Friday, July 13, 2012

What's causing your dry, itchy, scabby scalp?

Itching, flaking and scabbing are signs that your scalp has stopped producing natural oils (sebum). This can be caused by chemical irritants in products, changes in weather, or diet.

Some products contain chemicals that may irritate the scalp causing excessive itching and scabbing. If you've changed shampoos, conditioners or styling aids this may be the cause of your discomfort. You should immediately stop using the products and find a product that is less irritable on your scalp.

You may not be getting enough sun. Exposure to the sun helps in killing bad bacteria that live on the scalp. If you are limiting your sun exposure, the bacteria can be multiply rapidly causing the scalp to itch.

Water is an essential part of life. If you are not drinking enough water, your body tends to channel the water that you are drinking to the parts of the body that need it most. Your scalp being lower on the totem pole doesn't receive adequate water to produce natural oils (sebum).

Natural home remedies that can restore your scalp back to normal: 

Aloe Vera is a herbal medication used in many products to relieve and soothe the skin. Aloe Vera acts as a deep conditioner to moisturize dry hair and has anti-fungal properties.  To relieve the scalp and heal the scabbed area, place the aloe vera gel directly on the scalp.  For this reason, Aloe Vera is one of the main ingredients in our Kurlee Belle's Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner.

Apple Cider Vinegar is a home remedy treatment with a variety of healing properties. You can find ACV in its pure form at any herbal store. Rinsing the scalp with a solution of a half a cup of water and a half a cup of ACV helps eliminate dryness by releasing bacteria that clog pores.  Warning: Be very careful not to get this solution in the eyes. Kurlee Belle's Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo contains apple cider vinegar.

Extra virgin olive oil can be used to moisturize the scalp and treat scabs. Warming the olive oil and then massaging into the scalp can help soothe itchy, irritated scalp. You can leave the oil for a few minutes or sit under a hooded dryer then rinse as usual. Kurlee Belle's Tropical Oils Blends has a ton of essential oils that soothe the scalp.

Is your scalp constantly itching, flaking or scabbing? Will you try any of the above home remedies? 

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