Winter is a great season. Nights are longer, so is our sleeping schedule! We get to indulge in lots of pithas. There are many holidays during this time as well. However, something we dislike about this time of the year is the dry conditions. Besides cracking skin, dry conditions can lead to a dry scalp. If your scalp becomes too dry, itchy and even painful, there are some remedies to try at home to alleviate this uncomfortable and often embarrassing result of dead skin scattering from your scalp. Everyone experiences problems due to a very dry scalp at some point; however without treatment it can become a chronic problem leading to itchiness and dandruff. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at how to fix these problems:
Sometimes when the scalp is not producing enough natural oil sebum, it can cause hair to appear dull and the scalp to feel itchy and become flaky. By nourishing the scalp with a scalp treatment, you can instantly soothe and fix the main cause of dryness and itchiness. A scalp treatment can nourish the scalp so much that problems such as itching and irritation become a rarity. It is important to choose the correct type of hair treatment conditioning mask according to your hair type, choose one which contains a main part of natural ingredients. A good scalp treatment should be left in for at least 20 minutes to fully penetrate the scalp. Once the treatment is complete; rinse hair with cool water to help close the hair shaft and seal in maximum moisture.
A poor diet which is deficient in key nutrients which are meant to support skin health can be a leading factor in the development of dry scalp. By following a healthy well-balanced diet, many people have found relief from their condition. Make sure you include zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A in your diet. It is also known that a diet high in sugar can worsen dandruff and dry scalp conditions. Dandruff is often associated with dry scalp and attributed to the candida yeast; therefore an over-consumption of sugar can promote growth of this yeast and contribute to the problem.
We all know how important staying hydrated is critical for a healthy glowing complexion, but did you know that dehydration can also be a cause of dry scalp. When your body is dehydrated, you may have noticed how dry your skin becomes, so does the scalp. Drink plenty of water!
Massage Your Scalp
Treat yourself to a massage to stimulate your scalp. Hot oil treatments can alleviate the itchy feeling and moisturize dry scalps.
Use Good Shampoo
Do not skip cleaning your hair. It is recommended to clean hair twice or thrice a week. If you have rough hair, do it once a week. Use an anti-dandruff shampoo if you need to. Otherwise, your own shampoo is good to go. Make sure you follow up with a conditioner.
If the problem persists, it’s important to seek help to alleviate the condition. Your dermatologist can assess the symptoms to determine if you have seborrheic dermatitis caused by yeast, eczema, psoriasis or other issues.