Wait, do I have a dry scalp?
If you are prone to having dry skin during winters, chances are your scalp is also affected in some way or another. If you have dry hair and your scalp constantly feels itchy and flaky, then you may be suffering from dry scalp. While dry hair can be easily treated with shampoos and conditioners for dry hair, to treat dry scalp, it may need some extra attention. Dry scalp is also different from Dandruff, and so is their treatment. For a dry scalp, you can use home remedies to get rid of the itching and the flakiness and have healthy looking locks once again. Here’s how:
Helpful home remedies to treat dry scalp
Two of the most common reasons for a dry scalp to occur, in addition to the dry weather during winters, are either irritation caused by using harsh hair care products or nutritional deficiency that makes it difficult for your scalp to produce enough oil to keep it lubricated. Opt for hair care that is mild, free of SLS or SLES, and derived from nutrient-rich plant sources so that it doesn’t weaken the scalp barrier.
To further neutralise the free radicals we’re exposed to during pollution-heavy winters, you may want to look for antioxidant-rich formulations, like the ones we have in our Viva La Sativa and Magic Shrooms Haircare range.
To treat a dry scalp, you can also apply these nutrient-rich ingredients topically as well.
1. Hemp Seed Oil: Rich in Omega 3 and 6, Hemp Seed Oil is deeply nourishing for our scalp. It’s light and quick-absorbing and doesn’t clog pores.
2. Castor Oil: Rich in Vitamin E and other vital vitamins and nutrients, Castor Oil is one of our favourite oils to apply during winters. It’s much heavier than other oils in its consistency to apply directly. We recommend diluting it with lighter oils such as sunflower or hemp.
3. Coconut Oil: Touted for its anti-fungal properties, Coconut Oil is soothing for an inflamed and dry scalp. Like Castor Oil, Coconut Oil is also much heavier than other oils in its consistency and you may want to dilute it with other lighter oils like Jojoba oil.
4. Moringa Oil: We love love love Moringa Oil. Some might say, we’re Gaga Over Moringa. Beyond having vital vitamins and nutrients, Moringa also carries ‘Behenic Acid’, which has been shown to form a protective layer against pollutants. It’s a must for pollution-heavy winter months.
Unsure how to blend these oils together? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our Viva La Sativa hair oil.
what NOT to do during winters?
1. Keeping yourself dehydrated: The heat and sweat aren’t there anymore to remind us to keep ourselves hydrated. But remember, hydrating your body is essential to staying healthy. Healthy you, healthy scalp.
2. Enjoying Boiling Showers: Yes, it feels amazing to stand under hot-hot water during winters. But, hot water can cause your skin and your scalp to become agitated. We recommend lukewarm water.
3. Shampoo every day or Not At All: The pollutants may make you want to shampoo every day or the cold may want you to never shower again. Both options are no good for your scalp. Shield your scalp from the pollutants by using Moringa based serums to increase the time between washes and use mild, non-stripping, shampoo bars to shampoo when you do.