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Home remedies for dry itchy scalp of colored -treated hair

Updated July 20, 2017

A dry, itchy scalp can be uncomfortable, however not everyone can afford salon products and treatments to provide relief. There are many home remedies for dry scalp that are safe for coloured hair, using ingredients easily found in a local pharmacy or grocery store.

Drink Water

When not enough water is consumed the skin dries and flakes, more visibly in some areas than in others. The scalp is no exception, increasing fluid intake -- of water especially -- will make a difference to a parched scalp. Added hydration will also increase the longevity of hair colour.

Olive Oil

Many salons offer olive oil treatments with scalp massages to provide relief to dry hair. This can be easily imitated at home with a cup of olive oil, a sulphate-free shampoo to maintain colour, cling film and a bonnet hair dryer. Wash hair with shampoo and lightly towel dry. Bending over a kitchen sink, saturate hair with olive oil, wrap in cling film and sit under dryer for at least 30 minutes before rinsing.

Banana and Avocado

The fatty, natural oils in bananas and avocados aid in many beauty treatments, including remedies for dry, itchy scalp. Take an overripe banana and an overripe avocado, mash together until smooth and massage into hair. Allow to sit for at least fifteen minutes before rinsing. Shampoo after rinsing to remove all traces of the fruit from hair.

Prevent Dry Scalp

After the immediate problem has been quelled, take precautionary steps to prevent dry scalp from reoccurring. Eat more foods with good fatty oils, such as fish, avocados and nuts. Condition hair after shampooing and use a deep conditioner weekly. Protect the scalp from sun and high wind with a scarf or hat. Try colouring the hair less often, or switch to a semipermanent, ammonia-free brand.

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Based in southern Florida, Ashley Morgan has been a journalist and photographer since 2003. She has written for various online and print publications, including "Caribbean Travel+Life" magazine. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Central Florida.