Fall is here, and with the winter approaching shortly, a common symptom for naturally curlies is having a dry, itchy scalp.
It can be a case by case situation depending on the severity as well as texture type and lifestyle. Dry scalp--and dandruff--can happen due to a number of reasons such as changes in weather, hormones, eczema and psoriasis, diet, allergic reactions to name a few. Luckily, there are a variety of trusty remedies you will find right in your own kitchen or bathroom cabinet.
Jojoba & Tea Tree Oil
For a serious clean
An easy yet effective method to help with dryness is the use of jojoba oil because it is the closest oil to mimic the sebum that the scalp produces and is not particularly heavy, making it a universal ingredient found in many hair care products including shampoos, conditioners, and stylers.
Tea tree oil is a miracle worker for dry scalp and dandruff due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective because it removes dead skin, dirt, fungus and bacteria from the scalp to reveal healthy hair follicles.
Both oils can be used differently but together they pack a 2-in-1 punch. Mix a quarter to half dollar-sized amount of jojoba oil into your palms with 2 drops of tea tree oil. Spread evenly between your palms and then massage into the scalp. This can be done 30 minutes prior to shampooing or as an overnight treatment before cleansing the scalp.
Alternatively, you can add several drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo bottle. After applying your shampoo, leave it on for 5 minutes then rinse it out.
Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
For pH balance
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has become a huge staple in the natural and curly hair community because it balances the scalp's pH levels, removes build-up from the scalp and hair, and adds shine to dull curls. Incorporating a regular ACV rinse is helpful but you may also create a spray for more manageability.
Mix equal parts of ACV and water into a spray bottle. For a small spray bottle, ¼ cup of each works well. If your scalp is sensitive, you can use a higher ratio of water to ACV. Create sections and spray until the areas are saturated. Then, massage well into the scalp. Leave on for a few minutes then rinse well. Rinse well and continue with conditioner if desired.
Banana & Avocado Hair Mask
For deep relief
For a more tropical approach, try a DIY hair mask with banana and avocado. Both contain a high amount of antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C and B6. Additionally, avocados are full of monounsaturated fatty acids which moisturize and strengthen damaged hair. Besides the amazing scent this mix provides to your hair, it offers deep relief from a itchy scalp.
To make this mask use ½ of an overripe banana and ½ of an avocado and mash well into a bowl using a fork. For better results, mix in a blender so the consistency is extremely smooth. Trust me on this--otherwise you will be rinsing your hair out forever.Smooth the mask through the scalp and hair and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse well and then continue with your wash routine.