Dry scalp is a common problem that is attributable to a number of causes. The chemicals in water, shampoos and conditioners may play a large part in stripping the scalp of moisture. The result is dry, flaky skin. Blow-drying the hair at high temperatures can also cause scalp dryness, as do diet and stress-levels. Many people experience an increase in scalp dryness in the winter. Some easy home remedies can be effective in rejuvenating a dry scalp and in preventing this problem as well.
Things You'll Need
Make Your Own Shampoo and Conditioner
Combine two tbsp. of olive oil, an egg, a tbsp. of lemon juice and a tsp. of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Beat all the ingredients together with a fork or hand blender. Apply the mixture on your scalp like a shampoo and rinse with cool or lukewarm water. Avoid hot water, which dries the scalp. This mixture hydrates the hair and scalp and also prevents dandruff.
Mix the egg white from one egg with five tsp. of whole-fat yogurt. After a bath, apply the mixture to your damp hair and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.
Use gentle shampoos that are free of strong chemicals. Frequent washing of the hair is another cause of a dry scalp, because hard water strips the skin of moisture. Use the blow dryer on a low setting and avoid holding it too close to your hair.
Moisturize Your Scalp at Night
Apply tea tree oil or olive oil on your scalp and leave it on for a few hours. It is best to do this at night, before you go to bed. Tea tree oil is renowned for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. Olive oil nourishes and hydrates your scalp.
Apply two tbsp. of either oil on your scalp and rub it in with a gentle massage. The massage promotes blood circulation and improves skin condition.
Go to bed and protect your bedding with an old towel. Wash off the oil from your hair in the morning with a mild shampoo. If you moisturize your hair daily, you will see definite improvements in scalp condition in about a week.
Other Natural Conditioners
Use avocado pulp to moisturize your scalp. Avocado is a great source of fatty acids and is a natural conditioner. Cut an avocado in half and remove its pulp.
Apply the avocado pulp on your hair and leave it on for about 10 minutes after you take a shower. Wash off the avocado pulp with warm water.
Use thyme tea for added moisturizing. Make this tea by boiling four tsp. of dried thyme leaves in two cups of water. Strain the mixture and allow it to cool. Apply this solution on your scalp after washing your hair. Do not rinse it out.
References and ResourcesThe Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: DIY Recipes
Health 911: Dandruff
Mayo Clinic: Dandruff
4-Men.org: About Dry Scalp