Vegan Friendly Hair Mask for Itchy, Dry Scalp

My head itches. No joke, it really itches. I know the culprit, over washing my hair. Sometimes, no matter if you use the best, most expensive shampoo and conditioner, your head gets itchy. Dry scalp, dandruff, over washing, product build up are just some of the ways we end up with itchy heads.

I have a real problem with dandruff and dry scalp shampoos in retail stores. The shampoo acts as a clarifier on your hair and scalp. For me, that means stripping the hair color off of my hair. And, personally, I want to keep my beautiful red hair for as long as I can. (Yes, the secret is out!! I’m not a natural red head.)

So, I decided to turn to the internet for a less damaging recipe. This is a vegan friendly, organic friendly dry scalp relief method.

2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil

5 tablespoons of Baking Soda

Melt your coconut oil (I used solid oil) in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minuet. Add baking soda one tablespoon at a time until you have a paste like consistency. Mine looked like a runny Elmer’s Glue.


I tried to put the paste into my hair like conditioner and quickly realized I was not getting my scalp very wet. So, I started at the bottom of my scalp and sort of sectioned my hair as best I could.

This mixture is rather sloppy so be prepared for some clean up. I also capped my head with a grocery store bag and a hair clip.

Leave mixture on for 20 minuets then wash as usual.

Since I already had to sit, I mashed you a single banana in a bowl and applied it to my face, too. A good, cheap, organic (you must buy organic bananas), and vegan friendly way to boost that retinol!!

So, I showered and washed my hair. I don’t blow dry my hair so I can only give you a damp perspective now.

1) I’m not itching at all.

2) While I still feel slightly oily in my roots, my hair is not showing any ill effects.

3) I might not try this again in the future, the messiness might put me off. I had baking soda everywhere in my bathroom. I’m thinking a spritz with coconut oil alone might have worked just as well in moisturizing the scalp minus the exfoliating benefits of the baking soda.