Many people suffer from dry scalp and dandruff.  If you find yourself with a flaky scalp, do some research about the differences between dandruff and dry scalp before you commit to a treatment of any kind, especially if you are going to use tea tree oil for dry scalp. In my opinion, the majority of people who attempt to treat their flakes with dandruff shampoo are actually suffering from dry scalp and not dandruff.

Many people don’t know that dandruff is actually a condition in which your scalp over-produces sebum (oil from the sebaceous gland). Dry scalp is a condition where your scalp is not producing enough sebum. Both conditions result in a flaky scalp, so many people don’t realize that they are two completely different issues.  Of course there are other reasons for an itchy or dry scalp but these are the two most common.

As the two conditions are quite the opposite of one another, it is very important that you do your research to find out from which condition you are actually suffering before committing your energy/money/time/well-being to finding a solution.

Dandruff is normally seen as a cosmetic problem.  Dandruff is often treated with shampoos meant to remove sebum from your scalp. Some shampoos are so strong that they require a prescription.  Therefore, if used on a dry scalp only makes the problem worse because your scalp needs that sebum.

Dry scalp can be treated with tea tree oil and other such natural ingredients even though tea tree oil for dry scalp is among the most effective.  Tea tree oil helps restore the sebum in your scalp.  But if you really have dandruff and your scalp is over-producing oil then your dandruff will be even worse. If think your problem is dry scalp and treat it with dandruff shampoo you will continue to suffer, and vice versa. Please know the difference between the two before committing to a solution.  The good news about dry scalp is that it can be treated with essential oils and some of the natural oils we use to make natural soap.

Tea Tree oil for dry scalp is the best natural treatment

What you don’t want to do is just rub the tea tree oil directly into your scalp.  That is only going to make the problem worse.  You need to add the oil to a “carrier” oil like olive or coconut.  And for the best results you’ll want to add the oil mix to your scalp right before you go to bed.  Just make sure to sleep with a towel over your pillow.  At the very least leave the tea tree oil mixture in your hair for a couple of hours.


  • Add 15 drops of tea tree oil to 8 ounces carrier oil. Keep in an application bottle that you can use with an eye dropper.  Either that or something that you can use to lightly apply to your scalp.
  • Apply a small amount to your scalp. You don’t want to make your hair too oily but you want to apply enough to make it work
  • If you feel your hair tingling then you’ve done it right. This tingling will only happen for the first few days so don’t be upset when it stops (it does feel really nice)
  • Wash hair in the morning with a gentle shampoo. Avoid sulfates in your shampoo.


After a week or so you should notice a big difference.  There are some that will even use tea tree oil as an antiseptic and that might be why this treatment works so well.  Tea tree oil for dry scalp is just about the most useful use for tea tree oil.