Some folks are more prone to dry scalp and dandruff. And if you’re one of them, you know how frustrating it can be.
In the winter, the cold air and forced heat leave your scalp dry and scaly. And in the summer, the sweat and humidity leave it itchy and flaky.
Dandruff shampoos are harsh, often smell bad and only mask things temporality. And while hats can help hide the problem, they can also make it worse. But if you go bare-headed, everyone can see the flakes.
Sometimes it seems like there’s no way to win.
But don’t throw in the towel yet. Because it turns out most folks have simply been focusing on the wrong thing. The key to tackling those flakes is to stop treating your hair, and shift your attention to your scalp instead.
Following are eight proven solutions for soothing your dry scalp and tackling flaky dandruff once and for all.
1. Aloe vera:
Pure aloe vera can moisturize and calm the driest skin. And aloe vera plants are readily available at most garden shops. Trim a bit and work the gel into your scalp. Let the aloe sit on your skin for ten to 15 minutes before washing it out with a gentle shampoo.
Grab a couple of aspirin tablets, but instead of swallowing them run them through a coffee grinder or crush them until you have a fine powder. Combine the aspirin powder with your normal shampoo. The salicylic acid in the pain reliever will reverse the redness and inflammation on your scalp, allowing your body to begin to heal.
Mash a ripe banana with a fork, and massage the paste onto your scalp. Let the banana paste sit for 30 minutes, then wash. This will moisturize your scalp, reducing flaking. And as a bonus it will condition your hair at the same time, leaving it soft and manageable.
4. Garlic and honey:
A mixture of garlic and honey may not sound like an appetizing combo, but it turns out it can do wonders for your scalp. Crush a fresh clove of garlic, mix it into around two tablespoons of honey and rub the mixture onto your scalp. Garlic naturally fights off fungus and bacteria, so it will help kill off any bugs that may be behind your case of dandruff. And the honey helps to mask the garlic smell, while it accelerates healing and soothes your irritated scalp.
It may seem strange, but it turns out a mouthwash rinse can help heal some stubborn cases of dandruff. Dandruff can be caused by yeast, and mouthwash acts as an antifungal killing off any active yeast that’s hiding out on your scalp. Wash your hair normally and towel dry. Mix together one half cup of your mouthwash and one half cup of water. Pour over your head, concentrating on your scalp and rubbing the mixture in as you go. Wait for five minutes, and then rinse out thoroughly. Follow up with a normal shampoo and conditioner.
6. Olive or sesame seed oil:
To get rid of dry flaking skin and deep condition your hair at the same time, try olive or sesame seed oil. Before bed, massage ten drops of the oil into your scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap, and turn in for the night. In the morning simply shampoo as normal.
When you have dry skin anywhere else on your body you use an exfoliating scrub to get rid of it. Well it turns out exfoliating can work for a dry scalp too. Wet your hair. Mix together about a tablespoon of salt (courser salts work great for this, but ordinary table salt will work too) into a palm full of your favorite shampoo and work into your hair, concentrating on your scalp. Continue gently massaging into your scalp for a minute or two then rinse thoroughly. Follow up with your normal conditioner. If you have any open, irritated skin on your scalp skip this one for now since the salt can sting a little.
8. Witch hazel:
Witch hazel is a natural astringent, which makes it a great way to relieve the miserable itch that can come with a dry scalp or dandruff. Combine one part witch hazel with two parts water, and massage into your irritated scalp. Let the mix sit for a few minutes, then wash normally, making sure you rinse well.
Stop living with those annoying flakes. These simple, effective solutions can help you finally ditch that itchy dry scalp and dandruff, leaving you with gorgeous, touchable hair.