To put it simply, dry and flakey scalps are the worst to deal with. They are uncomfortable, irritating, and can even cause a bit of embarrassment. Dry scalps can be a result of several conditions including dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, or poor nutrition. Rest assured though that there are several simple steps you can take to help alleviate the symptoms and get your scalp back to a healthy place.
Exfoliation Is For Your Scalp Too
You’ve probably exfoliated your face or body before to get rid of dead skin cells. This is the same exact practice but applied to your scalp. The best way to do this is on freshly washed hair, applying the scrub with your fingertips in a circular motion. It’s basically part head massage, part skin treatment. After massaging the scalp for about 10-15 minutes rinse thoroughly with warm water. Be sure to only do this once to twice a week, since this treatment will remove natural oils from the scalp and it will need time to recover.
There are plenty of hair exfoliants on the market but here is an easy DIY recipe you can try at home using oatmeal and brown sugar. Exfoliating and it smells delicious!
Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Hait Exfoliant
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons oatmeal, finely ground
- 2 tablespoons of a hair conditioner of your choice
An Anti- Dandruff Shampoo Is A Must
Investing in a shampoo that will help fight dandruff and simultaneously hydrate your scalp is a necessity. Be sure to read the label and be on the lookout for salicylic acid as an active ingredient. This acid will help exfoliate the scales and work to prevent any future flakes. When applying the shampoo, it is important to concentrate it on your scalp, massaging the product in for at least five minutes to let the ingredients do their work. It is also key to rinse your hair thoroughly to ensure all the product is out, leaving no residue on the scalp and diminishing any chances of irritation.
Our favorite is the Serene Scalp Anti- Dandruff Shampoo, it is equally gentle and soothing and of course, has Salicylic Acid as an active ingredient.
Don’t Shy Away From Oil
Trust us, oil is your friend. It can be a little disconcerting putting oil directly in your hair but if your scalp is dry and flakey it could be the hydration boost it needs. Both coconut oil and olive oil are fantastic for hydration and have a ton of added benefits for your hair's health. Apply a generous amount to your scalp (hair can be wet or dry) and give yourself a nice scalp massage. The stimulation will help promote blood flow and loosen any dry flakes. Let the oil absorb into your hair for about 30 minutes and then rinse out with warm water.
Leave In Treatments Can Make The Difference
You’d be shocked at how much of a difference a good leave-in treatment can make for a dry scalp. Look for one created with hydrating and soothing ingredients that will help heal your scalp and provide relief to any irritation. Apply it to freshly washed hair and lightly massage in circular motions focusing on your roots. It will help keep you flake-free throughout the day and give you that extra bit of moisture your scalp needs.
Our favorite is the Serene Scalp Soothing Leave on Treatment, it combines mint and chamomile for both a cooling and calming effect.