Dry scalp is a problem many will eventually have but the good thing is it can be treated. Keep reading for home remedies for dry scalp: easy and helpful tips.
Did you know that men are more likely to suffer from dry scalp and dandruff than women?
Dry scalp can be uncomfortable, irritating, and affect your overall quality of life. Combine that with the embarrassing dead skin known as dandruff that comes along with it and you've got yourself a situation that can really lower your self-esteem and confidence.
The worst part? Dry scalp and dandruff can be somewhat costly to treat. Often times, the best dry scalp and dandruff shampoos are twice as expensive as normal shampoos, and the cheaper, off-brand versions don't work well, or at all.
Thankfully, there are a few home remedies out there that work just as well as the stuff that the professionals would recommend, and come at a fraction of the cost.
So if you're looking for a few home remedies to try out that can help you get rid of your dry scalp, and maintain a healthy one instead, you've come to the right place!
In this article, we'll discuss a few tips and tricks that you can use to get rid of dry scalp without breaking the bank.
Now then, let's get started!
1. Confirm You're Washing Your Hair Properly
Before we start talking about healthy scalp tips, let's talk about how to wash your hair properly first.
If you currently take scalding-hot showers and wash your hair every single day, stop doing that immediately. Your hair isn't meant to be washed every day, and if that is part of your routine, odds are that's your problem.
Also, hot showers may feel amazing, especially in the winter time, but they're bad for your hair and scalp, too. Hot water dries your skin, including your scalp, which can lead to itchiness and dandruff.
Simply put, you should take warm (but not hot) showers and wash your hair every other day, or even less, if possible, to get the best results.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda is without a doubt one of, if not the best home remedies for dry scalp. Washing your hair with a bit of baking soda removes the excess oil your scalp produces. The baking soda also acts as a disinfectant, helping to heal any damage to your scalp.
The best part is, you probably already have some baking soda somewhere around the house. And if you don't, it's very inexpensive and lasts for a good while.
3. Peppermint Oil
It may not be as medicinal as baking soda, but peppermint oil goes a long way in soothing a dry and itchy scalp. It can also help reduce dandruff, which is a nice added bonus.
Another great thing about peppermint oil is that it smells amazing, and can help open up your sinuses if you're having any problems with allergies or congestion.
4. Lemon Juice
This one may sting a bit, but lemon juice is a wonderful (and cheap) household item that works great on dry scalp. Lemon juice is an antiseptic, so your damaged scalp will actually be getting the medicine it needs to heal.
Once healed, your scalp will no longer itch, and that dandruff will be gone, too. The one caveat is that you need to be sure to rinse your hair completely before going out in the sun, as lemon juice plus sunlight equals highlights. That being said, if you're looking for an inexpensive hair lightening alternative, this could be your answer.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, much like lemon juice, has probiotics that help reduce inflamed scalp and kill any unwanted bacteria. This allows for the scalp to heal, and thus, removes any itchiness and dandruff.
Apple cider vinegar also works similar to a conditioner, giving your hair some fluff and bounce. Even if you don't have dry scalp or dandruff, it's a good idea to wash your hair with apple cider vinegar, especially in the winter time.
6. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil does just about everything that peppermint oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar do. It is a bit stronger than those items, however, which is why it's wise to dilute the substance with water before using it.
It's a bit more expensive than the other items on this list, but if nothing else has worked for you, it may be worth the cost.
7. Organic Coconut Oil
Filled with lauric acid, organic coconut oil is a wonderful home remedy that can help relieve itchy scalp and remove dandruff. The secret? The lauric acid helps the skin absorb the coconut oil easier, allowing the oil to heal the scalp quicker and more efficiently.
Organic coconut oil is also great for your hair, skin, and even your teeth. In fact, some people even say it can help boost brain function!
Try These Dry Scalp Home Remedies for Yourself!
Well, there you have it! These are just a few dry scalp tips and tricks that you can try out for yourself! Remember, you don't need to go out and spend a ton of money on expensive shampoos or an off-brand version that might not work.
Before you splurge, try one of these home remedies! You might just get the results that you're looking for. Remember, when using any kind of oils, especially tea tree oil, be sure to water them down beforehand.
Also, if you're washing your hair daily, or using really hot water, stop. It's unnecessary and bad for your hair and skin.
Be sure to check out our blog, where you'll find more grooming tips and tricks!