How to Prevent Dry Scalp – 3 Tricks to Avoid Dry Scalp
A dry scalp will often feel irritated, dry and flaky even after careful washing and treatment. In this short guide you can read about symptoms, causes and treatments for dry scalp, as well as methods to prevent dry scalp in the first place.
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Dry Scalp – What Does It Mean?
Dry scalp will often feel like an itchy scalp. When the scalp is dry, this is because the skin has lost its natural oils and fats, and it will typically start itching.
It is important that you do something to treat a dry scalp because otherwise you risk scratching wounds into your scalp, which are susceptible to bacterial infections.
Problems with the scalp, including dry scalp, are not limited to people of a certain age or gender. Everyone could suffer from dry scalp at some point.
How to Prevent A Dry Scalp?
Washing your hair dries the skin, so if you suffer from a dry scalp, you should keep the hair washing to a minimum. Washing hair daily is too often for both your hair and scalp. Washing your hair a couple of times a week is more appropriate.
1. Use the Right Shampoo for Dry Scalp
In addition to avoiding too much hair washing, you should also re-evaluate the shampoo you are using. Perhaps you are using a shampoo that is too irritating for your scalp.
When you have problems with scalp irritation, use a mild and skin-friendly shampoo designed for dry scalp. Choose a shampoo that isn’t scented.
In a family, one person might have dry scalp while another has an oily scalp. Therefore, there will typically be a need for different types of shampoos for the different family members.
When it comes to treating scalp problems, much can be solved by simply getting the right shampoo for each individual.
Here you can find our shampoo that’s been especially designed for dry scalp
2. Be Careful with Styling Products
Shampoo should be used in the hair and on the scalp. However, conditioner should only be used on the ends of your hair. Furthermore, hair styling products shouldn’t be applied to the scalp at all.
When using styling products, make sure you keep them away from your scalp – don’t massage them in. They will only make your hair look good, not feel good. Keep them away from the scalp to stop it drying out your skin unnecessarily.
3. Avoid the warm air from the hair dryer
The warm air from the hair dryer will quickly dry out both your hair and scalp. Instead, switch the hair dryer to a cooler setting.
How Can You Treat A Dry Scalp?
A dry scalp should be treated with moisture and gentle care. It is important that you do not use products that can dry the scalp further.
The skin on the face and body can be moisturised with nourishing creams if it becomes too dry. It is infinitely harder to do this for the scalp because of our hair.
Instead of using moisturising creams, care for the scalp with mild, skin-friendly and nourishing shampoos and conditioners that are especially designed for dry scalp. If you have an extremely dry scalp, it is necessary to use a scalp treatment.
Natural Oils for The Treatment of Dry Scalp
If your scalp has become very dry, you may need to do more than simply switching to a better and more suitable shampoo for dry scalp.
For example, you can create a more intensive treatment for dry scalp with natural oils that are very caring and nourishing for the skin. Many people find that oils like olive oil, coconut oil and tea tree oil (tetanus oil) have a soothing effect on dry scalp.
The oils are mild and skin-friendly and therefore will be gentle to the skin.
If you have very dry scalp that you cannot treat yourself, or if you experience sore patches, consult your doctor as there may be other causes. These may include skin disorders such as seborrhoic dermatitis, psoriasis, fungus or dandruff.
Video: How to avoid dry scalp – 3 easy and effective steps. Products especially developed for dry scalp.
Procedure: How to avoid dry scalp – 3 easy and effective steps.
- Rub Scalp Cure into the scalp and allow it to sit overnight for optimal effect. Do this 1-2 times a week.
- Wash your hair with water and use Hair Clean shampoo. Massage this well into the scalp and rinse with clean water. Use this product daily.
- Give your hair some extra care by using Hair Care conditioner after you have washed it with shampoo.