How to remove itchy, flaky patches on the scalp
Treating flaky patches of oil build up on the scalp
- Get pure Jojoba Oil and rub it into the area on dry hair. Jojoba oil is not like coconut oil, olive oil or any other oil for that matter. Jojoba oil is a drying oil. If you do indeed have an oil build up, the Jojoba will break down your build up. (Let sit for 10-20 minutes)
- Shampoo your hair with a good cleansing sulfate free shampoo. Scrub your scalp generously. (Don’t get too crazy though- you do not want to produce more oil) Make sure your scalp is clean. Repeat if you are unsure. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse preferably with cool water.
- Remember this is for your SCALP health. If your hair is overly chemically treated, you can use up the rest of your color preserving shampoo on the ends.
- Follow with conditioner if you have color treated hair. You NEED a conditioner. Leave the conditioner off your scalp. Work the conditioner through the mid shaft and ends. Let sit a few minutes. Follow with a cool water rinse. NOTE- I hear often from clients that conditioner weighs their hair down. A conditioner is so important for chemically treated hair. Try using less. (Professional products- a little goes a long way) and or rinse 10 – 15 seconds longer than you normally would.
Other than being itchy and flaky, why does this matter?
You can begin to experience hair loss from this build up. The most extreme case I’ve seen recently was a new referral that came in. She was devastated at the thinning of her hair. It killed her self-esteem! After treating her scalp in the salon, her doing follow up treatments at home and prescribing the right products, she came in 6 weeks later, and I was even shocked at the change in her hair! Three months later, it was unbelievably better. So was her self-confidence! (That’s always the greatest reward for me)
So simple. Natural. AND it didn’t cost a fortune. Sometimes we just have to simplify our beauty routines.
Now, all this being said. There are cases when I ask the client to make an appointment with a dermatologist!! I certainly am no doctor. Just doing hair for a VERY long time. Not all derms are created equal! Do your research and find one that specializes in hair. They are few and far between but are increasing in number as the medical community is recognizing a need for more specialists as women are having more and more scalp and hair issues.
How do I know if it is oil build up?
Do you have oily skin?
Do you have to shampoo daily, or you are like an oil slick?
Are you using heavy shampoo and conditioner from the grocery store? (Some of your biggest brands use very cheap ingredients)
What causes oil build up?
Using the wrong products. Either too much moisture or cheap ingredients.
Time of year. (The summer when it is hot out or the winter when the furnace is on, and you sweat more at night.)
If this is not your profile, then it could be psoriasis, eczema, or contact dermatitis. It is important to see a doctor make sure you do not have some underlying autoimmune issue.
That being said, Jojoba oil helped my little nephew’s patches of itchy eczema clear up, and several of my clients who couldn’t seem to shake it. It’s worth giving the miracle Jojoba oil a go.