Concerned Asian woman with long brown hair examines dry scalp in handheld mirror.


A dry scalp can be a frustrating and even painful experience, and can be caused by a number of things, including shampooing too often, using the wrong type of shampoo (for example using a shampoo for dry scalps when you have an oily scalp), allergic reactions to products, weather changes, psoriasis and dandruff. A dry scalp can cause itching, flaking, and even cracked skin (which can lead to hair loss) so it is definitely not a condition to ignore. Luckily, there are many ways you can fix a dry scalp with at-home remedies! We created a list of our three favorite dry scalp remedies – keep reading to learn how to fix a dry scalp!

3 of the best dry scalp remedies

Apply a natural moisturizer

One of the easiest and most simple treatments for dry scalp is to use a natural moisturizer that can be picked up from your local drugstore or grocery store. Some common and effective options are aloe, coconut oil or jojoba oil:

Aloe: with soothing, hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe is a favourite for at-home scalp care and is available in most drug stores. To use, apply it topically to your scalp and let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse.
Coconut oil: super moisturizing with mild antibacterial and antifungal properties, coconut oil is also available almost everywhere. To use, massage into your scalp until it absorbs fully. You can either leave it on overnight or rinse any excess off in the shower.
Jojoba oil: used to relieve dry, flaky and itchy skin, jojoba oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and is widely available. To use, apply a couple drops directly to the scalp and allow it to soak in, or mix a few drops to your shampoo to make it more hydrating.

To be on the safe side, you may wish to perform a patch test before applying these products to your scalp in case you have an allergic reaction. To perform a patch test, apply a small portion of the product to the inside of your elbow and cover with a band-aid. Leave the product for 24 hours, then check. If the skin looks red, flaky, itchy, has hives or another type of breakout, do not use that product on your scalp.

Use specially formulated products dry scalp

If a dry scalp is something you struggle with, we recommend making sure every product that touches your scalp is specially formulated to help hydrate and protect it. That’s why we created our line of soothing and hydrating products, backed by years of research. We recommend trying:

Avoid products with alcohol

While alcohol can help to make certain hair products, like hairspray, easier to use, it is also a drying agent. So, if the alcohol comes into contact with your scalp skin it can dry it out, too. Therefor, if you suffer from a dry scalp, it is best to opt for alcohol-free products.

Talk to a dermatologist

Of course, if your scalp dryness is extreme and at-home remedies don’t quite do the trick, it may be time to see a dermatologist who can prescribe a medicated or specialty treatment for your dry scalp. 

We hope you found these tips for fixing a dry scalp helpful! If you would like to try our line of soothing and hydrating scalp care products or would like to stock our products in your salon, please contact juliArt today!

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