Dry scalp might not be life threatening but it could be a symptom of an underlying condition. Although one of the main reasons people get dry scalps is because of scalp infections, the problem might also be caused by eczema, frequent shampooing, poor hair care, and poor diet.
If you are suffering from dry scalp, you have two options: either get costly medication to get rid of it or go for home made remedies. The latter is better because the remedies are inexpensive, natural and will not give you any side effect.
Here are some of the top home remedies for a dry scalp that you should try today. Get it right the first time and the condition will be a thing of the past!
1. Coconut oil
There’s a good reason why I chose to start with coconut oil as my first home remedy. Firstly, it tends to retain most of the lost moisture in your scalp, helping treat the dryness. Secondly, it encourages natural production of oil and supplies most of the essential nutrients to your scalp. Lastly, it helps enhance blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles. See? You just can’t go wrong with this remedy. Here’s what you need to do:
What you will need
- Enough amount of coconut oil
- A cotton ball
Start with warming up the coconut oil, and then apply it throughout your scalp using a cotton ball. Using your fingers, massage the scalp gently, doing it in a circular motion for several minutes, and then leave the application to sit there for around one hour to overnight. Rinse off all the application using a mild shampoo. Repeat this process about two to three times per week.
2. Tea Tree Oil
With its powerful anti-inflammation, antibacterial and antifungal properties, tea tree oil is a good remedy for itchy scalp. It helps treat the root cause of the problem, getting rid of the bacteria and fungus that might be causing the scalp to dry. Here’s how to do it.
What you will need
- 10-20 drops of tea tree oil
- One-half cup baby shampoo
- 2-3 drops tea tree oil
- Bullet Point 2
As you can tell from the needed ingredients, there are two ways you can use tea tree oil to treat a dry scalp. Firstly, add the drops of the oil to the baby shampoo and rub your slap gently with the mixture. Do this daily until you can see that the condition improves.
Secondly, dilute the tea tree oil in the vegetable oil and use it to massage your scalp. Do this regularly and the dry scalp will be gone in a maximum of two weeks.
3. Apple Cedar Vinegar
This remedy works by neutralizing the PH levels of your skin, killing all the bacteria. Better yet, it has antibacterial properties making it very effective, even after a few washes. Here’s what you need to do:
What you will need
- 1/2 cup water and apple cider respectively
- Hair shampoo (preferably that with tea tree oil)
Start by combining the vinegar oil and the water in a bowl, and then apply the mixture directly to your scalp. Massage it for a few minutes, leaving the application to sit there for around 10 minutes. Now rinse the hair using the shampoo, repeating this process regularly.
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If you have a strong scalp that can easily handle strong nature of the apple cider vinegar, go ahead and apply it directly to it without necessarily diluting it with water. I will work great.
4. Lemon juice
This is an old remedy that treats just about any skin condition because of its antiseptic properties. If you are dealing with a dry scalp or dandruff, it will be particularly useful.
Here’s how to go about it:
- Fresh lemon juice
- Fresh lemon juice
- Mild shampoo
The process for this is simple. Just add the fresh lemon juice on your scalp thoroughly, leaving it to sit there for around five minutes. Shampoo your hair using a mild shampoo. If you don’t have lots of dandruff, then you can dilute it in water.
Alternatively, you can simply mix the lemon juice with some yogurt and then apply the mixture right on your scalp for several minutes. After allowing it to sit there for a while, wash the hair using a mild shampoo. Make sure you repeat this process every day until the dryness and itchiness disappears.
The role of honey in treating a dry scalp is simple – it’s anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties help the scalp by getting rid of any underlying infections. To make it effective, you can use it in two ways: These are:
With Olive Oil
Start by warming ½ cup of pure virgin oil, and then mix it with about two teaspoons of honey. Now apply the mixture on your scalp, massaging it gently. Let it sit there for around 10 minutes before rinsing it off using herbal shampoo.
With olive oil and vegetable glycerin
Mix about 4 tablespoons of virgin oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of vegetal glycerin. Shampoo your hair before applying the mixture on the scalp as a conditioner. Repeat this process a few times a week.
Yes, even the mayonnaise you use to make scrumptious salads could also be a remedy to treat dry scalp. Wonder how? Well, since it is prepared with eggs, mayonnaise provides the much-needed nourishment to the scalp, while the vinegar in it disinfects the scalp, fighting any bacterial infection. See? Here’s what to do:
You will need
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- A shower cap
Apply the mayonnaise directly on the scalp, and then massage it, putting more focus on your hair roots. Now cover your hair using a shower cap and let it remain that way for about 15 to 20 minutes. After this period, wash the hair just like you do on a normal occasion, and repeat this process a few times ( preferably two times) in a week.
Dry scalp doesn’t have to be a problem anymore with these workable tips. I have done thorough research and can guarantee that they work as purported too. If you are suffering from this condition, try one of these remedies and see the magic happen. Let me hear what you think in the comment box below.