Sometimes, my scalp itches so bad that I scratch cuts into it. Needless to say, I have horrible dry scalp and dandruff, but at least I have become the expert in home remedies for dry scalp, and I am going to share some tips with you.
What Causes Dry Scalp?
I finally visited my doctor after the last time I had a severe bout of dry, itchy skin on my scalp.
I had to get some relief.
He told me that I had a form of eczema on my scalp that was causing the dryness and the itch. We went over a list of other things that could be causing my dry scalp, and they included:
- Excess alcohol consumption
- High sugar or salty food diet
- A lack of fatty acids
- Vitamin B deficiency
- Extreme weather
- Allergic dermatitis
I was happy that I paid a visit to my doctor, because it showed me that there could be other things going on with my scalp.
The thing I didn’t like was that he recommended I see a dermatologist.
I don’t know about you, but specialists are expensive and don’t exactly fit into my budget. I needed to know the things that I could do at home to stop my horrible dry scalp.
So…Home Remedies For Dry Scalp!
I went on a mission. What were the best home remedies for dry scalp that I could find?
I went to see my hairdresser. The one person on the planet that could know more about scalps and hair than anyone!
She had even more advice than my doctor. Between the two, I got a huge list of things that I could do at home.
Tea Tree Oil
I wasn’t able to try any of the things before getting the number one recommendation by my stylist out of the way. A tea tree oil treatment for dry scalp.
It was quick and easy, so I spent an extra 30 minutes at the salon with a tea tree oil treatment in my hair. It was super tingly, and my scalp felt like it was naked for a few days after the treatment, but there was no itch.
There are over the counter shampoos that you can buy that contain tea tree oil. If you have an itchy scalp like I do this may be an easy home remedy that you can use.
Some Good Tips for Dry Scalp
Between my doctor and my hairdresser I had pretty hefty lists of do’s and don’t’s. If you’re like me some of these home remedies for dry scalp may surprise you.
- Wash your hair in lukewarm water
- Find the cause of your dandruff
- Use over the counter shampoos and serums to treat the dry scalp
- Stay hydrated and drink lots of water
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Moisturize your scalp
- Don’t use hot water to wash your hair
- Don’t assume your dandruff is just dry scalp
- Don’t borrow a friends prescription shampoo to wash your hair
- Don’t drink alcohol or dehydrating beverages
- Don’t eat a high fat, high salt diet
- Don’t ignore the problem
- Don’t scratch!!!
At Home Scalp Treatments
There are a few things you may need to treat if you have a dry scalp and lots of dandruff.
For me, it was keeping my hormones levels good, by eating a well-balanced diet, and making sure that my scalp had plenty of natural oils.
Three things that you can consider at home before you go to your doctor are moisturizing, anti-fungal and antibacterial treatments.
Take a look at these dry scalp treatments.
You can moisturize your dry scalp with:
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
The recommended anti-fungal remedies for dry scalp are:
- Tea Tree Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
You may be wondering why antibacterial treatment?
Remember all that scratching I did?
Well, I didn’t realize it at the time, but underneath your nails lies a hotbed of disgusting germs and bacteria.
When you scratch, you cause micro tears in your skin, allowing for that bacteria to get into your scalp.
This can cause inflammation and even infection (in severe cases).
Decreasing the inflammation and the risk of infection is the main reason to
- Use antibacterial treatment, and
- Not scratch your scalp.
I hope you don’t suffer from eczema as I do, but if you do, try these awesome home remedies for dry scalp, they helped me tons.
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