Home Remedies for Dry Scalp

10. Avocados

Avocados contain monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids that can both moisturize and protect your skin. You can consume avocados (delicious!) and apply avocado or avocado oil topically to soothe dry scalp.

Where to buy? You can grab avocados at your local grocery store or find avocado oil in stores and online.

How to use: You can use both avocado oil or blended avocado topically to reduce dry scalp and its symptoms. If you’re using blended avocado, mix it with a few drops of carrier oil like olive oil before massaging it into your scalp. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before washing it out.

For an extra boost, you can blend both avocados and bananas together to use as a treatment.

Risks and side effects

Treating dry scalp with these home remedies is generally considered safe and risk-free. Before using any new product, especially essential oils, you should do a test patch on the inside of your wrist to avoid an allergic reaction.

It’s important to remember that essential oils aren’t monitored for purity or quality, so you should use caution when choosing a quality brand. These oils are also potent and should always be diluted with a carrier oil. In this case, using coconut or olive oil as a carrier oil could have added benefits for treating your scalp.

Dry scalp can be bothersome, just alone for its visible effects on your hair and scalp. However, it can also lead to dandruff and visible hair loss. Hair loss may be due to persistent scratching.

Some people will scratch enough that it causes soreness or even open wounds. If not cared for, these sores could become inflamed. In extreme cases, the sores (whether caused by scratching or infections) could result in scarring. If you believe you have any sores or wounds, you should see a doctor before applying any oils or home remedies as they may irritate the wound.

In cases where dry scalp is caused by or associated with an infection — particularly a fungal infection — treatment is necessary to prevent it from spreading. You should see your doctor.


Dry scalp can be uncomfortable, but fortunately it’s highly treatable. Many cases of dry scalp respond well to a change in your hair care products or routine, and home remedies can certainly help speed up the process.

If home remedies haven’t started to work after two weeks, you can make an appointment to see your doctor to make sure there isn’t an underlying health condition that requires prescription treatment. If you notice that you’re experiencing hair loss along with dry scalp, particularly in conjunction with sores or blisters, it’s also a good idea to check in with your healthcare provider.

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