I have been dealing with dry scalp for years. The first time I saw a flake in my freshly curled hair, I wanted to die of embarrassment. "My hair is clean!" I thought to myself. It was hard to shake the feeling of insecurity and knowing that others might view my hair is dirty if they saw the flakes.
Trial and error.
Trial and error.
Dry scalp shampoo, and everything else over the counter was not working for me!
Until recently, I went to get my first scalp treatment, when I received some answers.
1. ALWAYS brush your hair. Brush it before bed, when you wake up, before taking a shower, and even after (just make sure to use a wet brush!). By brushing hair, you will give your scalp room to breathe, as well as get any excess residue from products off the skin. By brushing before showering, it will prepare the scalp to be thoroughly washed, and an after brush (with a wet brush or comb) will help get anything out that wasn't washed out before.
2. Wash thoroughly, scrub with fingers, even use a special shampoo. After my appointment, I went and found this mud mask. It is a Moroccan clay powder from Zakias that just needs to be mixed with water. The clay mask can be used to exfoliate the body, but I used it to exfoliate particularly my scalp. I just added water (half powder, half water mixture), stirred, then applied to the roots of my hair. The fine powder is able to exfoliate better than I could by just using my hands. Try not to scratch with your fingernails, but use the pads of your fingers to push the mud mask around on the scalp area. It is important to note that this isn't going to help your hair feel better, in fact, if not washed out, it can leave a gross grainy feeling to hair. This mask is used to scrub the scalp.
3. Dry the scalp. This was a mistake I made way too many times. I like to air dry my hair and minimize the use of the blow dryer. Often, after taking a shower, I would pull my wet hair into a bun. This made it hard for my scalp to ever get dry, which is a huge no-no. This can be a heyday for yeast, which causes itching, overproduction of skin cells, and flakes. GROSS. I know. I can't believe I am sharing that with you. Moral of the story-- dry your scalp. Now, I take the blow dry and do a quick blow through the roots. This will keep the scalp dry, and also create volume so that your skin can get air.
I hope I can help at least one confused soul about their hair. These are the top three tricks that have worked for me. My head now doesn't get itchy, flakes less, and I don't have to be insecure.
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