Very Dry and Itchy Scalp

Woman with an itchy scalp
Photo: Africa Studio/Shutterstock
Q: My scalp is very dry and gets itchy, but I don't have dandruff. I have tried lots of over the counter products. My doctor's prescription worked but didn't clear the condition and left my hair in terrible condition, impossible to use with color in my hair.
I've read about Aveda Scalp treatment but as it specifies dandruff, I feel it may not be suitable for me as other dandruff shampoos have made the condition worse. Have you any recommendations?

A: After reviewing the Aveda website and reading the information they have specifically concerning their "Scalp Remedy" product, I understand how you would be concerned about over-treating your scalp condition.
The Aveda Scalp Remedy's primary ingredient is Coneflower oil (Echinacea) which is meant to soothe the skin of the scalp. It also has other ingredients to help moisturize the scalp which can help to treat the cause of the itch as well as the itch itself.
You can also look into products - shampoos and conditioners - that contain Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca alternifolia). Tea Tree oil has long be heralded as a natural panacea for a variety of problems as the substance has a number of beneficial properties as an antiseptic, antibacterial, and soothing balm.
Whether you choose to go with the Aveda product, or you want to use a product with Tea Tree Oil, the costs are basically comparable. If you want to go with a purely natural treatment, you can try a mixture of bananas, yogurt, and oatmeal applied to the scalp as a masque, covered with a plastic cap and left for 20-30 minutes, then washed away with a gentle shampoo and conditioner.
See also:
Scalp problems
My scalp is dry and itchy. What type of shampoo and conditioners should I use, and which type of brushes?
I had hair extensions and now my scalp is itchy. What can I do?
Adult cradle cap