What causes dry scalp and what can you do about it?
Tips // DRY SCALP
3 min reading | Published 3 Apr 2019 by Fleur Scalp Care
Scratching your head a little more than often? You might be dealing with a dry scalp. Having a dry scalp usually results with an itchy & irritable scalp that's also accompanied with dandruff and even some extent of hair loss. Scratching an itchy dry scalp can also lead to excess flakes or damage to the hair follicles.
Dry scalps are also less supple and prone to tear and breakages. Though scratching could alleviate the itch temporarily, it could lead to scalp inflammation causing more itching, resulting in an unhealthy cycle.
We know it may be difficult to resist scratching at times but it’s best to control the urge in order to minimize any further damages, while you find a suitable treatment to moisturize and nourish your dry scalp and hair.
How our Hair Works
Our scalp and hair is a delicate system that needs a balanced amount of moisture and sebum to stay healthy and protected.
Sebum glands attached to the follicles produces sebum naturally. Sebum is an oily substance that coats and nourishes the scalp and hair, preventing it from drying out.
You can read more about the hair anatomy here.
What Causes Dry Scalp?
Our hair, scalp and skin all needs moisture and sebum to moisturize and protect itself from damage and breakages. Dry scalp is generally due to a lack of moisture and sebum or the inability to retain it and there are different possible causing factors.
Certain conditions such as Scalp Eczema
Scalp eczema causes inflamed and irritable dry patches of skin to form on the scalp.
A deficiency in nutrition could be one of the cause. Something as basic as staying sufficiently hydrated, especially in our humid weather, could also make the difference in dry scalps.
Improper Hair Care
Using unsuitable hair products can also cause certain reactions and result in dry scalp. Other hair care habits such as frequent heat treatments could also take away the moisture quicker.
What You Can Do About Dry Scalp
Improving and balancing the moisture is important in treating dry scalp. Using products that have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties can help reduce inflammation and prevent other infection and damages.
Dry scalps are mostly a frustrating and temporary issue. It is usually easy to manage once the underlying cause has been identified and treated.
You may have come across some home remedies on the internet or even tried some of it. It may have alleviated or soothe the itchiness temporarily but probably did not treat the underlying causes.
Understanding the underlying factor is the first step in reversing and treating dry scalp. A scalp analysis and consultation is always a good place to begin by analyzing your scalp and understanding your hair care routine.
Book your free scalp analysis and consultation here.