Treatment for dandruff / itchy scalp

9 Jun

Many of you have been complaining about dandruff / flaking scalp and I have received a few emails asking for remedies. You can get dandruff / flaking of the scalp for many reasons:

1. over production of sebum
2. dry scalp
3. scalp psoriasis
4. scalp dermatitis due to irritation from products.

There are many remedies that women use around the world but I would like to share this one from Traycee from  She is a respected hair blogger with 4b type relaxed hair who grew her hair to hip length (yes you read right!!).  She cut it in May to mid back length (MBL).

A Moisturizing Conditioner
Coconut Oil (optional)
Peppermint Oil
Rosemary Oil ( Do not use Rosemary Oil if pregnant)
Eucalyptus Oil

Use as a pre shampoo treatment overnight.  There are no measurements because it has to do with tolerance.  Peppermint , Rosemary and Eucalyptus Oils all give a cooling and menthol feeling.  Start off with maybe 5 drops of each to test tolerance in your conditioner.

Part your hair into small sections.  Cover the scalp and also apply to the length of the hair right down to the ends.  Cover your head with a plastic cap and cover that with a scarf.  In the morning rinse and wash your hair as usual. Tracee recommends doing this twice a week.

The benefits of each oil:

(Remember peppermint, rosemary and eucalyptus oils are essential oils and should not be used directly on the scalp.  Always mix them into something eg shampoo, carrier oil, conditioner or moisturiser.  Also use a few drops at a time.)

Peppermint Oil
Gives a cooling effect.  Removes dandruff and reduces itching and irritation, and stimulates growth

Rosemary Oil
Promotes hair growth and is also used to remove and treat dandruff.  Do not use Rosemary Oil if you are pregnant.

Eucalyptus Oil
An antiseptic which helps to get rid of dandruff.  It stimulates blood circulation on the scalp, and encourages hair growth.

Coconut Oil
Conditions the hair and scalp and helps with breakage / shedding

Traycee says she used this treatment for bad dandruff and itchy scalp and she saw results from the first use.   She says she did this for a month and her scalp issues disappeared.

Try it and let me know:)


8 Responses to “Treatment for dandruff / itchy scalp”

  1. wadsy 15 June, 2011 at 4:19 am #

    Thanks – you can use Neem and Tea Tree oil with Lavender oil to make a scalp remedy blend which is great for itchy scalp and dandruff. Just need to add it to an oil like jojoba or grape seed or even your shampoo

    • Tendayi 15 June, 2011 at 8:39 am #

      thanks Wadsy. I appreciate the tip. It seems there are so many remedies we really shouldnt suffer from dandruff and itchy scalp 🙂

  2. Irene Hungwe 06 July, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Hi tendai…keep the info coming!!. you know i also found that shampoos containing sulphate – whether it be Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or ammonia lauryl sulphate also dries out my scalp and causes itchness so i use sulphur free shampoos most of the time – loads of organic sulphur free shampoos here in SA and very reasonably priced.

    On another issue – do you have a winter regime or is your regime the same throughout the year? Really struggling to keep up with the normal regime in winter (its soo cold sometimes washing one’s hair is usually the last option especially twice or once a week). Please help…

    • Tendayi 07 July, 2011 at 11:23 am #

      I have kept up my regimen of washing twice a week. I have just changed the time i wash it. I mostly wash late afternoon or evening because it would be warmer and evenings we usually put the heater on. I also avoid very cold days. If i was planning to wash that day and we get a cold spell then I will postpone.

      As for sulphates in shampoos – they are quite harsh. A lot of people react to them but just dont realise it. Ive been using The Body Shop RAinforest Moisture Shampoo. I didnt like it much at first but now Im warming up to it. I think i will continue to buy it.

  3. Heldii 04 July, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Hi Tendayi 🙂
    So Eucalyptus oil also Promotes hair growth?

    • Tendayi 09 July, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

      I don’t know about promoting growth but it is great for scalp conditions such as dandruff etc

  4. Heldii 04 July, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    And T. How many drops of Essential oil I can use, When I mix it with a carrier oil? And how any drops of EOs I should Put it in the shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer???

    • Tendayi 09 July, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

      Use about 2 / 3 drops each time. Essential oils are quite potent so 2 or 3 drops will suffice whatever you are adding them to.

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