My kids are prone to getting flaky scalps, especially this time of year when it’s so cold and the heat is on, resulting in a very dry environment. Also called dandruff, flaky scalp can be very unsightly and annoying. Even my husband and I occasionally get a little “flaky scalp.”
Since I try to avoid chemicals, including many of the typical dandruff shampoos and treatments, I have a very simple all natural flaky scalp treatment remedy that works wonders on this common winter problem.
Recommended by our family doctor, this is an effective natural alternative to harsh chemicals, like dandruff shampoo. It’s safe to use on young children (my doctor okayed this when Luke was two and we used it without any issues) and also works well for adults.
This remedy is so easy and so natural, you’ll probably wonder, like I did, why you didn’t think of it sooner?! (Unless you already have, in which case, pat yourself on the back!)
What You’ll Need for this Natural Flaky Scalp Treatment:
I don’t have the best brand of tea tree oil and it still works very well so don’t worry too much about the quality for this particular remedy.
Here’s Luke, the youngest of my four children, and he agreed to let me take photos of him as I show you all how I treat his flaky scalp. As you can see, he’s got some icky flakes going on.
Start by melting a spoonful of coconut oil between your hands.
I asked my husband to step in for this part, because it’s a bit tricky to warm up coconut oil in your hands while taking photos. It kinda wasn’t something I wanted to try, you know?
The warmth of your hands will melt it within a minute or so.
Add a couple drops of tea tree oil. I use less for my younger children and more if there’s a lot of dandruff for my older kids.
Rub the coconut/tea tree oil over the scalp, working it in especially where the flakes are most common.
You’ll need enough coconut oil/tea tree oil to cover all the flaky areas; add more as needed.
Let it sit for about 20 minutes or so, then scrub well with shampoo (we use our natural homemade shampoo for kids) to remove the now-loosened flakes.
This sounds really weird, but I use a fine-toothed flea comb for my boys’ hair because it gets all the little flakes out so quickly and painlessly.
Shampoo and rinse two or three times to remove the coconut oil completely.
Here is Luke after our all natural flaky scalp treatment. See how much better?
This method is very easy with boys who have short hair. If your children have longer hair, it will be a little trickier to apply the coconut oil and later rinse out, but it still works quite well.
I use this all natural flaky scalp treatment on my daughter with her thick long hair too.
Despite the additional time spent on Emily’s hair, this all-natural flaky scalp treatment is still worth it! And with short hair, this method is a breeze!