Dry Scalp Treatment
For some of us, dry scalp can be a real headache. Whether it’s something you’ve suffered from for a while or you’ve just started to notice some stray flakes on your shoulders, dry scalp can not only be uncomfortable but embarrassing too. The scalp contains sebum, which helps to moisturise your hair and scalp, but the amount your body produces can fluctuate depending on a number of factors, from cold weather to stress to diet. If you’re scratching your head wondering how to get rid of dry scalp, we’re here to help. Remember, dandruff and dry scalp are two totally different things – dandruff is a fungal condition which forms yellow clumps of tissue on your scalp; dry scalp creates little white flakes of dead skin cells…
Home Remedies for Dry Scalp
First of all, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get rid of dry scalp – there’s plenty of home remedies out there to help restore the moisture back to your head. Tea tree oil contains natural anti-fungal properties, which kills the bacteria that causes those pesky flakes. All you need to do is pop six drops of it into your favourite shampoo or conditioner and wash your hair as normal.
Alternatively, if you’d rather not mix anything with your regular hair products, put ten drops of tea tree oil into water and use this after shampooing, instead of conditioner. Next time you’re at the supermarket, pick up some lemon juice and honey to help you tackle your dry scalp. Lemon has both antiseptic and moisturising agents that make it a perfect home remedy for dry scalp, while removing excessive dead skin cells at the same time.
Squeeze some lemon juice into a cup and mix well with honey, before massaging your concoction gently into your scalp for a few minutes. Then, rinse out with your normal shampoo and water. Another home remedy for dry scalp is the dependable hot oil massage. Get yourself some hot oil treatment, heat it up in the microwave and leave for a few moments to cool, before applying it directly to your scalp. The hot oil acts as a barrier to stop your locks from losing moisture. Massage into your hair and scalp, and leave it for a maximum of 30 minutes, before rinsing it off in the shower followed by shampoo and conditioner.
For a real makeshift home remedy for dry scalp, try some mayonnaise or avocado (yes, really!). As mayonnaise is made from eggs and oil, it deeply nourishes your hair, and the hint of vinegar in it will take care of the bacteria or fungus causing the dryness in the first place. Simply apply half a cup of mayonnaise to dry hair and massage thoroughly; leave it for no more than 20 minutes and wash your hair as normal. If mayonnaise isn’t your thing, try mashing a ripe avocado with two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a teaspoon of honey, before applying to dry hair for 30 minutes. Then, simply wash your hair as usual with shampoo and conditioner.
Dry Scalp Shampoo
If you’d prefer more a conventional dry scalp treatment, there are a wealth of dry scalp shampoos out there to help restore much-needed moisture to your hair. You may have to experiment a little to find the perfect shampoo that works for you, but it’s always good to start with moisturising shampoos specifically designed to treat dryness, like Osmo’s Deep Moisturising Shampoo. With extracts of both Pataua Oil and Argan Oil, this hydrating shampoo is designed to nourish and protect dry hair by replenishing the moisture it has lost. It also leaves your hair beautifully shiny, which is always a bonus!
For a more intensive moisturising shampoo, try TIGI’s Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo (notice honey is a recurring theme?). This shampoo is chock full of ingredients to help treat dry scalp, from hydrolysed wheat protein to vitamin E, which deeply hydrates hair to leave it soft and silky. For particularly stubborn dry scalp, try KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Moisturising Shampoo. This shampoo is especially good for alleviating the itchiness that often accompanies dry scalp, gently eradicating all those dead skin cells that are causing the bother. Perfect for both natural and chemically treated hair, it will treat the dryness while leaving your hair with a healthy shine. Use this alongside the KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Moisturising Conditioner and Glossifer for the ultimate dry scalp treatment.
How to Prevent Dry Scalp
As there can be many causes of dry scalp, altering your diet can be one of the best ways to prevent it. Ensuring you have a good supply of fatty acids in your diet can help prevent dry scalp, as you are most likely lacking omega3. This includes yummy foods like fish (think salmon, mackerel and tuna) and vegetable sources, such as flaxseeds, pumpkins seeds and walnuts, which you should incorporate into your diet more regularly. You may also be in short supply of zinc-rich foods, as zinc is essential for healthy skin, hair growth and tissue repair. Try incorporating more seafood, meat and poultry into your diet and see if that makes a difference to your dry scalp. These types of foods will also give you more iron, which aids circulation by providing essential nutrients to help transport blood around the body.
Finally, it may seem obvious, but to get more moisture into your body you have to drink more water! Keeping yourself hydrated is not only good for your health and wellbeing, it reflects in your skin. Drinking more water than usual will help to balance out any dry scalp issues you’re having and is undoubtedly the most cost-effective dry scalp treatment out there. Why not challenge yourself to drink at least eight glasses of water a day and see how good you look (and feel!) after a few weeks?