The Best Scalp Conditioning

A dry scalp can contribute to itchy, flaky skin and dandruff.

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The glossy advertisements that showcase dry scalp remedies typically portray a beautiful model massaging a sudsy shampoo into her scalp. But a good conditioner can be just as effective at treating a dry scalp. Monitoring the ingredients in your conditioner will lead to not only a healthy, itch-free scalp, but a healthy head of hair as well. The days of avoiding dark-colored clothing or refusing to shake your bouncing and behaving hair around someone special will be a thing of the past when you choose the right scalp conditioner.

What Is PH Balance?

On a scale of one to 14, the pH scale indicates whether a substance tends to be acidic, neutral or basic. A substance high in acid has a low pH number, and a substance that is more basic, or alkaline, has a higher pH number. A conditioner with a low or high pH value pulls away moisture from the skin and scalp, leaving a dry, irritated head. A conditioner with a neutral or slightly lower pH balance of five or six is generally considered key to helping a scalp that needs more moisture to be itch-free and flake-free.

Additional Ingredients

Your dry scalp may need more help than a traditional conditioner can provide. Depending on the severity of the dry skin and if dandruff is present, consider conditioners and shampoos with an additive that helps your skin and scalp stay moisturized, balanced and itch-free. These additives can include, tar, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione or ketoconazole. If you find that over-the-counter conditioners don't work, your physician can recommend a stronger scalp treatment that requires a prescription.

Conditioner Application

Almost as important as selecting the right conditioner, applying it properly aids in maintaining a healthy scalp. Pour an amount that is about the size of a quarter in your palm and then rub your hands together. Finger-comb the conditioner through your hair, beginning at the scalp, You can also use a wide-tooth comb to coat the strands and ends with conditioner. Allow the conditioner to remain on your hair for one to five minutes before rinsing thoroughly, ensuring that any trace of greasy conditioner is washed away. During the waiting period, you can shave your legs or work on your plan for world peace.

Dry Scalp Causes

Myriad culprits can contribute to dry skin and a dry scalp. Winter weather causes you to dial up the thermostat to warm the house, which can then overheat and pull moisture from the air, leaving you with dry skin. Medical conditions, including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and malassezia can also cause a dry scalp. Medical conditions may require more than a conditioner with the proper pH value. If you’re prone to washing your hair or showering more than once a day, dry skin may result, so if possible, wash and condition your hair every other day or just once a day, if necessary.

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