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Natural Remedies For A Dry, Flaky, and Itchy Scalp!

Marnae Joseph

There’s nothing more irritating then a dry, flaky, itchy scalp!! With all the wonderful product lines out there it’s easy to be bombarded with information. Especially when it comes to suffering from dry hair and scalp. Before your spin your wheels and try everything out there…. Take a look in you kitchen pantry. Here’s a quick list of common items in your pantry with surprising benefits.



apple cider vinegar

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

None of us can deny the amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar will stimulate hair follicles, and also treat dandruff and itchy scalp. Once a month or bi-weekly use an organic apple cider rinse before shampooing your hair. Leave the rinse on for one to three minutes and then Rinse well. This will help remove product build up which causes dandruff. It cleanses the hair and scalp without leaving it dried out and restores shine.


olive oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This rich oil has been around since the beginning of time. It was used in civilizations from Mesopotamia to Ancient Egypt and Greece. Olive Oil is great for our hair. It’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory oil. Due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties it promotes scalp health and prevents dandruff. It is one of the few oils that actually penetrates the hair, leaves it moisturizing and also seals in the moisture. Olive oil can be added to shampoo to protect the hair from getting stripped it is also good as a pre- conditioning treatment before shampoo. An olive oil treatment can improve the elasticity and strength of your hair.


coconut oil

Coconut Oil

The scalp and hair are high in bacterial content, but coconut oil is an effective remedy to deal with the issue. Coconut oil contains both antifungal and antibacterial to protect against dandruff. Coconut Oil enters the hair shaft and it actually has the ability to patch and protect the hair from the inside out. It is light in weight and non greasy and one of the highest recommended oil for promoting healthy hair. It’s an excellent conditioner, helps prevent dandruff and is wonderful for scalp massages. Coconut oil can be used as a pre-shampoo treat or a hot oil treatment.


Hair care is built from a strong foundation. Before scouring the world for quality products, begin with the basics. This basic list of items can be easily added to your hair regimen, and remember, some of the best remedies for dry hair and scalp can be right under you nose.

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  • marceline butler

    its not really a comment but a question. My hair is natural infact i have locks and wanted to know if its ok to use castoroil on my hair instead of olive or coconut oil? I would be most grateful for your response to my question.

    • Nneka Otim

      Hi Mareline,

      Thank you for reading my article, castor oil is a little heavy but you can use it a styling oil for your maintenance. Make sure you use a clarifying shampoo to help prevent build up. Also make sure your using a high quality, pure castor oil. Good Luck!

  • Terri Miller

    Thank you for this info . I have two of these items in my house .

  • Thanks for the info. I did the big chop 2/28/14 because of severe hair breakage. I went back to my beautician for an edge up and she trimmed it again and suggested I get a color and OMG. I HATED IT. That was 4/16/14. I started putting a black rinse on it 4 days later. I like the freedom of just kind of combing and going, but its getting hard to manage because of this dryness. I reallyy don’t want to go back to a perm or a curl relaxer that she suggested.HELP!

    • Nneka Otim

      Hi Brenda,

      Thank you for reading my article, it sounds like your hair is dry because of the color. Try doing a deep conditioning steam treatment once a month and use a leave-in conditioner on a regular basis. Color can be drying to the hair and even rinses may cause changes to your hair. Go above and beyond your normal conditioning regimen. Best of Luck!

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