Dry scalp is a common problem. Maybe all of us have faced dry scalp at some point or another. It’s quite an irritating problem, to be honest. Persistent itchiness, soreness, hair loss, dandruff, etc. make life extremely difficult. There are numerous causes that result in a dry scalp, most commonly, harsh hair care products and weather change. Most of the times, the dry scalp will go away with just a bit of care. However, it can be persistent. Various skin conditions also cause persistent dry scalp, for example, eczema, psoriasis, etc.
Dry Scalp Home Remedies
Treating dry scalp is not so difficult. Here are some of the simplest and easiest ways to treat your dry scalp.
Note: If there’s any skin disease, don’t forget to ask your doctor for advice. In some situations, the skin problem might worsen.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is one of the most common products for skin health benefits. It’s a powerful moisturizer as well. That’s why it’s a fine treatment to your dry scalp. Coconut oil also includes some antifungal and antibacterial properties. That is why it can reduce the chance of infections on a dry scalp. In fact, it can be effective to treat atopic dermatitis! (A chronic inflammatory skin disease).
Using Method: Take a small amount of melted coconut oil and massage it properly on your scalp. You can leave it as it is or, wash with lukewarm water. Coconut oil is not only good for the scalp but also for the hair.
Aloe Vera – Aloe vera is another common home product for treating various skin-related issues. It’s anti-inflammatory and moisturizing property is suitable for treating various skin conditions like skin irritation and other mild skin conditions.
Using Method: Apply it on your scalp and wait for 10-15 minutes. Then, wash your hair gently. Aloe Vera also offers other benefits for oral intake. You can drink Aloe Vera juice regularly.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider Vinegar includes the antimicrobial feature. That’s why it’s quite effective in destroying any opportunistic bacteria or fungi. Apple cider vinegar is also good for exfoliation and many other skin conditions.
Using Method: It’s high in the acidic property. Mix one part vinegar with two parts of water, Then, apply the mixture to the scalp. Before you wash out, wait for 5-10 minutes. When washing, use a gentle shampoo and a compatible conditioner.
Baking Soda and Olive Oil – Like coconut oil, olive oil is a good moisturizer for the skin. In the case of baking soda, it’s an effective antifungal and antibacterial treatment. Combine them together and voila! The ultimate killer for your dry scalp.
Using Method: Mix equal parts of olive oil and baking soda together. Then, apply the mixture to your scalp and massage thoroughly. Wait for 5 minutes. Then, wash your hair and scalp with a suitable shampoo and conditioner. Use this method 2-3 times a week.
Mashed Bananas – Bananas are one of the most common fruits that we can eat on a daily basis. In fact, banana is the top-selling food of Walmart! Did you know that bananas are good for your scalp? It can work like a charm! It’s quite effective in treating dry scalp and dandruff.
Using Method: Blend a banana along with a couple of tablespoons of coconut/olive oil. When it’s a fine paste, apply the mixture to your scalp and massage properly. Wait for 10-15 minutes before washing out.
Yogurt and Egg – Yogurt and egg both are unique for relieving various scalp symptoms, especially dry scalp. Yogurt is good for soothing and exfoliating the skin while the fat and protein from the egg take care of free radical damages and a nice moisturizing touch.
Using Method: Take a few tablespoons of plain yogurt (with no sugar or flavor added). Beat an egg properly. Then, mix both of them together and make a fine mixture. Once it’s ready, apply it to your scalp and hair. Let the mixture stay there for 10-15 minutes. Then, rinse your scalp and hair with lukewarm water.
Jojoba Oil – Like coconut and olive oil, jojoba oil is also a good moisturizing agent. That is why dry scalp treatment is quite effective with jojoba oil.
Using Method: When you are washing your hair, add a couple of drops of jojoba oil. This will help to improve the dryness of the scalp. It will also prevent the shampoo from taking off too much moisture.
Having problems with dandruff?: Give this a try. Dried thyme leaves, 1-quart of water, Thyme oil and Olive oil. Boil a handful of dried thyme leaves in water for about 5-10 minutes. Strain and let the liquid cool. Then, about an hour before washing your hair, add thyme oil diluted in olive oil (4 drops of thyme oil per teaspoon of olive oil) to your scalp. After shampoo, rinse your hair with the thyme water and this will help your dandruff.
Use a rinse to get rid of your dandruff. After shampooing rinse your hair with 1/2 cup of lemon juice or vinegar in 1 gallon of water. This will leave your hair squeaky clean and shiny and will help remove the itchy flakes from your scalp.
Change the way you brush your hair to get rid of dandruff. You should brush from the scalp outward with firm strokes. This will carry excess oil away from your scalp to your hair strands and will give your hair a nice shine.
Wash your hair regularly. This will help to break up larger flakes and make them less noticeable. It will also prevent the buildup of hair products you use on your hair which can look like dandruff sometimes. For really stubborn dandruff, talk to your doctor about your condition.
Dry scalp is a really uncomfortable situation. However, treating it doesn’t require any fancy skin care product. In most cases, you can treat the condition with these household items. Sometimes, dry scalp indicates other skin problems. If your dry scalp still hasn’t improved over a week or two, it’s time to talk with your doctor to be diagnosed for any possible skin disease. If you notice dry scalp with noticeable sores or blisters, contact your doctor immediately. Also, you may like to read another post What Your Itchy Scalp Is Trying to Tell You.
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