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DIY Oil Treatment For Dry, Flaky Scalps

I just love blog post ideas that are born of a genuine need and being able to find a great solution! That is definitely how today’s post came about. I’ll let Britta fill you in. :-)

Britta writes….  A few weeks ago, my husband Neil was grumbling to me about his hair situation. He has always had a somewhat flaky scalp, but he felt that the dandruff shampoo he was using somehow made his scalp dryer, which made his hair “poofy”, and he hated that. He also felt that it wasn’t helping much with the flakiness issue either. From the little I know about hair, “poofy” hair usually equals dry hair. So I thought that if I could find a way to moisturize both his scalp and his hair, that we could take care of all of his hair woes at once. So after scouring the web for ideas, I came up with this formula:

Dry Scalp Treatment

DIY Dry Scalp Oil Treatment

Jojoba oil is a wonderful emollient, which means that it will soothe and soften and itchy and irritated scalp. It also helps dissolve clogged hair follicles and slough off any dead skin flakes still attached to the scalp. It is also an excellent moisturizer, and is considered by some to be the king of oils when it comes to hair.

Tea Tree essential oil is has antifungal properties, which makes it a great addition to any dandruff treatment since it could be a fungal issue.

Rosemary essential oil is very stimulating, which can increase blood flow to the scalp and encourage growth.

To apply the treatment, I mixed the oils up in a ramekin used a fan brush to apply it to his scalp. Where his hair is longer, I found it easiest to section off his hair a bit at a time, like how a cosmetologist applies hair dye. On the back and sides of his head where his hair is short, I simply painted the oil on with the brush.

Dry Scalp Treatment

Then I massaged the oil into his scalp for a few minutes, just to make sure it got everywhere. (I suspect this part of the process was his favorite!)

Dry Scalp Treatment

After letting the oil treatment do its thing for about 15 minutes, Neil got into the shower to rinse it out. He skipped the shampoo, but he did use a bit of conditioner to help coax the oil out.

Dry Scalp Treatment

And that’s all there is to it! We’ve done this treatment twice now and we’re definitely going to keep it up. He loves that it gets rid of the flakes without drying his hair out, and he definitely loves that he gets a free head massage, too. ;-)

What essential oils do I use?
Have a question about essential oils? Curious about what brand of essential oils I prefer? Find the answers in my Essential Oils FAQ!

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  • Thanks for this ‘recipe’ – I’ve a scalp like that, only worse! And thanks for saying he didn’t use shampoo to wash the oils out. Great idea. What conditioner did he use?

  • Thank you for sharing this. This is such a great tip since most of the anti-dandruff shampoos available in the market will have side effects or leave your hair dry and brittle. I am such a fan of anything organic because of its efficacy. Great post!

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      Also, the coconut oil “hot oil treatment” posted a while back helped with itch (don’t have dandruff), and also made my hair really, really soft. I live in the Mojave desert, so dry, itchy head and dry hair is a big issue.

  • I have been using a Neways shampoo and adding lavender EO to try to help mine. I go to my hair dresser this week so I will see what she has to say about my scalp. I may have to also try this treatment also.
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  • Good idea. In the past when my scalp gets like that I just heat a little olive oil for a few seconds in the microwave, leave on my scalp about 15 minutes and then wash and condition as usual. This is great for that wintertime scalp itch.

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  • thank you for all your wonderful tips! they are very helpful and healthful . (if that’s a word) . look forward to using this oil on my scalp. it’s not dandruff but always feels like I have sand on my scalp when if fact I don’t. thank you again! best wishes, Lisa

    • Thank you for this blog post!!! I have two questions about how to use the treatment. First, my daughter is an older teen and suffers from dandruff. I have been searching for a natural way to help her out instead of using the dandruff shampoos with all of the chemicals in it. I have even resorted to putting Melaleuca in her shampoo to try and help with her dandruff. She has low self esteem because of her dandruff even though she showers and washes her hair everyday. Being in high school, she’s just over sensitive about how other the kids might be thinking about her. I am so happy that you posted this in your blog today. I have all the supplies to make the hair treatment tonight.

      My two questions to you is how many times a week or month should we apply this treatment? And, would it be ok for her to shampoo after the treatment ? She has very long and thick hair and I’m just afraid that she might feel that her hair is greasy if she only uses conditioner.

      Thank you again for yet another wonderful blog post. Be blessed.

      • Jullian, my daughter was the same way. I happened to read somewhere that dandruff can be a sign of a dairy allergy so she gave up dairy and no more dandruff!

      • Your daughter might be surprised at how clean her hair can get with just conditioner. Shampoo can actually be rather drying, which could make the flakiness worse. I rarely use shampoo, but use Suave Naturals conditioner instead. Probably any cheap conditioner is fine, but use a lot more of it than you would shampoo. My hair still gets ‘squeaky clean’.

      • Jullian, shampoo would be just fine to use after this treatment! You could also try simply using a bit of baking soda as a “shampoo” in the shower to help get the oil out, I’ve heard that’s very helpful for some people!

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