If your scalp is itchy, inflamed and constantly sheds ….you are not alone. Scalp issues are very common and can range from mild to scalp dermatitis. Keep reading for useful tips and tricks to help treat and irritating dry scalp.
What is it?
Dry scalp is dehydrated skin that does not produce (or retain) enough natural oils. These natural oils are needed to keep your scalp moisturised. However, Dry scalp is not to be confused with Dandruff. Dandruff is an over production of Sebum and dead skin cells which flake off faster than normal. Both clump together when mixed with oils.
A useful tip is to try exfoliating scrubs and shampoos containing coal, tar and salicylic. Also book in to see a Dermatologist.
Know The Triggers
Pay attention to any particular ingredients in products that trigger your scalp dryness. There are a number of common triggers which range from Coconut Oil to Tea Tree. Even though these examples are popular and can help the scalp feel soothed, high doses can also make your scalp feel drier and irritated.
This is a method of using penetrative oils (Olive Oil, a conditioner, Aloe Vera) to fully saturate the hair and scalp prior to shampooing. We recommend leaving to sit on the hair fro 20 mins to work its magic! You can also apply a natural scalp oil between wash days.
Increase your veggie intake with the likes of Asparagus and Broccoli or fresh fruits such as Mangoes and Papaya. Another option would be to add Almonds and Wheat Germ to your smoothies to boost your Vitamin E levels. Just for good measure, why not take 3-5 minutes once a week and massage pure Vitamin E directly onto your scalp.
A dry scalp could be your hair’s way of telling you it needs a detox with a clarifying/chelating shampoo. These shampoos remove hard water minerals/product build up that gentle shampoos leave behind. For a more natural method, you can use Bentonite Clay or African Black Soap.
Many people forget that their scalp is also their skin. If your scalp is dehydrated, your skin is likely to be too. In other words, drink MORE water (2 litres per day). Additionally, you can add/increase water heavy foods in your diet such as Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Spinach and Oranges. The moisture will make its way through your system and to your scalp.