Itching, scratching, shaking—and shedding. Ugh. If you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp, you know the struggle. No matter what you do, the flaky skin keeps piling up. Instead of working your way through endless, expensive products that promise to salvage your scalp (but don't usually do the trick), treat yo' scalp and yourself with these five DIY dry scalp treatments.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used to solve a wide variety of health and cosmetic problems, from diabetes to acne, but it's also a magic worker when it comes to your itchy, dry scalp. Because of its antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar will ease any irritation almost instantly. Mix two-parts water, one-part apple cider vinegar and use the solution as a rinse before shampooing. Or, if you don't trust your DIY skills, choose Natural First Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Finishing Rinse. Be sure to use a deep conditioner afterward to lock in moisture and ensure your hair looks shiny and healthy.
A natural plant oil derived from the seeds of the Moroccan argan tree, argan oil has long come to the rescue of ailments. From treating skin diseases to aiding in the cosmetic beauty of hair and skin, an argan oil scalp treatment will do you good. You might not have this one in your cupboard, but you can find Aria Starr Beauty Organic Argan Oil online or at a store near you. Simply wet your hair and thoroughly massage a nickel-sized amount of argan oil onto your scalp. Then, continue with a good shampoo and conditioner, as usual.
Also used as a DIY exfoliant, baking soda is great at removing dead, flakey skin from your scalp while also killing the overactive fungi that cause scalp problems. Simply wet your hair and rub a small handful of baking soda thoroughly across your entire scalp. Rinse and follow up with your regular rinse-and-repeat routine.
Aspirin contains salicylic acid, the active ingredient used in many medical-grade, anti-dandruff products. This means your headache meds can actually cure your dry scalp, too! Simply crush one or two aspirin pills and mix the powder with the amount of shampoo you would usually use for each wash. Massage your scalp and let your shampoo sit for 1 to 2 minutes before rinsing and conditioning.
Olive oil can help loosen flakey skin associated with psoriasis, which may ultimately be the cause of your relentless dandruff. It also boosts the shine and luster of your hair itself. Win win! Pour one or two tablespoons of olive oil into your hand and directly massage it onto your scalp. Then mask your hair in olive oil as necessary and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before giving yourself a thorough shampoo. Either use the olive oil you already have in your pantry or choose a specialized product like the ORS Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion.