How to Moisturize Your Scalp
Drastic changes in temperature, the cold of winter, the use of inappropriate hair products, internal factors such as hormonal changes or lack of hydration may lead to a very common problem: dry scalp. This condition generates dryness, itching and irritation and also affects the health and appearance of your hair.
Preventing this delicate area from losing its moisture is possible, but what happens when it is already dry? There are also good options to restore lost moisture, so at OneHowTo.com we explain how moisturize the scalp and make sure its good health returns.
First of all, make major changes
Although we can not always control the conditions that commonly cause dryness of the scalp, such as cold or temperature changes, we can choose the type of care we give our hair and minimize the chances of it becoming dry.
If you are prone to this problem you should know that using any random shampoo will not help, you should opt for one that moisturizes in depth and that is soft and gentle to your skin and hair, otherwise the problem will always return. Shampoos with ingredients such as urea or anti-dandruff products can be great allies. It is also important to apply conditioner and masks on the scalp, massaging the area with your fingertips, remember that due to the dryness this area requires moisture.
Properly removing the shampoo and conditioner whilst showering or bathing is equally important, this will prevent residues from building up in the capillary pores, closing them and causing irritation. It is equally important to wash your hair with warm or cold water as hot water will increase the irritation and dryness.
You should also know that many styling creams and finishing products are responsible for causing dryness in this area, so it is important to opt for products with delicate ingredients that will help you keep the moisture in. To end, avoid high temperatures when drying your hair, this will only further increases the lack of moisture. You should always use the dryer at medium temperature and avoid extreme heat in the area.
Natural oils to moisturize your scalp
One of the simplest and most effective ways to hydrate the scalp is by using natural oils. These products are effective, economical and many of them are present in our homes.
The most recommended alternatives are:
- Olive oil
- Almond oil
- Argan oil
- Tea tree oil
How to use these
The application of these oils is similar in all cases, ¼ cup of product is enough. The recommendation is to take the opportunity to make a complete mask to treat both the scalp and hair, so it will fully nourish these. In the case of tea tree oil you should only add 3 drops to a cup with another natural oil of your choice.
While combing your hair with your hands apply the chosen oil on the scalp with emphasis on drier areas, then apply on the bottom half of the hair avoiding the roots. Massage the scalp with your fingertips for 5 minutes, then put on a shower cap and apply heat with the dryer for 5 to 10 minutes. This will cause the follicles and pores to open, allowing the product to penetrate and therefore better hydrate.
Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and then removed by washing your hair normally. You can apply this once a week.
Mask of honey and olive oil
Olive oil is a very powerful moisturizing alternative, but if you want to get an even deeper effect combining it with honey is a great option. This product is a powerful natural moisturizer as it increases the softness of the hair, provides a cleaning effect and makes hair look brighter, so you should try it.
To make this mask you need:
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
To start heat a little honey so that it is easier to apply to the hair. Once hot add the olive oil and blend until it looks smooth, then apply to the scalp and hair as you would a shampoo. Massage the scalp with the tips of the fingers for 5 minutes, then put on a shower cap and let stand for 10 more minutes.
Remove by washing your hair as normal, you can apply this mask to moisturize the scalp once a week.
Apple Cider vinegar for cleaning the scalp
In addition to moisturizing your scalp using a good commercial conditioner or mask, or by choosing oils or the mentioned mask above, is also important to favor cleaning the area, removing accumulated debris in the pores and reducing the presence of crusts that often form due to the dryness of this area. For all this apple cider vinegar is an excellent alternative.
To use it you must mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, place the mixture in a spray container and, with damp hair, apply on the scalp by massaging lightly with the fingertips. Leave on for 20 minutes, after this time remove with warm or cold water.
Improve your diet
In addition to applying products to locally moisturize it is important to optimize your diet to ensure your body is always properly hydrated, so we recommend:
- Drink at least 2 liters of water a day to ensure your body, including your scalp, have the amount of fluid required.
- Eating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids like oily fish, which provide natural fats that are beneficial for our body.
- Incorporating vitamin E rich ingredients like nuts or vegetable oils is also convenient as they help to properly nourish the skin, including sensitive scalp areas.
- Remember that this does not mean you should consume more foods rich in harmful fats, which can affect your health, as is the case of fried foods, snacks, etc.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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- Exfoliating your scalp once a week with specific products can also help, just make sure the product does not contain micro-beads, they are very harmful for the environment.