How to Moisturize Scalp Areas

Usually, when people think of dandruff, they think of just itchy areas of their head where thin, white skin flakes fall off. They rarely think of that condition as dry scalp. But believe it or not, the symptoms of dry scalp and dandruff are very similar to each other.

In fact, there’s a tremendous amount of overlap. We’re talking about redness, itchiness, irritation, as well as different types of skin flaking off your head.

The good news is by adopting the right scalp moisturizing process, you can go a long way in treating whatever dry scalp issues you suffer from. Another piece of good news is that you don’t necessarily have to use a lot of the heavy-duty chemical-based products that are typically available at your local drug store.

You can use a wide range of natural oils that can help you enjoy the same level of dry scalp therapy without the unnecessary baggage brought to the table by harsh chemicals commercial solutions come with.

Coconut oil

One of the most powerful all-natural substances that you can apply to your scalp and massage into your hair to treat the symptoms of dry scalp is coconut oil. Now, the key here is to pick the right product. There are lots of coconut oil products on the market.

Some of them have been through harsh chemical oil extraction processes. Other products were subjected to a tremendous amount of heat. You should avoid these products because the more heat is involved in the extraction process, the lower the quality of the oil. It will be too thin and it won’t have a lot of the healing properties found in the vitamins and nutrients these products contain.

Ideally, you should look for cold processed coconut oil. This type of coconut oil did not go through any kind of heat. It is cold-pressed. Also, its extraction process did not involve and potentially harsh chemicals, commercial or industrial.

Using this coconut oil, you stand to benefit from a high level of moisturizing effects as well as powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties. To use coconut oil, you simply apply it directly to your scalp and massage it gently in semi-circles.

You need to repeat this throughout your scalp and leave the oil on for at least 10 minutes. After that period of time, you can then rinse it off with a mild or all-natural shampoo.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has been long known as a skin health-boosting ingredient. Fairly recently, people have been using it to relieve the symptoms of dry scalp. Tea tree oil has powerful antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.

You only need to pick the carrier oil that you want for this essential oil. Once you have picked your favorite oil, it can be olive oil or coconut oil, add just a few drops of this essential oil.

Treat it as you would coconut oil. This means to massage the base of your scalp, try to apply it evenly, and leave it on for around 10 minutes and then gently rinse off with an all-natural shampoo.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a succulent that has a long reputation as a moisturizing and anti-inflammatory agent. People suffering from all sorts of skin issues throughout history have traditionally turned to aloe vera for great results.

Aloe vera can be found in a gel or extract form. Ideally, for maximum control, you might want to use aloe vera gel. Apply the gel directly to your scalp, leave it for around 10 minutes, and then wash off.

Apple cider vinegar

If you are looking for the Swiss army knife of traditional medicine, you need not look any further than your cupboard. That’s right, chances are you probably already have some apple cider vinegar in your cupboard.

This unassuming household ingredient is a powerhouse when it comes to traditional medicinal properties. Among its long list of benefits, it actually relieves a tremendous amount of itching and has powerful antibacterial properties.

You only need to mix a single part of apple cider vinegar with 2 parts of water. Take this concoction and apply it directly to the base of your hair and scalp. Make sure you apply it evenly. Leave it on your head for around 5 minutes and then follow up with a natural shampoo and your favorite conditioner.

Baking soda and olive oil

When you mix baking soda and olive oil, you create this nice soapy paste that not only clears out the bacteria stuck on the surface of your scalp, but it also seeps into your skin as a moisturizer. That’s how powerful this combination of baking soda and oil can be.

You need to mix equal parts of these 2 ingredients and you should apply them directly to your scalp. You need

 to let the solution sit on your scalp for around 5 minutes and then gently wash away and rinse off with a conditioner and shampoo.

Mashed bananas

Believe it or not, bananas can be therapeutic. Bananas are packed with potassium and other vitamins. Not only can bananas moisturize your skin, but it can also transport the right levels of vitamins that your skin needs for optimal health.

To apply this concoction on your skin, you just need to mix olive or coconut oil with equal parts banana and then massage it directly on your scalp. Let this mixture sit on the base of your scalp or the roots of your hair for up to 15 minutes.

10-15 minutes should be enough. After the required amount of time has passed, wash it all off with a conditioner and shampoo combination.

The final word on natural treatments

When it comes to treating dry scalp, there are lots of all-natural options available to you. You can moisturize your scalp and keep it moisturized in an all-natural way. The key here is to keep experimenting with different concoctions using all-natural ingredients.

Eventually, you will find a mixture or combination that works best for your type of skin. It just takes a little bit of experimentation and time and eventually, you will find a solution that works time and time again.

Some Key Scalp Moisturizing Products You Might Want to Consider

In addition to the homemade remedies described above, you might also want to consider commercial formulations that can help your scalp’s skin remain moisturized and healthy. If the moisture and oil levels of your scalp change, you might become susceptible to irritation, redness, and dandruff. If you don’t have the time to come up with your home remedies, here are some commercial moisturizing products that you can use.

Philip Kingsley After-Sun Scalp Mask

This product is a scalp mask. It is intended to cover your scalp and soothe it. Its ingredients list ensures that when you place it on the skin of your scalp, it produces a cooling sensation. If you are suffering from an itchy scalp or you have sensitive skin, you might want to consider this product.

It delivers a soothing effect almost immediately. You don’t have to wait a long time to feel its effect. Also, it calms your skin so you are less likely to itch. Originally formulated for sunburn, this product can be used as a scalp mask for people with itchy skin. It has a nice scent because of its chamomile extract.

But the real heavyweight ingredient of this product is aloe vera. Aloe vera does a great job of soothing the skin and preparing it for self-healing. Not only does this product moisturize your skin but it also cleans it thoroughly. The key is to leave it on your skin for around 20 minutes. 

CURLS Blueberry & Mint Tea Scalp Treatment

This product has a fairly long list of ingredients and many of them are natural. It  is made primarily from coconut oil that acts as a base, cornmint oil, blueberry seed oil, and shea butter (this ingredient is 100% organic).

If you suffer from a sensitive and itchy scalp, this product delivers very fast effects. It doesn’t contain any sulfates, artificial fragrances, parabens, or silicones. It is also completely free of mineral oil which many people are allergic to. It delivers almost instant results and enables proper moisturization and cleansing which can jumpstart hair growth.

Aesop Rose Hair and Scalp Moisturizing Masque

This product is a mask for both the scalp and the roots of your hair. It conditions the base of your hair which conditions your mane. It also seeps into your skin thereby providing a deep, intensive treatment for your scalp. The result? You can kiss goodbye damaged and brittle hair. In its place, you will have a well-moisturized, nourished, shiny, and extremely soft hair.

Mizani Comfiderm Scalp Oil

Made primarily from rosemary extract, avocado oil, and jojoba oil, Mizani Comfiderm Scalp Oil has many fans because it does an amazing job of providing a purely botanical solution to the all-too-familiar problem of dry scalp and skin flakiness.

If you are looking to restore the natural balance of nutrients in your hair and scalp, strongly consider this product. Do understand that a well-nourished scalp base is crucial to growing healthy, vibrant, and great-looking hair.

SO Cozy Sensitive Scalp Serum

This product is specifically formulated to contain only ingredients that are very gentle on the skin. It is not for everybody because the formulation works best for people who have skin that is extra sensitive. If it doesn’t take much for your scalp to be itchy, flaky, or to develop red patches, you might want to use this product.

Many people who are using it have been driven to it because most of the commercial scalp treatment products are not up to the job. I am not saying that this is a product of last resort, but it is formulated for people with very sensitive skin. How sensitive? Its formulation is very kid-friendly. It’s absolutely safe for babies to use this product.

It is completely hypo-allergenic and you can use it every day. That cannot be said of most serum products out there. This product does a great job of restoring the scalp skin’s natural ph balance. It also seals in moisture; this way your scalp doesn’t dry up and get sensitive or become itchy. It also pulls double duty by restoring the natural moisture level to your skin.

Unlike the typical serum you might find in the market, SO Cozy Sensitive Scalp Serum doesn’t feel heavy. It is non-greasy and is quite light both on your skin and the roots of your hair. It does a great job of seeping into the hair follicles to strengthen and renew them. If you are tired of scratching and itching, you might want to pick up this product and see how big of a difference it makes in your situation.