Are you grabbing that rat tail comb to scratch your scalp a little too often? The dry scalp struggle is real, uncomfortable, and unhealthy. Just like we take care of the skin on our face and body, we have to take care of the skin beneath those gorgeous locks of natural hair. We love a good protective style to keep those curls on point, but we can’t neglect our scalp in the protective process or it will get dry and prevent healthy hair growth. So why is your scalp dry? There are some common causes for this itchy struggle. Let’s get into them.
#1. USING HARSH HAIR CARE PRODUCTS
SUGGESTED TITLE: TOP 3 COMMON CAUSES FOR DRY SCALPhemicals like alcohol denat, SD Alcohol 3-A, 30, 39-B, 39-C, 40-B, and 40-C all have drying properties that can be damaging to your scalp. - Synthetic Fragrances- chemicals that use synthetics to make the product “smell good” can cause redness, itching, hives, or dermatitis Rather opt for natural products like this Rice Renew Hair Masque that has all natural ingredients like grapeseed oil, aloe vera juice, babassu oil, and shea butter. Also try: - Hair Oil for Growth & Dry Hair - includes organic oils like coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil and castor Oil - Moisture- In Leave- In - includes organic and natural components of essential oils like olea europaea (extra virgin olive) oil, nigella sativa (black cumin) seed oil, and anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract.
#2. NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
How much water are you drinking on a daily basis? When it comes to healthy skin, including your scalp, water is a necessity. Water helps to hydrate and bring nourishment that promotes healing and growth. Studies show you should be drinking about half your body weight in ounces of water. So if you weigh 180lbs, you should be drinking about 90 ounces of water each day.
#3.LONG HOT SHOWERS
Yes, we love a hot steaming shower to relax and wash off the day, but your scalp might not like it so much. Hot water can burn your scalp and damage your scalp tissue. This can lead to irritation, inflammation, and dryness. Instead, take your hot shower, then turn the temperature down during wash day when it’s time to rejuvenate those curls. Your scalp is the foundation for your natural crow. Make sure the products you are using are nourishing your scalp and not drying it out. To see our full line of our Black-owned products visit the Pretty Strands collection. For more hair tips, product drops, and sales, stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram.