The Best Treatment for Dry Scalps and Dandruff

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Comb through your choice of hot oil treatment to prevent itching and flaking from ruining your day. (Image: luckyraccoon/iStock/Getty Images)

Dry scalps and dandruff-prone hair can ruin even the best hair days. The itch and discomfort combined with distracting flakes are enough to have you throw your hair up into a bun out of sheer desperation. A dry scalp lacks moisture, and should be handled as you would dry ends or dry skin. Treat an itchy scalp and dandruff flakes with a hot oil treatment and get back to enjoying your locks.

Step 1

Pour 1/2 cup of oil into a microwave-safe dish. Oils formulated for the hair, such as Argan oil, can be used or you can work with household options including olive or coconut oil.

Step 2

Place the dish of oil in the microwave on regular heat for 20 seconds; remove with caution.

Step 3

Brush your hair from roots to tips to remove any build-up from your scalp. Natural-bristle paddle brushes are best for detangling and redistributing oil.

Step 4

Use your fingertips to part your hair in the center, and brush your hair again on either side of the part to keep it in place.

Step 5

Pour the oil into a plastic applicator bottle. These are sold at most department or beauty-supply stores.

Step 6

Position the applicator bottle at the front of your part. Pour the oil onto your part, moving from front to back; repeat one time.

Step 7

Rub the oil into your scalp using your fingertips. Coat your entire head, concentrating on massaging particularly dry areas.

Step 8

Pull a shower cap over your hair, and allow the oil to sit for 30 minutes.

Step 9

Rinse your hair with warm water, and work a dime-size amount of sulfate-free shampoo into your scalp using your fingertips. Sulfate-free shampoos will not strip your hair of the moisture you just applied.

Step 10

Rinse your hair with warm water and condition the ends with an oil-based conditioner. Allow it to sit for 3 minutes and rinse completely.

Step 11

Gently squeeze the ends of your hair dry to avoid drying out your scalp.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup oil

  • Microwave-safe bowl

  • Natural-bristle paddle brush

  • Plastic applicator bottle

  • Shower cap

  • Sulfate-free shampoo

  • Oil-based conditioner

  • Towel

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