If you have dry hair or a dry scalp, chances are you’ve tried several shampoos to help relieve it.

Often, commercially made shampoos touting dry hair or dry scalp relief have chemicals that

simply mask the problem or only work in the short term. We know that you and your family’s

health and hygiene are important, so we’re sharing our favorite DIY shampoos to soothe and

hydrate dry hair and scalp. These shampoos will feel different than store-bought shampoo, but

rest assured they are working! While they are safe for the whole family, take special care to

avoid the eyes of your infants and toddlers just as you would any shampoo.

Baking Soda – Probably the simplest shampoo out there, baking soda shampoo cleans your

hair and scalp without drying it and is a great way to remove product build-up. Mix 1 tablespoon

of baking soda with 1 cup of water and massage into wet hair and scalp.

Coconut Milk – With only four ingredients, this DIY shampoo is great for a dry scalp. Combine

¼ cup coconut milk, ⅓ cup liquid castile soap, ½ teaspoon Vitamin E or Jojoba oil, and 20 drops

of your favorite essential oil. Mix well and put in a container that you can either pour or pump


Vinegar – Sometimes dandruff is associated with a dry scalp and this vinegar shampoo is a

great way to clean the hair and scalp without drying them out. It fights dandruff and keeps your

scalp clean, happy, and hydrated. Combine 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 cup warm or

hot water (to help combine the ingredients), 1 tablespoon baking soda, 5 drops Tea Tree oil,

and 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix well and put in a container you can pour or

pump easily.

Coconut Oil – If you’re looking for an amazing shampoo that hydrates, cleans, feels, and smells

amazing, this is it. Combine ½ cup liquid castile soap, ¼ cup canned coconut milk, ¼ cup

honey, 2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil, 1 tablespoon Vitamin E or Jojoba oil, and 20

drops each of lavender and wild orange essential oil (or any complementary combination or

your favorite essential oils). Mix well by shaking in a squeeze bottle, and also shake briefly

before using.

At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we understand the importance of safe, quality care. From our non-

toxic professional lice treatments to daily hair and scalp care, we are here to keep your families

healthy and happy. If you do find yourself in the midst of a lice outbreak, Pediatric Hair Solutions

is here to help.