Dry flaky scalp / sugar srubs & oils

I've been having issues with a dry flaky scalp for several months now and it's getting worse. In my 40+ years I have never had this problem before and I'm overwhelmed on how to fix it.

Recently I've tried straight organic vinegar (which stunk to high heaven for DAYS), diluted vinegar, jojoba oil, olive oil, Jane Carters scalp oil and another one I can't remember the name right now.

As far a washing I use CJ Daily Fix, JC Gentle cleanser, WO, CO and I've also made a mixture of olive oil/water/Gentle cleanser. I don't wash every day but do have to wet it daily otherwise I look like a picked buzzard.

I've tried using the oil in the AM but my hair ends up looking greasy. I've tried them at night and rinse them out the AM and get the same thing. I've tried using cool water instead of warm water for rinsing.

So here are my questions;

1) when should I use an oil and how much?

2) how often can I use a sugar scrub (I've done it once using organic brown sugar and olive oil) and it made a difference for like a day.

Any suggestions and or advice on how to make it better would be greatly appreciated.
2b fine texture, normal porosity/elasticity

Are you itchy as well? I have a chronically dry, itchy and flaky scalp. It's gotten better now that I know certain products cause it to flare up!

I've done brown sugar scrubs as often as twice as week but I did them more for the itch factor. Now I do them as needed which is about every two weeks or so. I also add 5-10 drops of rosemary oil to the mixture. I really like my shampoo (Redken Fresh Curls) since it seems more gentle and less stripping than every low poo I've tried!
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: CJ Beauticurls, CJ A&OO, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: Mop C, KCCC, SCE FSG
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

Are you itchy as well? I have a chronically dry, itchy and flaky scalp. It's gotten better now that I know certain products cause it to flare up!

I've done brown sugar scrubs as often as twice as week but I did them more for the itch factor. Now I do them as needed which is about every two weeks or so. I also add 5-10 drops of rosemary oil to the mixture. I really like my shampoo (Redken Fresh Curls) since it seems more gentle and less stripping than every low poo I've tried!
Originally Posted by asianrunner
No itches generally, but today I have them after doing a olive oil & sugar scrub and washing it out with JC Gentle Cleanser

My scalp is just really dry and flaky.
2b fine texture, normal porosity/elasticity

That's so weird! The Jessicurl GLS actually makes me itchy so I had to stop using it.

Maybe cowashing more often?
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: CJ Beauticurls, CJ A&OO, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: Mop C, KCCC, SCE FSG
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

Are you self diagnosing or have you had a professional examine you? A lot of people assume their flaky scalp is simple dryness (xerosis) but that's actually not one of the most common causes of flaking or dandruff and seems unlikely given you are CO-washing and oiling. Other possibilities are irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, eczema (atopic dermatitis) or psoriasis.

Several of these conditions are inflammatory (the suffix -itis = inflammation) so scrubbing at your scalp frequently is not a wise idea because it increases the inflammatory response and will damage the skin's barrier function (keeps water in, microbes and chemicals out). Also olive oil is a rich source of oleic acid, a fatty acid which is implicated as an irritant in certain skin complaints. The composition your own sebum can either be directly irritant or can feed yeasts on the skin so water only may not be wise.

Really you need a formal diagnosis before you identify the correct treatment. In the mean time review your diet - are you eating a nutrient dense anti inflammatory diet? Plenty of oily fish for long chain omega-3s, low sugar fruits and non starchy vegetables, little sugar or white refined or high GI carbs, limiting omega-6 rich oils? Good nutrition can alter the amount and composition of your sebum, reduce systemic inflammation, calm inappropriate immune responses AND strengthen the skin barrier.

Last edited by Firefox7275; 04-30-2013 at 07:49 AM.

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