Did you know that dry hair and a dry scalp are two distinct hair concerns that require different solutions? Here’s how to differentiate between the two!
Dry hair vs dry scalp: What is the difference?
Although dry hair and dry scalp are two distinct conditions, they are frequently confused with each other. Dry hair develops when your hair does not receive or retain enough moisture. As a result, it loses some of its shine and could look frizzy and dull. On the other hand, a dry scalp is a condition in which your scalp becomes dry and flaky, causing itching and irritation.
What causes dry hair?
There are several reasons why you may have dry hair. Using too much heat when styling is one of the most common causes. The natural oils in the hair can be stripped away by the regular usage of blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons, leaving the hair dry and brittle. Additionally, the cuticle layer of your hair can be damaged by chemical treatments like hair colouring and perming, which can also make your hair dry. Dry hair can also be caused by environmental factors such as dry wind, cold, and sun exposure.
Regular use of abrasive hair products can also cause dry hair. Alcohol and sulfate-based shampoos tend to strip the hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. Using an excessive amount of hair products, such as mousses, gels, and sprays can also make your hair dry by weighing it down and preventing it from absorbing moisture.
How to treat dry hair?
There are various things you can do to treat dry hair.
- Avoid heat styling tools
Try to reduce your use of heat-styling tools. If you must use them, use a heat protectant spray and limit your use to once or twice a week.
- Protect your hair from harsh chemicals
Stay away from chemical hair treatments like perming and colouring, which can dry out the hair and damage it.
- Use moisturising products
I recommend using a moisturising shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for dry hair. Look for products that contain natural oils such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil because these can hydrate and nourish your hair, leaving it soft and shiny.
What causes dry scalp?
Numerous factors like how frequently you wash your hair and the products you put on it can lead to a dry scalp. Excessive shampooing can deplete the natural oils on the scalp, causing dryness and flakiness. A dry scalp can also develop due to medical conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and fungal infections. Inflammation and irritation brought on by these disorders might result in dryness and flakiness.
The lack of sebum production is one of the most common causes of a dry scalp. Sebum is the natural oil that your scalp produces to maintain the moisture levels of the hair and scalp. Lack of sebum production can cause the scalp to become dry and flaky. The health of your scalp is also impacted by environmental irritants— too much sun exposure can burn your scalp, causing itchiness and dryness. Furthermore, dry and cold air can exacerbate a dry, flaky scalp.
How to treat a dry scalp?
A dry scalp can be effectively treated in the following ways:
- Exfoliate your scalp
If you want to manage a dry scalp, I recommend investing in a gentle scalp scrub. A scalp scrub can deep cleanse your scalp by removing sweat, product build-up, dandruff, and any other residue that may irritate your scalp.
- Stay away from hair products loaded with harsh chemicals
To relieve a dry scalp, you should steer clear of chemical-laden hair products. I recommend avoiding hair products that contain alcohol as it dries out your scalp and causes dandruff. You can also use a gentle pH-balancing scalp serum to promote scalp health.
- Nourish your scalp
You must nourish your scalp adequately if you want to avoid a dry scalp. I recommend using nourishing hair products like hydrating hair masks and mild hair oils to keep your scalp healthy and happy.
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