When the natural oils of the scalp gets stripped off it results in a dry scalp. It also occurs when the sebaceous glands cannot produce the required amount of oil due to a number of factors like inadequate intake of foods rich in Vitamin A and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Dry scalp leads to a number of other problems like itchy scalp, dry hair, excessive hair loss and dandruff. To regain the natural oils of the hair some natural remedies can be used.
Hot oil treatments work very well in moisturizing the scalp and fighting the dryness. A variety of different oils like coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil can be used for this purpose. Some oil has to be heated mildly and then massaged on the scalp with the help of fingertips in circular and anti-circular movements. This should be done before going to bed at night. The hair should be washed off the next morning with a gentle shampoo. An egg shampoo can also be used as it provides protein to the hair. Do not wash your hair with hot water. This helps in removing the natural oils of the scalp. Only cold water should be used. Blow dryers and hair straightening irons should also be avoided as they tend to make the hair and scalp excessively dry.
Herbal shampoos should be used as they are gentle for the scalp. Many shampoos available in the market contain harsh chemicals that worsen the condition of the scalp making it very dry. Yogurt also acts as a natural conditioner. Generous amounts of yogurt should be applied on the scalp and the entire hair and kept for 20 minutes. Later the hair has to be washed off with shampoo. This will make the hair soft and shiny.
Some fresh aloe vera juice can also be applied to the scalp and kept for one hour. Later it has to be washed off with shampoo. This will treat the itchy and flaky scalp.Apple cider vinegar can be added to water and used to rinse off the hair after shampooing. Eat the right foods that help to maintain the natural oils of the scalp. These include salmon, walnuts, sardines, soy nuts, mackerel, spinach, carrots, egg yolks, broccoli, papaya and flaxseed.