At one time or another, many of us have had to deal with the ugly side of dry scalp and the problems that come along with it,namely dandruff. Some are fortunate to just have the occasional winter dry scalp, but for others it remains a constant battle resulting in frustration and lack of hope for a remedy.
Here’s an effective regimen:
- Tea tree: An anti-fungal that fights bacteria
- Other essential oils: Rosemary, peppermint, chamomile, lavender all help to normalize the scalp.
- Steam treatments: Does wonders in restoring hydration
- Water: Drink plenty of water and use a cooler temperature when shampooing.
- Apple cider vinegar: Combine 1/8 cup of vinegar with a cup of water and apply before shampoo. Eliminates dandruff and itching.
Side effects: Use caution with tea tree oil. Dilute it with a neutral oil such as olive, coconut or almond. Pure amounts can cause skin irritation. Always start with small amounts to see how your scalp will respond.
Below, professionals weigh in with their thoughts on the remedy for dandruff.
“The No. 1 reason for hair loss is inflammation. A lot of scalp problems really come from bacteria.” -Jane Carter, Jane Carter Solutions (The secret weapon is her product Scalp Renew.)
“We have a Peppermint Chamomile Oil, which is great for dry hair and scalp. All of our products are formulated to keep your hair hydrated.” -Dr. Kari Williams, trichologist, Ann C
“I really love the Mint Babassu Oil from Mielle Organics and I cocktail that with different deep conditioning treatments for the scalp. Steam treatments are really amazing. You can also do apple cider vinegar on the scalp or rosemary if you want to go more natural. Apple cider vinegar and rosemary both help clear up any debris on the scalp.” -Angela Christine, extension expert, Conscious Curls
Contributing writer, Dione Davis