The body moisturizes the scalp naturally by secreting an oil called sebum. If the body does not produce enough sebum, the scalp can get dry. The scalp can become dry because of exposure to the weather or styling. Your scalp can also get dried out because of conditions such as scalp psoriasis or dandruff.
Oil Can Moisturize Your Scalp
There are several ways to replenish moisture in your scalp. You can cut back on the number of products you use in your hair and use oils to restore moisture. Adding oil to your scalp can compensate for the lack of sebum and prevent your scalp from drying out. Using a scalp oil can do a better job of moisturizing your scalp than some shampoos and conditioners. Oil is a good treatment for a dry scalp because it will stay on the skin longer than a lotion or moisturizing cream.
Jojoba oil is one of the most common oils used to moisturize the scalp. Mineral oil, cod liver oil, and coconut oil are also often used. Many scalp oils are a mixture of natural oils, antioxidants, and glycerin that treat both the scalp and hair.
How to Prevent Greasy Hair
A common concern is that putting oil on the scalp will make the hair greasy. Here are some tips to help you moisturize your scalp without winding up with oily hair.
The first step is to apply oil to your scalp without getting it in your hair. One way to do that is to wet your hair so it will not easily absorb the oil and then dab the oil on your scalp with a cotton ball. Shampoo your hair after a few minutes to wash out the oil.
Look for a shampoo that contains an astringent such as tea tree oil, citrus oil, rosemary, or chamomile. Those ingredients can remove oil from your hair follicles. Use a clear shampoo to rinse out the oil. Clear shampoos contain fewer conditioners and are less likely than other shampoos to leave a residue.
When you style your hair, reduce the number of products you use. The residue from products can build up on your hair and weigh it down. Avoid using gel, mousse, volumizer, and balm after using oil to moisturize your scalp.
Make an Appointment for a Haircut at The Beauty Bar
If you are due for a haircut or are thinking about changing your style, make an appointment at The Beauty Bar. We can help you choose the right hairstyle and give you recommendations on how to deal with problems like a dry scalp. Make an appointment at The Beauty Bar in Southington, Connecticut today.