View Full Version : Solutions for Dry, Flaky, Itchy Scalp


curlygirl8
06-01-2009, 10:40 AM
I have met with a lot of women who have complained about dry scalp. But believe or not, dry scalp can often be the result of the hair care products or the implements we use rather than it being the true state of our hair. When we have hair problems, we usually try different products that we think may help to solve the issue, but it can be something as simple as changing the way we take care of our hair and scalp. Dry scalp may not really be dry but could be from over washing the hair or not rinsing it well enough. You could also be using products that contain extremely drying cleansing agents or using products that contain irritating plant extracts.


For women who have hair that is wavy, curly, coarse or kinky, treating dry scalp is easier than other hair types because it doesn't become limp or heavy when you apply emollient conditioners. With that being said, the best way to resolve dry scalp is to treat it as you would dry skin anywhere else on your body. This will be the only time I would recommend "greasing the scalp." In my book Girl, Get Your Hair Back! I explain why not to do that. But for those who truly have dry scalp, use a lightweight moisturizer and apply it to your scalp.


Flaky, Dry Scalp
If the flaking you are experiencing isn't related to dandruff or scalp dermatitis, then there can be other causes. It could be the buildup of styling products coming off in sheets. For this, all you would have to do is cut back on the amount of styling products and keep them away from the scalp. Apply a little moisturizer to the scalp and use a 2 in 1 shampoo. The shampoo avoids over conditioning normal hair but provides enough conditioner for the scalp.


A Trick for Itchy Dry Scalp
I have a girlfriend who is constantly scratching, slapping or beating her scalp because it is so itchy. You can treat your scalp as you do the rest of the skin on your body. Just by using a little over-the-counter cortisone cream and message it into the scalp should work just fine. My friend tried it and she said it works!

Tall, Black Canadian
06-01-2009, 03:08 PM
I use an oil and aloe blend on my dd's dry scalp. She finds it soothing and I like that it's natural.

Maraquinn
06-01-2009, 05:37 PM
Try tea tree oil. I've used it and it's very cooling/soothing to the scalp. You can just add it to shampoo or mix it with some water if you want.

Tea tree oil is supposed to help with the fungus that builds up on your scalp that causes dandruff flakes. You can buy it in pretty much any drug store or beauty supply store.

Amina
06-01-2009, 07:06 PM
I need a remedy for my scalp...I have seborrheic dermatitis though and I'm struggling to find something that will consistently work for my scalp. I get monstrous flakes sometimes, it is horrible :( My dermatologist says neither oils nor grease will help my scalp issues

ashleyjones008
06-01-2009, 07:23 PM
I started out using tea tree oil and it helped stop my scalp from being incredibly itchy. I ran out but I continued to use my coconut oil and that too has helped. I find it isnt necessary spending money on seperate shampoo/conditioners when the oils are much friendlier on my hair...besides none of those dandruff shampoos ever worked for me anyway.

bloempie19
06-03-2009, 07:55 AM
I started out using tea tree oil and it helped stop my scalp from being incredibly itchy. I ran out but I continued to use my coconut oil and that too has helped. I find it isnt necessary spending money on seperate shampoo/conditioners when the oils are much friendlier on my hair...besides none of those dandruff shampoos ever worked for me anyway.

Yes tea tree oil is the best. You can also put it in your dc.

Amina
06-03-2009, 10:17 PM
Yes tea tree oil is the best. You can also put it in your dc.


Ok, I think I have to try some tea tree oil. Do you just put it directly on the dry spots on your scalp? Or would you say that putting in your DC works best, or both???

Vermelha
06-04-2009, 04:31 AM
I just wash daily. I just recently started oiling my scalp for massages, which are great!

ashleyjones008
06-04-2009, 09:43 AM
Yes tea tree oil is the best. You can also put it in your dc.

YEP! I love using this as my hot oil treatment.:)

ashleyjones008
06-04-2009, 09:46 AM
Ok, I think I have to try some tea tree oil. Do you just put it directly on the dry spots on your scalp? Or would you say that putting in your DC works best, or both???

I applied it on my scalp (concentrating more on the dry, itchy spots) and on my hair as well as a lone treatment.But, you can add it in your conditioners too & sit under the dryer.

Ms Coco
06-04-2009, 10:33 AM
I've been using tea tree oil and it's been helping a lot.

lcherilus
06-20-2009, 07:58 PM
some good ole castor oil to my scalp normally helps me and just wrap it and tie it up at night

Halibel
06-21-2009, 02:51 AM
I like using shea butter on my scalp, my hair loves it. :)

carolinew
06-24-2009, 09:06 AM
Try Always Hair from Queen of Sheba Beauty Products. It is all natural, and is amazing. It makes your hair GROW, stay soft, and is patented too!! Can't stop reccommending this product!:)

Ms. Bing
06-24-2009, 09:11 AM
[QUOTE=Amina;64948]I need a remedy for my scalp...I have seborrheic dermatitis though and I'm struggling to find something that will consistently work for my scalp. I get monstrous flakes sometimes, it is horrible :( Let me know if you find something I think my daughter may have something like that . I know she has ezcema but her scalp is super dry I can oil and grease it but the next day or 2 its dry agin.

Amina
06-24-2009, 09:53 AM
Let me know if you find something I think my daughter may have something like that . I know she has ezcema but her scalp is super dry I can oil and grease it but the next day or 2 its dry agin.

The oil/grease method on the scalp isn't gonna get rid of it, the dermatologist showed me that. I used to do the same thing and same results. I also had eczema when I was younger. You are going to have to wash her hair at least once a week. Nizoral shampoo (found at walgreens, cvs, etc.) usually works pretty good and its not too strong and doesn't have an odor like the T-Gel (tar) shampoos.
Lately, I haven't had the flakes though...I'm thinking its b/c I've been cowashing often (at least 3x a week) and not using the sulfate/drying out shampoos. I also got some Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree castile soap that I just washed with the other day, but I'm sure that the flakes cut down due to the frequent washing overall.
Thus far, what all have u tried (i.e. dandruff shampoos, etc.)??? Have u asked the derm about it??

Ms. Bing
06-24-2009, 12:31 PM
The oil/grease method on the scalp isn't gonna get rid of it, the dermatologist showed me that. I used to do the same thing and same results. I also had eczema when I was younger. You are going to have to wash her hair at least once a week. Nizoral shampoo (found at walgreens, cvs, etc.) usually works pretty good and its not too strong and doesn't have an odor like the T-Gel (tar) shampoos.
Lately, I haven't had the flakes though...I'm thinking its b/c I've been cowashing often (at least 3x a week) and not using the sulfate/drying out shampoos. I also got some Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree castile soap that I just washed with the other day, but I'm sure that the flakes cut down due to the frequent washing overall.
Thus far, what all have u tried (i.e. dandruff shampoos, etc.)??? Have u asked the derm about it??

You know I am a pj so i have tried many shampoo's . You made a good point when you stated the sulfate ones because I noticed they dry her hair so much. I have been using elucence shampoo and mosiutre conditioner. Its been ok on her hair so far. I also tried the Bonners soap got it on sale at target. I kinda liked it but I am learning to except what may work for my hair is not go work for hers shes a 4b/4c and her hair is so so thick. She has never been to a derm. her dr. is the one that suggest the grease . May be I need to take her to a derm.

Marsy
06-24-2009, 12:50 PM
Gotta try that tea tree oil...my scalp is always itchy, even if I've just shampooed it.

Amina
06-24-2009, 06:07 PM
You know I am a pj so i have tried many shampoo's . You made a good point when you stated the sulfate ones because I noticed they dry her hair so much. I have been using elucence shampoo and mosiutre conditioner. Its been ok on her hair so far. I also tried the Bonners soap got it on sale at target. I kinda liked it but I am learning to except what may work for my hair is not go work for hers shes a 4b/4c and her hair is so so thick. She has never been to a derm. her dr. is the one that suggest the grease . May be I need to take her to a derm.

Oh yes, the dermatologist is a skin specialist for good reason, and I found out quickly that the greasing of the scalp does NOTHING (I can't speak for the tea tree oil though, that seems to help alot of ppl on the forum). My derm says greasing may actually make it worst over time. They prescribe this special clear jelly-like substance that medicates the scalp that works (mom & Gram have used this...the condition is hereditary in my case), also the Nizoral works but sometimes only for so long. Ultimately, I'd say take ur little princess to the derm, if need be ur doctor can refer u to a good one, then go from there :).