How to treat dry & flaky scalp

Updated March 23, 2017

Many factors may contribute to your dry and flaky scalp, including harsh winter weather, hair products containing chemicals that irritate and dry your scalp, hairsprays, hair colouring and styling mousse. There are many solutions to solve the problem of a dry and flaky scalp, including natural home remedies using items that you may already have on hand in your pantry, as well as over-the-counter preparations.

Cleanse your scalp with ½ cup apple cider vinegar mixed with ¼ cup of water and a teaspoon of clear honey. Add 2 drops of lavender essential oil to soothe and moisturise your scalp. The apple cider vinegar cleans residue build-up from your scalp, while the honey soothes and softens dry flaky patches to prevent itching. Leave the mixture on for 1 hour and wash off with warm water. Repeat twice a week to prevent dry flaking of your scalp.

Boil 2 cups of water with 2 tbsp of chamomile flowers. Leave the brew to steep for 30 minutes. Drain off the liquid and add 3 drops of lavender essential oil. After rinsing off the shampoo with clear running water, use the resulting liquid as a final rinse for your hair.

Mix ½ cup of whole milk, ¼ cup of clear honey and 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Massage the resulting concoction into your hair and leave on for 2 hours or more to give the ingredients a chance to work on your dry and flaky scalp. Milk works as soothing relief for the scalp, and contains vitamin D for scalp and hair health. Honey is a moisturising and softening factor in this remedy; the extra virgin olive oil softens and penetrates deeply into the scalp to alleviate dry, flaky patches. Use this remedy as often as required.

Apply aloe vera gel to your scalp, leaving it on for as long as possible before washing it off. Aloe vera gel was first used by ancient civilisations thousands of years ago for its rejuvenating, hydrating and moisturising properties. When aloe is used on the scalp, it returns the natural balance of oils to the scalp and hair follicles. Use aloe vera gel as needed.

Shampoo with Jason Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo especially formulated for the relief of dry, flaky scalp and the associated itching. Jason Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo contains botanicals that are kind to your hair and scalp, and provitamins, including vitamin B5, extracts of nettle, chamomile flowers, hops and marigold. This shampoo is enriched with vitamins A and E for optimum scalp and hair health (see Resources).


Use all-natural shampoos and conditioners whenever possible, and avoid hairspray, mousse and other hair grooming products that may dry out your scalp.


With persistent dry and flaky scalp, a check up with your family physician may be necessary for evaluation.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Clear honey
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Whole milk
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Aloe vera
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Victoria Ries is a freelance writer whose work has been published in various print magazines, including "Guideposts," "BackHome," New Homesteading" and "Mother Earth News." Ries enjoys working on diverse topics such as travel, animal rescue, health and home business. Ries is currently working on her B.A. in psychology.