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How to Get Rid of Dry Scalp

Updated on November 20, 2012

Dry, Itchy Scalp

Dry hair and dandruff are not the only problems people experience when it comes to their crowning glory. There are also a lot of people who suffer from dry, flaky scalps. While this is just a cosmetic concern for some, it can be more than that for others. When you experience flaking, it can become painful. Dry scalp can also lead to dandruff and coarse hair, making it harder to style your hair and leaving you feeling embarrassed. Fortunately, it is not difficult to treat a dry scalp.

Learning how to get rid of dry scalp is just a matter of remembering these Dos and Donts.

What Causes Dry Scalp?

The first step toward a healthy scalp is knowing what causes it to become dry. Oftentimes, dry scalp is due to seemingly innocuous activities such as shampooing your hair every day and using hair products with harsh chemicals. These products strip the natural oils from your scalp, making your hair look dull and your scalp itchy. Too much sun exposure and extreme weather conditions, especially during winter, can also lead to dry scalp. In some cases, dry scalp is caused by medical conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

How to Get Rid of Dry Scalp

1. Use an oil treatment.

A dry scalp is screaming for moisture. You can bring back that healthy glow on your hair by using a conditioning treatment. You can look for hot oil treatment at your local drugstore or salon. If you do use this, remember not to make it too hot, or you risk damaging your scalp. If you are looking for a home remedy and something cheaper, you can use olive oil. Apply it on your scalp and wrap your hair in a towel. Leave it for about half an hour then rinse with warm water.

2. Use the right shampoo.

Shampooing every day may very well be part of your daily routine but this can actually cause you to have a dry scalp. It is recommended to shampoo your hair every other day, especially if you do not have oily hair and you're not exposed to a dirty environment at work. This will allow the natural oils to moisturize your hair and scalp. Also take note of the type of shampoo you use. Choose one that is specifically designed to treat dry scalp.

3. Limit use of hair products.

You might have gotten so used to using several hair products to get your desired style before leaving the house. But if you want to get rid of dry scalp fast, you have to abandon these products. They often contain harsh chemicals that can damage your hair and scalp. It is recommended to just use styling products when they are extremely necessary. Also remember to remove them from your hair before jumping to bed.

4. Avoid too much heat.

Too much exposure to heat can exacerbate the dryness of your scalp. The sun isn't the only culprit here; think curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers, hot showers, etc. To limit exposure to heat, get up a little earlier, shower with warm water, and let your hair dry naturally.

5. Massage your scalp.

When you shampoo your hair, take time to gently massage your scalp. This increases blood flow to your scalp and helps clear blocked pores. These can help increase oil production, allowing for a better moisturization of your hair and scalp.

6. Eat healthy.

Dry scalp can also be due to dietary deficiencies. Keep yourself hydrated and eat a balanced diet. Vitamins B6 and B12 are particularly recommended when trying to treat dry scalp. Make sure that your daily diet consists of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

7. Consult your doctor.

As mentioned earlier, dry scalp can be caused by other medical conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. In order to fix the problem, the underlying cause must be treated. Your doctor won't only help you get rid of dry scalp, but more importantly, help you treat other medical conditions if you have any.


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    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Carson McQueen, I'm not even sure if anyone noticed, fortunately, but I was grinning all night (I thought it was funny), and I smelled like bananas.

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      Carson McQueen 5 years ago from Philippines

      I bet you turned heads a lot of times that night haha! I hope you've found the remedy which works best for you, Kathryn. Thanks for reading!

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      Kathryn 5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have a dry scalp, and have tried several of these suggestions in the past. The one I have a hard time with is not taking hot showers. I can't tolerate cool water, and I don't like to be uncomfortable. Good suggestions.

      I have tried a few home remedies, too. LOL, one of them was to mix banana and honey together, but it turns out that the combination is nearly impossible to rinse off. I went to work that night with banana bits in my hair! Experimenting with new tips can be an experience.