Do you remember back in the summer of 2011 when my scalp decided to go crazy and wage war against me? It was awful. My scalp itched nonstop and I had never ending dandruff. Not small flakes. No, these were huge patches that seemingly covered my entire head. I tried different anti-dandruff shampoos (Neutrogena T/Gel Shampoo and Biolage Anti Dandruff Shampoo) that did absolutely nothing for me. Within 3 days my dandruff would be back. The shampoos were extremely drying on the rest of my hair so there was way I was going to shampoo every 3 days.

What turned the tides of war in my favor was this mix: 1 oz of coconut oil, 8 drops of lavender oil, 8 drops of eucalyptus oil, 8 drops of tea tree oil, 20 drops of vitamin E oil. I used this to pre-poo and for my scalp massages during the week and over time I won. Jen: 1, 000, scalp: 0.

The cold weather in addition to the dry air in my home (which really is my fault since my thermostat is set at 80 degrees because I hate feeling chilly when I’m home) means my scalp hasn’t been too happy with me these last couple of weeks. Normally I have zero dandruff so when I parted my hair hair two weeks ago and found flakes, I was not happy. I refuse to go through the itching agony that went on for months two years ago so I pulled out my oils last week and reintroduced scalp massages back into my weekly happenings.

So far so good. My scalp isn’t as dry and itchy and since my last wash, I haven’t noticed a return of the flakes. I’m only doing these scalp massages twice a week but that seems to be just enough.

Does your scalp get itchy during the winter? What’s your go-to scalp remedy?



  1. This post is just what I need, after this weeks wash I noticed quite bad dandruff which I don't normally experience. I will give this mix a try as a pre-poo & 1x a week massage. Thanks for sharing. I have just found your blog via Fiona @ Love your tresses

  2. I use Apple Cider Vinegar and I concentrate mostly on my scalp afterwards I use coconut oil to seal it. I use a spray bottle sometimes when I'm on braids. It stops d itching and the flakes are gone. YipPie!!!!!!!

  3. I make my own sulfur growth oil and it keeps my scalp under control as well. But I like the ingredientd in your mix, thanks for sharing! God bless!

  4. i can really relate! it happend to me around the same time actually back when i was relaxed (now natural) and it was extremely bad, however it was just on the front of my head, tbh i think it stopped a while after i stopped relaxing, at the time i didnt care enough to even sort it out lol!.. x

  5. my scalp gets extremely itchy as well my go to oil mix is similar to yours. I used eucalyptus oil/safflower oil as a pre-poo on wash days and for my scalp massages I use a mix of lavender oil/coconut oil/ grapeseed oil. but my pre-poo mix is divine, I love how the eucalyptus oil makes my scalp feel when I am rinsing my pre-poo out.

  6. THIS post is for me. I'm going to buy all these and give it a try tomorrow. My dry scalp and huge flakes have been embarrassing me and driving me nuts.

    xo Stephanie

  7. The very middle of my scalp is VERY itchy. My best solution is to rinse with apple cider vinegar and then apply peppermint and olive oil to my scalp. The rest of my scalp is fine, just that one area itches and if I get to scratching…its a problem.

    1. My crown is the only part that itches badly too… I thought it was just me lol

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      My crown is where most of the itchiness and flakes are concentrated. If I start scratching, it gets so much worse.

  8. My go-to scalp remedies are multistep. I notice I get have naturally dry scalp and itchies and flakes form in the colder months. Here is what I do:

    1) Monitor my diet. I know it sucks, but it's true. For me, no processed/added sugar and no milk. Lots of water.
    2) Get in the steam room at the gym 1-2x a week.
    3) Oil scalp (only when my scalp is clean). I know some people oil their scalp all the time, even when it's dirty. It is counterproductive for me. If my scalp is dirty, I wash first (2x a month), then oil. My favorite oil mixture is: JBCO, Sweet Almond Oil, lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil, tea tree essential oil and peppermint essential oil

  9. just did my scalp therapy this morning (sorry for the spelling):
    benonite clay, apple cider vinager, listerine (caramel colored), coconut oil, honey, peppermint essential oil. I sat under 2 shower caps and a wool cap for an hour, rinsed, and conditioned. my scalp no longer itches. i do this weekly.

  10. My scalp is itchy all year round and I have tried literally everything. I will give your mix a try and see but so far my scalp: 1000, me: 0. lol

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