The Issue—Dry Scalp
- Description: Dry, moisture-sapped skin surrounding hair follicles
- Symptoms: Tight-feeling or itchy scalp; small flakes of dry skin that land on the shoulders
- Healthy recommendation: Mix 10 drops of moisturizing, pure essential oil such as lavender or sandalwood with 1 ounce of sweet almond or jojoba oil. For sensitive scalps, use straight jojoba oil. Massage in for five minutes before showering.
Other blends to try:
For fine hair:
- Heat a half cup of apple-cider vinegar.
- While vinegar is warm, gently massage it into your scalp. The acid in the apple-cider vinegar helps restore the scalp’s pH balance.
- Cover your head with a towel or shower cap.
- Rinse with water after 30–40 minutes.
- After shampooing, massage 1 tablespoon of olive oil into your scalp and onto your hair from roots to ends.
- Wrap head with plastic wrap or a damp towel heated in the microwave. This will trap the oil and let it soak in. Wait at least five minutes.
- Rinse out thoroughly and follow with conditioner.
- Repeat once a week if hair is coarse; once a month for normal hair.
- Description: An overgrowth of bacteria that causes dead skin cells to accumulate; dandruff can flair up on both oily and dry scalps
- Symptoms: Flakes on your shoulders
- Healthy recommendation: Blend 10 drops of tea tree, eucalyptus, or bergamot essential oil with 1 ounce of jojoba or sweet-almond oil. Massage for 5–10 minutes before showering. For a leave-in anti-flaking treatment, mix a small amount of witch hazel with a little mouthwash and rub your scalp after shampooing, conditioning, and towel drying. Then dry and style as usual.
Extra exfoliating recipes to try:
For oily scalp:
- Dip a clean, natural-bristle brush into a bowl filled with cornstarch, a natural oil absorber. Brush through dry hair from roots to ends.
- Part hair into sections. With clean fingertips, rub cornstarch into your scalp and use a brush to work through your hair for 10 minutes.
- Remove coating of cornstarch with a clean brush or comb and rinse.
- Add 4–5 tablespoons of dried thyme to 2 cups of water and boil for 10 minutes.
- Allow mixture to cool and strain thyme leaves.
- Massage the liquid into your scalp for 10 minutes, wait 30 minutes, rinse, and apply conditioner.
Product Manager, Essential Care
SOURCE: Young Living Blog
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