More tips to treat dandruff:
►Shampoo more often to remove excess oil and dead skin cells from the scalp. Massage the scalp while you shampoo.
►Do not leave oils on your scalp. Some natural oils like coconut oil* and Jamaican black castor oil* have great anti-fungal properties that are great however leaving oil on your scalp will not solve the dandruff problem. Instead, use these oils to give your hair and scalp a good hot oil treatment and then shampoo.
►Give yourself a good scalp massage few times a week
Moving away from dandruff for a bit and on to dry scalp, dry scalp is caused by a loss of moisture in the scalp. The main reason for excessive dry scalp is the use of drying shampoos especially those containing sulfates.
Other reasons for dry scalp are product build up, cold weather and diet. According to JC, a Material Scientist and natural hair educator and advocate from The Natural Haven
“Dry skin is a symptom of irritation in many cases. Something you are applying to your scalp could be irritating you. Change one product at a time and find the root cause of your issue“.
Tips to treat Dry scalp:
►Ensure that your scalp is clean by using a sulfate free shampoo* or conditioning cleanser.
►Change out one product at a time to find out what might be irritating your scalp.
►Do an Apple Cider Vinegar* (ACV) rinse to remove buildup from scalp.
►Moisturize your scalp with a water base mixture like water and oil mix spray.
►Give yourself a good scalp massage few times a week.
A scalp suffering from eczema often mirrors that of dandruff and we tend to treat it as dandruff. People who suffer from eczema can often see large dry flakes on their scalp and the scalp tends to be very itchy. Eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to be dry, inflamed and irritated and it needs as much moisture as you can get on it to help alleviate the irritation.
Your scalp is an extension of your skin so if you suffer from eczema on other parts of your body, then it is very likely that what you are experiencing is eczema breakout and not dandruff.
Our best advice is to first see a dermatologist for a correct diagnosis of your eczema condition, and again get very educated on the condition, but there are a few things you can do yourself. If you want to alleviate some of the irritation caused from eczema, you must follow the tips on treating dry scalp (explained above).
Oh and did we mention you should massage your scalp? This cannot be stressed enough. Giving your scalp a good scalp massage a few times a week is not only pampering but also very beneficial to health of your scalp.
You will see a difference in how your scalp feels and will also see hair growth because regular scalp massage will increase blood circulation in the scalp. The moral of the story is, take care of your scalp it is the base of your crown.
How do you take care of your scalp?