So, yesterday I just about had enough of this dry, itchy scalp of mine, it was driving me insane. I tried everything and nothing worked.
What Causes Dry Scalp?
The most common cause of dry scalp is dry skin, especially in the cold winter months, when the cold air outside is being countered with excessive heat indoors. It can be caused by shampooing too much (causing irritation from the shampoo) or shampooing too little (causing an excess of oil and skin cell buildup). Contact dermatitis occurs when the scalp dries out due to sensitivity to hair products and becomes red and itchy. Alkaline soaps can also trigger dry scalp.
Dry scalp tends to be quite itchy. Frequent scratching can lead to breaks and bleeding in the skin. Any kind of skin break is inviting bacteria, such as strep and staph, to enter and cause infection.
so, I decdied to make my own remedy, details below:
I started off by applying some cocnut oil to my scalp and allow this to set for a while. Then I seeped some Annique rooibos teabags and rosemary leaves in some hot water for about an hour.
There was some avocado at home, so I mashed this up, added some lemon juice, oilive oil, the rooibos rosemary water and mixed it all well. I proceeded to add this mixture to conditioner and shook it well.
After some time, I massaged my concoction into my hair and on my scalp while sitting opposite a window that has great sun light. I felt immediate relief and it was like this 'new' conditioner went straight to the problem and started soothing it carefully. What a great smell; my hair smelt like fresh oranges, peach and roses. My husband was even commenting on how great it smelt.
Kept this on for about 1 hour and washed it off in the shower. As a rulde I no longer blowdry hair and use rollers to allow my hair to dry naturally. When they came out, talk about silky and soft hair, wow! My mixture had cerainly done its job and more!!!
Here are some more home remedies:
Make Your Own Shampoo and Conditioner
Combine two tbsp. of olive oil, an egg, a tbsp. of lemon juice and a tsp. of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Beat all the ingredients together with a fork or hand blender. Apply the mixture on your scalp like a shampoo and rinse with cool or lukewarm water. Avoid hot water, which dries the scalp. This mixture hydrates the hair and scalp and also prevents dandruff.
Mix the egg white from one egg with five tsp. of whole-fat yogurt. After a bath, apply the mixture to your damp hair and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.
Use gentle shampoos that are free of strong chemicals. Frequent washing of the hair is another cause of a dry scalp, because hard water strips the skin of moisture. Use the blow dryer on a low setting and avoid holding it too close to your hair.
Moisturize Your Scalp at Night
Apply tea tree oil or olive oil on your scalp and leave it on for a few hours. It is best to do this at night, before you go to bed. Tea tree oil is renowned for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. Olive oil nourishes and hydrates your scalp.
Apply two tbsp. of either oil on your scalp and rub it in with a gentle massage. The massage promotes blood circulation and improves skin condition.
Go to bed and protect your bedding with an old towel. Wash off the oil from your hair in the morning with a mild shampoo. If you moisturize your hair daily, you will see definite improvements in scalp condition in about a week.
Other Natural Conditioners
Use avocado pulp to moisturize your scalp. Avocado is a great source of fatty acids and is a natural conditioner. Cut an avocado in half and remove its pulp.
Apply the avocado pulp on your hair and leave it on for about 10 minutes after you take a shower. Wash off the avocado pulp with warm water.
Use thyme tea for added moisturizing. Make this tea by boiling four tsp. of dried thyme leaves in two cups of water. Strain the mixture and allow it to cool. Apply this solution on your scalp after washing your hair. Do not rinse it out.