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When a dry and itchy scalp has you scratching your head not only in search of a quick fix, it's time to add some moisture. Just like the skin on the rest of your body, your scalp can become dehydrated, which leads to itching and sometimes even embarrassing flakes. While it's not a good idea to slather lotion onto your scalp like you do when moisturizing your hands, there are other options for hydrating your head. Show your scalp some love with added moisture, and nix the itch for good.

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Mix 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl. Massage the liquid with your fingers into your dry scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing, shampooing and conditioning hair.

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Combine 1/2 of a pitted avocado, one egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of ginseng powder in a bowl. Pour the mixture onto your scalp and massage in with your fingers. Wrap a towel around your head and wait 10 minutes before washing your hair as usual.

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Mash up one banana in a bowl using a fork. Stir in 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 drops of almond oil. Massage the mixture onto your scalp with your fingers. Cover your head with a shower cap and wait 20 minutes. Rinse, shampoo and condition your hair.

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Scrub your scalp with a moisturizing body scrub that’s designed for dry skin. Use this daily in place of your regular shampoo until the dryness and itchiness are gone. Continue using it thereafter if you want to keep your scalp moisturized.

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Mix 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a cup. Pour it onto your scalp after shampooing and conditioning. Do not rinse out the vinegar solution, but instead, let it dry onto your scalp.


Help to prevent a dry and itchy scalp by using lukewarm or cool water when washing your hair; hot water dries out the skin.

Use shampoos and conditioners that are mild rather than those that contain harsh chemicals, which can dry out your scalp.

Cover your head with a hat during the cold winter months to prevent the air from drying out your scalp.

Cut down on your use of heated styling tools like hair dryers, curling irons and straightening irons. These tools can dry out your scalp.

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