home remedies for dry scalp

Most Effective Remedies for Dry Scalp

Dealing with a dry, itchy scalp can be both uncomfortable and frustrating. While various factors can contribute to this condition, from changes in weather to reactions to hair care products, finding relief is paramount.

Thankfully, numerous home remedies can help alleviate dry scalp symptoms, offering natural solutions without using harsh chemicals. In this article, I’ll explore these remedies and how they can relieve this common issue.

Understanding Dry Scalp

Before delving into remedies, it’s essential to understand the symptoms and causes of dry scalp. Persistent itchiness, accompanied by dandruff, soreness, or even hair loss, are telltale signs. Causes range from environmental factors to underlying medical conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

Home Remedies for Dry Scalp Relief:

Coconut Oil

coconut is among the good home remedies for dry scalp

A 2021 study showed that Coconut oil helps keep the bacteria and fungi responsible for maintaining a healthy scalp. With its moisturizing properties and antimicrobial benefits, coconut oil can effectively soothe and hydrate the scalp, reducing the risk of infections. It also has Lauric acid that will help soothe dry, flaky scalp.

To use it effectively at home, use two teaspoons of coconut oil and apply it gently to cover your whole scalp. Let it sit for 30-40 minutes before washing your hair using Shampoo. Do this routine thrice a week for three months and see the results. Read more on the effectiveness of coconut oil on the scalp.

Tea Tree Oil:

Known for its antiseptic and antifungal properties, tea tree oil can provide relief from dry scalp symptoms. It’s a common ingredient in many dandruff shampoos due to its effectiveness.

Aloe Vera:

With its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera can reduce irritation and serve as an excellent moisturizer for the scalp. Aloe vera also helps clear sebum, a product produced by the scalp that has a cooling sensation and can provide a soothing effect on dry, itchy scalps [1].

To use it, you can extract the gel from an Aloe Vera plant and apply it to your scalp. Leave it for an hour before rinsing it. You can buy Aloe Vera-based gels from your nearest vendor if you do not have an Aloe Vera plant. It is also a good idea to plant an Aloe Vera plant around because it has many other benefits.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

This natural antimicrobial agent can eliminate bacteria or fungi causing itchiness while gently exfoliating the scalp. You can buy Apple Cider Vinegar from your nearest supermarket and help with dry scalp issues.

To apply this remedy, you must only dilute three spoonfuls of Apple Cider Vinegar in a basin with warm water. Then, apply shampoo on your head and gently massage your scalp. Use the Apple Cider Vinegar to rinse your head thoroughly.

After this, you can apply other recommended remedies, like coconut oil, for a more soothing effect.


Rich in fatty acids, avocado moisturizes and protects the scalp, relieving dryness. It is packed with lipids, antioxidants and vitamins, which help in repairing damaged hair and nourishing and moisturizing your scalp. This will bring a cooling and healing effect to your scalp.

Note that according to the Cosmopolitan website, Dandruf feeds on lipids, which, as I have indicated above, are abundant in avocados. Therefore, it is not the best offer for treatment for dandruff.

Baking Soda and Olive Oil:

This combination offers moisture and exfoliation, making it effective against dryness and dandruff.

Yogurt and Eggs:

Yoghurt soothes the skin, while eggs nourish and protect the scalp, offering relief from dryness. They also minimize moisture loss through the scalp, preventing the scalp from becoming dry and itchy and getting rid of dandruff.

To use it, mix two eggs with half a glass of yoghurt. You can then apply the mixture to your hair, ensuring it reaches the scalp by gently massaging the head. Leave it for 2-3 hours before rinsing your hair using a shampoo. Do this twice, thrice weekly for a month or two for maximum effect.

Jojoba Oil:

A potent moisturizer with anti-inflammatory properties, jojoba oil can quickly alleviate dry scalp symptoms. It works like coconut oil and will help soothe your dry scalp. To use it, apply two to three spoons of Jojoba oil on your scalp twice or thrice a day for about three months.

Do this for a month or two, and you will see the wonders of Jojoba oil. Remember to wash your hair and scalp using a shampoo to wash off any dead skin and nourish the skin before applying the Jojoba oil.

Treatment for Babies

A dry scalp in babies, often associated with conditions like eczema or cradle cap, requires gentle care. Mineral oil or baby oil can be gently massaged onto the scalp before shampooing, and special attention should be given to selecting baby-friendly anti-dandruff shampoos.

Conclusion: My Final Thoughts

A dry scalp doesn’t have to be a persistent issue. With the right home remedies and care, relief is within reach. However, if symptoms persist or worsen, consulting a healthcare professional is advisable to rule out underlying conditions. Individuals can achieve a healthier, more comfortable scalp by taking proactive steps and incorporating these natural remedies.

It’s important to note that while these remedies are generally safe, individuals should perform a patch test, especially when using essential oils, to avoid allergic reactions.

Always ensure your scalp is clean by washing it with a shampoo at least twice a week. This will help clear off the dead skin on your scalp. After this, you should also add oil, either coconut oil or Jojoba oil, to help keep the skin moisturised and nourished.

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By Henf Henf

Am Henfrey Wangulu, a Clinical Officer/Physician associate based in Kenya. I am a Tech and Health enthusiast and in my free time, I like Swimming, Art and socializing with other people

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