Why is my scalp so dry?
There are many reasons why you may be experiencing a dry or flaky scalp. It could be the products you’re using, the way you wash your hair or even the change in weather. It’s all tied to scalp skin that has too little moisture, causing it to become irritable and to flake. Dry scalp is different from conditions like dandruff, which typically happen when the scalp is oily and not dry, and which need to be treated medically. Here are some pro tips on how to make small changes to help you deal with dry scalp.
If your scalp’s already feeling taut and dry, be wary of any harsh shampoos full of chemical nasties like sulfates that could be stripping you of moisture. Instead, opt for gentler, more hydrating products that won’t cause the scalp additional irritation.
At Prose, our specially crafted formulas contain natural ingredients proven to tackle dryness like CBD and provitamin B5 (which helps to restore the scalp’s natural balance) and kale, spirulina and peppermint, which are sebum stabilizers.
It could be easy to forget but, just like any other part of our body, our scalp requires nourishment from the food we eat. If you really want to banish dryness, think about how you can adjust your diet to make it as balanced and varied as possible.
Maximizing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids will boost moisture levels and reduce the inflammation that can arise from an irritated scalp. You can find these skin saviors in foods like fish, walnuts and seeds.
Switch up your ingredients seasonally
Scalps tend to be drier during winter months, which is a natural reaction to cold and indoor heating. Hair masks that are applied directly to the scalp are one of the most effective ways to reduce flakes and nourish and hydrate your scalp, prepping it for exacerbating elements.
Choose a moisturizing or reparative formula and use at least once a week. A good scalp ingredient is jojoba oil, which strengthens and moisturizes the hair’s natural hydro-lipid layer while boosting hydration levels.
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Rethink your styling products
When it comes to a dry scalp, you styling products could be major culprits. Some gels, creams and sprays can build up on the scalp, forming white flakes and causing you to itch. Other products contain ingredients that may cause a contact dermatitis rash from irritation or allergies. Not sure which products or ingredients are causing irritation? A dermatologist can offer patch testing to see what your skin may be adversely reacting to.
If you’re looking to soothe your scalp immediately, try incorporating a scalp mask into your weekly hair care routine. Prose’s scalp mask gently removes impurities, buildup, and product residue all while balancing the scalp’s biome and soothing irritation, tightness and flakiness.
Choose quality over quantity
How often should you wash your hair if you have dry scalp? A dry scalp can be caused by how frequently (or infrequently) you shampoo. Cleansing too often can dry out the scalp, but if you’re under washing your hair it can start to feel sore from the build-up of excess dead skin cells. The solution is to find a balancing shampoo and wash your hair every third or fifth day.
Keep it cool
Can hot water dry your scalp? If you’re having scalp issues, be mindful of the temperature you use when washing your hair. Overly-hot water can actually dry out the hair shaft more and make it susceptible to geo-aggressors like, pollution, UV damage and smog, which can cause irritation.
When washing your hair, opt for warm water and apply a cold rinse to seal the hair’s cuticles. This will boost shine and, most importantly, improve the poor blood circulation that leads to a dry scalp.
If you suffer from persistent scalp dryness that is painful and uncomfortable, you should seek professional guidance as you may have an underlying skin condition like psoriasis which requires medical attention.
Is dry scalp bad for hair?
Your scalp is the foundation for healthy hair. So, if your scalp is dry and/or flaky, it’s not going to be the best base for your strands to grow from. Another way to think about your scalp health is to compare it to skincare. Even though you don’t see it as often as you do the skin on your face, your scalp is skin and needs to be treated with the same care to stay healthy and to allow your hair to flourish.
Don’t let itchy or dry scalp keep you down
When wondering what to do for dry scalp, remember the above tips. Be sure to ditch any hair products with sulfates as they can further dry out your hair and scalp. Be cognizant of your diet as what you put into your body does directly affect your hair’s health. Take stock of the styling products you’re using as they may be irritating your scalp and causing buildup. Once you determine what’s causing your dry scalp and make any necessary adjustments, you’ll be on your way to achieving all your hair goals.
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