Q&A: What Can I Do For My Dry Scalp?

Q: What can I do to alleviate dry scalp? – Stephanie D.

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Also, maintaining a healthy diet is key for a well nourished scalp. Your hair and nails are the last parts of your body to receive nutrition. Once the other vital organs of your body (brain, heart, kidneys) have received their nutrition, then and only then does the body supply the hair. The follicle supplies your hair with all of the nutrients available from the left over storage in your blood stream at the time. Once your hair leaves the follicle, it is no longer living, and no longer continues to receive any benefit from a late change to a healthy diet. Without the continued nourishment from the follicle and scalp, the hair is on its own at this point.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar rinses are great as well. Mix a solution of 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to 3 cups of water, pour into a spray bottle, saturate hair, cover with a plastic cap, and let sit for 20-30 minutes. This will help with many irritating scalp conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff. It rinses out clean, removes product buildup, and also adds shine and restores the pH to the hair. A few drops of rosemary or tea tree oil will boost this rinse.

Vitamins and minerals are essential for hair growth and your overall health in general. Nutritional imbalances may result in inadequate nourishment to our scalps which may hinder hair growth and scalp health. Crash and fad dieting are major scalp health destroyers. This type of dieting often leads to nutritional deficits and triggers hair and scalp problems. Vitamin and mineral deficits have a strong impact on the overall strength and integrity of the hair.

Adopting a proper diet will not only benefit your hair, but also benefit your overall wellness. A diet high fresh fruits and vegetables is best. Foods rich in B vitamins: nuts, peas, beans, whole grains are also musts. Lean on a diet that consists of unsaturated fats. Research has shown that people who follow low protein diets have improved scalp function.

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