How to prevent dry scalp

Updated April 17, 2017

Many people, especially in the winter, have problems with a dry scalp. Hair products, styling techniques and diet can also contribute to a dry scalp. A dry, itchy scalp is sometimes confused confused with dandruff. Because the white flakes from your scalp often look like dandruff, you may receive the wrong treatment for your dry scalp problem. To avoid letting your scalp get so dry that it flakes, take good care of your scalp and keep it moisturised.

Avoid touching your scalp with your hands. While the itching is uncomfortable, scratching only makes the problem worse. When you scratch your scalp often, you can create little cuts in your skin, leaving you prone to infections.

Massage about a tablespoon of olive oil in your scalp before you shower. Before you put the olive oil in your hair, let it warm up for about 10 seconds in the microwave. Olive oil contains vitamin E, which can help moisturise your scalp and stop the itching. Leave the olive oil in your hair for 10 minutes before you rinse it off with shampoo.

Shampoo your hair less often. The detergents in shampoos can sometimes have a drying effect on your scalp and hair, removing too many natural oils. By extending the time between washing your hair, you can limit how often your scalp is deprived of moisture to prevent dry scalp.

Limit how much your blow dry your hair. If you use a blow dryer every day, you can suck out a lot of the moisture in your scalp. Also avoid using other heating tools, such as curling irons and flat irons, too often.

Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water to prevent a dry, itchy scalp. recommends drinking at least eight glasses of water a day and limiting caffeinated drinks to keep your scalp hydrated.

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Katya Gordeeva began writing professionally in 2009. She has had several news and feature articles published in "The Chronicle," "Northwest Indiana Times" and "Gary 411" newspapers. Gordeeva is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Purdue University Calumet.