A healthy scalp is a happy scalp.
It doesn’t matter how many oils you massage, inversions you do, or balms you rub onto your scalp – if the scalp isn’t clean and healthy, then dandruff, dry scalp, itching, and infection can occur.
Major medical conditions and allergies aside, dry itchy or inflamed scalp is largely due to irritations on the scalp itself. These irritations can be caused by a buildup of product, oil, dirt, debris, or any combination thereof. Dandruff, on the other hand is actually caused by a yeast-like fungus and should be dealt with accordingly. Whether you’ve got dandruff flakes or suffer with the symptoms of dry scalp, these 5 remedies will have you sighing with relief in no time!
Here are 5 ways to alleviate itchy, dry scalp and make it safe to wear dark colored tops again:
#1) Use Shampoo
The first step in scalp relief is always to shampoo. We’ve got a bad habit of putting off wash day for weeks, which in turn can make things worse. Shampoo is singlehandedly the most effective way to set you on the right course for a scalp clear of issues. DE’s Peppermint & Aloe Therapeutics Anti-Itch Shampoo is formulated specifically to tackle dandruff, dry scalp, and itchiness with a combination of Zinc Pyrithione and peppermint oil, to remove buildup, ease flaking, and hit the “reset” button on your scalp.
#2) Treat with Apple Cider Vinegar
Naturalistas everywhere have been putting the murky brown apple cider vinegar to use, and for good reason. Apple cider vinegar is an amazing disinfectant and anti-inflammatory solution. It kills off the bacteria or fungus that may be causing itching or flaking on the scalp. Thanks to its low pH, apple cider vinegar helps balance the scalp and soothe itching, dryness, and remove flakes. Furthermore, it contains acetic acid that gently clarifies the hair and scalp of product build up. The end result is follicles that thrive and pump out healthy hair. Incorporate apple cider vinegar into your next wash day with this easy DIY scalp treatment:
- Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 3 parts water in a spray bottle. A good measurement is 1oz apple cider vinegar, and 3oz of water.
- Shake the mixture well and apply it directly to the scalp prior to shampooing
- Massage the mixture into your scalp and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
- Rinse and continue your wash day routine
#3) Use a Scalp Tonic
Scalp tonics and oil blends are the perfect way to create an effective pre-shampoo or leave-in treatment. You can create your own DIY scalp tonic by blending a carrier oil like jojoba or sweet almond with soothing, purifying, and stimulating essential oils like tea tree, rosemary, and peppermint.
But if you’re not up for the DIY, spare yourself the hassle and get the targeted formula DE Peppermint & Aloe Soothing Scalp Tonic. With the powerhouse combination of clarifying peppermint, antibacterial tea tree oil, and soothing aloe, this Scalp Tonic purifies and detoxes the scalp. It also provides instant itch relief by removing excess oils and buildup that lead to flakes and scalp irritation. Use it as a pre-shampoo or leave-in treatment to keep your scalp itch and flake free. Peppermint & Aloe Soothing Scalp Tonic is perfect for scalp maintenance while wearing wigs, weaves, or protective styles.
#4) Reach for the Salicylic Acid
If your scalp issues are a little more advanced, and you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis, then you’re going to need more than a few oils or a shampoo session to help quell the itchiness and flakes. That’s where DE’s Therapeutics Anti-Itch Hair and Scalp Treatment shines. As a result of the active ingredient salicylic acid, Therapeutics Anti-Itch Hair and Scalp Treatment softens and lifts flakes and scales – helping to alleviate that dry, tight, and itchy feeling.
#5) Get Your Omegas
Although the above mentioned are all topical solutions, there is one way to help remedy dry scalp from inside – Omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to help promote growth and add luster to the hair. However, they also help prevent dry, itchy, and flaky scalp by fighting inflammation. Whether it’s through salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, or a supplement, Omega-3 can help put your tresses on the right track by improving the health of your scalp – from the inside.
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