HOW TO TREAT A DRY SCALP
What is Dry Scalp?
“Dry scalp” is best described as a feeling of dryness and tightness on the scalp.
Dry Scalp vs. DandruffMuch like dandruff, many people have a dry scalp and it can lead to discomfort and a lack of confidence. When the scalp loses too much of its natural moisture it becomes dry and tight. This can occur due to factors like cold weather, a buildup of hair products, or even dehydration.
Dandruff has many causes and is usually associated with the presence of Malassezia - a yeast-like fungus that grows on oily areas of the scalp. When the scalp’s natural protection becomes weak and unhealthy, irritants produced by Malassezia, which feed on the excess oil, causing skin cells to shed faster than usual. Dandruff flakes are larger and oilier than dry skin flakes and tend to stick to the scalp, hair and on clothes.
CLEARTM has found that moisture is important for scalp health. Low moisture in the scalp will result in a compromised scalp barrier, which further leads to more susceptibility to dryness.
How to Treat Dry Scalp
Staying well hydrated is key to maintaining healthy skin, especially during particularly hot or cold weather. Extreme weather conditions can make your scalp dehydrated and cause dry skin, but regularly drinking water can help your body replenish any lost moisture.
Avoid Over-styling Your Hair
Dry scalp is often exacerbated by a build-up of hair products on the scalp; it can also result from overuse of hair dryers that can cause heat damage and dry out the scalp. For a healthy, hydrated scalp, it’s best to keep hair styling to a minimum and avoid using styling tools more than once or twice a week. Try to dry your hair naturally or if you must, use your blow drier at a lower heat setting.
Change your shampoo
While it’s true that overuse of hair products can cause dry scalp, choosing the right shampoo and conditioner is important. Switching to a nourishing shampoo and conditioner that cleans hair without stripping the scalp’s natural moisture will help eliminate dry scalp symptoms over time. Try using specially formulated shampoos like CLEARTM Intense Hydration, with aloe and marine botanicals, nourish and restore the scalp’s natural moisture.
A dry scalp can be a pain, but treating its symptoms is a simple matter of staying hydrated, taking a gentle approach to hair care and using a shampoo and conditioner that keeps your scalp clean, healthy and nourished.