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Homemade Dry Scalp Treatments

Category Dry Skin
You don't have to buy commercial dry scalp treatments; you can make your own using ingredients you may already have around the house. This is a guide about homemade dry scalp treatments.


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December 9, 20050 found this helpful


  • ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Squeeze ginger root through press to obtain one tablespoon of juice.
  2. Mix all ingredients.
  3. Apply to scalp and let dry before shampooing.
  4. Repeat three times a week.

By Ellen Brown

Note: Some recipes are not suitable for sensitive skin. Each person is different, so test on the inside arm or wrist for any possible allergic reactions before using these recipes.

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June 6, 20050 found this helpful

I have very dry scalp and hair problems. What are some homemade secrets to fix this? It is very embarrassing and I need help!


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November 30, 20070 found this helpful

my hair/scalp is saharrah desert dry. I'm a black american woman, 46, post menopausal for 3 years, paper thin hair at the crown, (my mama's hair was like this in her later years so this is obviously heredity), thick in the back and sides. I work out a lot and have to wash my hair more than normal for black women. This compounded with post menopause will be a challenge for anyone. My only hope is to probably see a dermatologist. Could someone offer some advice? If it is something I just have to live with, just keep it real.

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January 28, 20080 found this helpful

Has anyone heard of using Milk of Magnesia for dry scalp? If so how is it used?

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June 5, 20080 found this helpful

Did anyone try it, does it really work?

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June 19, 20080 found this helpful

I highly recommend Neutrogena's Dry Scalp Moisturizer. It works very well, its inexpensive, and it's safe on colored hair.

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

Try Shang Cheng shampoo. It really works. Be sure to leave any dandruff shampoo on for 3 minutes before rinsing.

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September 29, 20080 found this helpful

I live in Trinidad and have very dry skin and hair I've heard of the vinegar thing does it really work or are there any other products that I can use.

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December 5, 20080 found this helpful

Hi. I have what I think is called "soriasis"? but my scalps real dry, and i have tons of flakes, which is really gross! Do you any suggestions? Thanks!

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December 14, 20080 found this helpful

After doing these remedies. Should we dry our hair with a hair dryer or let it air dry? I have heard mixed responses on what helps the best.

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January 8, 20090 found this helpful

I went to my dermatologist and he prescribed a cream for my severe dry patches. Then he told me that the main ingredient in this cream (KETO-someting) is in NIZORAL. It costs about $13.00 a bottle but well worth it. I believe that is how it's spelled. The cream contains 2% and the NIZORAL contains 1%. You can use it daily and it really helps with the "DEEP" itchiness feeling and the patches are almost gone. I use a good moisturizing conditioner after each shampoo. Good luck.

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February 8, 20090 found this helpful

I have very dry scalp and I itch it then comes dandruff.

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January 27, 2011

Can olive oil which is used for preparing food be used as hair massage therapy for dry flaky scalp? If so, how long do you need to massage it in? After how many minutes do you wash it off?

By Neena

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January 27, 20110 found this helpful

I'm interested to see what kind of responses you get. I've heard of using jojoba for this (it's supposed to be very similar to the oil our own skin produces, and very readily absorbed).

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January 27, 20110 found this helpful

During biblical times I know that women used olive oil for conditioning their hair. Use the Google search engine. You will be surprised at the websites that will come up.

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January 27, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, you can use olive oil. Mediterrean women have used it for centuries (skin also). You can also use Almond oil (smells yummy) or virtually any kind of oil. Vegetable oil, whatever. Just don't use motor oil :). Remember any kind of oil is absorbed from your skin into your body! Oh another good one is coconut oil (health food stores). It will also kill germs! (works great on killing germs inside your mouth)(It smothers head lice also). It goes a long way, use sparingly. It also smells yummy.

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January 27, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, it works very well! I could give you a long, drawn-out story about what a salvation it was for me many years ago when I had 2 surgeries in 3 weeks & my body went so haywire that I went from oily scalp & skin to absolutely bone dry,flaky,itchy & very painful! Nothing worked until I read about using olive oil like a hot-oil treatment & boy did it work!

What you do is to heat a little oil in the microwave & massage it into your hair (I think it works better on damp hair, but it can be dry too). Put a shower cap on, or better yet wrap your head in plastic wrap. Let it sit anywhere from 20 minutes, an hour or longer,depending on how bad your hair is & how long you can stand it. You can wrap a towel over that if you want(the heat makes it absorb better).You can let it penetrate while you soak in the tub too.Shampoo it out. Might have to repeat shampoo to get it all out, or if you hair is really dry,it might absorb so much of the oil you only need shampoo once. Cider vinegar rinse helps too.

I went a little overboard. My head was so dry it hurt. the hot oil felt wonderful! I wrapped my head in plastic wrap, put a towel over my pillow & slept that way all night then washed it out. My hair was beautiful! I had to repeat this weekely until my body recovered & went back to it's normal,oily self.

We've used this for years since on various family members & it works better than any hot-oil treatment you buy.

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January 28, 20110 found this helpful

Also can be used to soak fingernails in. Put it in little bowls and soak for strong healthy nails. I have been using olive oil on my scalp for a while now, it works great. Jenny

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January 30, 20110 found this helpful

Olive oil works wonderfully on dry hair and scalp. if your natural hair color is light (eg. blonde) then ypu can wash it off after an hour, but if you have dark colored hair, then I would suggest to keep it on longer, maybe overnight, and wash it off next morning. That's because dark hair is more coarse than light hair. I would agree with the others who have suggested to warm the oil first, as it will be absorbed easily.

If you want to try something else, you can mix 1 egg, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1 cup of room temperature olive oil. mix well and saturate your hair with it. then wash it after 1 hour. Hair will be amazingly soft and shiny. (Do not heat the oil as that will cook the eggs!) Good Luck!

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