Winter comes and with it the annoying scratching and so we start to wonder: do I have dandruff or my scalp is dry? Well today I will explain the differences between the two and share a great recipe for you.
Our scalp has micro scales that falls regularly, but that can go unnoticed when our scalp is healthy. Dandruff happens when there’s inflammation followed by itching, and those larger flakes that begin to fall. Three things can cause dandruff:
1. Fungi: your scalp has fungi that ingest the healthy oil from the scalp and release a substance called oleic acid that is potentially irritating;
2. You’re sensitive to oleic acid: some people are more sensitive than others and can develop dandruff while others do not;
3. Oily Scalp: When your scalp produces excessively sebum.
What happens is that the scalp becomes irritated and begins to itch, our body reacts by creating new cells and pushing the irritated ones out, falling off in the form those visible flakes in our clothes.
Like the skin on our arms and legs, the scalp may simply be dry, which can be less frequent than our skin, as our scalp produces a natural sebum to stay hydrated and protected. Even so, the scalp may indeed get dry.
To help you get rid of this problem I will share a homemade recipe that will moisturize your scalp using the powerful jojoba oil, since it’s the most similar to the sebum that our scalp naturally produces and can be found in various commercial products. We will also use Tea Tree oil because of its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps removing dirt, dead skin and keep our hair follicles healthy.
Try this at Home – Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Oil)
Wash both hands thoroughly so you can spread the mixture on the scalp. Mix about 30 ml of Jojoba oil and 15 ml of Melaleuca oil. Divide the hair into four parts to make it easier, and start the application by gently massaging the scalp. Let it be for about 30 minutes and then wash it following your hair routine. You can sleep with the mix and wash your hair the next day.
I hope you enjoyed this simple recipe and that you can integrate into your hair routine.