How to Get Rid of Dry Hair and Dry Scalp

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Updated: July 31, 2019 Having dry hair and scalp can be frustrating, but you may be able to find relief! While dry hair and scalp have several causes, changing your hair care habits and using deep conditioning treatments will usually help fix it. To get rid of your dry hair and scalp, adjust your hair care routine to avoid products and techniques that cause dryness. Then, restore moisture to your hair and scalp using a home treatment. Finally, protect your hair to keep it as healthy as possible.

Adjusting Your Hair Care Habits

  1. Shampoo your hair no more than 2-3 times a week. Washing your hair too often can dry out both your scalp and hair. You don’t need to wash your hair every day, and skipping washes may help improve the look and feel of your hair. For best results, wash your hair just 2-3 times per week.
    • If your hair feels very dirty, try using dry shampoo between washes.
    • It’s okay to condition your hair between washes, if you like.
  2. Use a sulfate-free, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Sulfate can dry out both your hair and your scalp, so skip products that contain it. Check the label on your shampoo and conditioner to make sure they are sulfate-free and are moisturizing. This can help you find relief.
  3. Condition your hair daily, but avoid your scalp. Using a moisturizing conditioner may help treat your dry hair. Apply the conditioner starting at your ends, then stop just before you reach your scalp. Let the conditioner sit on your hair for 3 minutes before rinsing it out with cool water, which seals your cuticle.
    • Don’t put the conditioner on your scalp because it may worsen the dryness, especially if you have dandruff.
  4. Do a 20-30 minute deep conditioning treatment once a week. Apply a deep conditioning treatment to your hair starting at the ends and working up to your roots. Let it sit for up to 30 minutes, then rinse with cool water to seal your cuticle. This will help restore your hair’s moisture.
    • Follow the directions on your product label.
  5. Use heat styling tools no more than 1-2 times a week to prevent damage. Unfortunately, styling tools can damage your hair and even cause breakage. Avoid using heat to style your hair if you can. Otherwise, limit your use of heat styling tools to just 1-2 times a week. This includes your hair dryer, straightener, and curling iron.
    • When you do use heat styling tools, apply a heat protectant to your hair first. This will help reduce the damage.

Using Home Treatments

  1. Apply coconut oil to your hair and scalp for 20-30 minutes. Divide your hair into 4-6 sections, depending on how thick your hair is. Starting with the first section, use your fingers to apply a thin layer of coconut oil to your hair and scalp. Continue applying the oil to each section until your hair is coated. Then, cover your head with a shower cap and a hot towel. Let the oil sit for up to 30 minutes, then shampoo and condition your hair to remove it.
    • If you don’t have much time, leave the oil on your hair for 10 minutes. It won’t be quite as effective, but you should see results.
  2. Do a hot oil treatment to add moisture to your hair. Pour about .5 cups (120 mL) of oil into a bowl. Heat the oil in a pot of boiling water or the microwave until it feels warm. Massage the oil into your hair and scalp, then cover your hair with a shower cap and a warm towel. Let the oil sit for 30-45 minutes. Finally, shampoo and condition your hair to remove the oil.
    • You can use any oil that you have on hand. Avocado oil is a great option for dry hair, and jojoba oil helps with dandruff. You can also use coconut oil, which is great for all hair types.
  3. Try a homemade egg yolk mask, which may help with dryness. To make your mask, put 2-3 whole eggs into a clean bowl and add 2-3 drops of lemon juice. Beat the eggs until they get frothy, then apply the mask to your hair using your fingers. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the mask sit for 20 minutes. Rinse the mask out with cool water, then shampoo and condition your hair.
    • You can use this treatment once or twice a month.
    • Don’t rinse the mask out with warm or hot water because the egg will start to cook and will be harder to remove.
  4. Use a homemade gelatin mask for smooth, shiny hair. Stir 1 tbsp (9 g) of gelatin into 1 cup (240 mL) of warm water. Let the gelatin sit for 5 minutes, then add 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of apple cider vinegar and 6 drops of rosemary essential oil. Mix the ingredients, then apply the mask to your hair. Let is sit for 10 minutes before shampooing and conditioning your hair.
    • Instead of the rosemary essential oil, you can use clary sage, lavender, or jasmine essential oil.
  5. Apply a thick layer of mayonnaise to your hair to restore moisture. Wet your hair with warm water before applying the mask. Use your fingers to apply a thin coat of mayonnaise to your hair, starting at your ends and working up to your roots. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the mayonnaise sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Finally, rinse out the mayonnaise, shampoo, and condition.
    • Choose a mayonnaise that contains eggs and oil, as these are the ingredients that treat the dryness.
  6. Use an avocado mask to add moisture to your hair and scalp. Add a ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of extra virgin olive oil, and 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of honey to a blender, food processor, or clean bowl. Mix the ingredients together until your mask is an even consistency. Apply the mask to dry hair and massage it into your scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the mask sit for 30 minutes. Finally, rinse your hair out with cool water, then shampoo and condition.
    • Avocados are rich in vitamins, minerals, and natural oils, so they may make your hair soft, glossy, and moisturized.
  7. Use honey to make a deep conditioning mask. For an easy option, mix 1 part honey and 2 parts conditioner together. Alternatively, mix 4 tablespoons (59 mL) of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of pure vegetable glycerin, and 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of pure honey to make a mask. Apply the conditioner to your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing your hair with cool water.
    • Be aware that honey can lighten your hair.

Protecting Your Hair and Scalp

  1. Eat a nutritious diet or take a multivitamin to avoid vitamin deficiencies. Consuming nutritious foods will help you get the nutrients you need for healthy hair. If you want to use supplements, check with your doctor first to make sure they’re safe for you to take. Here are some ways you can improve your diet to help relieve your dry hair:
    • Eat more fatty fish, like tuna, salmon, sardines, and mackerel.
    • Choose more fresh produce, especially blueberries, broccoli, and tomatoes.
    • Add nutrient-dense foods like walnuts, kidney beans, and oysters.
    • Take supplements for Omega-3s, vitamin A, vitamin C, biotin, and iron.
  2. Wear a hat when you’re out in the sun. Sun exposure can dry out your hair and scalp, so spending time outdoors can make your condition worse. Covering your head with a hat helps block the sun’s rays, so it may help with your dry hair and scalp. Choose a hat with a brim for the best coverage.
    • If you can, spend less time outdoors during the sunny parts of the day.
  3. Wear a swim cap while swimming to protect your hair from chlorine. Exposing your hair and scalp to chlorinated water may dry them out. Fortunately, you don’t have to give up swimming! Instead, cover your head with a swim cap before you get in the pool. This will protect both your hair and scalp, which may help with your dryness.
    • You can buy a swim cap online.
    • As another option, keep your hair out of the water while you’re spending time in a pool.

Tips

  • Always visit a dermatologist or your doctor if you are experiencing scalp problems.

Warnings

  • Don’t use baking soda treatments if you have dry hair or scalp because baking soda is too harsh and drying. It will likely make your dryness worse.
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