It doesn’t take long for a dry and itchy scalp to drive a person insane.
Scratching your itchy scalp in public, dreading the unattractive flakes in your hair and on your shoulders and watching your hair slowly turn thin and lifeless – Is extremely upsetting.
But wait a minute.
Before you scratch your way to your local drugstore to get a gross-smelling-toxic-over priced “medicated” shampoo or “hair tonic”, give me a few minutes and I’ll show you 6 homemade dry scalp remedies – All of them backed with science and completely natural. Deal?
What Causes Dry and Itchy Scalp?
The golden rule: You can’t cure anything if you don’t find the root cause of it.
Neither home remedies nor harsh medication can prevent your scalp from becoming dry, flaky and itchy again – If you don’t eliminate the root cause. Agreed?
Some of the most common causes for dry scalp are:
1. Seborrheic dermatitis (or seborrhea): This common skin condition causes redness, itching, and flaking, anywhere on your body. When it affects the scalp, it’s referred to as dandruff.
Conventional doctors will tell you that the reason for it is unknown, but if bring some common sense into the picture, you’ll quickly realize that your food and lifestyle choices have everything to do with it.
2. A yeast-like fungus (Malassezia) – Malassezia happily lives on the scalps of most adults, but for some it causes irritation and over-growth of skin cells.
The extra skin dies and falls off, making them appear white and flaky.
Again, modern medicine suggests the cause is unknown, but I’ve done some research and discovered it has everything to do with the PH of your scalp.
Problems with fungi (and bacteria) are likely caused by your scalp being to alkali. This happens when you use hair products that remove the acidic sebum protecting your scalp against fungi and bacteria.
3. Scalp psoriasis – Psoriasis can cause dandruff-like itching and flaking. Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease that triggers too many skin cells to grow anywhere on your body, including your scalp.
4. Eczema – Though more common in babies and children, Eczema can effect us grownups too. The cause is “unknown”, but again – Diet changes and eliminating food allergies and sensitivities can completely eradicate eczema.
Also, both eczema and scalp psoriasis are highly affected by your stress levels.
5. Sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis) – Some of us can be sensitive to the poison-filled industrial hair products (go figure).
Harsh chemicals in most hair products, for example SLS and parabens cause an allergic reaction. The minute your skin is not exposed to them anymore – Poof – By by itchy scalp.
Hair products may not be the only culprit. For example, I have a friend who discovered that her dry scalp was caused by her Tempurpedic pillow.
She changed her pillow and her problem disappeared in 2 days.
6. Poor Diet – Vitamins and minerals deficiency can cause all of the above, and your scalp and hair are usually the first to show the tell-tale signs of poor diet.
If your diet lacks foods high in zinc, B vitamins or certain types of fats, you may be more likely to have dandruff.
7. Lifestyle Habits – Repeated chemical hair treatments like permanent color, relaxers, and keratin treatments can sap your scalp of moisture. Another cause can be a daily blow-drying habit, especially with excessive heat.
The 6 Ultimate Homemade Dry Itchy Scalp Remedies
Now that you have an idea about what causes your dry and itchy scalp, we can get down to business.
But first, stop scratching! It makes everything worse.
1. Raw Organic Honey
Amazingly, something as simple as honey has been clinically proven (a decade ago) to ease dry and itchy scalp, more than most body care products and drugs.
In a peer-reviewed study, published in the European Journal of Medical Journal, the researchers studied the use of crude honey applied topically to 30 patients with chronic seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, face and front of the chest.
The patients were instructed to apply diluted crude honey (90% honey diluted in warm water) every other day with gentle rubbing for 2-3 minutes. After 3 hours, the honey was gently rinsed with warm water.
Itching was relieved and scaling disappeared within one week. Skin lesions were healed and disappeared completely within 2 weeks. In addition, patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss.”
Honey is an excellent broad spectrum antibacterial and antifungal. It also has significant wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for the treatment of dry scalp, caused by fungi and/or bacteria.
2. Essential Oils
All essential oils are anti-bacterial and/or anti-fungal. Some of them were found to be especially effective to relieve a dry and itchy scalp, and pretty fast too.
Combo #1 – Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil & Coconut oil – Mix a few drops of tea tree oil and peppermint oil into 1 tbsp. of raw organic coconut oil. Massage your scalp with it and leave on for at least 20 minutes, than rinse with room-temperature water.
Tea tree oil, with its excellent anti-bacterial properties, is effective in treating itchy scalp caused by scalp acnes, scalp rashes, scalp pimples and scalp sores.
Coconut oil by itself is proven to be a natural moisturizer. It relieves dryness and associated itching.
Plus, it’s proven that the Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil Can Kill Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi.
Combo #2 – Neem oil, Tea Tree oil, Rosemary oil and Lavender Oil – Mix a few drops of all oils into 2 tbsp coconut/olive oil and massage your scalp with it. Rinse with room-temperature water after 20 minutes.
Note: Some people can get an allergic reaction to Tea Tree Oil, so test it first (on your arm, for example) to see that you are not allergic before you use on your scalp.
Supercharged Itchy Scalp Shampoos
If you’re not likely to make your own essential oils treatment, I can recommend two all-natural dry scalp shampoos which contain these ingredients (and more) and are toxin-free.
The first one is Knotty Boy – Dread Shampoo, which includes rosemary, tea tree and peppermint essential oils to treat and prevent dry scalp, dandruff and other skin and scalp irritations. It has no chemicals in it.
The second all-natural shampoo for dry and itchy scalp is Avalon Organics scalp normalizing shampoo, which is fortified with tea tree, mint, eucalyptus and chamomile and is PH balanced.
3. Baking Soda (Plus ACV Rinse)
Baking soda is another effective and fast way to relieve scalp itching. Mix 1 tbsp baking soda with some coconut/olive oil to make a paste and massage onto your scalp.
Leave for at least 20 minutes and rinse.
Baking soda is especially effective for dry itchy scalp caused by product build up. It will clean your scalp effectively without harsh chemicals and balance the PH of your scalp.
Also, baking soda is a proven anti-fungal.
To balance the scalp PH after the baking soda treatment, follow with an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse. You can either use 2 tbsp of ACV diluted in a cup of water, or get this supercharged ACV rinse from Just Natural.
Don’t worry, you won’t get “the vinegar stink” because the smell will disappear once your hair is dry.
4. Aloe Vera Gel
You’ve probably guessed this one by yourself. Aloe Vera has its place in the skin treatments hall of fame for decades. Aloe Vera is a natural moisturizer, which relieves dry skin and itching anywhere on your body.
If you don’t have access to Aloe Leaves, get a 100% natural Aloe Vera gel.
5. Foods for Dry & Itchy Scalp
One of the more obvious causes of chronic dandruff and/or dry scalp is vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Try to eat more of the following foods, to increase your intake of zinc, Vitamin A, B vitamins and Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
- Eggs, sweet potatoes, carrots, papaya (Vitamin A).
- Whole grains, dark leafy vegetables (B Vitamins)
- Wild Salmon, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds (Essential Fatty Acids)
- Nuts, sea food (radiation & heavy-metal free), spinach, pumpkin seeds (Zinc).
6. Hair Brushing
Brushing your hair at least once a day is highly important. But, you’ll have to go for the right kind of comb.
Wooden comb is known to help you treat scalp itches and hair loss as it improves blood circulation to your scalp and the static created is minimal. Preferably go for a wide toothed wooden comb.
More Tips to Prevent Dry and Itchy scalp (Naturally)
1. Avoid any kind of industrial hair products. The internet is exploding with simple and fabulous homemade versions of all hair products.
For example, here’s how to make an all-natural hair spray at home
2. Avoid synthetic hair dyes. Fortunately, more than a few natural ways to color your hair exist. Some of them are the coffee dye, the henna dye and the chamomile hair brightening method.
3. Examine everything that comes in contact with your hair and scalp. You dry scalp may be caused by your pillow, your pillow case or anything that touches your hair.
4.If you suffer from eczema, try an elimination diet to figure out your food sensitivities or eliminate them.
This concludes my top recommendation for dry and itchy scalp relief.
Remember, topical solutions, while effective, are not enough. If you suffer from chronic dandruff / dry and itchy scalp, make sure to find the root cause and treat it accordingly.
Come back and tell me how these remedies worked for you, I’m itching to know!:)
To your health & happiness,
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