Itching of any kind is kind of nasty. Scratching your manhood? Not sexy boys. Raking your hands across your tushy? Not attractive ladies. Clawing your hands over your scalp because it’s so damn itchy you just can’t handle it? Unacceptable.
Dry scalp is unpleasant, unattractive and downright awful, but like everything else it is totally fixable. How you may ask? Drop kicking it with a DIY, duh!
Knowing the Difference
Many people don’t realize the difference between dandruff and dry scalp, let alone realize that there is a difference at all.
Characterized by small white flakes that are loosely attached to the scalp, dry scalp can be incredibly itchy and irritating. There are several reasons why this could be happening to you.
With the frequent use of harsh products, your scalp may not be able to maintain a healthy level of oil. One of the precursors to dry scalp is dry, brittle hair.
One of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of this occurring is to stop washing your hair everyday and avoid certain shampoos. Stay away from shampoos containing ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate because they strip moisture from your scalp.
The flakes caused by dandruff are larger and yellowish in color. Dandruff is caused by a fungus called malassezia and can only properly be diagnosed by a doctor.
Most people turn to anti-dandruff shampoos because they contain antimicrobial and antifungal ingredients. By avoiding greasy conditioners and heavy styling products you can reduce the irritation.
The worst thing you can do for dandruff is to scratch. Though scratching feels good, it can cause tears in your scalp that may lead to infection and that’s definitely not what we want.
Dry Scalp DIYs
There are several at-home remedies that will kick dry scalp’s butt to the curb before it turns into something worse, you just have to know which homemade dry scalp treatment to choose.
I am a firm believer in using olive oil to treat dry scalp because it’s worked so well for me in the past. Add a few extra ingredients and this oil mask becomes a flake-fighting superhero.
- 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil or Coconut Oil, whichever you prefer.
- 3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Rosemary Oil
Really massage your oil mask into your scalp and let sit for 30 minutes.
The tea tree oil has antifungal properties that keep dandruff at bay and the rosemary oil soothes and stimulates the hair follicle. The act of massaging it in will help slough away dry skin and nourishes your scalp.
To wash out of your hair, use a mild shampoo and warm water. Avoid using hot water as it will only exacerbate the issue and do not use conditioner.
You’ll be surprised how amazing your hair looks afterwards. I have fine, thin hair and the oil mask did not cause my hair to look greasy at all, just shiny and healthy.
Giving your hair, scalp and general being an extra punch of protein can significantly reduce dry scalp. A good way to do this is with this 15 minute mask.
Whip together one egg white until it is nice and frothy. Add in 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt and stir it together. Massage the mask in your scalp and really focus on your trouble zones. Once 15 minutes has passed, rinse with lukewarm water, towel dry then let your hair air dry.
Egg whites are protein packed and yogurt helps rehydrate your scalp. Together they make one potent remedy.
Don’t let dry, itchy, flaking scalp ruin your day. Show those flakes who is boss and drop kick dry scalp the DIY way! If you’ve ever suffered from dry scalp or dandruff share your story of how you deal with it by leaving a comment. Or if you know of a homemade dry scalp treatment we should test out, let us know in the comment section below!