When thinking about what we can do to make our hair look and feel its best, our scalps are often left out of the conversation. As much as hair care and styling products can manipulate the look and feel of our strands, for your mane to truly thrive your scalp has to be in tip-top shape. A dry, itchy scalp not only feels uncomfortable but also may lead to your strands looking and feeling dry.
If you’re looking to put an end to your dry scalp, we’ve got you covered with 12 must-have tips to moisturize your scalp. From simple hair care swaps to soothing scalp serums, we’re sharing everything you need to make your dry scalp a thing of the past.
12 Ways to Moisturize Your Scalp
Use a scalp serum.
A dry scalp is a sure sign that your scalp can use some extra TLC. A scalp serum can help to address the root cause of your dry scalp issues. If your scalp feels dry and tight, consider adding Kérastase Specifique Potentialiste Serum to your routine. This antioxidant-rich hair serum has a fast-absorbing gel texture that helps to soothe a dry scalp and leave it feeling healthier and hydrated. If your dry scalp is leaving you with flakes on your scalp and shoulders, the Kérastase Symbiose Serum Nuit Antipelliculaire Antidandruff Night Serum is a highly concentrated night serum formulated with salicylic acid, a powerful active ingredient to help eliminate the symptoms of dandruff.
Exfoliate your scalp.
You may have invested in salon-quality scalp products and treatments, but if you haven’t gotten rid of the dirt, sebum, and product buildup on your scalp, your moisturizing products will all but go to waste. Enlist the help of Kérastase Symbiose Scalp Renewal Exfoliating Antidandruff Scrub to give your scalp the deep clean it deserves. This anti-dandruff exfoliating scalp scrub purifies and soothes sensitive scalps, removes dead skin cells and build-up, and helps eliminate symptoms of dandruff.
Massage your scalp daily.
A scalp massage is not only a great way to relax at the end of the day, but it is also one of the best, easiest, and fastest ways to promote a healthy scalp. Simply massaging your scalp with your fingertips can help to promote blood flow to the scalp as well as evenly distribute the natural oils your scalp produces.
Oil your scalp.
If TikTok hasn’t convinced you to give scalp oiling a shot, this is your official sign to give it a try. Scalp oiling is an ancient tradition with a rich history and a myriad of benefits including moisturizing your scalp. Take your scalp massage to the next level by incorporating scalp oil into your wash day routine. Before you wash your hair, apply a nourishing oil to your scalp and massage it in. For maximum benefits, leave the oil to soak in for a few hours before washing your hair.
While scalp oiling can leave your scalp looking and feeling moisturized, leaving it on for too long can lead to clogged pores and buildup. When you’re ready to wash it out, consider using a clarifying shampoo to ensure your hair is squeaky clean and ready for your nourishing hair care and styling products.
Make an appointment with your stylist.
We know better than most how tempting it is to *add-to-cart* whenever you’re dealing with a hair issue. Rather than spending all of your money on random products that may or may not give you the relief you’re looking for, look to your stylist for guidance. If you have a relationship with your stylist, they should be able to assess the changes happening on your scalp and recommend whether you just need to switch up your products or something else is to blame for your dry scalp.
Avoid hot showers.
There’s nothing better than a steamy hot shower at the end of a long day, but the high temperatures can zap the moisture from your strands and scalp. Instead, opt for warm temperatures while washing your hair, and if you can stand it consider a cold rinse for super shiny hair.
Opt for a gentle shampoo.
While the purpose of shampoo is to get your scalp and strands squeaky clean, some formulas may leave your scalp feeling tight and dry. If your dry scalp becomes more irritated on wash day, consider switching out your current shampoo for one formulated to be gentle on the scalp. The Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo is moisturizing yet light—exactly what your dry scalp needs.
Consider using a zinc shampoo.
If your dry scalp is leading to unsightly flakes, consider adding a shampoo formulated with zinc into your routine. Kérastase Symbiose Bain Crème Antipelliculaire Antidandruff Sulfate-Free Shampoo is a moisturizing anti-dandruff shampoo formulated with pyrithione zinc, a powerful active ingredient to help eliminate the symptoms of dandruff.
Use a conditioner formulated for your scalp.
We typically advise only applying conditioner to your mid-lengths and ends, as many conditioner formulas may build up on the scalp. However, if you’re dealing with a very dry scalp you may benefit from a conditioner formulated for sensitive, dandruff-prone scalps. Kérastase Symbiose Fondant Apaisant Essentiel Hydrating Conditioner is a hydrating, silicone-free conditioner that soothes the scalp and strengthens hair.
Invest in a scalp treatment.
Most hair masks are made to nourish and strengthen your strands, but there are a few hair treatments that can benefit both your hair and scalp. The Kérastase Symbiose Revitalisant Essentiel Hydrating Hair Mask is an intensely hydrating mask for damaged hair and scalp.
Cut back on heat styling.
Much like the heat in your shower can exacerbate a dry scalp, excessive heat styling can also lead to a dry, itchy scalp. If you notice your blowdryer and other hot tools make your scalp feel dry and irritated, do your very best to cut back on heat styling as much as possible. If heat styling is a habit you just can’t quit, try turning down the temperature on your hair tools and keeping them as far from your scalp as possible. And be sure to always use a heat protectant.
Make an appointment with your dermatologist.
If you’ve consulted the advice of your stylist, revamped your hair care and styling routine, and given your scalp some extra TLC and you still can’t seem to keep your dry scalp at bay, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. A dermatologist can help you get to the root cause of your dry scalp and come up with a plan to make it a thing of the past.
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