Don’t you just hate that itch that leaves your scalp feeling dry and flaky? If you’ve been experiencing excessive itching, irritation, or shedding, you may be suffering from a dry scalp or dandruff.
While they have some of the same symptoms, dry scalp and dandruff are different conditions. Dry scalp occurs when the skin has little to no moisture, causing the scalp to become irritated and shed white or yellow flakes.
Dry scalp can also develop from:
• Using wrong hair products
• Not brushing hair enough
• Irritated skin
• Bacterial infections on the scalp
Dandruff stems from Seborrheic dermatitis, a condition in which the scalp produces extra skin cells. When excess skin cells mix with oils on the scalp, dandruff appears.
Dandruff can also develop from:
• Dry skin
• Not cleaning hair enough
• Sensitivity to hair products
• Yeast-like fungus
Remedies for Dandruff and Dry Scalp
If not treated, these conditions can worsen and become even more embarrassing. Are you suffering from a dry scalp or dandruff? Check out these remedies that will help clear up all your dandruff and dry scalp issues.
Knowing which shampoo to use and how to use it is a must when stopping dandruff or a dry scalp. Using the wrong shampoo can lead to infectious irritations and failing to wash your hair can cause dryness and flakiness.
To ease your irritated scalp, try using a medicated shampoo as it removes and helps control scalp build-up, soothes irritation, stops itching, and replenishes moisture. I recommend seeking your dermatologists to get a customized product for your specific needs. However, if you cannot, medicated shampoos are sold over the counter for your convenience.
Be sure to choose a shampoo that is fragrance-free and dermatologist tested. Also, be sure to look for these ingredients:
• Selenium Sulfide- an antifungal agent that aids in treating skin yeast, scalp ringworm, and seborrheic dermatitis
• Menthol- contains cooling and calming properties that may soothe irritated and itchy skin
• Botanicals- aids in moisturizing hair
• Salicylic Acid- aids in shedding of the skin’s top layer to wash away the dead skin cells that makeup dandruff
• Pyrithoine Zinc- aids in preventing flaking and scaling of the scalp caused by dandruff
Before washing your hair make sure to check the label. The shampoo that you are using could be the cause of your scalp irritations. I suggest purchasing Tea Tree Special Shampoo or Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength; however, there are a ton of shampoos on the market designed to help you get rid of your dry scalp or dandruff.
Have you tried any magical medicated shampoos? Let us know in the comments!
When your scalp isn’t producing enough natural oil, it may become itchy, dry, or flaky. To provide the nourishment it needs I recommend trying a deep conditioning treatment. Deep conditioning aids in moisturizing and soothing the scalp as well as reviving dry, brittle hair. It is especially essential in the winter when the air becomes drier, and the winds increase, stealing your hair’s moisture. This may leave you with an unwanted dry and flaky scalp.
Don’t freight because choosing the right deep conditioner can restore your hair’s moisture in no time! When selecting a deep conditioner, be sure to pick one that contains these ingredients:
• Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein- aids in retaining moisture and repairing damaged hair
• Behentrimonium (BTMS)- aids in removing product buildup and oil from the hair that causes dandruff
• Panthenol- provides vitamin B-5 and increases moisture retention
• Cetearyl Alcohol- aids in easing process by softening hair
To maximize your results I recommend going to a professional stylist. However, deep conditioning treatments are simple enough to perform from the comfort of your home. Here’s how to do it:
1. Choose a product
2. Co-wash or use a sulfate-free shampoo
3. Apply deep conditioner
4. Cover head with plastic shower cap & let it sit for 25 minutes
5. Sit under hair dryer or use blow dryer to absorb product into hair easily (optional)
Deep conditioning is an excellent way to promote moisture retention throughout your hair and scalp. What are some of your favorite deep conditioners and techniques? Feel free to share them in the comments.
Hair Mask nourishes and conditions hair while eliminating dandruff. It is like food for your hair and can tackle the root of what is causing your scalp to flake. The great thing about hair mask is that you can use whatever is in your refrigerator.
Here are some of my favorite hair masks:
Yogurt, Honey & Lemon Mask
This mask will leave your scalp feeling fresh, clean and revived. The acid from the lemon works to balance scalps pH & oil production while the honey and yogurt provides moisture and nourishes your hair.
Onion Hair Mask for Dandruff
Onions can be used for more than adding flavor to your food! They contain potent antimicrobial properties which help in fighting dandruff. It also improves circulation of the blood to the scalp and flushes out toxins.
Omved Hair Pack
Aloe Vera Hair Mask for Dandruff
Aloe Vera aids in moisturizing and soothing a dry and itchy scalp while ridding bacteria and dandruff. Treat your hair with this mask and watch it become more hydrated than ever.
What are some of your favorite homemade hair mask recipes? Let us know in the comments.
Hot Oil Treatment
A great way to relax and soothe your scalp is with a hot oil treatment. Hot oil treatments strengthen dry, brittle hair, promote hair growth, and stimulate blood circulation. These treatments serve as an agent in restoring oil into the hair and preventing dandruff. These are mainly beneficial during the cold winter months.
Hot oil treatments are simple enough for you do from the comfort of your home.
How to do a hot oil treatment from home:
1. Heat oil in a microwave-safe bowl
2. Allow oil to cool
3. Apply to scalp
4. Cover head with shower cap and leave on for 25 minutes
5. Sit under hair dryer or steamer to help oil penetrate scalp with moisture (optional)
6. Rinse and apply leave in conditioner
There are many oils that you can use for your hot oil treatment. Here are some of my favorite oils and their benefits:
• Coconut oil
Provides moisture and locks in essential oils that your body naturally produce
• Grapeseed oil
Contains vitamin E and helps to keep moisture locked in
• Carrot seed oil
Provides relief from itching, flaking, and burning of the scalp
• Jojoba oil
Penetrates scalp and removes dead skin
• Almond oil
Soothes discomfort that comes from a dry, itchy scalp
There are a ton of other oils that you can use to perform a hot oil treatment. Do you have any? Share them with us in the comments.
Practicing Stress Management
Can stress be the reason for your dandruff? While it is not a direct cause of the issue, individuals under pressure often have a weak immune system which can worsen your case of dandruff and make it even more difficult to prevent. Life is tough and can hit us with many stressors at once.
Here are some practices that may help to alleviate the stress that could be affecting the health of your hair:
• Going on a vacation
What are some of the ways you relieve stress? Let us know in the comments.
Did you know your diet could be the cause of your dry scalp? If you lack essential vitamins such as B6 and B12, you may want to consider incorporating more wholegrain cereals, fruits, and green leafy vegetables into your diet. I recommend taking a multi-vitamin to ensure that you are getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients. Also eating too many sugary foods can affect your scalp, causing it to become dry and flaky. It is also vital to limit consumption of spicy foods, salt, and alcohol as they too can create scalp irritations.
Incorporating these remedies into your weekly hair regimen will help to prevent a dry scalp and dandruff.
Which of these treatments is your favorite? Let us know in the comments. Also, share any remedies that have helped to prevent your dry scalp and dandruff issues.