Dealing with dry, itchy scalp? Read this post for the best products and remedies to help heal your scalp!
I’ve never dealt with scalp issues until the last few months. I’m not sure if it’s the aging process, passing the postpartum phase of my life, or just seasonal changes, but my scalp is ON FIRE this winter.
My Dry, Itchy Scalp Symptoms
I noticed it a couple of months ago. Different patches all over my scalp. It wasn’t just dandruff. But, sensitive and sore spots. It literally feels like my scalp is on fire sometimes. I’m sure my scratching all over doesn’t help. Sorry, TMI, but it’s just the reality of the situation going on my head. 😛
I noticed that there are some areas, like above my neckline and at the crown of my head that are extra dry and patchy. When I asked David to have a look at it, he said that he could see the redness and some areas that had crusted over like skin-colored scabs. Enough of the nasty description of the state of my dry, itchy scalp.
If you’re experiencing the same type of scalp issues, read below for more info and remedies.
What Causes Dry Scalp?
Apparently, it’s a common problem especially during the winter. Not surprising since I do deal with dry skin issues this time of year. Many of you told me that you’re dealing with the same annoying and tedious symptoms.
Dry scalp can be caused by any number of things like seasonal dryness, washing your hair too frequently, product build-up, reactions to products and chemicals, etc.
Make sure to check the products you’re using and that they’re free of the “Itchy Ms” – Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone. These two chemicals are often overlooked, but are the culprits of causing dry scalp for many women.
I received a lot of feedback on products to try, as well as, natural remedies that can help with dry scalp issues, so I’ve put together a list for you to check out below:
Best Products and Remedies for Dry Itchy Scalp
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Best Products for Dry Itchy Scalp
I found the most recommended and best products for dry itchy scalp that you can shop on Amazon right now. Click the images above or the links below:
Head & Shoulders Shampoo & Conditioner – many of you said that you use this anti-dandruff shampoo & conditioner 1-2x a week year round. Others mentioned that dermatologists recommend using an anti-dandruff product regularly to help promote healthy scalps.
Wow! Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo & Conditioner – This was the most recommended shampoo and conditioner by my Instagram followers. It also has amazing reviews on Amazon. I just ordered it myself, so I’ll update next week after I use it a few times. Many of you said that this is a great winter product to help with dry itchy scalp. Also great in the summer when you need to clean your hair out from pool or beach hair.
Scalp Massager – Highly recommended to increase circulation and to break down product build up. It’s also a great stress-relieving method to use this tool to massage your scalp regularly. If you love getting your hair washed at the salon, this is the next best thing to getting your scalp massaged by the professionals.
Rose Water Scalp Spray – This product is for daily use to provide scalp relief. Use this instead of scratching! It helps to soothe your skin and provide hydration to your scalp instantly.
Jason Tea Tree Normalizing Shampoo & Conditioner – Many of you recommended this brand of tea tree oil based shampoo and conditioner. They also carry an anti-dandruff shampoo that is highly rated. I’m going to try this one after the ACV one above to see if I notice a difference between using Tea Tree vs ACV based products.
Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner – This is another shampoo and conditioner set based with tea tree oil. It’s a little bit cheaper than the Jason brand. It also has great reviews on Amazon.
Natural Remedies for Dry Itchy Scalp
If you’re into essential oils, then you can make your own DIY hair spray and hair serum. A few of you sent me this DIY recipe below:
DIY Hair Spray for Dry Itchy Scalp
- 10 drops rosemary EO
- 10 drops cedardwood EO
- 10 drops lavender EO
- 3 oz. witch hazel
- 1 oz. water
Mix EOs and witch hazel in glass spray bottle. Fill rest with water. Shake vigorously before use and then spray onto wet hair. Dry and style as normal.
DIY Hair Serum for Dry Itchy Scalp
- 10 drops rosemary EO
- 10 drops cedarwood EO
- 10 drops lavender EO
- 2 Tbs. jojoba oil
- 2 Tbs. argan oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a glass pump bottle. Pump the mixture 2-3 times in your hand and massage into hair, concentrating on the roots. Lightly, gently apply to scalp and let it soak in. Wash hair as normal, doesn’t have to be right away.
What Worked for Me
I tried the DIY hair spray and I can honestly say that it works as a dry scalp reliever when you’re already feeling the symptoms. I don’t think it cures dry scalp, but it does work for the day to day scalp relief I need between hair washes.
I also tried the sample size of the Living Proof Triple Detox Shampoo that seemed to clear up my scalp for a bit. I didn’t buy the full size, but it does work. I’m excited to try and update you on the ACV Shampoo I mentioned above. It’s a much better value for the quantity and I’ll probably add it to my regular rotation to prevent further dry scalp issues.
I’m hoping that my dry itchy scalp symptoms are seasonal. But, I do plan on using several of the products year round, so that I don’t run into the same problem next winter. The scalp massager is already part of my regular hair care routine.
There were a few other products that some of you recommended like the Kristin Ess line at Target. A couple of you also mentioned using Dove Mens Shampoo! David uses this, so I tried it a couple of times and it does have a cooling sensation that gave me instant relief.
Hope this helps! I will be back to update you on some of the other products coming my way in the next couple of days.
Any other remedies or products you use to help keep your scalp healthy? Share with me below in the comments!
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