Flaky, Itchy, Dry Scalp Remedies
Got an itchy scalp?
Sure, you do or maybe you have experienced an itchy scalp in the past. Unfortunately, quite a few people experience discomfort from dandruff. Scratching your dandruff in public is quite embarrassing, to say the least. It’s not a comfortable place to be in when you want to always look your best. Many people suffer from dry, itchy, and flaky scalp and are ashamed to discuss it publicly. It’s not a great conversation starter and it’s uncomfortable to explain to your friends. It’s a pretty common problem with readily and quick solutions. Have you ever scratched your head and white flaky flakes begin to cover your blouse? Embarrassing? Yes, to the fifth degree! When it comes to loving your tresses and managing your strands into a healthy state of mind, we’ve got you covered. After reading this article, you’re going to be able to toss that baseball cap, kiss your flakes goodbye, and be excited for wash day like everyone else.
In today's post, we'll share 5 Home Remedies for Flaky, Itchy, and Dry Scalp that will help you relieve your itchy scalp.
Let’s rule out the harm factor in dandruff. It’s completely harmless. They may not be the best accessory to your wardrobe. But, the good thing about dandruff is that you can easily brush them off on your shoulder. Hanging out in the ladies room, may not be the better part of your evening. But, it’s something that you can quickly address and get back to your day.
Here’s the thing to remember about your dandruff, it comes from you. Dandruff is flaky dead skin cells that come from a dry scalp. There are a few causes for dry scalp that you may want to be mindful of moving forward. For example, a condition called Seborrheic dermatitis, which affects many areas of the skin, including the scalp. In this case, the scalp produces extra skin cells. When these extra skin cells die and fall off, they mix with oils on the scalp, forming dandruff. Can you imagine all of that build up going on inside your ponytail? Totally gross.
There are a few other causes for dry scalp such as dry skin and using the wrong hair products. In the winter our skin becomes dry as the temperature changes. Sometimes we forget to hydrate our skin as much as we normally would in the warmer months. The cold winter air combined with heated rooms indoors can cause an itchy scalp and flaking skin.
Most people are typically trying to stay warm and not considering the effects not moisturizing your skin or scalp has on your body. Did you know that you can irritate your scalp by shampooing your hair too much? Shampoo can irritate your dry scalp and cause drier itchy scalp. Be mindful to use dry shampoo’s that will soak up excess oils in your scalp.
Some causes for dry, flaky, and itchy scalp may be medically related and may be necessary for you to seek a doctor’s advice. To relieve your itchy scalp, you can either purchase an over the counter anti-dandruff shampoo and treatment or go the more natural route.
Now that we have covered the causes for dry scalp, let's discuss some home remedies to help relieve your itch. You’d be surprised just how many solutions are right underneath your nose. That’s right. Some items on this list are found in your fridge or cabinet. We know what you’re thinking, your mother warned you about getting all of that dirt inside your hair. Well, we’d like to think our mothers know a thing or two about dry, itchy scalps.
Although you may use them for different solutions, you can use them for your scalp.
Here are some quick solutions for dry, itchy, and flaky scalp :
- Baking soda
You read that correctly, baking soda is not only amazing for baking cookies or cleaning your teeth. It’s also a powerful disinfectant when it comes to cleaning practically anything. Many people use baking soda to clean their kitchen, scrub their bathroom tiles, and you guessed it… their scalp, too! Baking soda makes is a dandruff shampoo because it exfoliates your scalp and prevents dandruff.
Try this simple recipe at home:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with water until you reach the perfect paste consistency.
- For best results, part your hair in sections and apply a few drops of olive oil before spreading the paste on your scalp, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Thoroughly rinse the mixture out. For best results, repeat this procedure regularly - once or twice a week.
- Tea Tree Oil
Have you heard of tea tree oil? Some of the world top beauty brands use tea tree oil in their products. Tea tree oil has been around for many decades. Yet, only a few people are well informed of the hidden benefits of this powerful oil. It has natural anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, which will help relieve your dry scalp or itchy scalp. Where does it come from? Tea Tree Oil comes from leaves of the Myrtle Tree, which is native to Australia. The uses for Tea Tree Oil are endless: it is used in making homemade cleaning products, healing skin issues, treating viral infections, and of course, getting rid of dandruff. The best part is you don’t have to travel outside of the country to get this powerful healing oil. Tea Tree Oil is sold all across the country in drug and beauty stores.
How to use Tea Tree Oil for Dandruff:
- Mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil.
- Massage it well into your scalp and then rinse thoroughly with water. The smell of Tea Tree Oil is a little bit strong, so you may want to do this before going to sleep or on days when you’re at home.
- Banana and avocado
Sorry foodies! This is not a secret recipe for a new fruitcake. Although banana and avocado sound like a tasty treat, it can be used for your hair. Don’t worry your mom won’t be mad at you for this one. She’s heard of this wonderful healing remedy too. Bananas and avocados are an awesome dandruff treatment because they are extremely nourishing and moisturizing, which means they can reduce the flakes, inflammation, and dryness of the scalp. Avocados are rich in antioxidants, which keep the skin cells on your scalp happy and healthy, while bananas are especially great for conditioning the scalp and hair. While the smell may entice you to take a quick bite, your scalp will thank you for the relief.
How to use banana and avocado as a home remedy for dandruff:
- Mash 2 bananas with 1 avocado and apply all over your scalp where it’s itchy.
- Leave it in for at least 30 minutes. Rinse it out with cold water and repeat this regularly until the itchiness subsides or goes away.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Have you ever wondered about your grandma’s secret ingredient for healing? It’s probably because she uses apple cider vinegar for everything. Apple cider vinegar is just what the name implies. It is a type of vinegar made using the must from cider or apple. It is often called “ACV” for short, has a pale amber yellow color. Apple cider vinegar is a favorite go-to source for healthy people. It is antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal.
How to use Apple Cider Vinegar for the scalp:
- Mix water and ACV together. Some people use a fairly concentrated mixture: 1 part ACV to 4 parts water. Other people use a less concentrated mixture, like a tablespoon of ACV to half a cup of water or more.
- Make the mixture the same way, but instead of using a spray bottle, take it into the shower with you in a cup. Pour it over your hair at the end of your shower. You can rinse it out after a few minutes or leave it in to dry.
Whether your hair is long or short, in between protective styles, or just need a quick wash, keep these home remedies in mind. Your hair is just as important as your other body parts. Limit your wearing of hats or wigs as much as possible; overdoing it can cause a lack of oxygen to the scalp and cause a variety of scalp problems. We want you to be your fabulous and fierce self confidently in the busy world we live in today. Like all things, everything begins with a healthy root and extends to long beautiful strands of hair. Remember, the only way for the solutions to work above, you must be consistent. Consistently taking care of your hair and being mindful of the products you use will save you a trip to the drug store.
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What’s your hair solution for flaky, dry itchy, scalp?