No Poo Help for Itchy, Flaky, Dry Scalp

No Poo Dry Scalp Help

No Poo can be a challenge, especially if you are experiencing itchy, flaky, dry scalp. Review these recommendations and get help you need for your scalp.

Help for No Poo Dry, Flaky, Itchy Scalp

  1. Between your baking soda / vinegar washings teat your scalp to this Aloe Honey “shampoo” treatment.
  2. Make sure you are getting that “slippery” feeling before rinsing the baking soda out of your hair.
  3. Do a scalp rinse with your vinegar solution to condition your scalp
  4. Rinse, rinse, rinse (Did I mention rinse?)
  5. Keep a hair journal
  6. Clean your hair brush so you don’t brush the crud back into your hair.

Treat & Heal Your Scalp With Aloe & Honey

Aloe and honey have amazing benefits not only for your scalp but for your hair too!

  • Relieves Itchy Scalp
  • Reduces Redness & Inflammation
  • Adds luster, shine and strength
  • Promotes new hair growth
  • pH balancing
  • Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
  • Natural humectant
  • Help with dandruff, psoriasis and seborrhea

This treatment has only 2 ingredients and is quick and easy to prepare. Head over and check out the full Aloe Honey “shampoo” recipe.

Get That Slippery Feeling

Does your baking soda solution (or paste) feel slippery before you rinse? This is the critical part of getting to No Poo Nirvana. The little slip between your fingers when you feel your roots lets you know that the baking soda has done it’s job of cleaning your hair.  If you are not getting that “slippery feeling” then there are two possible reasons:

  1. You aren’t using enough baking soda (probably not the case here since you are suffering from dry scalp) but you can increase by 25% – 50% if needed.
  2. The baking soda isn’t fully dissolved and / or isn’t getting completely rinsed from your hair and scalp.

Depending on which method you use (method one or two) here are the steps to take:

Method One (BS Solution)

  1. Before applying the baking soda solution (method one) make sure it is completely dissolved and feels slippery to the touch between your finger.
  2. Apply to roots and massage your scalp. Do not rinse yet. Finish bathing, then come back and rinse your hair – well. Really, really, well.
  3. Just this once (track the results in your hair journal) pour your vinegar solution over your whole head (scalp included) to help balance the pH and moisturize your scalp. Allow to sit for 2 minutes then rinse completely. You can reapply the vinegar rinse to just your ends if you feel they need it.

Method Two (Paste)

  1. After applying the baking soda to your roots make sure you massage your scalp well. Do not rinse – yet. Finish bathing then come back and feel your roots. At this point they should feel slippery and little or not gritty feel to them. If not, wait a little longer or add a bit more moistened baking soda and allow to sit on your roots longer.
  2. Once you have that slippery feeling rinse your hair well. Really, really well. This is very critical for this method, especially if you have really thick hair.
  3. Just this once (track the results in your hair journal) pour your vinegar solution over your whole head (scalp included) to help balance the pH and moisturize your scalp. Allow to sit for 2 minutes then rinse completely. You can reapply the vinegar rinse to just your ends if you feel they need it.

Rinse, Rinse, Rinse

Failure to rinse out all the baking soda is probably the #2 reason for itchy no poo scalp (not getting that slippery feeling is #1). Just make sure you have achieved “slippery” before you rinse and (say it with me folks) rinse well.

Keep A Hair Journal

Using a hair journal will help you track the adjustments and tweaks you make, track your successes and record the days between your washes. Make changes one by one so you can target what works and what doesn’t.

With a few adjustments you’ll be itchy and flake free in no time…naturally.

If you have any other tips or suggestions on how to deal with itchy, dry no poo scalp please share them in the comments below.

Clean Your Hair Brush

Keeping any hair brush clean is important. After all, dirty brush = dirty hair. If you use a boar bristle brush this is EXTRA important because you are probably trapping some of those flakes and dry skin in the brush and then brushing them back into your hair (no bueno!) Never fear, cleaning your brush is easy. Here’s how to clean a boar bristle brush.

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  1. Do you have any tips for getting rid of no poo dry scalp? Please share your experience or questions here.

    • Michele says:

      Tea tree oil works great for dry, itchy, flaky scalp too. Or really any pure essential oil with anti-bacterial properties such as peppermint, eucalyptus, ginger, orange essential oil (just to name s few). You just work a few drops diluted drops of oil on your fingers then massage onto your scalp in the problem areas. I suggest you try a dilluted solution first (1:1 ratio) 12 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil. As this could sting a bit for some people with very sensitive skin. Test a small area first. Continue to repeat after each No Poo or Low Poo washing untiI symptoms are gone. I purchase all my essential oils from They have the best prices for the best quality I could find. Hope this helps!
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      • Michele, thanks for sharing. :) All of those essential oils are great for dry scalp but you should never put undiluted essential oils directly on your skin. This is straight from

        Undiluted Use of Essential Oils On the Skin Can Be Harmful and Potentially Cause Severe Irritation or Sensitization.

        Also from Aroma Web:

        Dilute your essential oils prior to use on the skin and avoid the oils that are more likely to cause irritation and sensitization. When using an essential oil for the first time, do a skin patch test.

        Essential oils are amazing and full of benefits, but everyone should take a moment and read A Guide To Diluting Essential Oils
        Note: I have successfully used Tea Tree oil to kill a wart on my thumb just by placing 1 drop of tea tree directly on the wart (and wart only) everyday for 2 weeks. This should serve as a remind of exactly how strong essential oils can be.

        The recommended dilution is 2% of essential oils in any carrier oil or 12 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil.

  2. Tea Tree oil is perfectly fine to use on the skin. It has antibacterial properties as well.
    Tea tree oil is great to help prevent head lice too.

    I use a few drops (up to 10) on my hair — it’s shoulder length.

    Recently chopped my hair off to a pixie cut, I now use 5-6 drops of tea tree oil straight onto my palm of my hand, then push it through my hair.

    • Thanks Lisa – I just have to make sure (due to varying sensitivities between people) that I let them know what the “Best Practices” are. It’s a CYA kinda world these days.

  3. Any suggestions for itchy scalp due to psoriasis? I have done no poo for about 2 1/2 months and this is the only thing I am still struggling with. I have tried the Aloe and Honey and I like it but it isn’t helping with the psoriasis.

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