The winter tends to bring along a plethora of hair-related problems whether thatâ%u20AC%u2122s extra fizziness, dry, brittle strands, or even a dry scalp. We can thank the cold winter weather and lack of moisture in the hair for this but with a few (easy) remedies, your hair will be back to itâ%u20AC%u2122s normal, heathy, bouncing self in no time at all!
WHAT IS DRY SCALP?
Dry scalp is most prevalent in winter due to the dryness and lack of moisture in the air that causes small white flakes on the scalp. Dry scalp can also be caused by excessive dry heat or diet. Itâ%u20AC%u2122s important to keep in mind that dry scalp and dandruff are different and those who experience dry scalp might also experience itch and tightness of the scalp.
PRE-WASH TREATMENT FOR DRY SCALP
Scalp Massage â%u20AC%u201C If youâ%u20AC%u2122re experiencing dry scalp, properly prepping your scalp for shampooing will make all the difference. Before washing your hair, massage your scalp with a boar bristle brush to remove any build up of skin cells, oil, and hair products.
DIY Hair Mask â%u20AC%u201C Using a DIY hair mask that targets dry scalp will help your scalp retain moisture. If a DIY hair mask isnâ%u20AC%u2122t your thing, coconut oil will work just as well! Simply apply to your hair and scalp, put on a shower cap, and leave the coconut oil in your hair for 45 minutes.
SHAMPOOS FOR DRY SCALP
Detox/Moisturizing Shampoo â%u20AC%u201C Using a basic detox or moisturizing shampoo is a great place to start if youâ%u20AC%u2122re experiencing dry scalp. These can be picked up at your local drug store and will help cleanse and moisturize your scalp.
Medicated Shampoo â%u20AC%u201C If nothing seems to be working, medicated shampoos might be your last resort to help your dry scalp. Many of the medicated shampoos on the market have been developed by Dermatologists, are gentle enough to use every day, and wonâ%u20AC%u2122t strip your hair of itâ%u20AC%u2122s natural oils like many soap-based shampoos often do.
Natural Shampoo â%u20AC%u201C Many natural shampoos contain ingredients that reduce build up, eliminate excessive dryness, and normalize the scalp over time. We carry an entire line of natural, cruelty free, and vegan hair products in our salon and all of our hair color is vegan as well!
INTERNAL REMEDIES & DIET ADJUSTMENTS
Fatty Acids â%u20AC%u201C Dry scalp can be alleviated by a diet rich in fatty acids and low in alcohol and coffee consumption will help alleviate dry scalp.
Kelp â%u20AC%u201C A type of seaweed, Kelp has high levels of iodine which help promote hair growth and scalp healing although itâ%u20AC%u2122s wise to talk to your doctor or dermatologist before incorporating Kelp into your diet.
Hydration â%u20AC%u201C Staying hydrated, especially in the winter, seriously saves your skin and scalp! Having a high intake of water will help balance out the moisture in your skin and hair, plus itâ%u20AC%u2122s the easiest and cheapest things you can do for yourself!
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