Dry Scalp Home Remedies – Dry Scalp Treatment to nourish your Scalp and Hair
You will find in this article Dry Scalp Remedies. Dry Scalp usually causes dry hair accompanied by dandruff and falling white flakes onto your clothes and shoulders, which can cause great embarrassment to you. An extremely dry scalp can result into itchiness and redness on your scalp and makes your hair look very dull and dry.
What Causes Dry Scalp:
The most common causes of dry scalp are:
(i) Under secretion of natural oils (sebum) by the sebaceous glands.
(ii) Too much use of shampoo, chemicals and heating hair appliances on your hair.
(iii) Cold, windy and dry weather.
(iv) Washing hair with hot or / and hard water.
(v) Dietary deficiency of essential fatty acids. Too much intake of diuretics or caffeine.
(vi) Hormonal changes.
Home Remedies For Dry Scalp
Given below are various effective treatments for dry scalp and how to cure dry scalp tips:
1. Scalp Massage: The most effective dry scalp treatment is Scalp massage. Give yourself a gentle scalp massage with your fingertips as you shampoo or while doing deep conditioning or giving hot oil treatment to your scalp.
(i) This stimulates production of sebum (natural oil) and increases blood flow to your scalp and therefore the hair follicles get more nutrients.
(ii) A gentle massage open up your scalp pores and loosen the flakes and dead skin cells, so that they are easier to wash off.
(iii) Make it a habit to massage your head once or twice in day for a couple of minutes each time. You can also use a battery operated massage device for this purpose.
(iv) You can use lukewarm olive oil for massaging your scalp. Other essential oils you can use for this purpose are rosemary, basil, nettle, camellia, lavender or vitamin E oil. Massage a little quantity of any of these oils onto your scalp once or twice a week and let it be on your scalp for as much time as is available with you then wash it off. You can also consider applying oil before sleeping at night and rinse it off in the morning. You can cover your pillow with a towel so as to not to stain your pillow.
(v) Olive oil is full of many nutrients for the hair and contributes to hair growth. Lavender has good cleansing properties.
2. Deep Condition your Hair and Scalp: Your dry scalp is primarily due to lesser production of natural oils by your scalp. Give your scalp some nourishment by doing at home deep conditioning to your hair once or twice a week. To know how to deep condition your hair at home, read a very good practical guide “How to Deep Condition your Hair at Home“.
3. Hot Oil Treatment – An effective treatment for dry scalp: Look for a good quality Hot Oil Treatment kit at your local beauty supply or drug store. Read the directions given on the kit / package and follow them carefully. Make sure the oil is not too hot to burn your scalp skin.
4. Use the right Hair Care Products – A must dry scalp treatment tip: Avoid using hair products containing chemicals, alcohol, etc. Use shampoos and conditioners that are meant for dry scalp and dry hair, containing essential oils and herbs.
5. Vinegar Rinse: This is one of the best natural remedies for dry scalp.
(i) Mix one cup apple cider vinegar ( or lemon juice if you have light colored hair) with one cup of boiled but cooled or distilled water. If you have very itchy scalp add 20 drops of peppermint into the mixture and mix them thoroughly in a container. Do not use glass container for this purpose.
(ii) Pour the above mixture onto your hair and message in gently. Pour that much mixture only as much is needed to cover your entire hair.
(iii) As an alternative to Vinegar, you can also use undiluted beer or lemon juice (if your hair is light colored).
(iv) If you so desire, you can add essential oils because of their healing properties. But it’s optional.
(v) Wash your hair with lukewarm water.
6. Home Made Hair Wash for Dry Scalp Treatment:
(i) Mix one cup of distilled or boiled but cooled water; 1/4 cup of fragrance free mild baby shampoo; 1/2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, pure avocado, jajoba, almond oils and 10 drops of lavender, Cedar wood or juniper in a container.
(ii) Shake well before use and wash your hair with above mixture in a normal way.
7. Olive Oil, an effective cure for dry scalp:
(i) Take two to four table spoons of extra virgin olive oil and if you desire add 10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice into the oil.
(ii) Warm the oil a little bit in microwave for few seconds.
(iii) Wet your fingers with the warm oil and massage it into your scalp and apply it onto your hair to cover till ends. Let the oil remain on your scalp for around 15 minutes.
(iii) Shampoo your hair with the above home made hair wash or any herbal or chemicals free shampoo of your choice and rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water.
8. Other useful Dry Scalp Natural Remedies tips:
(i) The most effective dry scalp treatment is not to use hot water for washing your hair. Use instead water as cool as you are comfortable with.
(ii) Avoid shampoos containing alcohol chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, which is the main ingredient used to make liquid dish wash detergent.
(iii) Cut down on use of hair drier or other heating appliances on your hair.
(iv) The dry scalp hair problems get aggravated due to over washing and over use of shampoos.
(v) Dry scalp can occur due to nutritional deficiencies, like that of B6 and B12. Vitamin B is a good dry scalp remedy, as it improves production of melanin, which not only provides moisture to your dry scalp but is good for hair color also. Have a good nutritious diet by consuming more of fruits, vegetables and whole grain breads. If required, consider taking supplements, like flaxseeds, zinc, selenium and multi vitamins.
(v) Hydrate yourself from inside too by drinking plenty of water and cutting down consumption of alcohol. Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
(vi) For further very effective dry hair treatment, read “Best Treatment for Dry Hair“.
If your dry scalp conditions still persist even after following above dry scalp home remedies, you are advised to consult your dermatologist as this can be due to some underlying medical reasons.