There are a number of factors that lead to drying up of the scalp. Understanding the cause of your dry scalp is a step closer to eliminating the problem and with these DIY shampoos, dry scalp will be a thing of the past. Of course, your first task is to choose the shampoo that works best for your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, chances are you have a dry scalp because of a wrong shampoo. Give some of these homemade shampoos a try and hopefully you will get rid of that problem.
1. Raw organic honey
The European Medical Journal published a study in which researchers studied the use of diluted honey (90% honey diluted in warm water) that 30 patients with chronic seborrheic dermatitis of the front of the chest, face, scalp and used every day with gentle rubbing for 2 to 3 minutes. The honey was then rinsed off after 3 hours with warm water.
The dry and itchy skin disappeared within 1 week with skin lesions healing completely in 2 weeks. Subjective improvement in hair loss was also noticed. Honey is an excellent broad spectrum anti-fungal and antibacterial with anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties, which makes it ideal for treating dry scalp caused by fungi and/or bacteria.
You do not necessarily have to wait 3 hours, just apply a little bit of diluted raw honey to your scalp, using your finger tips, massage gently for a minute and rinse it off with warm water.
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Mix 2 parts water with 1 part Listerine mouthwash. Massage gently on your scalp for a few minutes and let it sit for 3 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Listerine helps to fight fungi and thus cures dry scalp.
3. Jojoba oil
Make a strong herbal tea with filtered water and 2 tablespoons peppermint leaves and allow it to steep for at least 20 minutes. Strain and pour the tea into an empty bottle. Add 2 tablespoons glycerin, a half teaspoon jojoba oil, half a teaspoon raw honey and a quarter cup liquid castile soap. Mix and shampoo as usual.
4. Tea tree oil
Add half a teaspoon organic tea tree oil (inorganic brands may contain pesticides and have weak healing properties) to half a teaspoon lavender oil. Add precisely a quarter teaspoon salicylic acid (it is extremely powerful yet effective) and 3 drops of peppermint oil, and shampoo as usual.
Mix together half a cup of warm water with half a cup of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar, pour the mixture over your hair and scrub gently for a few minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. This helps to restore natural acids while removing build-up. Moreover, it helps to balance pH as well.
6. Aloe vera gel
Researches show aloe vera gel can help soothe dry hair and scalp in an all-natural way. Mix a quarter cup aloe vera gel and a quarter cup liquid castile soap in a medium bowl using a wire whisk. Stir in a teaspoon of glycerin and a quarter teaspoon of olive oil, and use the mixture as a shampoo.
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7. Baking soda
Baking soda is well known for its fantastic health and beauty benefits. It can be good for your dry scalp as well. Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda, a cup warm water and a few drops of rosemary oil, put the mixture in an empty bottle, shake well and apply generously. Rinse off with warm and then cold water.
DIY shampoos are all natural, but keep in mind that all natural things may have their downsides too. So consult your dermatologist if any of these shampoo ideas are good for your dry scalp. This way, you will avoid tons of problems and cure your dry scalp at the same time. Do you have any shampoo recipe for dry scalp that works great for you?