A lot of people struggle with dry scalp, probably more than you think. This can happen for many reasons, and depending on the cause, there may be a couple of different solutions. At Mother Dirt, we're revolutionizing how we think about skincare and hair care. So, let's talk about the dry, itchy scalp, why it happens, and how to treat it.
What Is Dry Scalp, and What Does It Look Like?
If you have a dry scalp, one of the first things to determine is whether you have a dry scalp or dandruff. That's because dry scalp and dandruff are usually put in the same category, but they're pretty different. Dandruff is caused by yeast, whereas dry skin flakes are caused mainly by - you guessed, it, a dry scalp.
Dry scalp and dandruff share a few of the same symptoms, though. One of the tell-tale signs of dry scalp is itchiness, but it can also cause soreness and even hair loss. Your main goal with treating dry scalp should be hydration. It might be as simple as drinking more water, but it could also mean applying moisturizing shampoo to your scalp and even oiling your scalp, depending on your hair type.
Causes Of Dry Scalp
A healthy scalp has the perfect balance of oils, moisture, and beneficial bacteria on its surface. That means it has a healthy microbiome. When there's a disruption to the microbiome balance, scalp health plummets, and you experience issues like dry scalp, dandruff, and other problems.
If you're someone who washes their hair every day, the natural oils in your hair will get easily stripped away. Over time, your hair becomes brittle and can even start to break off. How often you wash your hair will depend on your hair type.
People with coarse hair might only need to wash their hair once a week, whereas those with more delicate hair could need a wash a few times a week. If you have oily hair but struggle with dry scalp, try to go for washes at least every other day. If you are unsure how often you should wash your hair, you can always ask your dermatologist or hairstylist.
Using Certain Hair Products
Likely, the reason you're experiencing dry scalp is because of an allergic reaction called contact dermatitis. Some shampoos, soaps, and other hair products can cause this type of reaction. The same goes for styling products that are meant to sit on your hair strands or scalp. Over time, these can create product buildup that clogs the hair follicles and sets the perfect environment for seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) to appear.
To figure out what's causing your dry scalp, stop using one product on your hair at a time until you find the culprit.
Changes in Weather
Sometimes during the colder months of the year, the air can get extremely dry. This causes your skin to dry out, including the skin on your head. Indoor heating can also exacerbate this problem. During this time of the year, it's best to use warm water in the shower instead of boiling water to keep your skin from drying out.
Certain Skin Conditions
Eczema is a prevalent skin condition that results in a dry and itchy scalp. Sometimes stress and certain detergents can cause eczema to flare up on your skin. It will also cause dryness on other parts of your body too. One of the best things you can do to avoid flare-ups is to avoid using harsh shampoos.
Psoriasis is another skin condition that can cause a dry scalp, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This condition multiplies your skin cells faster than usual and causes scaly patches to occur. Besides the scalp, psoriasis can happen on your ears, hands, and face. Sometimes, to help deal with these patches, you may need to get a prescription for medicated shampoos.
What Products To Avoid
Next, we'll talk about some of the best home remedies to treat dry scalp and what ingredients you should avoid.
If you have dry skin, the odds are that you probably don't want to make it worse rather than better. There are a lot of products out there that will only cause you more irritation, so you should avoid them at all costs. You'd be surprised how familiar a lot of these ingredients are.
- Sulfates are the first thing to look out for in shampoos and other hair products. This ingredient is often used to help combine the ingredients in the product together and create suds or foam. This type of chemical strips your hair of its oils and leaves it vulnerable to bacteria and dryness. Watch out for sulfate ingredients in most dandruff shampoos.
- The next ingredient to steer clear of is parabens. This is a synthetic chemical that is used as a preservative in many shampoos and conditioners. They irritate the scalp and often lead to chronic dandruff. If a bottle doesn't clearly say that it's free of parabens, make sure you read the list of ingredients before using it.
- Synthetic fragrances are often what are used to make a shampoo smell fresh and pleasant. While this is nice for the shower, artificial chemicals can damage your hair and scalp. A lot of these compounds contain alcohol and other drying ingredients that cause skin reactions.
Mother Dirt's products are all free of synthetic fragrances, sulfates, and parabens. We only believe in including clean and beneficial ingredients in our shampoo, conditioner, and skincare.
Benefits of Mother Dirt for Scalp
You might think that any bacteria on your scalp is bad and causes skin irritation and infection. But what if we told you that some of that bacteria is good and belongs on your scalp?
The skin on your head is a microbiome of microorganisms. The key to healthy and happy hair is finding the right balance of good bacteria on your scalp. This is where prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics come into play.
Mother Dirt's Postbiotic Hydrating Hair Wash is the best shampoo for dry scalp. It's gentle and contains a blend of postbiotics to help restore your scalp's natural microbiome. Adding beneficial bacteria (fungi) to your scalp can help restore the scalp skin microbiome.
This wash creates an environment for healthy bacteria to grow and discourages harmful bacteria. Our Postbiotic Hydrating Conditioner works with our shampoo to provide your scalp and hair with the most beneficial possible results.
Mother Dirt for Hair
Using a biotic-infused shampoo and conditioner is a great way to help provide your scalp with good bacteria and treat dry scalp. These products will keep your hair protected and give you smoother and healthier hair.
Mother Dirt's Postbiotic Hydrating Hair Wash is a shampoo made with plant-based ingredients to help balance your hair's pH and acid mantle. It leaves your hair feeling strong, full, and soft. It also contains coconut, rose water, and lactic acid.
Why Choose Mother Dirt?
At Mother Dirt, we're changing how you think about hair and skin care. We stay away from things that say "antibacterial" because we know how beneficial the right kind of bacteria can be. The bacteria we're into keeps your scalp in good condition and your skin glowing and radiant. Those are our kinds of germs!
A lot of hair care products make a dry scalp worse. Getting to the root of the issue can be frustrating. Consider a postbiotic shampoo and conditioner. It may be just the thing your scalp is craving!
If you're looking for the best way to treat dry scalp and get radiant, glowing skin naturally, give our Postbiotic Hydrating Hair Wash and Conditioner a try. Our shampoo and conditioner are designed to help strengthen damaged hair and prevent future breakage from occurring.
Restoring your scalp, microbiome and skin is an ongoing process that takes a little time, so remember to be patient. But get excited because, with a little biotic love from Mother Dirt, healthy skin and hair are on their way!