9 Tips to Help You Get Rid of a Dry Scalp
A dry scalp can be frustrating, uncomfortable, and downright embarrassing. It may even lead to itchy scalp, and hair loss in the long term. Flakes falling from your scalp in public are something we all want to avoid. Trust me, I've been there with a dry scalp and mild dandruff. But there's no need to worry because there are a number of things you can do to get rid of a dry scalp and maintain healthy hair.
Here are 9 tips that can help combat a dry scalp:
1. Avoid hot water showers.
Hot showers during cold weather may feel great but the hot water can strip your scalp of its natural oils, leading to a dry scalp, and flaky scalp. Instead, opt for luke warm water when you wash your hair.
2. Avoid harsh shampoos.
Many over-the-counter hair products like anti-dandruff shampoo contain sulfates and other harsh chemicals that can strip your scalp of its natural oils resulting in a dry scalp. Look for a hydrating, nourishing gentle shampoo that will help moisturize your scalp and hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Follow-up shampooing with a clean moisturizing conditioner.
3. Limit heat styling.
Frequent blow drying, flat ironing, and curling your hair can also contribute to a dry scalp. If you must heat style your hair, be sure to use a heat protectant spray and/or serum to help prevent your scalp from becoming too dry. Hair care before styling is important.
4. Exfoliate your dry scalp.
Just like the dry skin on our faces, our dry scalp need to be exfoliated from time to time to remove dead skin cells and build-up of hair products that can lead to further dryness and itchy scalp. Look for a gentle exfoliating shampoo or make your own by mixing sugar or salt with your regular shampoo to help your dry scalp and grow a healthy head of hair.
5. Use herbal extracts.
Certain herbs such as rosemary, thyme, tea tree oil, and chamomile have been shown to help reduce inflammation and promote healthy scalp and promote hair growth. Add a few drops of these extracts to your shampoo or conditioner bottle or create a pre-shampoo treatment by mixing the extracts with some carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil to avoid a dry scalp.
6 Oil massage regularly for scalp health.
Oiling helps improve blood circulation to your scalp, which can then promote hair growth while at the same time providing more moisture to your dry scalp. I like using Raaka's World Flourish Scalp serum with marula oil for my Scalp Massages because it's lightweight but still packed with nutrients that are great for the scalp.
7 Address any nutritional deficiencies.
A poor diet can also lead to dry skin and a dry scalp that can also be itchy and flaky. So, make sure you're eating plenty of healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body and scalp hydrated. Drinking alcohol can also worsen dry scalp.
8 Reduce stress due to lifestyle factors.
Stress can wreak havoc on our bodies in many ways including causing our scalps to become dry, itchy, and inflamed. So, be sure to take some time out for yourself every day to relax and de-stress. Try things like yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, or whatever else helps you relax. Avoid too much sun exposure and wear a hat or cap while enjoying time in nature.
9 Use Raaka's World Flourish Scalp Serum.
It is an all-natural hair care product made with ingredients like marula oil, amla oil, black cumin, and rosemary that work together to hydrate and nourish and supply more moisture for your dry scalp. It's also non-greasy so it won't leave behind any unwanted residue. This serum is artificial fragrance-free and carries the sweet aroma of natural essential oils. Simply apply it before bedtime and let it work its magic overnight as a dry scalp treatment on any hair type!
A dry scalp can be frustrating but there are things you can do about it! Remember, scalp care is as important as skin care. By following these tips, you'll be on your way to having a healthy, hydrated scalp in no time! Use our award-winning Flourish Scalp Serum as a scalp treatment to help nourish, moisturize your scalp, and combat scalp itch!
Seek medical help if your condition persists to rule out fungal infection, scalp ringworm, seborrheic dermatitis, scalp psoriasis, contact dermatitis, tinea capitis, and other underlying causes, and discuss your treatment options.