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Dandruff Sucks! Our Dry Scalp Remedies You Can Do Right Now!

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Don’t you just hate that itch that leaves your scalp feeling dry and flaky? If you’ve been experiencing excessive itching, irritation, or shedding, you may be suffering from a dry scalp or dandruff.

The Causes

While they have some of the same symptoms, dry scalp and dandruff are different conditions. Dry scalp occurs when the skin has little to no moisture, causing the scalp to become irritated and shed white or yellow flakes.

Dry scalp can also develop from:
• Eczema
• Using wrong hair products
• Not brushing hair enough
• Irritated skin
• Psoriasis
• Bacterial infections on the scalp

Dandruff stems from Seborrheic dermatitis, a condition in which the scalp produces extra skin cells. When excess skin cells mix with oils on the scalp, dandruff appears.

Dandruff can also develop from:
• Dry skin
• Not cleaning hair enough
• Psoriasis
• Sensitivity to hair products
• Stress
• Yeast-like fungus


Remedies for Dandruff and Dry Scalp

If not treated, these conditions can worsen and become even more embarrassing. Are you suffering from a dry scalp or dandruff? Check out these remedies that will help clear up all your dandruff and dry scalp issues.

Medicated Shampoo

Knowing which shampoo to use and how to use it is a must when stopping dandruff or a dry scalp. Using the wrong shampoo can lead to infectious irritations and failing to wash your hair can cause dryness and flakiness.

To ease your irritated scalp, try using a medicated shampoo as it removes and helps control scalp build-up, soothes irritation, stops itching, and replenishes moisture. I recommend seeking your dermatologists to get a customized product for your specific needs. However, if you cannot, medicated shampoos are sold over the counter for your convenience.

Be sure to choose a shampoo that is fragrance-free and dermatologist tested. Also, be sure to look for these ingredients:
• Selenium Sulfide- an antifungal agent that aids in treating skin yeast, scalp ringworm, and seborrheic dermatitis
• Menthol- contains cooling and calming properties that may soothe irritated and itchy skin
• Botanicals- aids in moisturizing hair
• Salicylic Acid- aids in shedding of the skin’s top layer to wash away the dead skin cells that makeup dandruff
• Pyrithoine Zinc- aids in preventing flaking and scaling of the scalp caused by dandruff

Before washing your hair make sure to check the label. The shampoo that you are using could be the cause of your scalp irritations. I suggest purchasing Tea Tree Special Shampoo or Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength; however, there are a ton of shampoos on the market designed to help you get rid of your dry scalp or dandruff.

Have you tried any magical medicated shampoos? Let us know in the comments!

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Deep Conditioning

When your scalp isn’t producing enough natural oil, it may become itchy, dry, or flaky. To provide the nourishment it needs I recommend trying a deep conditioning treatment. Deep conditioning aids in moisturizing and soothing the scalp as well as reviving dry, brittle hair. It is especially essential in the winter when the air becomes drier, and the winds increase, stealing your hair’s moisture. This may leave you with an unwanted dry and flaky scalp.

Don’t freight because choosing the right deep conditioner can restore your hair’s moisture in no time! When selecting a deep conditioner, be sure to pick one that contains these ingredients:

• Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein- aids in retaining moisture and repairing damaged hair
• Behentrimonium (BTMS)- aids in removing product buildup and oil from the hair that causes dandruff
• Panthenol- provides vitamin B-5 and increases moisture retention
• Cetearyl Alcohol- aids in easing process by softening hair

To maximize your results I recommend going to a professional stylist. However, deep conditioning treatments are simple enough to perform from the comfort of your home. Here’s how to do it:

1. Choose a product
2. Co-wash or use a sulfate-free shampoo
3. Apply deep conditioner
4. Cover head with plastic shower cap & let it sit for 25 minutes
5. Sit under hair dryer or use blow dryer to absorb product into hair easily (optional)
6. Rinse

Deep conditioning is an excellent way to promote moisture retention throughout your hair and scalp. What are some of your favorite deep conditioners and techniques? Feel free to share them in the comments.

hair conditioner

Hair Mask

Hair Mask nourishes and conditions hair while eliminating dandruff. It is like food for your hair and can tackle the root of what is causing your scalp to flake. The great thing about hair mask is that you can use whatever is in your refrigerator.

hair mask

Here are some of my favorite hair masks:

Yogurt, Honey & Lemon Mask

This mask will leave your scalp feeling fresh, clean and revived. The acid from the lemon works to balance scalps pH & oil production while the honey and yogurt provides moisture and nourishes your hair.

Onion Hair Mask for Dandruff

Onions can be used for more than adding flavor to your food! They contain potent antimicrobial properties which help in fighting dandruff. It also improves circulation of the blood to the scalp and flushes out toxins.

Omved Hair Pack

This hair pack includes hibiscus, fenugreek, neem and bhringraj which all work together circulate blood in the scalp, balance pH & oil production, and promote a healthy scalp.

Aloe Vera Hair Mask for Dandruff

Aloe Vera aids in moisturizing and soothing a dry and itchy scalp while ridding bacteria and dandruff. Treat your hair with this mask and watch it become more hydrated than ever.

What are some of your favorite homemade hair mask recipes? Let us know in the comments.

avocado hair mask

Hot Oil Treatment

A great way to relax and soothe your scalp is with a hot oil treatment. Hot oil treatments strengthen dry, brittle hair, promote hair growth, and stimulate blood circulation. These treatments serve as an agent in restoring oil into the hair and preventing dandruff. These are mainly beneficial during the cold winter months.

hot oil treatment

Hot oil treatments are simple enough for you do from the comfort of your home.

How to do a hot oil treatment from home:
1. Heat oil in a microwave-safe bowl
2. Allow oil to cool
3. Apply to scalp
4. Cover head with shower cap and leave on for 25 minutes
5. Sit under hair dryer or steamer to help oil penetrate scalp with moisture (optional)
6. Rinse and apply leave in conditioner

There are many oils that you can use for your hot oil treatment. Here are some of my favorite oils and their benefits:
• Coconut oil
Provides moisture and locks in essential oils that your body naturally produce
• Grapeseed oil
Contains vitamin E and helps to keep moisture locked in
• Carrot seed oil
Provides relief from itching, flaking, and burning of the scalp
• Jojoba oil
Penetrates scalp and removes dead skin
• Almond oil
Soothes discomfort that comes from a dry, itchy scalp

There are a ton of other oils that you can use to perform a hot oil treatment. Do you have any? Share them with us in the comments.

hot oil for hair

Practicing Stress Management

Can stress be the reason for your dandruff? While it is not a direct cause of the issue, individuals under pressure often have a weak immune system which can worsen your case of dandruff and make it even more difficult to prevent. Life is tough and can hit us with many stressors at once.

Here are some practices that may help to alleviate the stress that could be affecting the health of your hair:
• Exercise
• Meditation
• Writing
• Reading
• Hiking
• Going on a vacation

What are some of the ways you relieve stress? Let us know in the comments.

woman exercising


Did you know your diet could be the cause of your dry scalp? If you lack essential vitamins such as B6 and B12, you may want to consider incorporating more wholegrain cereals, fruits, and green leafy vegetables into your diet. I recommend taking a multi-vitamin to ensure that you are getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients. Also eating too many sugary foods can affect your scalp, causing it to become dry and flaky. It is also vital to limit consumption of spicy foods, salt, and alcohol as they too can create scalp irritations.

healthy food

Incorporating these remedies into your weekly hair regimen will help to prevent a dry scalp and dandruff.

Which of these treatments is your favorite? Let us know in the comments. Also, share any remedies that have helped to prevent your dry scalp and dandruff issues.

About EdLeea Brewster

EdLeea is a Mass Media Arts student at Clark Atlanta University. She enjoys thrifting, blogging, and finding Vegan desserts on Pinterest. She often switches it up by trying new hairstyles, outfits, and makeup looks. She lives her life through the famous Maya Angelou quote "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."

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10 thoughts on “Dandruff Sucks! Our Dry Scalp Remedies You Can Do Right Now!

  1. Marneshasanders says:

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    Yes, dandruff could be the worst thing ever when weighing in the factor to healthy hair but they are plenty of ways to eliminate it as well. The two basic requirements for healthy hair and scalp are cleanliness and stimulation. The hair should be shampooed as often as necessary to reverse dirt, oils, and product build-up. Medicated shampoos and tea tree shampoos are ideal for treatment but also mixing baking soda with apple cider vinegar mixed with shampoo will also eliminate dandruff. The message is another method that can be used with shampooing and conditioning the hair. This method manipulates the scalp by rubbing, tapping, kneading, or stroking with the hands providing beneficial qualities such as increase of blood circulation and calming tenses. Massages help conditions dry scalp, minimal flaking and to temporarily soothe a tight scalp.

  2. Candace Davis says:

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    Peppermint and castor oil is excellent for dandruff. After washing with a medicated shampoo, I use a Denman brush to loosen dandruff on my scalp and proceed with an apple cider rinse Using mothers apple cider vinegar on my scalp. I leave on for about 30 mins. I follow up with the Organix line of conditioners as a deep conditioner and mix in peppermint and castor oil.This will stay on for about an hour with a heated cap. Rinse off with cold water to close pores and blow dry as normal on the coolest setting.

  3. Tamela Bell says:

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    My daughter has a dandruff problem. We tried over the counter products and they did not work. I came across some Paul Mitchell Peppermint and Tea Tree shampoo and decided let’s try this. IT WORKED GUYS!!! Cleared away the dandruff and left her hair smelling fresh and clean. It is now her go-to shampoo. Try Paul Mitchell.

  4. Alia says:

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    Apple cider vinegar helps a lot! I apply it diluted with water to my scalp instead of shampoo, and I also take apple cider vinegar supplements which helps a ton! Also diluted tea tree oil is great for dry skin and dry scalp

  5. Denise Cruickshank says:

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    My sister has very bad dandruff, she has tried everything you can think of and nothing works, I will tell her about these remedies, hope is works for her

  6. Jadore’ll Avant says:

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    Thank you for these awesome tips! I suffer from dandruff and I absolutely HATE it! I will try these remedies and hopefully at least one of them works for me!

  7. Tyesha says:

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    I used to struggle with severe dandruff and I decided to make my own little scrub at home. It had coffee grounds (already warm from being brewed), a small amount from the coffee (so the mixture wasn’t too thick), cinnamon, lemon juice and honey. The coffee grounds were the abrasive agent in the scrub but make sure they aren’t too dry or it’ll scratch your scalp up a little too much; coffee also stimulates your roots. Cinnamon stimulates your scalp and encourages hair growth. Lemon juice’s acidity can help balance the pH of your scalp. Honey helps with locking in moisture and it will also help your hair feel soft and silky after the wash. Wash with a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner then apply an olive and coconut oil directly to your scalp to the ends of your hair to lock in moisture.

  8. Danielle says:

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    Here’s a good tip I learned a few years back that I currently use on my self and my clients., before wetting your hair put the medicated shampoo on your scalp and cover with a plastic cap for 5 to 10min. Then wet the hair and shampoo twice, this method has lifted the dandruff from the scalp.. after shampooing put castor oil and coconut oil mix on the scalp cover with plastic cap and sit under dryer for 10 min then condition with medicated conditioner and rinse with cool water… try this method It works for me and my clients do I hope it works for everyone😁

  9. Ronesha says:

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    Dandruff… Just makes you want to stick your head in a bucket of grease lol. Well, I have four girls who all have very dry scalp and I use a mixture of head and shoulders and sulfur 8 shampoo and conditioner. There is a God!!! This keeps there scalp conditioned and all the itching and flaking is gone. To grease their hair once it has been blown dried is a mixture of coconut oil and tea tree oil which I would recommend for anyone who has dry scalp.

  10. Raquellwashington says:

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    Great tips. I have personally done the mask, deep conditioning, and hot oil treatment. I found that using Wild Growth oil made my problem go away permanently.

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