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There’s no question about it: when you have a dry scalp, it can be extremely uncomfortable, painful, and possibly even noticeable to others. Having a dry scalp isn’t necessarily the same thing as having dandruff, although the former can certainly lead to the latter. However, contrary to what you might think, the best way to help treat both conditions is by shampooing more often, not less, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Surprised? Read on to learn more about managing a dry scalp—while we don’t know all the answers in regards to dry scalp remedies, we’re sharing four options for improving a dry or extremely dry scalp. From switching up your shampoo to using a scalp scrub, here’s how you can alter your hair care routine to benefit a dry scalp:
According to research published by the National Center of Biotechnology Information, your scalp health can impact the overall appearance and condition of your hair. In simple terms, a scalp that is well taken care of can result in better-looking hair. Not only that, but living with a dry scalp can be uncomfortable. Perhaps even worse, it can lead to the development of dandruff, which can manifest as white flakes falling from your head—and we know you don’t want that. So, it’s best to nip scalp dryness in the bud the moment you feel it coming on. Not sure how? Keep reading for our best dry scalp tips.
Just as using a face scrub can help exfoliate dry, dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, using a scalp scrub (like the L'Oréal Paris Everfresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub) can help remove impurities, flakes, and build-up from a dry scalp. It’s important to keep your scalp healthy for many reasons, not least of which is so that it can produce healthy-looking, gorgeous hair! When there is too much build-up of hair products, oil, dead skin, and other impurities, however, the scalp can’t do its job properly. To use, reach for the scrub before you shampoo. Wet hair under the shower faucet, then apply a liberal amount of the scrub onto your scalp. Gently massage it onto your scalp and throughout your hair, then rinse thoroughly. Follow up with the L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Antidandruff Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Balancing Conditioner.
Editor’s note: Interested in learning more about the benefits of a scalp scrub before you commit to purchasing one? Read our article Why You Should Add a Scalp Scrub to Your Hair Care Routine for all the details.
If your dry scalp is accompanied by dandruff, which could likely be the case, you’ll need to use a shampoo and conditioner system that is formulated specifically to help fight some of the signs associated with dandruff.
We know, this is much easier said than done. But per the Mayo Clinic, learning to better manage stress levels can help keep dandruff—which as we mentioned, can be linked to an extremely dry scalp—at bay. Who knew? In addition to the usual eating healthier, getting plenty of sleep, and trying to get exercise a few times a week, may we suggest busting your stress with a bit of beauty-focused self-care? Take our word for it, your future self will thank you for putting in a bit of extra me time! Next time you need to show yourself a little TLC, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask or the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask. While it’s true that a face mask won’t directly help to relieve your scalp discomfort, it could help to relieve your stress, which may boost your scalp health—and your overall health—in the long term.
After you’ve exfoliated and cleansed your scalp and hair, finish off your hair care routine with a multipurpose leave-in product, like the L'Oréal Paris EverPure 10-In-1 Elixir. This elixir is formulated with Indian lilac and helps hair stay healthy to reflect color radiance. Simply apply onto towel-dried hair in sections, working the product onto your hair and scalp. Don’t rinse it off, just style as usual!
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