Natural Hair:: Flaky Scalp:: Possible Causes and What to do


Heeeey. Hope you are all fabulous!! I received a question today from a reader and wanted to answer it here.  

 I have had a dry flaky scalp and it seems to be getting more so since growing my hair out.. have you had an issue with this? If so, what did you do? Thanks!

I’ve had a dry scalp when my hair was relaxed. It could have been because I used a lot of products that I’ve since learned clog pores. After my big chop in 2008 to now, I’ve not had an issue with my scalp being dry or flaky. Here is some information I’ve gathered over the years that I hope help answer your question.

 A dry flaky scalp can be caused by a number of things, including the weather and or the products you are using. Dry Scalp is usually treatable when you give your hair added moisture and eliminate certain products from your regimen. You will need to identify or narrow down what could be the cause of your specific issue before it can be dealt with properly.

What causes Flaky Dry Scalp?

Dandruff is not the result of dry hair, it is caused by an oily scalp. You can usually differentiate dandruff from dry scalp by the size of the flakes. Dandruff flakes are larger and white. Your scalp may itch but it will not be inflamed or tender. Treatment::  Increasing the frequency of shampooing your hair will help; use a shampoo that has ingredients to specifically treat dandruff. I’m an advocate of natural products so I’d recommend, JASON, dandruff relief shampoo. It has tea tree oil, neem and rosemary in it.

Product build up (especially products with mineral oil, petroleum and other pore clogging ingredients) can also cause flaky, dry scalp. These flakes are not dead skin cells at all, but gels, conditioner, hair grease, or other products you’ve used that are mixed with your skin cells. Treatment: Begin to use a clarifying shampoo to rid your scalp of the residual ingredients. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner as clarifying shampoos strip your hair. ( makes it squeaky clean but also has a tendency to be drying)

Dead skin cells fall off and are replaced by new skin cells. When this process of shedding is faster than normal, you will notice flakes on your scalp. If your flakes are because of dry skin, you will most likely have dry skin on other parts of your body. The flakes are dry, small, and white. Not washing your hair often enough can lead to excess oil and more rapidly producing flakes. Treatment: Use a hydrating shampoo for dry hair and scalp. Gently massage your scalp, using only your finger tips not your NAILS, to remove the flakes and increase circulation to the area. (Scratching your scalp is never a good idea, it has a counter effect)

TIP 1 :  Never apply products directly to your scalp. Our scalp creates its own oils, no need to apply hair grease or pomades to it.

TIP 2: Our scalp can get sunburned; if you’ve been in the sun more than usual or take long hot  showers; limit both to see if it helps with your journey to a non-flaky scalp.

Finally, if you give your scalp a little more TLC and your flakes are still there, it may be time to call your dermatologist.

I hope this helps. If you need more information or if you have any other questions, send them to me @ enjoyingthejourneys@gmail.com or comment on this post.

Thanks for reading and subscribing to Enjoying The Journeys.

~Kristi

The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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