Have a dry scalp? here are a few things you can look into, both over the counter or in your pantry to help get things hydrated and under control.
Dry scalp happens when the skin on your scalp is just that - dry.
This differs from dandruff, however, as dandruff tends to be extremely itchy and comes along with scalp flakes that are oily as opposed to dry.
Extremely dry scalp can end up causing issues including hair losses if the condition is extreme (In which case you should look into Strut Hair Formula or Finasteride once your scalp is under control).
If you have a dry scalp and it is bugging you, there are a few things you can look into, both over the counter or in your pantry to help get things hydrated and under control.
Cold or dry extremes of temperature can do a number on your scalp.
So, if you are prone to dry scalp issues, be sure to wear a protective hat or head covering when you are venturing out during extremely cold or dry months.
If your dry scalp issues happened directly after you switched to that bargain bin shampoo, your dry scalp may be a reaction to that product.
Think back to when your dry issues started and if they coincide with a new hair product (shampoo, conditioner, leave-in treatment, styling product, etc.) then do yourself a favor and stop the product for a while to see if the dryness clears up.
If you are ready to get in there and start treating your dry scalp today, the best options are pre-shampoo treatment and scalp toners.
These products usually mention that they are for dry scalp, and they are formulated to focus on scalp health.
Products with creamier consistencies tend to be the most hydrating.
A simple (and free!) scalp massage can help increase scalp blood flow and help get those lovely scalp oils flowing.
Start with just a few minutes of gentle circular motions, and for some extra oomph add in an oil that is gentle on your scalp during the massage.
Overwashing your hair can cause those essential scalp oils to be stripped off, causing an overly dry scalp.
So, avoid washing your hair every day and try to settle into an every-other-day hair washing routine.
Your scalp needs certain essential vitamins and nutrients to make sure it is turning over cells and producing oils properly.
Make sure you are getting the recommended amount of Zinc, Vitamin A, and Omega-3 fatty acids on a daily basis for optimal scalp health.
If you want to go the supplement route for these things, add on an Omega supplement plus a Hair, Skin, and Nails supplement to help cover all your scalp nutrient bases.
Coconut oil is a great way to help seal in scalp moisture without feeling too greasy or heavy on your scalp.
Start with just a little melted coconut oil on your fingertips and massage into the scalp area.
If your body is dehydrated, so is your scalp.
And, since your scalp is directly situated to take the brunt of the sun, wind, and weather for the day, it can dry out even more than other parts of your body.
At a minimum, aim for 8 X 8-ounce cups of water a day to try to maintain proper hydration, and up that number if you are very active, out in the elements, or working out that day.