergenic helmet liner is developed. The Kotex works well because one side is adhesive & sticks to the inside of helmet plus it provides a cushion. I haven't experimented with different sizes or thicknesses, but I'm sure my quick fix can be improved on. The whole process of relining my helmet with the kotex took about 5 minutes. I used about 6 napkins and had to modify one by cutting it in half and fitting it into the ear holes. I hope a new commercial liner we all can wear w/out itching will soon be available on the market.

Aug 16, 2010
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Itchy Helmet Head
by: Msjanet

I have the helmet itch problem as well and have had for the past 25 years of riding wearing a helmet. I am going to try the Kotex solution, but do you put the liner back in afterward, or what holds the Kotex in place? Or do you just readjust the pads every time you take the helmet off?

Aug 15, 2010
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Fibro and Itchy Head
by: Anonymous

I have fibro, and I also have itchy helmet head to where I don't even want to ride! I am going to try the kotex and see if that works. I have short hair, and my helmet seems to fit tight. We are getting ready to go on a ride today, hopefully it works!

Jul 26, 2010
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Kotex Solution
by: Kate

I'm not sure about the tighter fit from lining my helmet with Kotex pads. What I do know is that I removed completely the synthetic liner and replaced it with the Kotex. Kotex is cotton lined and hypo allergenic. It worked for me.

Jul 26, 2010
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Itchy Head from Helmet
by: Anonymous

I cannot believe that so many people are suffering with this issue also, I thought it was just me. I was so hoping that I would Google this issue and would find a solution. Mine starts about 20 minutes into a ride, after that I am miserable and cannot enjoy the ride. I had hoped to hear someone say that a doo rag would take care of it.

Jul 25, 2010
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Itchy Head
by: Beth

I have the same problem & yesterday it drove me crazy...it was almost painful & it was all I could think of. I agree it takes the fun out of being on the bike!

Jul 23, 2010
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Tight Fit
by: lili

The kotex story lends to the theory of tight helmet = no itch. The itch comes from the movement and affects both males and females alike. My BF had the same problem, now do-rag = no itch...

It needs to be VERY snug!

Jul 22, 2010
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Remove Liner & Line Helmet with Kotex
by: Kate

That's right! I rode for 70 miles the other day and no itch! I removed the liner from my helmet and lined the helmet with sanitary napkins. I kid you not. I needed padding with adhesive and it hit me: Kotex!

Jul 20, 2010
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Itchy Scalp
by: Anonymous

Been riding for years and cannot fix the problem.
I did wash the helmet and put it in the sun to dry...that helped a bit. Wearing silk wraps help a bit. Someone must fix this problem!!!

Jul 20, 2010
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Allergic to my helmet?
by: Anonymous

I too suffer from an itchy helmet. It seems to begin after a couple of hours of riding on hot days when I sweat. I can not stand it and find myself pulling over more often just to itch my head. Was hoping someone would have the answer. I am wondering if I have developed an allergy to the styrofoam in the helmet.

Jul 09, 2010
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Remove Liner & Line Helmet with Kotex
by: Kate

Hi Georgeanne, I don't have fibromyalgia, and I'm sorry that you do. I do have R. Arthritis but I don't think there's a connection with itchy scalp. It may make it worse but not cause it. I rode for 70 miles the other day and no itch! I removed the liner from my helmet and lined the helmet with sanitary napkins. I kid you not. I needed padding with adhesive and it hit me: Kotex!

Jul 08, 2010
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Itchy Head - Fibromyalgia Connection?
by: Georgeanne

I have been suffering from itchy head for several years - I've tried everything and found no relief. It makes riding miserable. I am thinking that there could be a connection to my having fibromyalgia. I know that it causes the nerves to overreact and after a ride my head continues to hurt and itch for hours. The nerves seem to be in overdrive. I'm curious if anyone else with the itchy head problem has fibromyalgia?

Jun 21, 2010
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Itchy Head
by: Jean

I just returned from a 100 mile trip and the last two days were so miserable for me for this same reason. I talked to other riders and found they have the same problem, but no answers. It seems to be just us females that seem to have this problem. My husband didn't have a problem at all. I found that a little cold water would help, but who wants wet hair all the time.

Jun 09, 2010
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Itchy Head
by: Cathy

I share the same problem, itch like crazy with the helmet on. I wear a baseball cap under the helmet which helps somewhat but still have the itch problem.

Jun 08, 2010
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Thanks to Sep. Anonymous poster!
by: Anonymous

Someone posted on Sept. 14 and Dec. 1 about the snugger helmet helping the itch. I tried it back in Sept. with a newer, snugger helmet that's 3/4 size instead of a shorty and have been itch-free for 9 months! Can't believe how much more enjoyable riding is now!

Jun 07, 2010
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Helmet Tightness!
by: lili

Ok! If you read back in the comments you can see that I've had this problem for a long time. I've tried a lot of different things, but the one thing that seems to be working lately is the tightness of my helmet. My hair has grown considerably since my first posting. I hate dealing with tangles, so I have taken to putting my hair back in a bun, and jamming the bun into the back of my helmet....Voila!! No itch! But the helmet is TIGHT!!! I also cinch the chin strap very tightly, so much so that I have a red mark across my chin and forehead, BUT it doesn't itch! YAY!!

Try it and let me know if it works for anyone else!

Jun 07, 2010
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Itchy Scalp
by: Anonymous

Well shoot. I thought I could Google "itchy scalp" from helmets and find a solution, but did not....Only found many others have same problem. I just got back from a 500+ mile ride this week-end and my head itched liked crazy. Even today my scalp and hair is sore. And I do wear a bandanna under my helmet. But I agree with the comment that helmet manufacturers need to address this problem and try to fix it.

May 28, 2010
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Also a Danger
by: Anonymous

Not only is the itching very uncomfortable, it is also extremely distracting to the rider and therefore very dangerous. Any distraction on a motorcycle can very easily cause an accident and that is no joke. I'm hanging up my helmet until I find a solution.

May 27, 2010
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Thank goodness, I'm not alone !!
by: cor5fam

I am so glad I googled this and found out I am not crazy !! I can just simply say "ditto" to all these comments !! I love to ride with my husband but just can't stand the itching and nothing seems to help. Mine seems to just be around the edge and I can scratch it, but thought it would be bleeding the other day when we got home I had scratched some much. Someone needs to come up with a solution and they will be millionaires!!!

May 26, 2010
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Tell the Helmet Manufacturer
by: Maurice

Hi,

My wife also has this terrible itching problem. She was so relieved to learn that she wasn't crazy or alone with this problem. I would hope everyone who has offered a comment has also sent their comments to the helmet manufacturers. It appears the basic problem is the material the liner is made of. If they know there is a problem, they may try to correct it.


Apr 19, 2010
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My experiences....
by: rumble_mommy

I agree with some of the earlier comments that helmet sizing is critical. I watched a post by either the Arai or Shoei folks, and the rep was interviewing Jay Leno, who now wears a MEDIUM helmet. He has a fairly big head so I think that shows how important it is. When I got my bike, a helmet came with it. I used it for awhile, but it was never comfortable and it seemed to make my neck ache. I went to my local shop and spent about 2 hours trying on helmets. I ended up with a helmet the same size as the one that I'd been using, but it was a different brand and I love it! I was really amazed at how differently all of the various brands fit.

I have very long, thick hair and I was looking for something to help keep it from getting tangled. Another rider told me about the Buff, so I tried it out and it's my favorite riding accessory. It's made of microfiber material so it's great at wicking away moisture (a possible cause of itching), but it's also great a stopping the cold. It's super thin, and doesn't have any seams so it's ultra comfortable. Check it out at www.buffwear.com

Happy Riding!

Apr 19, 2010
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Itchy Helmet Head
by: Anonymous

Hey, I also have had this itchy head when I wear a helmet, I find that if I wear a cotton doo rag, I don't get itchy head. I also have short hair and when I get off my bike I just start itching, but with the cotton doo rag I don't.

Apr 19, 2010
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Itchy Head
by: D Davis

Now i know i am not alone with this, I also have shortish hair that is layered but I had the same trouble when it was long. My head itches like crazy when i have my helmet on & I would quite happily throw my helmet over the hedge it gets that bad. I also ride horses & I have the same problem with my riding hats, within minutes hat is off & scratching head.

This itchy head problem just takes the fun out of everything. I hope someone finds a solution to our problem pretty soon, we can all but hope.

Apr 18, 2010
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Helmet Liner
by: Ants crawling in my hair!!

So glad to find this site...I too am suffering something awful from scalp itch when wearing a helmet. I could have written most of these posts. Has anyone tried this cotton liner? Cotton Helmet Liners

Just found it after googling cotton liner. Someone has GOT to come up with a solution.

Mar 24, 2010
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I have the same problem when riding on trails.
by: Anonymous

I'm thinking about buying a helmet with a different liner and see if that helps.

Mar 17, 2010
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Itchy Helmet Head
by: Cheeto

Good golly, I thought I was the only one with this problem and was so glad to see that I wasn't. My hair is fairly short and I make sure to not wear any hair product before riding so it's not from that. I have found that the only relief I get from helmet itch is to wear a rag under the helmet. This doesn't relieve the itch 100% but it does alleviate most of the discomfort. At least I don't feel like ripping the helmet off and throwing it when wearing the rag. I was on a long ride this weekend with my guy and the itching was horrible. I noticed yesterday (two days after we got home) that my forehead is now dried out and starting to peel. There has to be something in the material they use that I'm allergic to. Wish I knew what it was they were using that's causing this reaction.

Feb 23, 2010
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Itching For An Answer!
by: Kate

We need to find a helmet maker who lines the helmet with something non-synthetic like cotton. But is it the lining material or the actual material the inner shell of the helmet is made of?

Feb 22, 2010
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Horrible Itching!
by: Gail

I just made an entry..but now after reading other entries I've come to the conclusion that there really isn't a remedy!! I can't express how awful this itching is! It can't be our hair because there was an entry by a rider that's bald! It's not 3/4 or full helmets, not the lining..(which is what I thought) No one has an answer. We want to go across country next summer and there is no way I can with this condition! I agree with the reader that wrote that enjoying the scenery is impossible!

Feb 22, 2010
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Itchy Head from Helmet!
by: Gail

OMG! Yes!! We just took a beautiful trip...but I wanted to throw my helmet on the freeway!! I tried a hood under the helmet, a scarf...but it didn't help..it was awful!! I too need a remedy!

Dec 31, 2009
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Helmet Itch
by: Anonymous

I cannot get rid of the itch... I will just light my head on fire and call it day!

Dec 01, 2009
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Sliks
by: Anonymous

Yes, I bought a Sliks headliner. I like it better than wearing a scarf under the helmet, but I don't think it cut down on itching. My solution was a snugger, 3/4 helmet that doesn't move around on my head at all. My bob helmet had some movement, and I think the itching was caused by the roots of my hair being continually tugged on.

Dec 01, 2009
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I Think it's Some Sort of Nylon/Latex Intollerance
by: Steve with the Black Dog

I went for a long ride the other day and realized when I got home that I had a rash on my cheeks where they took the foam in my Arai.

I also get an itchy head - sometimes after just a short ride.

If I wear latex work gloves I get a rash - but nothing that doesn't die down when I take them off.

I do some woodworking and wear a face mask to stop the dust. Guess what - it gives me the same rash as I get with the helmet.

I think I will try a full face liner and see if it makes a difference.

Nov 30, 2009
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Head Itch Relief
by: Donna

Has anyone tried Sliks Headliners (yes, sliks, not silks)as seen at www.cyclegadgets.com?

Nov 22, 2009
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Just a thought...
by: Anonymous

Do bald guys have the same problem?

Oct 25, 2009
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I Thought It Was Just Me...
by: Dave P

Exciting to find that others suffer this itching problem, but obviously there's no easy solution. I never had it when I raced bikes, yet nowadays it can be so bad I cannot continue to ride. When that happens I soak my head in water and the itching is gone until maybe an hour later when my head has dried out. I too was becoming convinced it might be the lining material, (never a fan of synthetics; can't beat cotton) but unfortunately I am also aware that I get the same itchy head wearing most beanie or fleece hats , and even a cycle helmet (no lining). So maybe it's just a skin-type genetic thing.

It has helped an awful lot to change shampoo from Head-and_Shoulders (nasty residues, apparently) to a Neem Oil shampoo, but I still get some itching that is easier to cope with.

Has anyone had any success by 'feeding' the scalp with an oil massage?

Oct 01, 2009
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Helmet Itch
by: TAZ

You would think some company would research and find an answer to this terrible problem. As much as I want to wear a helmet the itch gets me every time and drives me to the point of taking it off and strapping it to the back of my bike. I have a half, 3/4, 2-Modular helmets and no good solution. I have tried the silk cap, helps a little for a short period of time. I have tried acouple other things like scalp relief products, nothing worked. Then I found if I wore a cooling cap where you soak it in water it absorbs some water then put on head and helmet over that works pretty good, or soak head with water then put a socked rag over your head to keep it from drying out that helped too. Then at a gas stop refresh your hair and rag and your good to go again for awhile. It seems to cut the static which I think is where the itch comes from and is caused from your hair rubbing on your helment liner and foam insides. So try some head cooling products that you soak in water and add extra water to your head, put a rag over that and then helmet and see if that helps.

Sep 30, 2009
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Hoodie
by: Steve

I have the same problem except when I wear a hoodie and put the hood on before the helmet. It makes a tighter fit and its cotton instead of foam. Can't do it during the summer time but when it cools down the difference is amazing.

Sep 14, 2009
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Itchy Helmet Head
by: Anonymous

I finally got rid of my shorty helmet. I'm now wearing a 3/4? helmet. It doesn't have a face shield, but it covers my whole head. It fits snugger than my shorty. I've been wearing it for a couple of months now. When I wore the other helmet, itching drove me absolutely crazy. With the snugger, fuller helmet, relief!!! I'm not sure why the change. I'm thinking that the shorty helmet can move around on your head more because it can't fit as tight as a fuller helmet. Maybe the movement causes the hair roots to pull slightly and cause the itching? Not sure, but I know I'm a much happier rider now. I also don't use hair products in my hair if I know ahead of time that we're going to be riding.

Sep 14, 2009
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Itching My Way Back to You!
by: Kate

Hi. I took the lining out of my helmet and washed it with mild soap and then dried it out in the sun. That helped a little bit. Plus, a snug fit of the helmet by tightening the chin strap helps a little. When I know I'm going to ride I do not use any gel products in my hair, just shampoo and water. These things help. But I have a feeling that to completely eradicate the problem there will need to be a helmet with a 100% cotton or hypoallergenic lining. Let's hope!

Sep 13, 2009
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Unbearable
by: sandy b

My head itches so bad it causes me to itch the whole ride. is there anything that has solved this problem for anyone? I have tried do rags, 3 different kinds of helmets, benedryl you name it...no luck. Send me your results if anyone out there has any thanks.

Sandy B

Aug 07, 2009
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Agree
by: lili

Patti,

I agree on that one! Foam does tend to trap heat and make people sweat... When I worked in the hospital, those darned egg crate mattresses were notorious for that!

Aug 06, 2009
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Helmet Itch
by: Patti

Again, I thought it was just me suffering. I actually ripped out the foam inside the helmet and replaced it with everything 100% cotton. It has helped a lot and wearing the helmet tight does help along with it. I think its the foam in the helmet that bothers us.

Aug 04, 2009
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Unfortunately I Think I Agree....
by: Lili

Well all of the efforts to keep the itch at bay have been inconsistent at best...One day it works, the next not so much... As for shorty vs full face, I can honestly say I have not been bothered by itch with the full face...Claustrophobia is another thing.

Be careful with the Scalpicin. I have avoided trying that one because it is a topical Corticosteroid. One should be careful using it long term because of absorption and potential side effects...

Best of luck to all

Aug 04, 2009
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Just My Two Pennies Worth
by: Anonymous

I used a short helmet on a long 2500 mile trip around Texas last year and suffered bad with the head itch syndrome on the longest days. I tried a few solutions but none worked. As soon as I ditched the shorty and wore a tight fitting open face... Voila! No more itch.

Jul 31, 2009
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One Solution that Worked for Me!
by: Chris

Since my last post on this subject, I have discovered two things. One, when I wear a helmet that's slightly bigger than my "itchy" helmet, there's no itch. The itchy area is typically where the helmet makes contact with my head, so I think the bigger helmet helped in that way.
The other discovery is more exciting! I bought some "Maximum Strength Scalpicin Clear Liquid". I started at the top of my head and squeezed small amounts here and there. It kind of just drizzles down through your scalp and tickles a bit too. :) It completely solved the itching for over an hour and a half. Normally, I'm itching after 10 minutes on the bike. It did make my hair kind of "icky" after a while, but I don't care. It was much better than itching! I just put a scarf on when we stopped to eat. When I started to itch after 1 1/2 hrs. (not nearly as intense as usually), I just reapplied. Hope this works for some of you others too!

I didn't check with my doctor before using it, but I read the package and it didn't seem harmful.

Jul 31, 2009
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Close to Tears Every Time I Ride
by: Anonymous

This is just so frustrating but I feel better knowing others 'suffer' too. I think my spouse thought I was using this as an excuse not to ride. I enjoy the ride until the itch starts...then I become so distracted that I can't enjoy the scenery or the experience. My head starts to itch and I'm going through multiple antics to find a way to scratch. By the time I finally stop and whip that helmet off...I'm close to tears and I scratch my head unmercifully. It is close to bleeding... and, of course, my hairline is red and blotchy. I dread putting the helmet back on. My best experience...riding in AZ where I could go without a helmet....but..how relaxing and enjoyable is that when you worry about injuries. When someone finds a fool proof solution....it will be valuable....it will be a gold mind. I think all the styrofoam/plastic-like materials are an allergen....It's terrible. Please.....a good solution would be worth it's weight in gold.

Jul 30, 2009
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Helmet Itch
by: Kathleen

I used the Benadryl the last time we were on a bike ride. The only way it would work for me was to take it every 3 to 4 hours but then I got really tired. I did talk to my hair dresser and she said that Benadryl makes a cream and I should try parting my hair and putting it on the scalp. I am going to try it and see what happens, I've tried everything else.

Kathleen

Jun 24, 2009
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Helmet Itch
by: Tom B

I have fought helmet itch for years and the only thing I can think of that effectively stops the itch is a benadryl tablet. It numbs the skin and stops it cold for me. Benadryl can cause drowsiness but in small doses it has not been a problem...so give it a try and see what you think.

Jun 08, 2009
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A Little Better
by: lili

Well the saga continues....Don't know which of the following helped but it is better.

1) Cleaned helmet liner with mild shampoo, rinse well and let dry inside out in the sun.

2) As soon as helmet is off pull the liner inside out exposed to sunlight. (bacteria and fungus do not like sun)

3) 100% Cotton do rag. Also make sure the helmet is very snug.

4)Use anti-dandruff shampoo and no hair products when riding.

5) When the urge to itch occurs DO NOT SCRATCH. Scratching triggers the urge even more. (When the itch starts, I push down on the helmet to make it tighter)
http://cutaneouslymphoma.stanford.edu/community/itch.html

Over the weekend we went 400 miles on the bike and I am thrilled to say with only a few urges to scratch. (But I didn't!!).. I hope this continues! lol

Jun 07, 2009
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No Relief!
by: Chris

I ordered a Slik and it's not helping the head itch problem. It's also not helping with helmet hair, which doesn't bother me that much. They advertise that it will help with both, but I wish I hadn't spend the $15 now. Today I finally took my helmet off and rode that way, but I'm not comfortable doing that either.

My head seems to itch only in the area above both ears. ??????????

Jun 01, 2009
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Itchy
by: PEG

I cannot understand this problem...One day no itch at all, and the next day I go crazy.

The hair is clean, temp is not hot!

I have a silk wrap (but may be getting old). Been riding for years and sometimes, nothing helps.

Someone has to help with a cure, please!!!!!

May 30, 2009
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Itching Away
by: lili

I agree that it is something with the liner. Sandy's comments about the formaldehyde make sense. I have an extremely dry patch across my forehead that apparently has something to do with the helmet. You are right though it is a safety issue. The itching is so intense and distracting that you can't think of anything else. The do rag I got is thick cotton by Zan. It is helping.

May 29, 2009
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Itch
by: cafe457

There is a liner called sliks that helps with helmet itch. Give it a try.

May 27, 2009
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Crazy Itching
by: Kate

I don't think it's a problem with hair products, sweat, fungus, etc. I think it's the helmet liner. I have had to pull off to the side of the road, put my bike in neutral, take off my helmet and scratch the you-know-what out of my head. My poor husband too has to pull over to see what's going on.

I have tried the cotton bandanna but it doesn't work very well. It's too thin and my head starts itching eventually. Finally, I thought I would sew some sweat shirt material into my helmet (a lining to cover the synthetic lining). Then my husband said why not use one of the sweat shirt sleeves?

So I put my head in the sleeve (the shoulder end) and made a cap. I cut off the excess sleeve and sewed up the top. I put it on first and then the helmet. It works! I also like the snugger fit it gives the helmet.

It doesn't look so great, but no one sees it when I'm riding anyway. But looks and vanity aside, it is a little cumbersome. I'd like to find something like it that is store made. Probably just a regular cotton knit hat will do.

I will also continue my search for a hypo-allergenic helmet or helmet liner. An itchy head sounds silly, but any distraction while riding is dangerous.

PS My husband never gets itchy head from his helmet. I wonder what the difference is?

May 27, 2009
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Continued...
by: lili

Yes the cotton do rag helped, it also made the helmet tighter, I can't do the chin strap any tighter as I already get red marks from it. Someone suggest tinactin on the scalp...will let you know on the saga! lol

May 25, 2009
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Irritating Itching!
by: Anonymous

I, too, am getting really tired of the itching scalp ruining the pleasure of a long bike ride. I've experimented with different scarves and found that silky material works best for me. It doesn't seem to matter if I have freshly washed hair or hair with products in it from earlier styling. Today when my head began to itch, I pulled down on my helmet chin strip so the helmet was as tight on my head as possible. Voila! No more itching! I'm going to have to tighten the chin strap so the helmet sits tighter on my head or get a smaller helmet. I wonder if there are chin strap pads to make that more comfy. Any other ideas out there?

May 24, 2009
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Itching Sucks!
by: lili

I've read all of your posts and definitely concur. My head drives me insane. I have scrubbed the head with Head and Shoulders. Have tried no hair products. Have worn the hair short and now long, but with no good results. It is the shorty helmet that drives me mad. The full face is not such a problem, but who wants to wear it in the summer. Will try the cotton do rag, and even a fungus remedy I found on another site. Anyone finds the solution. Please let me know! ;-)

May 17, 2009
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Itchy Helmets
by: Sandy

Just a note I too feel the insanely itch with my helmet last year, so I spent a lot of money and bought a new helmet I had long hair then, so even with the new helmet I itched within 30 min of the ride. So I cut my hair and it still itched, (like all of you tried now hair products too), my hairstylist did inform me that she doe's a lot of hockey players that begin to come in around October with almost psoriasis looking head skin (because of their itchy helmets) and apparently they found out that they use formaldehyde to preserve the helmet material (as in a lot of the new clothes that are spill proof from marks workwarehouse etc.) that if really begins to irritate the skin especially our bare forehead. So what was suggested was to wash your helmet as best as you can with shampoo then rinse well, do a rinse with vinegar to make sure all soap residue is gone, I have tried this, it's not as itchy but may need a few more times apparently to get the formaldehyde out. Hope this helps, Happy Trails.....

May 17, 2009
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Helmet Itch
by: Anonymous

To stop the itch, I tried to put on a tight fitting underarmor cap and make sure no hair is sticking out, went coast to coast and had no itch.

May 03, 2009
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Helmet Itch
by: Myles

Well, Guess I have lots of company with itchy Helmet Head. My Sis suggested Corn Starch. My hair is very short so I am going to try the corn starch and see if that does anything. I'll try to remember to re- post the results of my test!

Wish me Luck!

Apr 19, 2009
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Head Itch
by: Anonymous

Know that feeling - think it's because the hair ends do actually jab into the head - I've grown my hair longer and it's not usually bad. It felt as if a million fire ants were simultaneously jabbing my scalp. A firm fitting helmet is essential and helps both itch and lift. Even do caps etc cause friction between head and helmet. Minimizing all movement between scalp and helmet I think is the answer. However anyone got any suggestions how to look good when you take off that helmet :(

Apr 07, 2009
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Helmet Itch
by: Anonymous

No one seems to have an answer to that terrible helmet itch! I will try a light Mousse and cotton do rag (someone suggested) and let you know. It is so irritating that the ride is not enjoyable.

Jan 29, 2009
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Itchy Scalp
by: Anonymous

I have medium length hair and I've tried no hair spray's, just wash with any kind of shampoo that is made for itchy heads, no luck. I've tried doo rags, no luck, I sprayed my head with cortisone spray made for bites, it helps but needs to be reapplied every couple of hours. I seen a helmet made with cool max lining, it'll be my next try. The itchy head gets so bad it hurts.

Dec 30, 2008
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Help
by: Anonymous

My husband and I are new riders, I have long curly hair. After riding several days in a row now, my head itches so bad I can hardly stand it. I read the comments posted and I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one, although this is a tough situation to be in. Has anyone come up with a solution. Thanks

Jul 14, 2008
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Woe is me . . .
by: Anonymous

I too have short hair and think it is the hair "jabbing" back into my scalp. Feels like needles and drives me nuts! It's affecting my rides ---help! Yesterday, while getting ready for a long ride, I tied on a banadana and after about 10 minutes - my scalp starting itching with just the scarf on - further proof that it's not my helmet but my hair. Woe is me . . .

Jul 14, 2008
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Itchy Head!!!
by: Laura

I thought I was the only one! Thanks for all the other comments, I just figured it is my short style "jabbing" my scalp too. Scratch like crazy! Laura

Jul 14, 2008
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Had a Nice "Itchless" Ride
by: Tammy

We went riding this past Saturday and thank God, no itching. This time I washed and conditioned my hair and put a light mousse on. I've also been tying my cotton doo rag tighter. I'm going to try this same regimen, again. Hopefully it will work again!!!

Jul 13, 2008
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INTOLERABLE
by: Anonymous

Just returned from a ride and I suffered terribly from the itch. Yesterday had no itch. Hair was washed, no gel, spray, etc. and thoroughly rinsed. It is intolerable.

Jul 05, 2008
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Itchy helmet head
by: Lynette

I have the same problem and have not found a solution. I've tried the same actions as you with the same results. I do seem to have better results with cotton doo rags instead of nylon.

Jul 05, 2008
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I Blow Dry My Hair Straight
by: Cathy G

Hello,

I have the same problem and I too have short hair with layers. My hair is wavy, and I figured it was the multiple hair lengths along with the curls that might be jabbing into my scalp. I blow dry my hair straight as I can and then slip on my helmet. Maybe our helmets aren't on tight enough. I've wondered if maybe my helmet was just not snug enough. I also wondered if some sort of fleece cap would absorb the ends that jab my scalp (assuming that's what they're doing).

Take care,

Cathy

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