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DIY Scalp Moisturizer

Last Updated on November 30, 2021

Do you have an itchy scalp and dandruff?

We all know how important looking after your skin is, but what about your scalp? Not everyone remembers that their scalp needs the same amount of TLC as your skin, so when your scalp becomes itchy and sore, you need to do something about it.


I’m going to show you how you can condition your scalp to keep it healthy and moisturized. From signs of a dry scalp, to my top hair care tips for dry scalp and my favorite DIY moisturizer for dry scalp that will make it super easy to eliminate dandruff and keep your scalp happy.

If you think moisturizing your scalp is complicated or don’t know where to start I’ve got you. Most of what you need is right there in your kitchen, so you won’t be needing a bunch of overpriced products to reap the benefits.

Here’s a tip- Beware of the shampoos you use that can be full of irritating ingredients and make your scalp drier. Whenever possible, read the ingredients and choose natural products that are gentle on your scalp.

Let’s go!


How to tell if you have dry scalp

If you think you have dry scalp, then you’ll know it’s not easy. Your scalp can affect your hair and roots, and can be very uncomfortable to deal with. Here are a couple of symptoms of dry scalp:

Itchiness- If you’re always scratching away at your scalp and it feels itchy, it could be dry scalp. It could also be lice, or more serious scalp conditions.

Dandruff- This is not a sign that your hair is dirty, but rather your scalp is so dry that it is literally flaking. Washing your hair more often can just make it worse.

Soreness- If your scalp is really dry, it could become sore and feel tight or painful.

If you have one of these symptoms, it could be that you have dry scalp. To make sure, you can always check with a dermatologist who will let you know what treatment is best for you and if they are part of more serious health conditions such psoriasis and eczema. It can also simply run in the family or be a symptom of medical conditions.

Sometimes changing seasons, or using harsh shampoos can cause dry scalp, but the good news is there is a lot you can do to take care of it and restore it back to a healthy scalp.

What’s a good DIY scalp moisturizer

If you have dry scalp but have no idea how to moisturize it, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to share with you my favorite homemade moisturizing treatment for dry scalp that will leave your hair looking good too.

To make this diy scalp mask treatment, we will only use oils and essential oils.

Carrier oils

As the base for your scalp mask, you will need a carrier oil. They work really well to dilute essential oils, and also for sealing in moisture so you can hydrate your scalp. They can also be used to treat skin conditions and help carry the good stuff into your skin without it evaporating too quickly.

Here’s a tip- when purchasing oils, it is essential that you choose cold-pressed, unrefined oils with no additives so you get all the richness and nutrients.

Here are a few you could choose from for your treatment:

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is great as an antimicrobial and anti-fungal agent for your scalp. Coconut oil is perfect for moisturizing your skin and preventing breakouts, killing bacteria and viruses. It is solid at room temperature so needs to be heated to use properly.

Olive oil

Not just great in the kitchen, olive oil is super nourishing on your skin too. I like olive oil because it provides moisture and is great if you have nut allergies. It also has anti-inflammatory properties!

Jojoba oil

One of my favorites to use for skin and hair care, as it contains loads of proteins and minerals as well as anti-inflammatory effects for the skin. It is lightweight and works well with acne too.

Sweet almond oil

Sweet almond oil absorbs easily and is packed full of vitamins. It penetrates the skin deeply to moisturize from within, so it’s a great option for your scalp too!

Argan oil

This one can be slightly more expensive but is well worth it. For hair or skincare, argan oil is full of antioxidants and vitamin e, and is light enough to absorb well into the scalp too. It’s super moisturizing and will leave your scalp feeling great!

These are just a few suggestions for oils that work really well for hair or skincare. You can use any of these for your scalp, or blend a few together. Don’t be afraid to check out other oils in your kitchen cupboard such as castor oil that are also rich in nutrients for your scalp.

When making a homemade hair and scalp moisturizer it’s a good idea to use essential oils mixed in the carrier oil to help treat any conditions you have, and also nourish your scalp.

Essential Oils

Not only are essential oils fragrant, but with only a few drops they can be super potent when it comes to treating your scalp. Here are a few you can choose from:

Tea tree oil- Tea tree oil is a very useful oil to have around, it helps to clear acne and breakouts, and it has anti fungal properties that will help to clean your dry scalp and treat it.

Lavender oil- Lavender oil has a great scent, but it is also very nourishing for your dry scalp. It can help your skin to heal itself and promotes elasticity.

Peppermint oil– This is another antiseptic essential oil that will help to keep bacteria and fungus away, as well as treating all the little skin conditions such as dandruff you might have.

Geranium- A soft essential oil that works to treat and heal wounds and has a really nice scent too.

Patchouli- It has anti-fungal and antiseptic properties to treat your dry scalp

You can also use cedarwood and rosemary which are great for scalp treatments. There are so many essential oils to choose from but these are a few suggestions to start you off.

A word of caution- Essential oils are very strong, and to use them you need to dilute them into a carrier oil. You only need a few drops to get the most out of it!

How to make diy natural hair scalp moisturizer

To make a scalp mask, it’s best to do this before your shower.

You will need:

  • 1 tbsp carrier oil (or a blend!)
  • 9 drops of essential oil (either use one or a mix)

You may need to warm the tablespoons of carrier oil in a double boiler, and then mix in and blend the drops of essential oils. Leave it on for a minimum of 30 minutes, or overnight if you can. Once you’ve applied the mask, after some time you can shower and use a gentle shampoo to wash it out.

To apply the oil and drops of essential oil mixture, massage it into your head for 5 minutes, this is going to boost your blood circulation and help the oil to penetrate the skin and cover it properly. The massage will also warm up the oil and make it more effective. To see results, you need to be consistent and do this treatment every week.

Here are a few additional tips

Apart from making a homemade hair and scalp moisturizer, there are a few things you can do that will help to treat and prevent dry scalp conditions.

Apple cider vinegar rinse- After showering and shampoo, you can use apple cider vinegar as a rinse and leave it in your hair for 15mins. Then simply rinse out. The result is a deep cleanse that will remove build-up.

Avoid using harsh shampoo– Many shampoos you buy are full of irritating ingredients and can be very stripping on your skin. Try to go for a natural, gentle shampoo free from sodium laurel sulphate to wash your hair without drying out your scalp.

Wash your hair less often – If you are using shampoo and washing your hair every day, you could be stripping your hair of its natural oils needed to stay moisturized. Overusing shampoo can lead to a dry scalp and greasy hair.

Drink water– This is also something that can be causing dry skin. You need to be drinking around 2 litres of water a day so that your body can keep itself hydrated from the inside out. Try drinking more water!

Final Thoughts

Itchy scalp is no fun for anyone, but whatever the cause there are a few things you can do to keep your scalp hydrated. The benefits of looking after the health of your scalp are many, like no more itchiness and dandruff, to longer, healthier hair.

A couple of tablespoons of olive oil, castor oil or coconut oil to moisturize your head, add in a few drops of tea tree oil to the mixture and there you have a homemade mask. It is super easy to do before you shower, and then simply wash and rinse off. You may even see some hair growth too!

We can easily forget about our scalp, but when you try to apply and massage diy natural hair scalp moisturizer every week at home, you will be moisturizing your scalp.

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