Whether your hair is looking better than ever or you are rocking the ultimate messy bun, a dry scalp can ruin any look. A dry and itchy scalp that results in dandruff can be a ‘do ruiner and make it hard to feel confident about your hair. Plus, the itching that comes with a dry scalp can be annoying and frustrating.
There are many things that could be causing your dry scalp, from cold weather to over-shampooing. There are also many home remedies, helpful products, and treatments that can help soothe your dry scalp. While you may have to try a few until you find the one that works best for you, there is hope for your itching scalp. In this blog, we will give you some tips that will help you take care of your dry and itchy scalp.
First, we are going to go over a few reasons why your scalp may be dry. Knowing the cause of your dry scalp can help you figure out how to best treat it.
Causes of Dry Scalp
When the oil glands in your scalp are underactive and unable to product the necessary amount of natural oil, they will cause your scalp to become dry. There are a few things that may cause this to occur. Some of the reasons you may have a dry scalp include:
- Cold and dry weather
- Shampooing too frequently or use of harsh shampoos that contain chemicals
- Poor diet and lack of nutrients
- Using styling products that contain alcohol
- Using styling product excessively
- Eczema and other fungal infections
Your dry scalp is likely a result of one of these causes, if none of these seem like they are causing your dry scalp, visiting a doctor can help you figure out the cause and get the right treatment. So, what are some remedies and treatments? Let’s take a look!
Using an at-home deep conditioning or hot oil treatment can help add the nourishment your scalp needs. Using one of these treatments about twice a week can soothe your scalp, as well as improve the health of your hair, which we think is a win-win!
Try a New Shampoo
If the shampoo you are currently using is harsh and contains a lot of chemicals, your scalp may be reacting to that. Try switching to a shampoo with a gentler formula and don’t shampoo everyday. Rather, try shampooing every other day at the most and wash your hair with warm water, not hot. Hot water also causes your skin to dry out.
Avoid The Products
This may be hard for some of you, as styling your hair may be part of your daily routine that you truly look forward to. But while you are trying to heal your scalp, try to avoid using too many hair styling products. Once your scalp is healed and soothed, you can start styling again, just be sure your products aren’t too harsh.
Your diet may be causing your dry scalp. Adding foods that contain vitamin B can help with the oil production in your skin. These foods can include fruits, veggies, whole-grains, and even supplements. An Everyday Health article also mentions that sugar, spice, salt, and alcohol can trigger a dry and itchy scalp and dandruff. So, try cutting these out as well!
There are also many home remedies that you can try if you are the DIY type, and we will go over some of these in our next blog!
Once your scalp is soothed, it is time to get your hair looking stylish as ever! Contact us today to schedule an appointment with The Hair Company and to get any questions answered.