While having a dry, flaky scalp can be harmless, it can be annoying if it's itchy, and embarrassing if others see the white flakes. Here are some natural remedy ideas including essential oils for dry scalp.
First, you need to determine if you have dry skin or if you are dealing with dandruff. While some of these remedies might also help with dandruff, it is more complex and needs a slightly different treatment.
Dandruff is often caused by too much oil, and the flakes are larger, yellowish, and harder to remove. Odor is another sign of dandruff. If you have dandruff you'll probably need slightly more aggressive treatments.
Secondly, after you've determined you are dealing with a dry scalp, it is good to figure out what is causing the dryness. Of course you can start using the essential oils for dry scalp immediately; it's just better to know the cause to prevent it happening regularly.
Some Causes of Dry Scalp Include:
- Poor diet
- Season of the year/climate – cold and dry in the winter; too much sunlight in summer
- Harsh chemicals in shampoo, conditioner, styling, or other hair products
I'd like to caution you against using dandruff shampoos. The chemicals in those shampoos might actually make your dry scalp worse. Here's my recipe for homemade shampoo that you can customize with essential oils for dry scalp.
Natural Dry Scalp Remedies
ACV Rinse: After washing your hair with a gentle shampoo, rinse it with 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 4 parts water. A squirt top bottle is helpful to apply this to the scalp. You can add essential oils to this rinse as well – approx 20 drops per cup.
Carrier Oils: Use 4 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil and 10-15 drops essential oils. It is not recommended to use coconut oil because it tends to dry the skin. Jojoba, argon oil, almond oil, or olive oil are the best. Jojoba seems to especially give hair some extra shine.
How to Apply Essential Oils for Dry Scalp:
Don't just dump the mixture on top of the hair. Start at the crown or natural part line of the head and work down. Use a brush or your fingers to add a little at a time and massage it into the scalp. Continue working through sections of the hair.
The longer you can leave it on, the more the essential oils for dry scalp can work to relieve any itch or dryness you're dealing with. You can even go as far as wrapping your hair in a towel and leaving it on overnight. Treat your hair at least once a week; more if you want to.
The goal is to not only moisturize the skin; we also want to heal any cracks or sores that might be the result of a dry itchy scalp.
Best Essential Oils for Itchy Scalp
- Lavender: is well known as one of the best oils for skin care. It's gentle, yet powerful with antimicrobial and antioxidant components.
- Tea tree: heals the scalp with its anti-fungal properties. Also stimulates hair growth.
- Rosemary: has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that stimulate the scalp, and may facilitate hair growth.
- Cedarwood: fights bacterial and fungal areas with its antiseptic properties. It can add shine and act as a heat protectant.
- Lemongrass: helps with oily hair and strengthens hair follicles. It has a whole lot of good qualities including anti-inflammatory and detoxification.
If you have experienced hair loss due to dry scalp here are my favorite essential oils for hair loss and regrowth.
Customize your essential oils for dry scalp remedy to what works best for you and your skin. If you want to stretch out the time between washing your hair try this DIY Dry shampoo recipe and add your favorite essential oils to it. Remember that whatever you use it might take a couple applications and a little time to heal your scalp.