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Hair oil for itchy scalp

A scratch over here. A scratch over there. A scratch scratch scratch everywhere on your scalp! Times like these call for a DIY hair oil for itchy scalp.

The urge to scratch an itchy scalp is a real doozy. Resisting the urge to scratch makes you go crazy. Giving in to the urge leaves you only wanting to scratch more. No satisfaction either way!

And all these scratchings don’t really give our scalp any favors. In fact, our scalp is left raw and red after all the scratching. The good thing is there are tons of available traditional methods of dealing with dandruff, like dandruff shampoos.

But what if I tell you we can do a little more to help our scalp – with a simple yet excellent hair oil?

Yes, for today, we are going to talk about how to make the awesome hair oil for our itchy scalp woes. Join me as we go over hair oil basics, the ingredients that make it awesome, and how to make it. Believe me when I say your scalp will thank you for this!

Why Hair Oil?

Hair oil for itchy scalp

Why hair oil indeed? What can hair oil do that’s beneficial for dandruff?

One word: moisture.

Frequently, people who suffer from dandruff have under-moisturized scalps.

Some have flat out dry scalp, resulting in flakes when scratched. While others have oily and irritated scalps, where dead skin cells and dirt mix with the oil to create the flakes.

Okay then, you’re probably thinking, “Well, duh! Dry skin will benefit from moisture. But oily skin needs something to control all that oil – hair oil will contribute to the slippery slick.”

Often, the scalp becomes oily after we use harsh shampoos and other related medication. They strip our scalp of its natural oils. What happens after is our scalp’s way of compensating for the lost natural oils – overproduction. The overproduction of oil then produces the oil slick that contributed to dandruff woes.

So, you’re correct! The scalp does need to control all that oil, and hair oil will do just that. It will not contribute to the oil slick, but instead, provide the moisture stripped by dandruff shampoos and other related medication.

After shampooing and conditioning, then drying your hair, it’s a good idea to massage in some hair oil to the scalp to help give back some moisture. This will also help the scalp achieve a smooth and calm situation.

What’s In It?

Hair oil for itchy scalp

Now that we’ve got how hair oil can help with dandruff, let’s see what we are going to put into our hair oil!

Of course, we want to load this baby up with all beneficial and soothing ingredients. The end result will be a hair oil that moisturizes and provides other benefits dandruff ridden scalp will surely love.

Virgin Coconut or Sunflower Oil

For our first carrier oil, we can use either virgin coconut oil (Cocos nucifera) or virgin sunflower oil (Helianthus annuus). Personally, I am a VCO girl. VCO is a popular option for hair care, but I am aware that this oil does not agree with everyone. So, you can easily substitute sunflower oil for our recipe.

The good thing about these two oils is that they both have anti-inflammatory and skin barrier repair effects on the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the itchy and inflamed scalp. While the skin barrier repair properties will improve scalp hydration and preserve the integrity of the scalp’s natural barrier (which may be stripped by harsh shampoos).

Borage Seed Oil

Our second carrier oil helps dandruff-stricken scalp by addressing the deficiency of the fatty acids causing the symptoms of scaly skin, itchiness, and dryness. 

Borage oil is one of the few oils that contain gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that provides moisture in the skin, improving the skin’s barrier system. It has the highest GLA content among oils available and is known to be one of the most effective agents for the treatment of skin disorders and for the maintenance of healthy skin. 

We definitely want that effect for our scalp.

Tea Tree Oil

A medicinal smelling oil, tea tree oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) is no stranger to DIY recipes for dandruff. This potent oil is definitely a go-to for creating DIY products that can help control dandruff. It helps in minimizing flakes and, hopefully, aiding in removing dandruff entirely. 

So you can see why this is a must for our recipe. But, since tea tree oil has a strong medicinal scent and a potent effect, we will be using this in small quantities.

Peppermint Oil

This minty oil provides not only a cooling effect but a soothing effect for the dandruff-stricken scalp. If you’ve read my previous post on ways essential oils can soothe itchy scalp, you’ll recall how much of a star player peppermint oil is. 

In various studies regarding the topical application of peppermint oil (mentha x piperita), studied extensively is the oil’s ability to reduce the itchiness of the skin – including our scalp. In this study, as little as 5% peppermint oil is needed to relieve chronic itchiness!

So, yes, peppermint oil is a must for our DIY hair oil for dandruff.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is best known for its ability to help with the healing process of wounds. As the scalp can really get damaged after all the scratching, using oil like lavender to ease the pain is an excellent addition to our hair oil. 

Plus, the floral scent of this oil will blend nicely with the minty peppermint oil and mask the medicinal scent tea tree oil gives off.

Bergamot Oil

Among the list of essential oils that help control dandruff, we are lucky to have bergamot oil on the list! 

Along with its beneficial properties for dandruff comes its light citrus scent with floral notes. This oil’s scent blends beautifully with the two previous oils, which works nicely in helping mask the pungent aroma of tea tree oil.

How To Make The Awesome Hair Oil For Itchy Scalp

Hair oil for itchy scalp

I hope I got you all excited to make this hair oil with all the ingredients above!

Really knowing what’s in store for us with every ingredient we include in the recipe serves as a great motivation to get on up and create this hair oil for ourselves.

Without further ado, here is the recipe for the awesome hair oil for the itchy scalp!

Material(s):

  • 2 oz amber glass bottle with dropper
  • Funnel

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil or Virgin Sunflower Oil
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon Borage Oil
  • 2 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender Oil
  • 10 drops Bergamot Oil

How to Prepare and Use It?

  1. Using the funnel, transfer all ingredients in the bottle.
  2. Blend ingredients by swirling them together.
  3. Apply several drops to your scalp and rub it in.
  4. After showering, dry your hair and scalp through your preferred method.
  5. Once your scalp is no longer damp, rub the hair oil on your scalp and massage for a few minutes.

Note: You can also use this hair oil before a shower. After massaging it unto the scalp, let the hair oil sit for 30 minutes to several hours (depending on your preference) and then shampoo it out.


Oils can be so intimidating to use. There’s a sticky, slippery feeling we associate so much with oils that make them the last thing we’d want to put on our scalp for some relief.

But, in reality, these oils can do so much for our skin, including our scalp!

So, I really do hope you give the recipe above a try. Let me know how it goes, and if you have any questions about the recipe, feel free to comment everything below!

Thank you for reaching the end of this post. I truly appreciate it!

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