I have a dry sometimes flaky scalp and dry tresses that seem to be thinning through the sides and on top. Is it vitamin efficiency?

A dry, flaky scalp is usually the result of the accumulation of dirt, smoke and air pollutants on its surface and insufficient oiling and nourishment. Excessive shampooing may also render the scalp dry as commercial hair care products contain harsh chemicals. Using blow driers regularly also dries up the natural moisture on the scalp and consequently makes it dry and flaky. Nutritional deficiencies may also be responsible for this condition. A dry scalp is essentially undernourished and therefore breaks into think flakes commonly known as dandruff. It also causes the roots of the hair to grow weak and leads to hair loss.

There are several effective home remedies to treat this condition. One of the most popular ways of preventing your scalp from becoming too dry is to soak your hair and scalp in some apple cider vinegar after washing it with a mild shampoo, and rinsing it off with water after a few minutes. If your scalp also feels itchy, you should oil is with lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils, as they soothe and nourish the scalp naturally. For another remedy, soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water overnight. The next morning, grind the seeds to a fine paste and apply this paste all over your scalp. After about 15 minutes, rinse your hair with a solution of a few soap nuts soaked overnight in water. Before the final rinse, add a few drops of lime juice to the water and soak your hair for a few minutes in this solution. This remedy produces excellent results on dry, flaky scalp if followed regularly. Scratching makes an itchy scalp hurt, so mash a ripe guava and apply it on your scalp if the problem is severe. Guava has natural analgesic, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help soothe the fine bruises on the scalp. Application of the juice of aloe vera leaves is another popular and effective remedy for naturally moisturizing and soothing a dry, flaky scalp. It is also crucial that diet included sources of B and C vitamins, as these are necessary for maintaining a healthy scalp. Eat lots of fresh fruits and green, leafy vegetables in order to supply these nutrients to your scalp through the bloodstream. This will not only make your scalp soft and well nourished but also induce the hair follicles to produce stronger hairs in greater numbers, thereby solving the problem of hair loss.

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