Winter is prime season for a dry scalp. A dry scalp can be caused dry skin, dandruff, psoriasis, or other condition. While usually harmless, it can cause embarrassment if you are scratching your head often. You usually do not need to see a doctor for this condition, but you should call your doctor if your symptoms do not get better or if the condition worsens. Try these dry scalp treatment options to help you get relief from this annoying condition.
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If your dry scalp is caused by dry skin, an oil treatment can bring you relief. You can buy an oil treatment like Moroccanoil Dry Scalp Treatment, or you can make your own. Warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil in a glass bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds until warm to the touch. Make sure the oil is not hot before gently massaging in to your scalp. Let sit for 10 minutes before washing your hair. Use this one to two times a week to reduce dry skin.
Harsh shampoos can dry out your skin, so switch to a gentler formula or one made for dry scalp like Garnier Fructis Dry Scalp Shampoo. Wash your hair every other day to avoid drying out your skin. Hot water can also dry out your skin and scalp, so lower the water temperature in the shower or bath.
If dandruff is causing your dry scalp, use a shampoo made to fight dandruff like Selsun Blue Moisturizing Dandruff Shampoo.
Vinegar helps restore the pH balance of your hair and scalp. It also helps remove the build up from styling products, shampoos, and conditioners, which makes it an excellent dry scalp treatment. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar and spray your scalp and hair after shampooing. If the smell bothers you, spray your hair before washing and let it sit for half an hour before you wash it out.
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