Tips and Tircks

Tips for Dry Scalp

Itchy and dry skin is something no one wants to deal with. If it is an itchy dry scalp then it becomes even more of a complaint. In today’s society we see advertisements constantly telling us they can do this or fix that, it is their marketing goal to sell us their product. Although it is great when a product is able to solve our problem we sometimes overlook what is already in our homes. Most of us have seen ads telling us that their product can save our scalp, it can cure it with only a bottles use, and it can give us perfect hair. The fact of it is though, is that it is just a product. Although I do believe what products you use make a difference, I do not believe that one product is the save all, do all. After all there is no magic in that bottle they are selling. 

A lot of these tips are general tips that many do when they are not experiencing dry scalp. These are healthy habits for your hair regardless of whether you are experiencing dry scalp.

As a cosmetologist I get a ton of questions asking me what to do to fix dry scalp or dandruff. However, understand that my advice below is what has worked for me and my guest. I am not saying it will work for you. There are many different causes to dry scarf, therefore the solution may also vary. 

Dry Scalp is NOT Dandruff

No it is not the same thing. So many people have voiced their concern to me about their “dandruff” when in reality they were dealing with dry scalp. Although they can be treated similarly in certain situations they are not the same. Dandruff can have various underlying conditions whereas dry scalp is generally an easier and more obvious fix. If you have tried multiple things to fix what you believe is dry scalp, it may be dandruff. In this case it is best to talk to a medical professional. 

Switch shampoo and conditioner

This is one of the easiest fixes however not generally the most common fix. If you have already tried multiple different shampoos and conditioners and are still experiencing dry scalp make sure you read the back of the bottle. So much information is on the back in tiny little prints. Read up on the ingredients and compare to other shampoos you have used. Certain ingredients can be irritating so if you notice the same one or two ingredients try to find a shampoo and conditioner without them. 

What is in our hair products makes a huge difference so make sure to try some more natural products to see if that can solve the problem. Also be aware of some common problem ingredients like these Here.

Deep Condition → With Oil

Not a super common one however I have had some amazing luck with this myself and my guest when doing an oil message before deep conditioning. Deep conditioning mainly focuses on your hair shaft and not as much on your scalp. Although taking care of your hair is very important you also need to focus on your scalp. When having issues with dry scalp it is important to first look at what you are doing to care for your scalp on a weekly basis. Oil acts as a conditioning agent in this case and helps to moisturize your scalp. Before massaging a deep conditioner or a hair mask to my hair I first use an oil mixture and massage my scalp. I leave my deep conditioners on for about 30-60 minutes so this is a great time to let oils moisturize my scalp, then I shampoo. 

Message with essential Oil

Scalp messages in general are a must! Scalp messages can help stimulate your hair follicles which can in turn help with hair growth. I prefer to add some essential oil while doing so for both scent and, if you choose, other added benefits. If you use essential oils look into the other possible added benefits. I use lavender the day before my wash day and then put my hair in a high ponytail before going to sleep. The lavender scent is calming and this allows the oil to stay on my scalp longer. 

Even if you are not a fan of essential oils a scalp message is still a must. As I mentioned, it can help stimulate hair growth. So whether you massage your scalp with essential oils or while shampooing your hair, just make sure it is a part of your hair care routine.

Apple Cider Vinegar 

An apple cider vinegar rinse can help with a lot. It acts as a natural conditioning agent on your scalp and hair. This is definitely more of a home remedy however, it is one I have seen success with. If I start to experience any dryness on my scalp I will take half apple cider vinegar and half water. After conditioning my ends, but before I rinse out the conditioner, I will take the mix and gently rinse my scalp. Then I rinse out the conditioner, rinsing out the conditioner after helps with the scent of the apple cider vinegar. 

Drink Water

This is one that you probably hear all of the time. That is because it works! Drinking the suggested amount of water can help with SO many issues. Drinking water promotes healthy hair, skin, nails, and scalp; along with so many other health benefits. This is always my first go for almost everything and almost every time it solves my problem. There are even fancy water tracking apps or printables on Pinterest.

Take it easy

There are a lot of reasons one can be experiencing dry scalp. Just remember to take it easy on yourself, it is not something that can be fixed overnight. Give it time and consistency. If you constantly have issues with dry scalp talk to a healthcare professional. Different people can experience dry scalp for many different reasons, therefore the solution looks different for everyone. 

I, Molly Moulder, am a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Michigan. All posts are from my personal experience or opinion as a cosmetologist and are not meant to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or specific medical conditions, I recommend you contact a healthcare professional.

One Comment

  • Candra

    Most people don’t know that scalp therapy shampoos for fast hair growth (obviously with no sulfates, no parabens or DEA) are even a thing. People now may experience longer hair and experience more alternatives. Definitely worth exploring.

    If you’re considering alopecia, hair damage, preventing skin disorders, hair growth, hair care at large, very similar principles come to mind.

    Generally, you should try to steer clear of hair treatments and products that include chemicals like parabens, DEA and sulfates.

    What is healthy for your hair is beneficial for your skin also.

    Clearly your content here hits the nail in the head for many reasons. It steers away from the accustomed errors and pitfalls too many fall into: getting bad alternatives. Keep up the great content!

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