By Jamilla of For the Fabulous and Frugal
There are numerous causes for dry scalp, but some of the more common ones include:
Fatty acids deficiency
Sudden and stressful change in diet
Use of a hair dryer
Gels/sprays containing alcohol
Excessive use of caffeine or other diuretic foods or drinks
Summer brings with it cause for many of these factors, so below are a list of remedies to heal your dry scalp woes for the warmer months!
Dry Scalp Remedies:
Spritzing - Make a simple hair spritz. This spritz can be as simple as water and tea tree oil (rose oil is great too) or your can use a store bought spray leave-in conditioner. Just spritz your scalp throughout the week, when your scalp looks dry or gets itchy. Make sure, whatever you use doesn’t have heavy oils that could cause build up, you want it to be a light spray that your scalp can absorb. (this may also be a great alternative to greasing the scalp.)
Balanced Diet - Eat a well balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and raw vegetables. Limit the amount of starches, fatty and processed foods and drink plenty of water.
Scalp Massage: Using the pads of your fingers, apply oil little by little to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed. Also work some oil along the length of your hair. Then, using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp, using circular motions. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing while steady but vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation
Co-Washing: Co-washing is simply washing the hair with conditioner (usually something inexpensive like Suave or even WhiteRain). This allows you to hydrate your scalp and rinse some oils and dirt off of your hair. The amount of times you need to co-wash a week depends on your hair needs. 3 to 4 times a week is a great start, just increase or decrease from there.
Grape seed oil: Grapeseed oil is rich with antioxidants and has many beneficial properties for the hair and scalp. It is easily absorbed into the body and is good for people with sensitive skin because of its non-allergenic properties.
Jojoba oil: Jojoba Oil is great for hair that is dry or damaged, and it helps to moisturize and protect hair follicles against factors that cause hair loss. Apply jojoba oil after washing and towel drying your hair. Leave in the hair for at least 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil works to condition, protect and moisturize your scalp, helping to promote healthy, growing hair.
Rosemary oil: Rosemary is an excellent herb for hair health. It can promote hair growth. Research reveals its cancer-inhibiting effect, in addition to being a natural circulatory stimulant. In a bowl, put 2 tablespoons dried rosemary and 1 / 2 cup olive oil. Heat it in microwave for 2 minutes. Let it stand for 2 or 3 days. Strain and pour into a bottle. Massage the scalp with this oil after shampooing.
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Jenell Stewart, formally known as BlakIzBeautyful is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Kinky Curly Coily Me. Jenell has a MS in special education and dedicates her time to educating and uplifting women with kinky, curly, coily hair. She big chopped on March 26, 2010 and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.View all Jenell posts.