Let’s face it: hair is an important source of self-image. We get our haircuts specifically to match our personalities, and we spend a long time styling and maintaining our hair. But, to have healthy hair, you need to start at the source and have a healthy scalp. Unfortunately many people suffer from dandruff due to a lack of it.
Actually, an unhealthy scalp may not only create a dandruff problem, but also cause hair loss. So, it’s essential to create a routine that can take care of a flaky or an oily scalp with regular natural treatment.
Treatment for Dry Scalp
The condition is embarrassing, and the treatment for dry scalp out there can be pretty confusing and have long, chemical-filled names. But just like most conditions, dandruff has a host of natural cures, which I’ve recently been reading about. Today, I thought I’d share them with Skrewtips readers.
Natural Dandruff Treatments
Natural dandruff treatments sometimes take a little bit longer to be effective, but once they do, they remain effective. The important thing about natural remedies is that they tend to be holistic, and that means they have permanent, whole-body effects.
Natural remedies are overall solutions, not quick fixes, and they’re a part of a healthy and permanent lifestyle. Read below for some ideas on how to naturally combat dandruff and change the health of your scalp for the better – for good.
Tea tree oil:
This is an effective remedy for many skin problems – read more about it from my recent post. Tea tree oil is antiseptic, and it also calms the scalp and returns the pH back to normal. Here’s how to make a Dandruff shampoo for dry scalps:
Mix up tea tree oil with a mild, natural shampoo (10 drops per 8oz shampoo) or buy a product with tea tree oil already in it. Many natural shampoos also contain tea tree oil as an ingredient — visit a health food store and ask an associate for help finding a scalp-calming shampoo.
Most people don’t know it, but vinegar is extremely effective against scalp conditions. You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar against dandruff. Mix up a rinse of several tablespoons of vinegar with water; then, after you shampoo, apply the rinse into your hair and leave it in for two minutes. After two minutes, rinse out. Apple cider vinegar is nicer than white because it leaves a pleasant cidery fragrance that many people like.
This is an excellent, inexpensive moisturizing agent that really helps soothe a dry scalp. It’s available in many health food stores as well, and I found it at Trader Joe’s.
Dandruf is an irritating cosmetic affliction, but we don’t need to suffer from it. Get to the “root” of the problem, try these tips for a couple of weeks, and see how vast the improvement is.
Maria (Niina) Pollari is a poet, editor, writer and translator. She wrote two chapbooks, Fabulous Essential (2009) and Book Four (2011). Pollari’s writing has been featured in numerous literary journals as well as the Brooklyn Rail and Jezebel.com. She has received her Master’s in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.