Dry skin is never fun. It’s bad enough when dead skin cells are flaking off your face, but things get worse when they’re flaking off your scalp and getting tangled up in your hair. Aside from the obvious – opting for dandruff fighting shampoos and conditioners/one formulated for dryness – there are some proactive, natural steps you can take.
For starters, lemon will be your new best friend. Already a go-to for many people to jumpstart their metabolism in the morning, its acidity works to balance the scalp’s pH, which can help rid you of dandruff. All you have to do is put some lemon juice on your scalp. Let it marinate there a bit (about 15-20 minutes) and then rinse your hair with a mix of water and lemon juice (one tablespoon for every cup). Follow this with your regular in-the-shower haircare routine. Do this every day until your dandruff goes away.
Aspirin is another option. Crush two tablets and add it to your shampoo. Similarly baking soda and apple cider vinegar work to help alleviate dry scalp. If things still don’t improve in a couple of days/week, see a dermatologist.
On a side note, there’s evidence that sun exposure is good for preventing dry scalps – there’s some debate as to whether or not this may be true – either way, this is not the answer! You must protect ALL skin from the sun, including your scalp, which is one of the most overlooked areas. Exposing it to the sun – even if it does solve the problem – is not worth the risk of damaging, skin cancer-causing UV rays.
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