A Healthy Scalp Means Healthy Hair

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A Healthy Scalp Means Healthy Hair

Your scalp is literally the root of your beautiful tresses. While our hair is a part of our self-expression, and we love to cut, color, and style them, we have to be mindful of how our scalp may be affected by those choices. For instance, you may notice flakes or redness on your scalp after applying that hair color, or has your scalp become excessively oily or dry after shampooing. Why does this happen?

 

Your scalp is the source of your hair. If your scalp is healthy, your hair is healthy. There is no need to worry; we will be guiding you through various issues your scalp may have encountered and what you can do to treat it. Basically, there are three types of scalp conditions:

  • Dry
  • Oily
  • A balanced ratio of both

 

Certain ingredients in products such as shampoos and conditioners may further irritate your scalp and cause an imbalance. In such cases, introducing one product at a time to see how you react to it, it will definitely be effective in the long run.

Dry Scalp

What is a dry scalp? You may notice if your scalp is dry by checking for flakes, itchiness, roughness, or redness. If any of the above occurs, you might have a dry scalp.

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Why does this happen?

A major reason behind a dry scalp is the loss of moisture from it. There are many causes, some of the major ones are as follows:

 

  • Chemically treated hair products

The various hair products you use in your daily routine may contribute to your scalp issues There may be harsh toxins in your go-to products. These chemicals affect your scalp and hair, damaging them, resulting in the dry scalp, flakes, itching, redness, hair damage, etc.



  • Frequent hair washes

It is not a good idea to wash your hair every day. This affects the scalp, stripping the natural oils and nutrients it requires. This can make your hair weak, brittle, and prone to excessive breakage. The number of times you should wash your hair in a week depends on your hair type, texture, and your desired style. You can ask a hairstylist or dermatologist for their recommendation on how frequently you should shampoo and treat.

 

  • Change in climate/weather

The condition of your scalp also depends on the climate and weather of where you live. If you are traveling from one continent to another, you may witness a change in your scalp condition. It is possible that it may either become more oily, or dry. Winter tends to make your skin dry, which makes your scalp dry as well. While it may regulate and become perfectly balanced once the summer season hits.

Medical Reasons

  • Eczema

There are many causes of eczema, stress being the major cause. Stress dries up your scalp off the required nutrients, leaving it dry, itchy, and irritated. Eczema also may be due to family heredity.

 

  • Scalp Psoriasis

This is another condition wherein your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the body, which leads to a faster multiplication of cells. This results in the extra cells building upon the surface of your skin, causing itchiness, redness, and dryness.

How can You Treat a Dry Scalp?

There are various natural ingredients that are known to help you treat dry scalp. These are as follows:

 

  • Coconut oil

It is an all-rounder, as it is used in cooking and applying on your body as well. Coconut oil is very effective on dry scalp. It helps retain moisture in your hair, and its antifungal and antibacterial properties help reduce the redness and itchiness on the scalp.

All you have to do is:

    • Apply some coconut oil on your scalp and hair
    • Massage it in
    • Leave it on for 15 minutes
    • Wash it out with a shampoo

 

  • Aloe vera

Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties are very effective in reducing redness on your scalp. It also helps in retaining and distributing the moisture in your hair.

All you have to do is:

    • Apply aloe vera to your scalp
    • Leave it for 10-15 minutes
    • Wash it out using a shampoo

 

  • Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has proven to be effective in treating dry scalp. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness in the scalp, and its antibacterial properties help reduce itchiness. This can help you treat your dry scalp.

All you have to do is:

    • Take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
    • Take 2 tablespoons of water and mix
    • Apply the mixture to your scalp
    • Leave it for 10 minutes
    • Wash it out with a mild shampoo

Oily Scalp

Oily scalp is another thing you may experience. Herein, excessive oil is produced in your scalp, which is not a good sign again. This may be due to many reasons, them being listed below:

 

  • Diet

One of the reasons behind an oily scalp can be due to what you eat. Various nutrients in the foods you are consuming might be the ones triggering an oily scalp.

  • Change in climate/weather

Another reason can be the change in climate or weather of the place you are visiting or residing in.

  • Medical reasons
    • Hormonal imbalance

Hormonal imbalance among women has become common nowadays. And this has become a leading cause of a change in the scalp condition. This can be a big cause of an oily scalp.

    • Genes

Genetic makeup may be another reason behind you having an oily scalp.

How can You Treat an Oily Scalp?

There are various natural treatments for treating an oily scalp. Some of them are as follows:

 

  • Lemon juice

It effectively helps remove excess oil from your scalp as it is acidic in nature. It also removes dandruff.

All you have to do is:

    • Extract juice from 2 lemons
    • Mix the juice with 1 cup of water
    • Apply the mixture to your scalp
    • Leave it for 10 minutes
    • Wash it out with shampoo

 

  • Baking soda

Baking soda’s absorbent properties and acidic nature remove the extra oil from your scalp and exfoliates the skin.

All you have to do is:

    • Take 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda
    • Add water to make a paste
    • Apply it on your scalp and hair
    • Leave it for 15 minutes
    • Wash it off using a shampoo

These are some of the easy ways for treating your scalp with some natural ingredients you probably have at home that are very effective. Nature always has the solution to your problems but please consult with a professional to help you choose the best treatment!

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