Dry scalp: causes and solutions

Like the skin on your face, the skin on your scalp is also sensitive. It must therefore be taken care of. Because many internal and external factors can undermine its balance and thus weaken it and make it dry.

Several signs indicating abnormal dryness of your scalp should alert you: you have tightness, itching, red patches, or peeling skin… Don’t wait any longer to act!

Psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, stress, fatigue, hormonal imbalance, overly aggressive hair products, poor hair routine, chlorine, salt, and sun: all these factors can cause a dry scalp.

We help you identify where your problem comes from and what solutions are available to you to revitalize your scalp.

Why is my scalp dry?

Your scalp is dry, that’s an undeniable fact. You even have scales, these dead skins which correspond in fact to the superficial layers of the epidermis of the scalp.

What is certain is that the skin on your scalp is not very healthy!

But, you still don’t know where this dryness comes from, which appeared suddenly or almost there forever.

We give you some keys to understanding why your scalp is dry and what it is trying to tell you. 

1. You have psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis

Whether you have psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, both can cause dry scalp.

And all the more so since their treatment, whether it is a shampoo, a lotion, or even medication (immunoregulators, biotherapy), are potentially other sources that can dry out your scalp.

That being said, they are very effective, especially in relieving the most severe forms of psoriasis.

But first of all, you need to determine what is wrong with you.

Psoriasis is a systemic and chronic inflammatory skin disease that manifests itself through red patches and scaling.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic skin disease caused by the proliferation of Malassezia furfur yeast, a microscopic fungus naturally present in the skin which multiplies on contact with sebum.

It is manifested by the appearance of red lesions, covered with white or yellow dandruff on the oily areas of the scalp.

If these two diseases are distinct, they are both at the origin of dryness of the scalp because they cause important irritations and itching.

They are therefore not to be taken lightly and consultation with a dermatologist will undoubtedly be necessary.

2. Your health is low

Sometimes, a dry scalp is temporary and corresponds to a weaker state of health.

Thus, if you are stressed, tired, or if you have a hormonal imbalance, you have as much reason to suffer from a dry scalp and/or flaking of the scalp.

3. Your hair routine is too aggressive

You feel great and don’t suffer from psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis either. Yet your scalp is dry.

Have you questioned your hair routine? Because it may be too aggressive or simply unsuitable for your hair type and nature.

Hair products (shampoos, styling foams, lacquers, etc.), but also coloring, bleaching, too-hot hair dryer, straighteners, or curling irons used repeatedly, can largely be the reasons for your dry scalp.

Try limiting them and you should quickly see the difference!

4. Your swimming and sunbathing are very regular

You too may have noticed that your hair is drier during the summer period. The reason: your vacation!

Sea baths, while relatively good for the skin (eg, salt heals), are not so good for the hair. Because the salt dries them out and weakens them.

Your hair becomes dry, even brittle, and your scalp begins to feel tight.

As you can imagine, the chlorine in swimming pools is not better for the hair.

Indeed, it penetrates deep into the hair fiber, opens the scales, and thus dries the hair and weakens the fiber. Sunbathing also dries out the scalp.

But don’t worry, there are many ways to protect your hair from these external aggressions.

Dry scalp: what solutions?

Once the origin of your dry scalp has been clearly identified, we offer several solutions to avoid this dryness and rebalance your scalp for good.

Of course, if you suffer from a skin condition that manifests itself on the scalp, you will probably need to consult and undergo treatment.

Your hair may need more than the solutions we thought of…

On the other hand, these solutions can be adopted in addition, or even be enough to solve the problem of dryness of your scalp.

Here are 3 solutions to treat a dry scalp!

1. Apply cade oil to combat psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and dry scalp 

We were talking to you earlier about psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis as one of the causes of dry scalp, have you ever heard of cade oil? No? However, it is excellent for fighting against these two diseases!

Thanks to its antibacterial, anti-infectious, and antipruritic properties, cade oil will calm itching, and thus soothe the scalp, treating its main causes: psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.

By ridding the scalp of what obstructs it (fungi, bacteria, sebum, dandruff), cade oil will truly restore its balance.

The hair is fortified, radiant, and shiny. They will also grow faster. As for the scalp, it will no longer be dry.

2. Use a moisturizing shampoo to rehydrate the scalp

If your only symptom is a dry scalp and it is not accompanied by patches, dandruff, or even scales, a good moisturizing shampoo should be enough to solve your problem.

Prefer a moisturizing shampoo based on urea or eggs!

Urea is perfect for the dry scalp since it will help maintain a good level of hydration by fighting not only dryness but also itching.

You should also know that urea is exfoliating and keratolytic. In other words, it promotes the disappearance of dandruff and scales.

The egg has nothing to envy to urea as it is a well-known ingredient for dry hair. And it owes its anti-drought action to its yellow.

Thanks to the vitamins it contains (vitamins A and E, biotins, and folates), it will nourish the scalp much more than any other treatment. In addition, the egg promotes hair growth. All good then!

3. Perform an oil bath to intensely nourish scalps and very dry hair

For very dry hair that also often has a dry scalp, such as curly and frizzy hair, there is nothing better than a good oil bath to nourish it intensely!

We recommend argan oil, sweet almond oil, and avocado oil because they are among the fattier vegetable oils. They are therefore naturally rich in hydrating, nourishing, and protective agents.

You can also concoct a mixture of homemade vegetable oils. Apply it all over your hair and let your hair sit for an hour or even overnight. Your scalp should no longer be dry when you wake up.

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