Best Dry Scalp Treatments: How to Treat Dry Scalp
Dry scalp is annoying, uncomfortable, maybe a little gross, and also extremely common. Just about everyone will suffer the itching and flaking of a dry scalp at some point in her life, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, but that doesn’t make it any less of a bummer. Even if you can get over the dandruff and flaking, the itching alone is still enough to drive you crazy.
Our skin is delicate, our scalps especially, so there are a lot of things that can cause dry scalp. In order to heal and soothe a dry itchy scalp, you may want to ask yourself why it’s happening in the first place.
22 Other heat damage
33 Harsh shampoos and other products
44 Seborrheic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, or Eczema
Psoriasis is an autoimmune response in which the body creates too many skin cells in a certain area. Too many skin cells will cause lots of flaking and irritation in the affected area. Eczema causes itching and patches of tough, flaky, sensitive skin. Eczema can be uncomfortable and intensely itchy, and affected areas may be easily irritated and broken.
Note that while there are plenty of natural and DIY treatments that can treat a dry scalp, if your dry scalp is due to a serious skin irritation, psoriasis, or eczema, the first thing you should do is see a doctor or dermatologist to discuss the problem.
Now that you know why dry scalp happens,what can you do about it?
55 Boar Bristle Brush
It is increasingly common beauty advice NOT to wash your hair every single day, but what’s a girl to do when her hair looks and feels greasy just one day after washing? Girl, get yourself a boar bristle brush. It will make your hair look and feel clean, because oil won’t be built up at the roots of your hair and weighing it down. The bristles also gently loosen and dislodge dirt and dead skin from your scalp (some shedding of skin is natural and good, of course), which is probably what you wanted to accomplish by shampooing in the first place.
The bristles really do come from boars, and if you’re concerned about animal rights, there are loads of companies that guarantee their brushes are made from ethically sourced boar bristles.
66 Dry Scalp Remedies: Coconut Oil
It doesn’t get any simpler than a coconut oil scalp treatment. All you need is some virgin or unrefined coconut oil and your hands. To do this treatment, scoop some coconut oil out of the jar rub it on your scalp, massaging gently. You can also work it all the way down the shaft of you hair. For extra hair and scalp nourishment, put your hair in a shower cap and apply gentle heat (the lightest setting on your blow dryer or a towel right out of the dryer wrapped around your head will do just fine). Leave it on for at least 30 minutes or as much as two hours, then use a good, gentle shampoo to wash it out. Be careful not to overdo it when you wash it out, and don’t worry if your hair looks and feels different right after you wash it. Give it a day and you’ll be amazed by the results.
Virgin coconut oil is the preferred oil for hair treatment because it contains some beneficial vitamins that aren’t found in other oils, but you can do this treatment with extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil, too. To get the most of a warmed oil treatment, rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar afterward.
77 Tea Tree Oil
88 Egg Yolks
If you can’t get your hands on beer or just can’t get behind dumping it on your head in the shower (which is understandable), there are plenty of shampoos on the market that contain stout and other hair-nourishing ingredients that will help you get the same results.
1111 Maintaining a healthy scalp
–Stay hydrated! Everyone talks about the benefits of drinking more water, and no part of your body benefits more than your skin (scalp included).
-If you’re suffering from winter dryness, use a humidifier in your bedroom.
–Cut back on washing your hair. If you’ve taken up a boar bristle brush, you can cut back based on that alone. If you feel self-conscious about how your hair looks a day or two after shampooing, try rocking a scarf, headband, or cute hat on those days. A little puff of dry shampoo won’t hurt either. You may find that after a month or so of less washing, your hair doesn’t seem so greasy a couple of days post-wash.
–Limit hot styling. I’m sorry, put down that blow dryer and the straightening iron, too. Aim to use heat on your hair as little as possible, and when you do use it, use low heat.
–Get your vitamins and fatty acids. Eating foods rich in fat soluble vitamins A, E, D, and K, as well as B vitamins and essential fatty acids improves overall skin health, your scalp included.