What to Do About Dry Scalp

itchy scalp
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. 
zakias moroccon
mud mask
clay mask

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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37 comments:

  1. my husband has such a dry scalp we've been to several doctors including skin doctors and nothing has helped. feel soo bad for him :( poor guy. thanks for the tips!

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    1. It's the worst! I have been to so many doctors too, but nothing helps. Hope that you two can find a solution!

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  2. This is great! I also try to use a blow dryer only sparingly so it can be hard to keep both hair and scalp happy.

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    1. One day they will come up with a non-damaging solution!

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  3. I actually don't have to worry about super wet hair as mine tends to dry up very quickly. It's keeping it moist to do hair styles that annoy me. Also, you could try a few drops of genuine tea tree oil and a weekly head massage.

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    1. You are so lucky then! Thick hair can be the worst sometimes. It seems to have gotten better now that I have SERIOUSLY thinned my hair at the salon. I'll have to give that a try!

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  4. I started using a mud mask for my face last year. I heard that it can be good for the hair but I didn't know exactly why. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. Great tips. I used to always put my hair in a bun wet, too. That's gross that it could cause yeast! ick!

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    1. Seriously, it makes me cringe thinking about it.

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  6. Great tips- I've been lucky to always have no scalp problems but I'll make sure to keep it that way!

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  7. Great post! My scalp tends to get dry in our frigid winters here. As a "curly hair don't care" girl, I can't run a brush through my hair at night..LOL! Once after a shower while wet is when I comb through it. ;)

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    1. Agreed, the winter definitely make my scalp worse! I also have the problem of brushing it when it's dry with my wavy hair!

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  8. Dry scalp is the absolute worst! My son has really dry scalp and I feel so bad for the little guy when it irritates him.

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  9. Great tips. So how is the wet brush REALLY TRULY different? It looks just like every other brush.

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    1. It is a TON different. If doesn't have the small bumps at the end of the bristles which can catch on knots and pull out hair. Hair when wet can be pulled out more easily. This is why a comb works well. The bristles are also strong, not fine hair. This helps it get straight to the scalp.

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  10. Woah, I had no idea brushing and heat would be so helpful for dry scalp!

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  11. I never thought about making sure to dry the scalp! That could be the source of my problems! Ha. Great tips!

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  12. Dry scalp is very irritating to get. Thank you for sharing this great tips.

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  13. This post reminds me that I have not taken so good care of my scalp. Thanks for the tips.

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  14. thanks for sharing! I do have a lot of issues with dry scalp!

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    1. They are the worst, huh? Do you know why you have dry scalp?

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  15. Thanks for this! I've been dealing with terrible dry scalp lately.

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  16. I learned something new and that is to brush hair with a wet brush after shampooing/etc.
    Thanks for sharing this

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    1. You're so welcome, thank you for letting me know it helped!

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  17. Thanks for this article, I will need to try these tips!

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  18. Great tips for a dry scalp. I will certainly be trying them. Thanks

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