Can I Use a Hair Mask on a Dry Scalp?

Countless people deal with a dry scalp regularly, but that doesn’t make it any easier to cope with. Chronic dry scalp can lead to dandruff and even hair loss. If you’re dealing with dry scalp, you may have tried several remedies, but have you tried a hair mask? A good hair mask may be the remedy you need to get rid of your dry scalp issues for good. 

Hair Masks for Dry Scalp Exist

When you think of “hair masks,” you may think that they’re only for hair. But, on the contrary, many hair masks are formulated with ingredients that can tackle a dry scalp. The main thing to look out for in a hair mask that you intend to use on your dry scalp is weightlessness, nourishing oils, certain extracts, and exfoliators.

Oils nourish the scalp by providing hydration or by sealing in moisture from water or other products. Sometimes all a dry scalp needs is a healthy dose of moisture. Exfoliants help to remove dead skin from the scalp, revealing the healthier skin underneath. Hair masks with rose petal extract are soothing to the scalp, giving you instant relief from irritation. 

Not all hair masks can double as scalp treatments, though. Most hair masks are to be applied to the mid-shaft and ends of your hair so your roots won’t become limp. So, if you plan to use your hair mask as a scalp treatment, you’ll need to find one that’s formulated with lightweight ingredients that are as nourishing to the skin as they are to the hair. 

Make a Hair Mask for Dry Scalp

Many of the best hair masks for dry scalp are homemade. Apple cider vinegar, honey, and egg make up a winning combination for dry scalp relief. The apple cider vinegar cleanses and moisturizes, the honey draws in moisture, and the egg infuses your scalp with much-needed vitamins and minerals. Within just a few minutes, you can get relief from your dry scalp using this mask. To make it, mix 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar, and one egg in a glass bowl. Keep reading to find out how to apply it. 

How to Use a Hair Mask for Dry Scalp

Using a hair mask for dry scalp is not too different from using it for your hair. Follow the below instructions to use your hair mask to treat your dry scalp: 

  1. Make sure that your hair and scalp are clean. Gently scrub your scalp with the pads of your fingers to remove any surface debris. Doing so will help the mask penetrate your scalp better. 
  2. Apply the hair mask to your scalp while your scalp is still damp from the wash. Be sure that the mask covers your entire scalp. 
  3. Massage your scalp, and then let the mask sit for a few minutes.
  4. Rinse the mask out and style your hair as desired.  

We hope that this article has assisted you in making a decision about using a hair mask to treat dry scalp. And we wish you the best in your battle against scalp dryness! 

Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.