Dealing with a dry scalp can be not only annoying but sometimes painful. It often leads you down an internet rabbit hole searching for “remedies for a dry scalp.” Many dry scalp conditions can be linked to overwashing your hair, under washing your hair, current health conditions, medications, or harsh reactions to hair products. Seasonal weather changes may also come into play when it comes to the causes of dry scalp.
Those with a dry scalp may experience soreness, irritation, dandruff and even dare we say it – hair loss. If you’re dealing with this, not to worry! We have a handful of dry scalp remedies for you to try.
Up your water intake
This may be a bit of common sense, but sometimes our lives get so busy our water intake suffers. With our bodies being made of at least 60 percent of water, any increase will definitely impact your hair’s appearance and contribute to that flaky dry scalp. Get a water bottle and sit it next to your work area or set timers on your phone so you don’t forget to drink up throughout the day. Improve scalp health one sip at a time.
Find a hydrating shampoo
Not all shampoos are equal, and your flaky dry scalp may be the result. This dry scalp treatment could be as simple as swapping out your current shampoo. Look for a shampoo with soothing aloe vera like the Suave Essentials Aloe & Waterlily Shampoo. Aloe vera has been used for centuries for its healing properties and is extremely hydrating.
Suave Essentials Aloe & Waterlily Shampoo
This Aloe Water Lily Shampoo has a perfectly balanced formula that leaves hair squeaky clean without sacrificing moisture.
Slow down your cleansing routine
If your shower routine is 10 minutes long but only 1 minute is dedicated to your hair cleansing routine, we recommend you rethink that. Taking your time when shampooing your hair can become one of the most helpful remedies for a dry scalp. When you apply the product, like an anti-dandruff shampoo, gently massage it into your scalp and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes. This gives the product time to actually do its job and frees you up to perform other shower duties.
The Dove Dermacare Scalp Invigorating Mint Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is made especially for those suffering from dandruff which then causes a flaky dry scalp. With the help of its fresh mint sensation and pH balanced formula, it will help you conquer your dry scalp woes in no time.
Dove Dermacare Scalp Invigorating Mint Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
The Dove DermaCare Scalp series is designed to not only banish dandruff flakes but also help recover scalp and hair’s natural moisture. With a fresh mint sensation, Invigorating Mint anti-dandruff shampoo is formulated with active Pyrithione Zinc to effectively treat dandruff in a formula to renew the scalps moisture balance. Its pH balanced formula helps to hydrate and gently care for hair.
Introduce a scalp scrub
You know the typical lather, rinse, repeat instructions, but what about adding “scrub” to the lineup? Scalp scrubs are a great dry scalp treatment due to their exfoliating properties. Think about it as a reset. Try Nexxus Clean & Pure Invigorating Detox Scalp Scrub. It’s one of our favorite dry scalp remedies due to its ability to clarify product buildup and rebalance the scalp.
Nexxus Clean & Pure Invigorating Detox Scalp Scrub
Detox your scalp for an instant reset! Rebalance your scalp and hair by removing impurities, including product and oil build-up. Detoxify, purify, and rebalance your scalp and hair by removing impurities, including product and oil build-up.
Rethink your current hair care products
Some ingredients found in hair care products may not be compatible with your hair, which results in a flaky dry scalp. Not to worry though. Your search for dry scalp remedies may come to an end after you switch up your products. Before you purchase your next set of products, take a look at their ingredients to spot ones you know. You’ll want products with oils and ingredients made for scalp care like jojoba, tea tree, coconut, or even manuka honey and papaya which have fabulous moisturizing properties. Here are some recommendations to get you started:
SheaMoisture Papaya & Neroli All Day Frizz Control Shampoo
The first step in fighting frizz is with our gentle cleansing Papaya & Neroli All Day Frizz Control Shampoo. Infused with straight-from-paradise Papaya, juicy Neroli, Elderflower, and Fair Trade Shea Butter, our shampoo helps to keep hair feeling clean, hydrated, and smooth.
Meet coconut oil
Coconut oil’s ability to act as one of the best dry scalp remedies is superior. It’s effective at combating dry skin and may help with a flaky dry scalp too. Coconut oil’s antiviral properties may also combat unwanted bacteria or developing scalp conditions.
You can look for a handful of products with this ingredient to help like SheaMoisture Head-To-Toe Nourishing Hydration 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Massage this cruelty-free, paraben-free oil into your scalp about 30 minutes before you start your cleansing and conditioning routine. Then rinse and follow up with SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo and SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Conditioner.
SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar
This mineral-rich shampoo bar absorbs excess oils and lifts away impurities while providing a gentle cleansing, rich lather.
SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo
Lift away impurities and re-hydrate hair with this gentle sulfate-free shampoo. Formulated with a nourishing blend of 100% Virgin Coconut and Shea Oils, creamy Coconut Milk, and Acacia Senegal that helps provide renewed hydration, manageability, and shine.
SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Conditioner
Re-hydrate, soften, and detangle hair with this daily rinse-out conditioner. Formulated with a nourishing blend of 100% Virgin Coconut and Shea Oils, creamy Coconut Milk, and Acacia Senegal that penetrates the hair shaft to re-hydrate and enhance natural softness while reducing frizz.
Revive your scalp with tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is popular for its potent health abilities, one of them acting as a dry scalp treatment. There are many dry scalp remedies on the market, but nothing beats plant-based natural oils to soothe your ails. Tea tree oil may contain antifungal and antiseptic properties that can assist in repairing a flaky dry scalp. We recommend products from the Suave line which are loaded with tea tree oil. They’re both formulated without dyes or parabens.
Suave Professionals Tea Tree & Hemp Seed Oil Revitalizing Shampoo
This silicone-free shampoo gently cleanses and purifies, leaving hair refreshingly clean with an energizing scent.
Suave Professionals Tea Tree & Hemp Seed Oil Revitalizing Conditioner
This revitalizing conditioner is infused with 100% Natural Tea Tree and Hemp Seed Oil. Tea Tree is known for its purifying and refreshing qualities while Hemp Seed Oil is known to moisturize. This silicone-free shampoo gently cleanses and purifies, leaving hair refreshingly clean with an energizing scent.
The Bottom Line
Know that you are not alone when it comes to caring for your scalp. Remedies for a dry scalp can be easy and less time consuming than you probably thought. Give these dry scalp treatment options a try and you’ll be back to feeling like yourself in no time.