5 Home Remedies for Dandruff and Dry Scalp

5 home remedies for dandruff and dry scalp

Do you have a dry, irritated scalp? It can be so miserable, but with just a bit of knowledge, you can help the situation. Below are 5 powerful home remedies for dandruff and dry scalp to help you get relief.

First of all, what is dandruff?  Is there a difference between dandruff and a dry scalp?

What’s the difference between dandruff and a dry scalp?

Dry, flaky skin on your scalp can be either dandruff or dry skin. It is important to know the difference between the two because how you go about treating your condition depending on what you actually have.

Is it a dry scalp?

A dry scalp usually produces small white flakes of skin and can be irritated and itchy. The reasons for this condition are many. Overwashing your hair, using water that is too hot, weather changes, or using hair products that contain harmful, drying ingredients are all culprits. Inferior shampoos and other hair care products that are loaded with low-quality components that tend to strip your scalp of moisture, resulting in a dry scalp that flakes.

Is it dandruff?

Dandruff, on the other hand, produces flakes that are different. The flakes are much larger and are more greasy and sticky.

A fungal infection can be the cause of dandruff. A fungus named Malassezia is a fungus that causes dandruff. When your immune system is compromised, this fungus can take hold and cause scalp problems.  Other parts of your body can be vulnerable as well.

Below are tips to help both conditions – dry scalp and dandruff.

Dry Scalp Treatment Tips:

  • Your hair and scalp is a reflection of what is going on inside of you.  So make sure to drink plenty of water to hydrate your body. A hydrated body can do a better job of helping to eliminate a dry scalp.
  • Stop using inferior, harsh hair products and use ones that have natural ingredients instead.
  • Reduce the number of times you wash your hair. And don’t worry about a clean scalp. Your hair and scalp will adapt very quickly to the new routine. Your scalp needs time to produce its own oils to keep it naturally moisturized – so be patient.
  • Wash your hair with water that is cooler than what you use for your body. Most folks wash their hair in the shower and use the same water temperature for both body and hair.  Instead, you should use cooler water for your scalp because hot water will just strip your hair of much-needed oils that keep your scalp from drying out.
  • Massage your scalp for about 10 minutes before washing.  This will help to loosen the dead skin cells and encourage cell turnover. This simple task will help your scalp to produce and regulate natural oils.

Dandruff Treatment Tips:

  • Please don’t scratch your scalp. Not easy, but when you scratch your scalp, you are more prone to irritation, pain, and infections.
  • Choose the right hair care products. Purchase anti-fungal products that have ingredients such as oregano, tea tree, or manuka oils.
  • Reduce the hair products you are using because too many products on the scalp can be very irritating and can make your situation worse, not better.
  • It’s important to change your pillowcase regularly since a fungal infection can cause dandruff. It’s a good idea to sanitize all your brushes and combs as well. Practicing proper hygiene will help you keep your dandruff under control and help eliminate it.

Below are 5 home remedies for dandruff and dry scalp.

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, so it is excellent for killing fungus and bacteria. Plus it’s very soothing on the scalp.

When you use it on a regular basis, it will moisturize your scalp and help to remove dandruff and dry skin.


Heat a tablespoon or two of coconut oil and then apply it to the scalp and massage for about 10 minutes.  You can leave it in your hair for about an hour and then wash it out with warm water.  You can repeat this process once or twice a week.

2. Honey

Honey has been proven to be an effective remedy for dandruff and dry scalp.  Not surprising because honey attracts moisture. It has natural wax and vitamins and minerals. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal – a blessing for those suffering from scalp problems.


Combine raw honey (preferably Manuka) and water (75% honey and 25% water) and make a paste. Massage this mixture into your scalp for about 5 minutes. Let it remain in the hair for about an hour, then shampoo with a mild and natural shampoo.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is excellent for scalp problems because it helps to stabilize the ph of the scalp. This helps to make your scalp inhospitable to bacteria and fungi. It also does a good job of removing dead skin cells, thereby unclogging hair follicles and removing any build-up of hair products.


Combine ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¾ cup warm water. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and apply to your freshly washed scalp. Cover your hair and allow the mixture to remain on the scalp for about 30 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. You can use this gentle treatment as often as you need.

4.  Essential Oils

Many essential oils contain antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, much like honey and coconut oil. Therefore, they are very effective in treating infections and inflammation. Tea tree, oregano, rosemary, lavender, and thyme (just to name a few), all help to fight infections and bacteria.


Simply put a few drops of an essential oil in a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil and massage on the scalp before washing.  Do not put an undiluted essential oil directly on the scalp as it is extremely potent.

5. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera is very soothing to an irritated scalp because it is very moisturizing. It also kills bacteria on the scalp and helps control inflammation. It is a very cleansing plant, so it will help to remove dead skin cells to improve your scalp condition.


Simply apply a tablespoon or two of aloe vera gel (preferably fresh) to the scalp and massage for about 10 minutes.  Leave on your scalp for about an hour and then wash with warm water.

So there you have it – 5 home remedies for dandruff and dry scalp.

Please visit a doctor if your condition worsens or you experience unbearable or unusual symptoms.

Quick Version:

A dry scalp usually produces small white flakes and can be irritated and itchy. Dandruff, on the other hand, produces flakes that are much larger and is more greasy and sticky. A fungal infection can be the cause of dandruff.

Tips to control dandruff and dry scalp – drink enough water to stay hydrated, don’t use inferior hair care products, don’t wash your hair in water that is too hot, don’t scratch your scalp and practice good hygiene.

Remedies – Coconut oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera gel, and essential oils.

What remedy have you found to be super effective in treating a dry scalp or dandruff?  We’d love to hear from you.

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