There are a few different reasons why your scalp may be feeling overly dry and itchy. It can stem from dietary deficiencies: depriving your body of enough water and/or essential nutrients found in healthier foods. Maybe from cleansing too often, using products that are too heavy for your particular hair type or being heavy handed while applying them. Even your stress levels and climate changes are important factors. Regardless of the trouble source, the biggest mistake most naturals make is assuming a dry scalp can only be cured by applying more product for moisture. Reality is, your body has it’s own natural oils that do a great job of coating your scalp, as needed. Our job is to eat the right things and apply the right products that won’t interfere with our body’s natural function. Adding more product to your scalp can cause even more dryness, as the layers become a barrier blocking much-needed nutrients from entering and wastes from being released. It becomes a never-ending cycle because the dryness never really goes away. The next time you feel yourself experiencing a seemingly relentless itchy scalp, try one of these natural remedies before grabbing that jar of product!
Vitamin E is excellent for helping your scalp restore it’s natural oil levels. Our poor diets and beauty techniques can cause an imbalance, creating either an overproduction or underproduction of oil. Eating a balanced diet that includes rich veggies like asparagus and broccoli, fresh fruit such as mangoes and papayas, nuts like almonds and wheat germ in your smoothies and cold cereals will ensure a healthy dose of the nutrient. My favorite all-natural remedy, using Vitamin E oil directly, is breaking open a few capsules and deep-massaging my scalp for 3-5 minutes. This topical application, once a week, will help neutralize your scalp’s pH levels, will improve overall circulation and heavily reduce dryness.
If your scalp ailment happens to be an underproduction of oil, and the Vitamin E capsules do not seem to be restoring health, Jojoba Oil is another great all-natural option for moisture. It is said that the molecular structure of Jojoba Oil is closest to that of our scalp’s natural oil (sebum). This similarity is why Jojoba is the perfect moisturizer. It replenishes the deficiency without blocking proper circulation. I usually pour a quarter-size amount into the palm of my hands, rub together, then deeply massage my scalp with my finger-tips for 3-5 min. Doing this once a week usually gets the job done!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Product build-up is the most common reason for dry and itchy scalp. A lot of us can be heavy handed during the application process! Not only that, but most of us use more than one product at a time: leave-in, sealant, styler; and all of those layers, in addition to how many days we repeatedly apply them, will add up! Apple Cider Vinegar is an awesome way to naturally clarify your scalp from product build-up. It’s a natural disinfectant, so it will help remove any fungus or bacteria that has been produced. Its detoxifying properties will also help unclog your pores from old product and debris. This works great for your strands, as well! The trick is to fill a spray bottle with the ACV, wet your hair with warm water, spray your scalp and strands until fully saturated, deeply massage scalp for 3-5 minutes and then let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Proceed to rinse out with cold water to close the cuticles. Using this method once every two weeks or once a month will help keep your scalp refreshed and it’s pH levels balanced.
This post is sponsored by Carol's Daughter.