There’s an Oil for that: Dry Scalp

There’s an Oil for that: Dry Scalp

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When your scalp doesn’t have enough oil to feel lubricated is when a dry scalp occurs. Much like your skin, a dry scalp can cause irritation, flakes, and itch which can cause dryness to move up the hair shaft. This is something that is not wanted because the oil from your scalp contributes to your hair's overall moisture. 

It can be a nuisance and even a little embarrassing but can be addressed by examining the ingredients in your hair care products and using oils that help alleviate dryness. Here are 4 oils that can help repel dry scalp: 

1. Jojoba Oil 

Extracted from the jojoba plant, jojoba oil has properties that favor the oil produced naturally by your scalp's sebaceous glands. This allows it to hydrate with minimal side effects because your scalp is ready to accept the familiar oil properties. Jojoba oil dives deep into hair follicles from the inside for invigorating moisture 

How to use: 

  • Add a few drops to your conditioner 
  • Apply to the scalp before or after washing 
  • Use as a leave-in 

2. Argan Oil 

Extracted from the nuts of the argan tree cultivated in Morocco, argan oil minimizes dryness by adding nutrients and moisture to strands. Filled with antioxidants, ferulic acid, and Vitamin E, argan oil protects while repairing. 

How to use: 

  • Apply to scalp and strands when hair is damp or dry 
  • Apply to scalp every day (non-greasy) 

3. Tea Tree Oil 

Extracted from the leaves of the melaleuca tree (tea tree), tea tree oil has antifungal, antiseptic, and antibiotic components that help alleviate dry scalp and the symptoms. With it being slightly more acidic than your worn skin, it helps reduce the growth of yeast which results in dandruff and dryness.

How to use:

  • Add a few drops to your shampoo 
  • Apply to the scalp as a treatment before washing 

4. Aloe Vera Oil

Extracted from an aloe Vera leaf and combined with a carrier oil, aloe vera oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help with dry scalp. Aloe vera oil's moisturizing ability helps reduce skin irritation that can add to your dry scalp symptoms. 

How to use: 

  • Apply to the scalp before washing 
  • Apply to the scalp as an oil treatment