It is almost impossible to grow out healthy hair from an unhealthy scalp. The scalp is similar to the soil - the more you take care of it and keep it moisturized; the healthier hair it produces. Women who suffer from scalp problems almost always have hair issues too. You hear them complain about dull hair, breakage, frizz, and hair fall – to name a few.
Taking care of your scalp can be an overwhelming mission. Especially, with the many myths and theories about scalp remedies, leaving you confused and torn apart between countless options. Some scalp problems such as itchiness, dryness, and white flakes have similar symptoms, which add to the confusion when trying to choose the right hair product.
To have a clean scalp, you first need to find the root of the problem and then get rid of it. Not all the products and remedies succeed in doing that.
Ahead, we will talk about the real causes of the most frequent scalp problems, the common remedies used by women and their effective alternatives.
The Root of Scalp Problems
The most common scalp problem is dryness. Women who suffer from dry scalp get an uncomfortable feeling of tightness and itchiness which develops an urge to scratch the head. When they do so, the chances of getting white flakes increases as well.
Why does this happen?
The reason could be as simple as washing your hair every day or not drinking enough water, leading to dehydration. Washing your hair daily removes the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair moisturized.
Sometimes, the cause can be more complicated. It could be due to a naturally-occurring microbe that breaks down the moisturizing defences on your scalp, depriving you of essential natural oils. When this happens, oleic acid is produced, which most scalps are sensitive to; increasing the need to scratch your head. When you scratch the head, the skin starts to shed faster to remove the irritant, leading dandruff to appear visibly on your scalp and head.
Then, dandruff makes your head even more itchy and irritated, and the vicious cycle goes on and on.
Scalp Home Remedies: Are They Your Best Option?
Many women decide to use scalp recipes from the internet to fix scalp problems, such as coconut oil and olive oil.
However, according to a study conducted by NCBI, there are no differences between the scalp and hair of users and nonusers of coconut oil , suggesting its ineffectiveness in tackling the problem.
As for olive oil, it only succeeds in alleviating the symptoms of dryness, but it doesn’t fix the root of the problem.
Hence, common scalp remedies can only reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of inflammation, burning, and tightness, but the problems might keep reappearing.
What are the Alternatives?
If you want an easy and effective way to improve your scalp’s health, we recommend using hair products that are specifically developed to fight the root of the problem, such as Head & Shoulders Supreme Shampoo and Conditioner.
Both products are infused with Argan oil, which is best known for its deep moisturization benefits on scalp and hair. Additionally, the collection works on soothing the scalp, repairing the hair damage, and giving you a fresh and clean sensation.