If you struggle with dry scalp, then you are going to want to make this homemade hair mask. It’s made with simple, natural ingredients and is so easy to make at home. This DIY hair mask for dry scalp has become part of my hair care routine, and I know it will become part of yours too! It’s amazing at soothing the scalp, nourishing your hair, relieving any itchiness, and adding moisture back to the scalp. And I’m pretty sure we all want those kinds of results!
benefits of a hair mask for dry scalp
Using a hair mask for dry scalp is going to have so many benefits since it’s a type of deep conditioning treatment. They are great at hydrating and moisturizing the hair and scalp, which can be a main concern with dry scalp and hair. Hair masks also provide a ton of nourishment directly to the hair causing overall healthier and stronger hair. They also can bring such relief by soothing and calming the irritated, itchy scalp.
Jojoba oil is one of my favorite carrier oils to use when making homemade products since it’s so perfect for moisturizing the skin and hair. It’s full of essential vitamins and minerals including vitamins E and B that the hair and scalp need. Jojoba oil not only moisturizes, but it also can reduce flakes, dryness, and itchy scalp.
My DIY Face Serum for glowing skin is my favorite skincare recipe that also uses jojoba oil, which is a good oil for every skin type! Check out the recipe for the complete face serum guide exactly for your specific skin type!
Coconut oil is a natural hair moisturizer that provides more intense moisturizing. It acts to bring the hair mask together since jojoba oil is a medium-weight oil while coconut is a heavy oil. Combining the coconut oil with the jojoba oil works so well to soothe a dry scalp. I always recommend using a high-quality, organic coconut oil, that can be slightly melted down to mix in with the other ingredients.
Essential oils are a must in this dry scalp hair mask recipe. This is where you get to customize the recipe to your hair and scalp for exactly what you need. There are certain essential oils that are better for a dry, itchy scalp including ylang-ylang, cedarwood, lavender, tea tree, lemongrass, and copaiba.
Looking for a hair mask oil substitute? You can also use sweet almond oil, argan oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or castor oil in your hair mask recipe.
essential oils for dry scalp
Ylang Ylang essential oil is great for dry scalps since it can help stimulate oil production. It may also help with hair breakage and texture, as the lack of natural oils may have left the hair dry and brittle.
Cedarwood essential oil is good for soothing the dry scalp and relieving itchy skin.
Lavender essential oil is called the “swiss army knife” of essential oils for a reason. It is great for both hair and skin, making it a great oil in this hair mask to nourish and smooth the hair strands. Lavender essential oil is gentle oil making it great for a dry scalp, as it soothes and calms the skin.
Tea Tree essential oil has both natural antimicrobial and antifungal properties, making it great to help cleanse the scalp and relieve dandruff irritation.
Lemongrass essential oil also has antifungal elements, which makes it good for an itchy, flaky or dry scalp.
Copaiba essential oil is amazing for overall hair care. It helps balance and cleanse the scalp, allowing healthy hair to flourish. Copaiba may also help reduce dandruff and protect dyed hair.
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guide to making a dry scalp hair mask
Let’s go through how you can take a few good-quality ingredients and turn them into a beautiful hair mask for your dry scalp. Like so many of my homemade recipes, this one is simple and easy to make yourself.
First, the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil need to be just barely melted but not hot. To soften your coconut oil, place it in a glass bowl and microwave for 5-10 second increments, making sure to check on it each time.
Once the coconut oil is softened, add 4 tablespoons of jojoba oil to the glass bowl. Mix well to combine.
Add 30 drops of essential oils (see above for essential oil blend inspiration) to the coconut oil and jojoba oil mixture. Stir to combine. Selecting the essential oils is the fun part of this recipe. Make sure to pick the ones that are best for your needs and see what works for you. My personal recipe uses 10 drops of Ylang Ylang, 10 drops of Cedarwood, and 10 drops of Lavender essential oils.
For best results, put the hair mask in the fridge for 1-2 hours before using. Putting the hair mask in the fridge will allow it to thicken for easier application. This DIY hair mask makes enough for multiple uses, so I recommend storing it in a 4oz glass mason jar with a tight-fitting lid.
homemade hair mask for dry scalp
- 1 glass bowl
- glass jar
- Add 2 tablespoons of just barely melted coconut oil to a glass bowl. In order to soften your coconut oil, place in a glass bowl and microwave for 5-10 second increments, making sure to check on it each time.
- Add 4 tablespoons of jojoba oil to the glass bowl. Mix well to combine.
- Add in 30 drops of essential oils (see above for essential oil blend inspiration & notes for my recipe) to the coconut oil and jojoba oil mixture. Stir to combine.
- For best results, put the hair mask in the fridge for 1-2 hours before using. Putting the hair mask in the fridge will allow it to thicken for easier application.
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how to use your diy scalp hair mask
Your hair mask is ready once it has it has firmed up in the fridge, allowing you to easily use it on your scalp and roots. I recommend starting to apply it on any dry, flaky, irritated areas first. After those areas are done, go ahead and apply it to the rest of the scalp. This hair mask is designed for the scalp, but no worries if you get some on your hair too. Gently massage the hair mask into the scalp after applying. Using a scalp massager can help the hair mask penetrate the scalp while also gently removing dandruff, reducing itchiness, and reducing excess oil.
Leave the hair mask on for a minimum of 15 minutes and up to 2 hours. Leaving the hair mask on for 30 minutes to an hour will soothe the dry, scalp for most people. Lastly, make sure to shampoo hair very well and rinse thoroughly. Repeat shampooing if needed.
Do you have frizzy hair? This Hair Mask for Frizzy Hair works wonders on frizzy hair. And yes, you can use both hair masks at the same time! I do.
how often to use a hair mask for dry scalp
Hair masks are meant to be a deep conditioning treatment to moisturize, nourish, and soothe the scalp. How often you need to use them is going to depend on your hair and scalp. Most people see the benefits of using a hair mask once a week or every other week. However, this dry scalp hair care routine may need to be used more often initially. Then once your scalp is more nourished, you may be able to reduce your schedule to using the hair mask 1-2 times per month.
how to store your homemade hair mask
The best way to store your homemade hair mask is in the refrigerator and in a glass mason jar. As with all recipes using essential oils, glass is always the best choice with a tight-fitting lid. The hair mask will thicken in the fridge, making it so much easier to apply to your hair. You may need to take it out of the fridge 10-15 minutes before using it. Storing the hair mask in the fridge also extends the life of your hair mask to up to 3 months.
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