How to heal your dry and irritated scalp

I’m going to talk about a very dear subject to me in this post, healing and relieving dry and irritated scalp.

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For a very long time, I had a dry and irritated scalp, it was very damaging psychologically, I had scales all over my shoulders, and my hair simply looked awful no matter what I did!

In fact, I was very self-conscious when talking to people, I always imagined that they were looking at my dandruff and they were disgusted by me!

This wasn’t my only problem, there were other ones, for example, my scalp was also extremely sensitive and even worse, it was irritated all the time!

For example, I would be minding my own business, when a huge desire to scratch myself arises; soon, I started feeling depressed and anxious because I couldn’t get rid of this problem.

So, I began consulting dermatologists, and they all confirmed that my scalp was suffering from fungal problems, and that it was very dry.

Today, I’m going to show you how to get rid of your dry and irritated scalp symptoms while also increasing your hair growth because one of the ingredients you are going to use today is very powerful at increasing hair growth.

So, here is what you need to understand about your dry and irritated scalp:

Your sebaceous glands are not working properly!

Your sebaceous glands are the tiny organs found on your skin and in your scalp responsible for producing sebum, the oily substance that covers your skin and also your scalp.

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Well, this sebum is extremely important because it’s the one responsible for covering your scalp with a thin layer of fat which is very protective and will also get rid of funguses and bacteria and keeps them from harming you.

The problem with your sebaceous glands is that if your diet is rich in saturated fats and especially trans fats, then, they are going to start producing thick and very viscous sebum that’s very difficult to spread, soon, they will get clogged!

This is the problem with your dry and irritated scalp: it’s your diet; you are eating the wrong foods.

I’ve talked about this in many of my previous posts, however, you need to understand that you will need to stop eating saturated fats and trans fats as much as possible, and this means that you need to get rid of processed foods from your diet, completely.

Let’s talk now about getting rid of your dry and irritated scalp symptoms:

The first thing you need to do is to use these natural oils, they are extremely beneficial:

Every week, I want you to mix five tablespoons of olive oil with half a teaspoon of peppermint oil and one teaspoon of tea tree oil, then, every day, massage your scalp with a maximum of one teaspoon of this oil mixture.

The next step is to avoid using shampoos and other hair products, especially hair relaxers, for a minimum of fifteen days, this will make your scalp produce more sebum and regain its strength and health again.

The wonderful thing about our scalps is that they are able to repair themselves by themselves, without our intervention, we just need to leave them alone.

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And this is what you need to do: leave your scalp alone in order to repair itself and get rid of these problems by itself.


  1. LAYLA mecozzi says:

    Hi Chris, I was really pleased to find your website today as there’s so much information here about scalp problems. I’m a bit confused though as to what’s the best treatment for me to try. I suffer from a burning scalp with hair loss and a woman in my forties. I’m worried as the hair loss seems to have sped up recently and my hair is looking quite thin now. The house I live in is very damp and I was wondering if my problems are being caused by fungus or breathing in mould spores? What do you think would be the best treatment for me? I want to get my hair growing again as soon as possible and get rid of this horrible burning feeling all over my scalp. I see you recommend white vinegar and also peppermint oil mixtures but I’m confused as to whether I wash these out or leave them on my scalp and how often to do the treatments. I’d be really grateful for your advice. Thank you.

    • I suffered as you do. I was finally diagnosed with hair dye allergy. PPD is the cause. I switched to henna and my hair grew back. It’s shiny and healthy now but I still suffer from dry scalp. I’m using argon oil and that does help.

  2. how long to keep the applied mixture of olive oil and tea tree oil on scalp, and how to wash it off, does shampooing gives adverse effect?

    • 25 mins 🙂

      • Hi Chris!

        • My scalp hair is affected by fungal infection. I read about white piedra hair and its symptoms match similary with my case. Hence, please suggest a natural remedy to cure this hair fungi.

          Please advise if I can use Terassil anti-fungal ointment for my hair plus scalp to get rid of this fungi. Currently, I am using Scalpe plus shampoo that contains Ketconazole + Zinc pyrithione. However, my hair has turned weak, started thinning and appear brittle now. Hence, looking out for a natural treatment and cure.

          Note: I read that this white piedra affects the hair only
          Please advise natural remedy that will be effective in my case. Awaiting your response. Thank you very much!

        • Hello Nilima 🙂

      • How do I wash the oil off as you have suggested not to use any shampoo for 15days

        • By using lukewarm water, the aim is not to get rid of all the oil, but to have some residue in your hair, don’t worry, it’s not bad for your scalp and hair, it’s the opposite, very healthy.

          • Christine Schorr says:

            Aloha Chris-thank you for sharing your in depth research on scalp issues I am leaning some valuable things here ,especially as I have very dry skin . I use a kuku nut oil blend simular to yours as a hot oil treatment once a week but did not know that castor oil could be added for increased scalp benefits. What do you think of Apple cider vinegar rinse after the oil treatment? I have heard of people using it for shine and to wash out some of the oil but I was wondering if it would strip and dry my hair? Keep up the research and sharing with us you are doing great work here.

          • Hello, thanks for all the kind words. That would be too much, just stick to the oil blend you are already using, and yes, it will dry your scalp more.

  3. I don’t think you mention anything about brushing your hair in your recent posts.

    Do you brush your hair? I hear it’s good for stimulating your scalp. If so, which brush do you recommend for a male with short hair?

    Thank you!

    • I don’t like brushing my hair daily, it stresses my scalp, that’s a personal opinion, you can use scalp simulator brushes, I heard they are good, I don’t know, never used one before.

  4. Hi, l am 56.suffering from severe itchiness in my scalp.After trying many things my doctor has prescribed becloziate-c lotion 10 drops every alternate day n hyphoral tabs once a that ok.

  5. Hi Chris.suffering from severe itchiness from last many mnths.tried no of lotions n medicines prescribed by doctors,nothing helped.recently got keratin done,l hv to fully blowdry my hair after every wash(sulphate free shampoo).all the time scraching with both my hands.using ammonia free hair dye.cant do with out

  6. ann mccarthy says:

    My problem is I have a very itchy scalp no dandruff awake all night with the bloody thing. Small little scabs in places on the scalp and the stinging is something else. Also re the white vingar would that be a good solution for the scalp and do you put it in before washing the hair and leave for length of time. Thanking you. Ann

    • Hi Ann, well, I highly recommend you try using tea tree oil, one teaspoon mixed with one tablespoon olive oil a day, apply to your scalp over night.

  7. sandeep jadhav says:

    suffering from scalp psoriasis dry scalp dandruff

  8. The oil mixture mentioned in this post for dry hair has been suggested to be applied(1tsp)everyday for 15 days,bt it is not clear whether to shampoo every day and then apply or not to shampoo at all and keep applying this mixture. That would mean to shampoo after 15 days.

  9. Sarah Valnes says:

    I have been picking scabs off my scalp off and on for years. Recently my grandpa got sick and then passes away. It’s only become worse. I pick and pick. I can’t seen to stop. My hairdresser said my hair is thinning from this and a medication I am on which also makes my hair feel dry. My scalp usually isn’t itchy. I’m just can’t stop myself. If I feel a raised bump even I have to pick it off. I am desperate for help. Thank you

    • I’m sorry for your loss. Please, try to use three drops of tea tree oil with one teaspoon olive oil, daily, rinse with shampoo after 25 min, this will help your itchiness and dryness a lot.

  10. Hi. I have same clogged sebum problem which attached with root and cause hair loss. I see every hair strand has white colored dandruff like thing. Have done lods of research and found jojoba oil helps get rid of this problem. What do you suggest? Tea tree is better or jojoba oil ?

  11. Hi Chris, awesome site, very helpful. After you leave the oils in for 25 minutes, can it be washed off using a nioxin shampoo?

  12. Just stumbled on your site Chris. Thank you for the great information. Was wondering if it’s ok to just rinse off properly with plenty of lukewarm water as opposed to shampooing?

    Thank you.

    • You have to shampoo.

      • Chris – thx you for your awesome site! I get a bit confused with which treatment I should try tho or if I should use a combo of them. I tend to scratch at any bumps on my scalp which leads to forming scabs and then that just perpetuates the problem by causing a cycle of harmful behavior – more bumps that lead to more scratching at the scabs, and on & on! I try to be self-aware & to restrain from touching the bumps & scabs but often I find myself mindlessly picking again w/o even being aware of my behavior. Anyways – read that you recommended ‘The Power of Now’ to someone & I actually read it many years ago so pulled it out again but I just bought the companion workbook and plan to
        work on it daily – I hadn’t done that before. Tolle can be difficult to grasp at times – Ha! But a great book! Back to a scalp tx for me – should I use the Clean & Clear shampoo w/ added tea tree oil and then use the conditioner? I feel like my hair gets too dry if I just use a daily shampoo. OR – should I try the vinegar mix shampoo method & if so – how long should I let it sit on my scalp b/f rinsing – and then should I apply the jojoba oil (or olive oil mix) and rinse off after 25 mins? Will that help the rest of my hair from drying out? I just can’t decide which method to try… please advise. Oh – also – should I wash hair/scalp daily? A dermatologist once told me to try not washing my hair for about a week so the the scalp glands could work better but after a day or 2 I feel like my hair is too dirty. My hair is shoulder length & have no dandruff or flaking – just bad behavior that I need to break the cycle. Please respond by email! Thanks!

  13. I bought peppermint essential oil and tea tree essential oil. Do I still use the recommended dosage you listed?

  14. Using these oils every day and then washing them out won’t dry you hair out? Is there any way you can leave them in?

  15. Would like to try this but you said “The next step is to avoid using shampoos and other hair products, especially hair relaxers, for a minimum of fifteen days,” I can not go without washing my hair for 15 days.

  16. Hi Chris,
    Do you recommend any proper way of washing out the oils such certain water temperature or solution . I usually work out 6 days a week and normally shower twice. But I’m never able to wash out the oils properly since I can’t use any hair products. Oily hair and a sweat usually doesn’t work for my skin as it tends to cause breakout on my forehead. Also, you said not to use any shampoo or hair products. So is it ok to use conditioners? Last, should I keep my hair short while I’m applying these treatments? Thank for your help.

  17. Hi Chris,

    How do you recommend using the Minoxidil twice and the oil mixture? For example in the morning, would you use the oil mixture for 25 minutes then rinse and then apply the minoxidil?

    Thanks so much!

  18. I got a very bad irritation from some coloring shampoo. It was itching like crazy. I had this condition for many months and became worse and worse to the point that I was bleeding. I couldn’t stop scratching. I have tried many things and nothing worked. (olive oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil, castor oil, vitamin E oil, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera gel, bought all kinds of special shampoos and other things). I am writing to you just to share my experience on this and how I managed to ease my problem. One of my friend gave me an antibiotic ointment for something on my arm and I have tried it on my scalp also and helped me a lot . It is called ” BANEOCIN” 20mg, it is a combination of Bacitracin and Neomycin. You could find it online if you search for it(I used it for few days). Also a huge part of my healing was a spray I have found at Walmart ,it’s called RASH RELIEF (also it says TECNU on top) ,Medicated Anti-Itch Spray ,with scar prevention, homeopatic (stops itching and pain, dries oozing, promotes healing) It was about $12. I use this spray in the evening and I leave it over night and wash my hair in the morning. I use Wella sensitive shampoo (from Amazon,purple bottle, and I mix with a little conditioner from Nioxin ) This is what I use now, I never tried the Free and clear shampoo,maybe that works too. The irritation is almost gone and I don’t feel the urge to scratch again. So happy I have tried this spray. Hope this will help somebody.

    • Thanks so much for your contribution.

    • Louise Abreu says:

      Mar Dret,
      Did you also have a lot of swollen spots that produced a lot of sebum?

      • Mar Dret says:

        No,I haven’t…(sorry I haven’t replied earlier,I just didn’t go back on this site for a long time)…but I realized those scabs will itch a lot when they are dry ,so make sure you don’t remove them, just dab a little olive oil on them (or something else that softens for the moment, you don’t have to put on the entire scalp unless you want that) . I think the antibiotic helped me a lot. I saw there are few kinds of antibiotic ointments on shelf at Fred Meyer, but I haven’t tried any of them. You have to make sure you don’t have a shampoo that will irritate more. As I said before, I have tried lots of shampoos and the only one that is very gentle for me is the Wella Calm for sensitive scalp(purple bottle,I saw online that Target has it for like $18/ 33 oz. :))

    • Deborah Lorenzen says:

      Mar Dret, I just put antibiotic ointment on scalp because of burning sores that have come out of no where! Preceded by a very dry itchy scalp! I too have tried olive oil, coconut oil, aloe vera 100% gel, and shampoos that are sulfate free. I need to refresh my hair color but fear applying any chemicals to an irritated scalp. Shampooing seems to further irritate the condition. I have also tried green tea bags applied to scalp and oatmeal. Read an article that organic honey is a cure according to research from the UK. This condition is maddening and painful.

  19. Shalin kathiriya says:

    Hi chris i am from india.
    About one to two year ago my hair is so black and growth is too good but now from almost six months hair starting becomes dull means reddish and scalp becomes itchy when i touch it but if i don’t touch it it will be fine.

    Can i try no water or rinsing for hair for 15 days??

  20. Deborah Lorenzen says:

    Chris I have suffered from extremely sore itchy scalp for about three months. The irritation is worse following coconut oil scalp treatment and a sulfate free shampoo. In fact as I type this comment my scalp is on fire and extremely red. You mentioned the vinegar, shampoo and oil treatment; is that every day for a week? You mentioned not to wash hair everyday: please clarify.

  21. Terry Coberly says:

    Chris, I have a very tight feeling scalp with pimple like bumps underneath that itch. My hair is falling and an very brittle and dry. I have tried olive oil and lavender left on all night, castor oil left on all night, avocadoes and bananas, vinegar rinses, Free and Clear shampoo. Any suggestions? Dermatologist took biopsy yesterday. Do you have any ideas?

  22. Yamilette Gonzalez says:

    Im sorry I read through all of the comments but I am still a bit confused. I have extremely dry itchy scalp with no flakes and I have been going through this for two years now. I have tried everything. For your treatment I need to not wash my hair for 15 days.. after that use the oil treatment? And wash my hair everyday? My scalp is worse when I get out of the shower and when I wake up in the mornings. I don’t know what else to do.

    • Hi, so sorry for the delay, I was out of the country for ten days.
      So, no need, just rinse with lukewarm water, please, describe your issue more, how does your scalp look like and is it red, inflamed or very itchy.

      • Yamilette Gonzalez says:

        Hi! That’s okay. I dyed my hair about the years ago. I’m not sure if I developed an allergic reaction to the bleach that was on my scalp or something because I ended up with blis
        ters all throughout my scalp and scabs. Scans are now obviously gone but my scalp is itchy, feels irritated, it’s not read at all, I have flakes just when k scratch that area. But looks overall healthy but it does not feel healthy because of the itchiness. Ive tried doxepin, clobetasol shampoo, betamethasone, every dandruff shampo, acv rinses. Ive tried lots of things but it doesn’t seem to help with my issue. Thank you very much for answering my comment and I look forward in hearing from you and what you think i should do!

        • Seems like your scalp is suffering from chemical burns, better give it some rest.
          My advice is to stop all treatments, including shampoo and only use lukewarm water once every four days, this will help your hair stay clean, I’m sorry, but when the scalp has been damaged with chemicals, just avoid exposing it to more chemicals and within fifteen days, it should be just fine.

  23. Hi Chris, I am 24 years old woman. I ever straightened my hair when I was just 15 years old, back then I don’t have any confidence because of my wavy hair. Until I realized that straightened my hair is the worst decision ever that make my hair lifeless until now. My hair dont stop falling from the roots, for a years and it freak me out because I can see thining and little bald spot in my hair. I feel so sad because Im still too young to see my thining lifeless hair. I ever try “no-poo” method but it makes my hair even worse, more oily and more hair fall after failed experimenting “no-poo” method, I learnt that I can’t leave my hair too oily it just makes my hair go crazy even when I touch my hair they will just fall from their roots :(( I also learnt that Im allergic to SLS shampoo, so I try non sulphate shampoo but my hair still easily fall from their roots.
    I just ordered kukui nut oil and thank God I found your website, your stories and your tips give me hope to heal my scalp and my hair :)) Can you give me best formula to mix my kukui nut oil?
    I wouldn’t mind if I have to purchase several oils from your recomendation. Also, can I still wash my hair with my sulphate-free shampoo from that routine?
    Thankyou so much. You dont know how grateful I am to know your website.

    • I also have disgestive issues. I have chronic gastritis, and I consume medicine for about 3years. I think that also affect my hair a lot because I have health problems.

    • Hello,
      Kukui oil is great, but to increase your hair growth and stop hair loss, you’d better use peppermint oil mixed with olive oil, I have a post about it in this website, and yes, you can wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo although I would recommend you use Free and Clear shampoo, amazing, you own’t regret getting it.
      Thanks a million time, I’m so grateful for your comment, I really hope my advice help you.

  24. Rhonda Longstreet says:

    Is coconut oil good for skin and hair? If so how often should it be applied?

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