As we get older, our skin needs change, which is why dermatologists recommend retinol by the time you hit 30 and vitamin K for women over 50. But while our faces tend to get lots of love as far as adapting our routines go, want to shift some of that attention north to your scalp, where aging can have a significant impact on the health of your hair and skin.
A dry scalp can be irritating as well as unsightly. It's easy to get frustrated with something that doesn’t seem to want to disappear!
As someone who's suffered from dry scalp, you probably are looking for any help you can get to correct it. The good news is that with a few adjustments, you can get rid of the dry scalp once and for all. By making some simple changes, you'll receive the relief you’ve been seeking.
Practicing these habits will get you started on the road to recovery:
Moisturize regularly. Adding moisture to your hair from external sources helps! It's a good way to replace the scalp's lost moisture.
- There are lots of oil-based products that allow the moisture to last. However, not everybody is a fan of that oily feel.
- Leave-in conditioners are available to help maintain moisture overall. Just be careful that the one you use doesn’t leave an unsightly flaky residue. You could easily mistake that for scalp flakes.
- It helps when you moisturize right before going outdoors. Excess exposure to the elements can increase dryness.
Use specialized products. If you seem to always suffer from dry scalp, seek special treatment. There are specialized products on the market that help to combat this condition.
If your hair is unprocessed, stick to shampoos and conditioners for natural hair. The products for processed hair tend to be a little harsher.
Vitamin-enriched products help to give your scalp the nutrition that your diet doesn’t.
- Check in with your dermatologist to determine what's best for you. Your body could very well be rejecting a specific chemical found in hair treatments.
Keep hair and scalp clean. A clean scalp is usually a flake-free scalp! At least for a few days. As such, it may suit you to wash your hair a few times each week.
- Avoid scratching your scalp if it starts to itch. Scratching usually causes irritation and subsequent flaking.
- When you wash, try not to heat style. The heat from dryers and flat irons tends to dry out the scalp.
- If you break a good sweat when you work out, you're a prime candidate for regular washes. Sweat is not the moisture your hair needs!
Stay hydrated. Believe it or not, the cause of your dry scalp could be right in front of you. Are you diligent when it comes to drinking water? If not, that might be the answer to your dilemma!
- About 80% of the body is made up of water. So it's absolutely important to keep it hydrated. All bodily functions work at their prime when you're hydrated.
Try to drink the recommended 64-80 ounces of water each day. If you break it up, it may not seem as daunting.
Get some nutrition into your hydration regimen by having fruit. Water-based fruit like watermelon gives you added nutrients.
Leave the stress behind. Your dry scalp may be due to stress! Stress can be a major cause of physical ailments including dry scalp.
You can probably do more about your dry scalp than you think. Take these steps to start heading in the right direction. Control the factors that could be contributing to your unwanted dry scalp. With a little luck, you'll be free of those flakes before you know it!