It is winter time! and that means cold feet, cracked skin,etc. One of the most annoying things is the dry, flaky, itchy scalp. Not to mention it is really hard to cure. I used to suffer from dry scalp for a very long time. I tried many different special shampoos but it didn’t work. Then I decided to try to go natural and it worked! Below are the three ways to treat dry scalp naturally that I personally tried and loved:
1) Natural Oil: The key to combating dry scalp is to incorporate natural oils into your hair care regimen. Olive and coconut oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and they also absorb easily into the scalp. Jojoba Oil most closely resembles sebum or the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands that acts as a lubricant for the hair and skin and provides some protection against bacteria. Some other great oils are jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil. Oils work best when sealing in moisture from water. What you have to do is simply put some oil on your scalp and hair (they will help your hair to become really smooth too!), gently massage from 2 to 5 minutes then let them absorb for 15 minutes. After that you can wash them off using your normal shampoo. At first you might not really like the feeling because it could get a little greasy. You can avoid that by not putting too much oil or wash your hair twice after applying the oils. But hey, no pain no gain right? You would have healthy scalp and strong, shiny, smooth hair afterwards. A little grease couldn’t be that bad ! 🙂
2) Mayonnaise mask: Mayonnaise is made essentially out of eggs and oils. Eggs are high in protein, which is what hair is made out of, so it’s only natural that eggs would be an excellent source for deep treatments. Oils are also great for your scalp (like I mentioned above !:) ) What sets mayonnaise apart is that it contains vinegar. Vinegar will help disinfect any fungus or bacteria that might be using your scalp as a temporary home, causing itching and dryness. Apply 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to already dry hair. Massage into roots and scalp area and cover with a shower cap or other plastic cover. Let stand for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly in warm water before shampooing as usual. This remedy would show result after the first time. The only thing I don’t like about this remedy is you would smell like mayonnaise and that smell would linger for quite a while … Then again, no pain no gain yeah? 😉
3) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar rinses are great as well. Mix a solution of 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to 3 cups of water, pour into a spray bottle, saturate hair, cover with a plastic cap, and let sit for 20-30 minutes. “This will help with many irritating scalp conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff. It rinses out clean, removes product buildup, and also adds shine and restores the pH to the hair. A few drops of rosemary or tea tree oil will boost this rinse,” says Shera Lee, a Health Coach and Yoga Instructor. Those with a very sensitive scalp should use caution when adding essential oils and may find comfort by increasing the amount of water used for the mix.