Top 12 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Dry Flaky Scalp

Next time you buy an anti-dandruff shampoo because you have been experiencing an itchy and dry scalp off late. It’s time to re-think. Dry scalp condition is not always associated with dandruff. Any weather changes or even change in room temperature by central heating can cause dry scalp. Using an anti-dandruff shampoo may worsen the condition as it makes your scalp drier.  As a remedy, try applying olive or baby oil on your scalp and leave it overnight to moisturize your dry scalp and bring it back its original state.

There are many other home remedies to tackle these very not-so wanted white flakes.

Top 12 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Dry Flaky Scalp

Coconut Oil

Efficiently treats dry and flaky scalp because of its wonderful moisturizing and anti-viral properties. Heat oil before applying. You must massage the oil in circular motion to help your scalp absorb oil and get it moisturized. Counts oil moisturizes and nourishes your skin and is easy to get in your nearest grocery shop. Do not discontinue application of oil. It should be repeated for everyday at least for fifteen minutes until you notice any reduction in aridness.  Once you feel it as adequately moisturized I. e. you no more get that itchy sensation at times, you can then repeat the treatment 2-3 times a week. Coconut oil also helps in hair growth. So while you are busy recovering from dry scalp you will be surprised to see the extra dimension added to your hair.

Olive Oil

Olive oil not only moistens your scalp but also helps retain the same for a longer duration.  Good thing, you need not let it set overnight, you can wash off using mild shampoo. You need to continue until you have got rid of that flakiness. To prevent further flaking of skin, repeat the procedure for 2-3 times a week.


Love eating curd? Your scalp needs it more. Curd has a very high concentration of protein that helps keep your scalp and hair moisturized and healthy.  Dab a cotton ball in a bowl of curd and apply it on the roots of your hair. Let it set for 20 mins and then wash it off.  It must be done as a habit than a hobby to get rid of dry scalp. Do this as a forever treatment of your hair and let them get as many as nutrients from curd for a healthier and shinier look.


They are sour but good for your hair and scalp.  It is a natural exfoliant and helps removing dry and flaky skin from scalp. Apply the juice without diluting, for half an hour. Comb your hair which is now faintly moistened so that those flaky scales come out. Wash off with a mild shampoo. Lemon juice helps removing dead skin cells which causes hair fall.

Bean Curd, Lemon and Honey

Bean curd is coagulated soy milk which has a total fat content of 7%. When bean curd or tofu as it is commonly known, is mixed with lemon and honey, it makes a mixture that is a blessing for your dried scalp condition. With two table spoons of bean curd and honey, add four tablespoons of lemon juice for an effective mix. Apply the mix to your scalp and massage for a deep penetration of this mixture. Let it set for 30 mins and wash it off. For better result on should continue this process every day. Once flakiness reduces, frequency of application can be further reduced to once or twice a week

Aloe Vera

The aloe vera gel has a multi usage property that treats your skin, hair, scars and purifies blood. Dry scalp condition can result from fungal and bacterial infections. Aloe is a naturally occurring moisturizing agent that helps you get rid of these infections. Cut a leaf of aloe plant, shave the upper skin, and you have that gelly content that can be scrapped out for use. Let it set for few hours. You won’t mind letting it set for this long as it is neither oily nor has a bad odor. Remember how heat can also cause flaky skin? Well aloe vera gel is a cooling agent and helps removing heat from your scalp.

Apple Cider and Vinegar

An application of vinegar as a home remedy, comes with it pH composition in mind.  Apple cider vinegar is great for restoring the pH balance of scalp. It also has anti-inflammatory property and hence keeps heat in check. Apple cider vinegar must be diluted before use and must be washed off after 30 mins. Continuous usage of apple cider vinegar will restore the pH balance of your scalp and also the dead and accumulated cells as well. If your skin is not over sensitive, apple cider vinegar can be used without dilution.

Egg White and Yoghurt

Sources of proteins are friends for your scalp. Egg white is rich source of protein which is excellent for strengthening the scalp and hair follicles. Yoghurt is natural moisturizer that helps removing dirt and dead skin cells from your scalp.  To a cup of yoghurt, mix one egg white and apply the same to your scalp. You can use a brush or a an ink dropper to apply the mixture onto your scalp. Leave the mixture for 30 mins and wash it off with a mild shampoo. Repeat the procedure thrice a week for better results.


An after shower treatment for dry scalp is here. Gently crush or tear fresh sage leaf and bring it to boil in a cup of water. Steep for a few minutes so that the leaves release their oil and set it to cool. Apply it on your scalp after a shower and leave it on to prevent dryness.  It has a very earthy smell, so don’t worry about any head turning moments when you walk out with this potion on.


Thyme helps treat dry scalp condition and fight hair fall.  Add 1 cup of water to one tablespoon of dried and bring the mixture to boil. Seep for 10 mins and let it cool. Use the liquid as a rinse for controlling dryness and flakiness of scalp.

Lilac, Basil and Henna Leaves

Dryness can be warded off by the mixture of 1 cup each of lilac leaves, basil leaves and henna leaves and coconut oil. These leaves contain antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which help to treat dry and itchy scalp. The mixture is heated till color of the liquid changes to brown. Apply this mixture once it cools down. Good thing, you can store this liquid for days. Wash off the oil with a mild shampoo after an hour and repeat this process daily for better result.


The antiseptic and anti-fungal property of neem provides relief from dryness. You can directly use the paste of leaves by washing and boiling it for 20 minutes. Leave the paste for 30 minutes before washing. Repeating this process 2 times in a week will give you better result. You can also use neem oil with any other carrier oil like coconut oil in the ratio 6:1 or 8:2 drops. Massage oil on your scalp and rinse it off with plain water.

These listed remedies are put together keeping accessibility and factor like ease of reach, in mind. There are still other remedies that you could try as well. You should also remember to maintain a healthy diet with plenty of water that helps keep your scalp hydrated. A piece of advice, avoid hair dryer, as excessive heat coming from dryer can damage production of natural oil from scalp and lastly before buying shampoo or conditioners please make sure they don’t contain sulphates or paraben.

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