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Dry Scalp and Hair: Remedies to Fix the Itch

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Dry, flaky hair can be not only uncomfortable and unpleasant, but embarrassing. It’s a tough problem to solve, particularly if you are living in a climate that only exacerbates the condition. Here are a few remedies that can help.

Massage Your Scalp With Coconut Oil

The benefits of coconut oil are certainly not overrated. It has a high saturated fat content and can be an excellent source of conditioning and nourishment for your hair and scalp. Try heading up a tablespoon or so of coconut oil in your microwave – careful not to get it too hot for your scalp. Scooping it up with your fingers, rub it into your scalp and evenly distribute. With the remaining oil, brush it through your hair to give it that added conditioning. Leave it in for at least a half hour (or better yet, overnight), before washing it with your regular shampoo. Make sure to take your time while massaging. Not only will the oil absorb into your scalp better, but the massaging motion will increase blood flow. Try this out at least once or twice a week to see results.

Use a Chlorine-Filtering Shower Head

The chlorine used to purify our water can often dry up your scalp. It's one of the reasons swimmers often wear hair caps, to protect their hair and scalp from the damaging effects of chlorine. Try using a chlorine filtering shower head. They have filters which usually need to be replaced every six months or so, but they can remove over 90% of the chlorine in your water.

Get a Humidifier for Your Bedroom

Humidifiers are great at bringing back moisture into the dry atmosphere. Try putting a quality, quiet humidifier in your bedroom and leave it on while you sleep. You’ll already notice the difference when you wake up in the morning with softer, smoother hands and feet. This will also help your scalp retain moisture and keep your hair softer. 

Wear a Satin Cap at Night

Warm showers tend to strip a lot of the moisture from our hair and scalps, despite using conditioners. Try wearing a satin cap after you shower, but do so after your hair is only damp. You scalp will absorb the remaining moisture. If you would rather not wear a cap, try using satin pillowcases. It’s a far less absorbent material than cotton, so it won’t suck the moisture out of your hair. Plus, satin creates less friction, so it won't agitate your hair as much as cotton and cause frizz.

Where we live, stress factors, and the products we use on our body can all have an impact on our hair and scalp. Try analysing the factors that affect your life to see if the problem stems from there. Hopefully these tips can help you remedy the dryness.

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