In the winter, home heating makes for dry air. That dry air can dry out your skin, including your scalp. If you suffer from an itchy, dry scalp or if you’re more prone to dandruff outbreaks during the winter, you can use several homemade scalp treatments to find relief. Different remedies work better for different people, so experiment a little to find the one that works best for you.
Oils That Can Help
Essential oils are oils extracted from herbs, spices, fruits and flowers through a distillation process. They have a potent aroma, and some have healing properties. Primrose oil, rosemary oil and lavender oil can each condition your scalp and help to relieve itchiness and dandruff.
The best essential oil for treating dry scalp and dandruff is tea tree oil. In an Australian study conducted at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and published in the December 2002 issue of the "Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology," researchers found that shampoos containing 5 percent standardized tea tree oil improved dandruff and reduced itchiness associated with dry scalp in 41 percent of patients.
Help From Your Kitchen
You can find a number of items in your kitchen that can help to reduce your dandruff and dry scalp during the winter months when symptoms are at their worst.
Try mixing equal parts of peanut oil and lemon juice. This mixture moisturizes and soothes the scalp. Work the mixture gently through your hair and down to your scalp. Allow it to sit for several minutes, and then wash your hair as you usually would.
Rinsing with vinegar can also help to relieve dry scalp and reduce dandruff. Mix one part vinegar with three parts water, and bring it into the shower with you. After you shampoo and condition your hair, rinse with the vinegar. It will help to remove the shampoo buildup that can cause your dry scalp to itch.
Coconut oil makes a wonderful scalp moisturizer. Rub the coconut oil into your scalp, and allow it to sit for up to 30 minutes. Then wash your hair. You may have to shampoo twice to remove all the oil.
Make an Infusion
Herbal infusions made with thyme or rosemary can help your dry scalp in winter months. To make an infusion, put 1 tbsp. of dried herb in a pan. Add 1 cup of water, and bring the mixture to a boil. Pour the boiling mixture into a jar and seal it. Allow the mixture to steep for four hours or more. Then strain the water into a fresh container and use it to wash your hair.