A concise guide to control and, eventually, get rid of a dry scalp

When the scalp does not produce enough sebum, it results in a dry scalp condition.

Winters, especially, could be mercilessly harsh on your scalp rendering it dehydrated, flaky and itchy. Dry scalp, however, could persist throughout the year with its symptoms being both regular and chronic.

The most concerning issue is the adverse impacts of dry flakes on skin – causing irritation, greasy and scaly skin, inflammation and acne… perhaps the worst of it all. When not treated at pronto, the dry flakes spread in the upper back and chest areas as well.

Zero in on the Cause First!

Since dry scalp could be traced to various reasons and the effectiveness of treatment procedures depends on the specific cause(s), it is always wiser to diagnose the root cause first. This would save unnecessary experimentation and expenses on testing antidotes. In fact, the dryness could be due to lifestyle factors such as frequent washing of hair with harsh products, weather conditions such as low humidity, excess indoor heating or even allergic reactions to certain chemical products.

Opt for Soothing Exfoliation

A combination of exfoliation and hydration could help with dryness of skin, be it on the scalp or anywhere else. Re-hydrating scalp toners which could be applied daily and replete with anti-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties such as sodium salicylate are particularly relevant for the exfoliation process. Scalp tonics are effective because they balance the pH levels and fight bacterial growth thereby improving scalp health.

Try Nutritious and Nourishing Ingredients

Certain natural products such as aloe vera, hydrosol, jojoba oil and coconut oil leave a tranquil and balmy impact on the scalp besides rebalancing it adequately and doing away with pestering dryness. These easy-to-access products and homemade concoctions could pretty well cure dry scalp without requiring you to opt for clinical consultations and splurging.

Trust the Restorative Power of a Scalp Musk

Sometimes the solution to painfully irritating dry scalp symptoms could be DIY hair products or even branded hair masks. Ingredients such as yoghurt, honey, apple cider vinegar, hibiscus, and fenugreek seeds are rich in anti-fungal properties and crucial to preserve the pH balance of the scalp. Make sure to complete the wash with a mild shampoo and a natural, soothing conditioner. Dermatologists also vouch for rice water if you are making the conditioner at home since rice water contains selenium—an effective remedy if yeast is causing the flakes.

Avoid using hot water and over-washing to prevent the condition from aggravating further.

Puja Sinha

Coffee addict. Daydreamer. Hitchcock Fan. A post-grad in English Literature, Puja is a forever enthusiast of traversing long distances by rail. Her verticals of choice are entertainment, art & society. She can be found lazing in the garden when not fidgeting over deadlines.
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