Remove Itchy Flaky Patches
Do you Have Itchy Flaky Scalp?
My guess is if you are reading this post, either you or a loved one is miserable over the constant itching on the Scalp. The common problem is that the itching is followed by flakiness. Most people will run to the store for a bottle of “Dandruff Shampoo.” In most cases that I have seen over the past 28 years, itchy Scalp is caused by an oily scalp.
The Difference Between Dandruff and Oil Scalp Build up
Allergic reaction to Products (Contact Dermatitis)
Stems from other Scalp Conditions such as scalp psoriasis and eczema
Dry Skin/ Dry Scalp
A yeast-like fungal infection (Malassezia) that feeds on oils on the Scalp
Oily Scalp Build Up-
Often oily scalp build-up occurs in furnace season
Occurs from not shampooing often enough
Using a shampoo that produces more greasiness
Working out, sweating, and letting the Oil dry on the Scalp.
I encourage you to see a Board Certified Dermatologist if you have any of the following:
You have Scaling on the Scalp
You’ve tried everything, including what I am about to suggest, with no relief
A Doctor may need to prescribe for you a medicated shampoo that offers tar or salicylic acid more potent than what the Grocery Store provides.
As I previously mentioned, your hair and Scalp are an extension of what is happening internally in your body. A single strand can produce everything from vitamin deficiencies to significant disease. Thyroid conditions and medications will mess with your scalp and hair health. As well as seeking a solution for the end game problem of itchy flaky Scalp, please consider speaking to your doctor about a physical if you have ongoing scalp issues. You will want to get to the root cause of the problem. Your Scalp and its health is merely the effect and also vitally important to non-hereditary hair loss.
Before putting the cart before the horse, let’s consider a natural, easy way to see if you can’t improve your situation.
Shampoo For Oily Scalp
Many shampoos have too many ingredients! When you are looking for a shampoo for oily scalp, fewer ingredients are best. Sometimes people are confused by dry scalp oily hair. The oily scalp will cause hair to be oily, but not the other way around. The simplest answer is that hair is dead. Just like your fingernails. That is why hair and nails do not hurt to cut. (Maybe just emotionally)
Many people swear by Home Remedies, including Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, and Apple Cider Vinegar. I have found that using Jojoba Oil is an easy and effective way to eliminate itchy, Flaky Scalp. It doesn’t seem to sting, burn, or make anything worse with clients I have used it on. Let me reiterate if you have no improvement, call a doctor!
You can begin to experience hair loss from oil build-up. Really and truly. The most extreme case I’ve seen recently was a new referral that came in. My client was devastated by the thinning of hair. It killed her self-esteem! No one taught her how to take care of her Scalp. First, I applied jojoba oil and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Next, I gently used a comb to scratch her Scalp, and the build-up was coming off. She continued doing follow up treatments at home and using the products I prescribed. She came in 6 weeks later, and even I was shocked at the change in her hair! Three months later, it was unbelievably better. More importantly, so was her self-confidence
So simple. Natural. AND it didn’t cost a fortune. Sometimes we just need to simplify our beauty routines.
There are cases when I ask the client to make an appointment with a dermatologist!! I certainly am not a 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 to treat flaky patches of oil build up on the Scalp
- Get pure Jojoba Oil and rub it into the Scalp 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 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 cold water.
- Remember this is for your SCALP health. Overly chemically treated hair needs a 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 often hear from clients that conditioner weighs their hair down. A conditioner is so crucial for chemically treated hair. Try using less. (Professional products- a little goes a long way) and or rinse 10 –15 seconds longer than you usually would.
- If this is not your profile, then it could be psoriasis, eczema, or contact dermatitis. It is essential to see a doctor to make sure you do not have some underlying autoimmune issues.