Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Treating a dry scalp


When the sebaceous glands in your scalp fail to lubricate your hair you suffer from dry scalp. This gland, more commonly called the oil gland, keeps your hair looking shiny and lustrous by infusing it with essential oil. If you find your hair is losing its shine and that it feels dry, then you probably need to take remedial action to rectify a dry scalp.

Dry scalp can lead to many hair problems such as itching, dandruff, hair fall and split ends. To prevent all of these it is important for you to understand how to treat dry scalp. Most people mistakenly assume that washing the hair more frequently will moisturize the scalp. However, this is not true at all. In fact, by using harsh shampoos or other strong cleansing products you could actually increase the dryness of your scalp.

There are several simple methods to keep your scalp from getting dry. In fact some lifestyle changes work very well in preventing dry scalp related hair problems. Here are a few tips you can follow:

  • Avoid using harsh shampoos or those with strong chemicals/ detergents on your hair. These dry out the scalp quickly. Always choose mild cleansers while washing your hair and apply conditioners to avoid stripping hair and scalp of essential oils.

  • Several gels and sprays contain alcohol that also dries out your scalp. Avoid these to ensure that your scalp remains moisturized.

  • Drink plenty of water and fluids through the day to ward off dehydration, which leads to dry scalp problems. If you are addicted to caffeine, remember that excessive intake of coffee or other diuretics also leads to dehydration. Replace a few cups of coffee with natural juices to keep your body well hydrated and healthy and you will see the shine come back into your dull hair.

  • If you are on a crash diet, the lack of fatty acids could be leading to dry scalp. It is always best to have a balanced meal that has the correct proportion of fats to ensure that your body and scalp do not run dry of oils.

  • Using a hair dryer is another common mistake many of us tend to make especially when in a hurry. The hot air from the drier sucks out moisture from the scalp and makes hair brittle and prone to breakage too.

Taking care of these simple points will help your scalp remain healthy and well hydrated. As a result, your hair gets the necessary oils and stays shiny and luxurious.

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