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You tend to your face and moisturize the skin on the rest of your body, but when it comes to your scalp…well, let’s just say it may be feeling a little neglected. Here, you’ll learn how to moisturize your scalp and use natural scalp moisturizers to show it the TLC it deserves!

We’ll share a few of the basics you need to know about dealing with a dry, itchy scalp. Then we’ll jump straight into six ways to naturally moisturize your scalp for the good of your scalp and the health of your hair!

What You Need To Know About Your Dry Scalp

If your scalp is dry or flaky, it’s just plain annoying. These symptoms could mean several things. It could be that you’re dealing with dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, or a variety of other conditions.

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A dry scalp could also mean that your scalp doesn’t jive with the shampoo (or other hair products) you use, making your skin dry and irritated.

We say all that simply to remind you that there are lots of causes of a dry or itchy scalp, and it’s best to ask a dermatologist if you think something unusual might be up.

That said, remember that your scalp is, after all, skin that needs some pampering to keep it in tip-top shape, just like the rest of your skin!

There are a few factors (such as hair care products, weather, or even nutrition) that can contribute to a dry scalp in need of deep moisturization. Plus, if you tend to have dry skin in general, your scalp may be more prone to drying out as well.

Now, let’s get to the tips you’ve been waiting for. We’ll discuss how to moisturize your scalp and tell you about a few natural scalp moisturizers you can use regularly.

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How To Moisturize Your Scalp Naturally

1) Take Stock Of Your Hair Products

The first step in caring for and moisturizing your scalp is to take stock of the hair products you use. You’ll want to think through everything that you put on your hair and scalp (yes, we’re talking to you, dry-shampoo lovers).

Keep your routine as simple as possible, and make sure the products you use are natural and don’t contain drying, irritating chemical ingredients.

While it’s important to review everything, the biggie is shampoo. Below, we’ll share a few things you should know about choosing a moisturizing shampoo.

Shampoo serves to clean your scalp of grime and buildup. But the key is to clean your scalp without totally stripping it of its natural oils or irritating your skin with ingredients that don’t agree with your skin.

This is where natural, chemical-free shampoo comes into the picture!

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about sulfate-free shampoo. Staying away from sulfates is key to avoiding a dry scalp, but there are other drying, irritating ingredients that you’ll want to keep your eye out for, too.

For example, in addition to sulfates, you’ll want to steer clear of parabens as well as synthetic fragrances. Instead, opt for natural and moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera, argan oil, and vegetable glycerin, just to name a few!

For natural suds, turn to Babo Botanicals 3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash.

This EWG Verified shampoo gently cleanses and moisturizes your hair, scalp, and skin while natural vapors of eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary oil calm and soothe.

You can also feel good about this shampoo because the eucalyptus we use is sourced from a koala sanctuary in Australia, and 10% of our Eucalyptus Product Sales go to WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service).


While conditioner isn’t meant to be applied directly to your scalp or the roots of your hair (read our article about how to use conditioner here), it’s still a good idea to go with a natural conditioner and avoid drying or irritating chemical ingredients.

Choose Babo Botanicals Smoothing Detangling Conditioner, Swim & Sport Citrus Mint Conditioner, or, for the little ones, our Moisturizing Baby Conditioner.

2) Adjust Your Shower Routine

When you’re looking for ways to moisturize your scalp, pay attention to the ways you can help avoid drying it out in the first place! Just like a steamy, hot shower can dry out your skin, it can do the same to your scalp.

You don’t have to swear off hot showers altogether. Simply try turning the water temperature down a bit and taking a slightly shorter shower.

3) Apply A Natural Oil To Your Scalp

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When it comes to a natural scalp moisturizer, it doesn’t get much more natural or much more moisturizing than oils!

All you have to do is apply the oil to your scalp and leave it on anywhere from 10 minutes up to an hour. Then hop in the shower and shampoo the oil out.

We recommend using a comb to make a part in your hair, applying a thin layer of oil to the exposed scalp, and repeating this process all over your head.

What oil should you use? There are tons of natural and nutrient-filled options! We recommend starting with jojoba oil, tea tree oil, or coconut oil.

Just remember to plan ahead and set aside some time since your scalp and hair will be quite oily and sticky until you shower!

4) Apply Aloe Vera To Your Scalp

 After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel

If you’ve always thought that aloe vera is reserved for cooling sunburned skin, think again!

Just to give a couple of examples, we also love to use it as a shaving gel and hair styling gel! And aloe vera is a wonderful option for a natural scalp moisturizer.

How can you use aloe vera to moisturize your scalp? It’s the same drill as applying oil. Apply aloe vera to your scalp, leave it on, then shower and shampoo it out.

For the most benefits, we recommend our After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel. Made with the most concentrated amount of organic aloe vera leaves, this cooling gel forms a protective barrier that helps retain moisture and promotes healing.

Plus, our gentle formula contains ultra-rich, hydrating botanicals including green tea, witch hazel, arnica, eucalyptus oil, and our Organic Nutri-Soothe Complex.

This aloe vera gel is safe enough for even the most sensitive skin, making it perfect not just for your scalp but also for your whole family!

5) Give Yourself A Scalp Massage

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Everyone loves a good scalp massage! Giving yourself one not only provides you with a little relaxing moment in the middle of the day but is also good for your scalp.

Using your fingertips (or a scalp massage brush) to gently massage your head gets the blood flowing to your skin and supports a healthy scalp as well as healthy hair.

The perfect time to indulge? Right after you apply oils or aloe vera. Spend a few minutes massaging that goodness into your skin. Your scalp will be healthier for it!

6) Consider A Scalp Mask Or Exfoliator

Keeping your scalp healthy is, in a lot of ways, similar to caring for your face, and scalp masks or exfoliators sometimes come into play.

The use of these products depends on what your scalp needs, and you should keep a close eye on how masks or exfoliators affect your scalp and hair.

Don’t over-exfoliate, and if you use a mask, check the ingredient list or whip one up at home so you know it’s made of all-natural ingredients.

A Healthy Scalp The Natural Way

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Looking out for the health of your scalp might not be as automatic as cleansing your face, but, as you can see, it’s not actually that complicated.

Start by taking stock of your hair products — especially your shampoo — and choose natural options, like Babo Botanicals 3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash.

Then stick to shorter showers, and moisturize your scalp by massaging it with oils or After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel.

A healthy, moisturized scalp isn’t far away!