Q&A – Dry hair and scalp? Natural Remedies that work!
QUESTION: My daughter and I have severe dry scalp. We have been to the dermatologist with no results. We have been using DermOrganics Shampoo and Masque. Added Flax seed and Omega oil to our diet. We have even used Teatree and Olive oil as a treatment directly on our scalps. Our hair is healthier and looks great however we are still suffering from dry and flaky scalp and I mean dry, itchy and irritated to the point of sores. Any other suggestions? My daughter is 12 and going to Middle school this year and would love to get some relief for her that wont pump her growing body full of chemicals…
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Sue and Lala
ANSWER: Thanks so much, and it sounds like you’re doing a lot of things right. We may be able to give you a few more suggestions, but if there is a medical condition, you may need to see another doctor for another opinion.
That said, here are our thoughts..
The scalp needs moisture, and we feel there are a couple of different ways to approach that, through the body and through direct application to the scalp.
Hydrating from the inside-out 🙂
Dry hair and scalp? Here are some Natural Remedies that work!
Chances are the entire body would benefit from more moisture. The first thing everyone will recommend is drinking more water. We agree, but also feel that water itself can be drying, so in order to get the most benefit, we add the healthy fats to our diet every time we eat (avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil)… but that’s still not enough. We also make sure that the bulk of our diet includes lots of organic fruits and vegetables. They will help tremendously to hydrate the body internally as well.
- Make sure to add additional vitamin E to the diet.
- Take Omega 3 fatty acids daily
- Take additional Black Current Oil (or tablets) daily
Are you dehydrating your body? 🙁
Natural remedies for dry hair and scalp
Another thing some people over look are the things that they may be doing to dehydrate the body….caffeine, alcohol, and chemicals are big offenders. They have been shown to dehydrate everything, including the brain and should be eliminated from the diet as soon as possible. While you’re at it, eliminating chemicals from the diet in general can help a great deal in nutrient and moisture absorption.
Since water is dehydrating, avoid swimming, unless using a swim cap (not cute, we know, but…we’re talking about how to avoid dehydrating the body, right? 🙂
Also washing the hair too often can be a culprit in dehydration, so try skipping an extra day or two and see if that makes a difference.
Also, environmental factors can play a huge roll in the health of the scalp and hair. If you live in a dry climate, it’s important to protect yourself from the elements as much as possible. Wearing hats with a sunscreen protection is very helpful. I wear hats every time I know I’ll be out in the sun and there are some pretty cute ones out there (yay!) But it seriously can make a difference.
If you’re in a dry climate, adding a humidifier to your home or bedroom can help a greta deal too.
Another thing–is your water hard? You’d be surprised what a difference a water softener can add to helping maintain the moisture in the hair.
Here’s an excellent tip that Leah Nyenhuis wrote when I posted this on our facebook page, “I just put a water filter attachment to my shower head and have noticed significant improvement to my itchy scalp!”
And of course, lay off on heat to the scalp and hair, especially blow drying 🙁 Yeah, bummer, but it’s true and will make a big difference. If you need to blow dry the hair on occasion, make sure to not direct heat onto the scalp. Also use a safe heat protectant prior to applying any heat.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Olive oil is a wonderful conditioner for the hair and body–from the inside and outside. Make sure it’s a part of your diet every day. For the hair specifically, it conditions it and adds shine, and we’ll share some tips on how to apply it topically as well for amazing hydration, shine, and conditioning.
Hydrating from the outside-in 🙂
Natural remedies for dry hair and scalp
Massage extra virgin olive oil into your scalp and hair and cover with a shower cap (the monounsaturated fatty acids will help protect the hair and scalp, making hair more shiny, while nourishing hair and scalp at the same time) leave it in for up to a couple of hours and then wash with a safe shampoo (of course!) Psssst, while we’re here, check out our I-spy and chemical spy sections of our website to help understand why this is so important. But in a nutshell, make sure your shampoo has no sulphates, or fragrances, which are especially drying.
Other highly effective conditioners that could be added to the above olive oil treatment:
ONE MORE TIP
After conditioning, rinsing and towel drying hair, you can spritz pure aloe vera juice (no sugar of course 🙂 onto the scalp as a leave on conditioner. It can be purchased at a health food store and poured into a spritz container.
OOPS, I LIED–I GUESS THERE IS ONE MORE TIP I HAVE TO SHARE!
OKAY, I will make this one quick, I promise, but this is really important. Since your scalp is causing you so much frustration, this is super important. We talked about not washing it as much, but the other thing is to remember the importance of protecting the scalp from the drying effects of water. So each time you immerse it in water, make sure to coat it with a protective oil (like I mentioned above) before applying any water. This will act as a barrier and help protect the delicate skin.
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Whew, okay, this time we are done. We’ve covered a lot of territory, but you should be able to find some things that can make a big difference for you. Keep us posted, we’d love to hear what works for you and especially what works well!