How to Cure Oily Hair and a Dry Scalp

by Laura Dixon ; Updated September 28, 2017

Problem hair can come in various forms, but one unpleasant combination is oily hair and a dry scalp. These two phenomena often go hand in hand when the scalp is working overtime to produce enough oil to compensate for its dryness, giving hair a greasy and limp appearance. Fortunately, there are ways to combat this perpetual bad hair day and even cure the condition once and for all.

Items you will need

  • Shampoo
  • Apple cider vinegar
Step 1

Wash your hair daily with a mild shampoo or a shampoo designed for dry scalps or oily hair, such as Head ‘N Shoulders 2 in 1 Dry Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner.

Step 2

Lather the shampoo onto the hair rather than scrubbing it into the scalp, to avoid drying out the skin further.

Step 3

Rinse your hair well to eliminate any shampoo residue, which can exacerbate oiliness.

Step 4

Use conditioner only on the ends of the hair, or refrain from using it at all if the hair is particularly oily.

Step 5

Mix an apple-cider-vinegar rinse using 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water, again washing the hair and not the scalp. Rinse thoroughly after applying the mixture.


  • Try a shampoo with tea tree oil to help do away with your dry scalp, as this ingredient has been proven to alleviate the problem and yield healthier-looking tresses.

    Drink plenty of water to help keep your scalp’s oil production in balance and help make for a better head of hair, as well as improved overall health.


  • Do not scratch your scalp, and try to avoid touching your hair too often, as both of these habits can worsen the combined problem.

    Refrain from using gels or shine products on your hair, which can further weigh it down.

    Consult a dermatologist if the above solutions do not help to cure your dry scalp and oily hair. You may have an allergic reaction to something in your environment or a skin condition that requires prescription treatment.