Proeducts to Help Dry Scalp

Hello curlies, I've been having an issue with persistent dry scalp and I was wondering if any of you know of a way to get my scalp back to a healthy state?

Before I went natural I would get relaxers which didn't seem to hurt my scalp too much but my dry scalp really started after I colored my hair for the first time (which happened to be a week after a relaxer).

However, chemicals haven't touched my head in 2 years and I co-wash about once a week and wash with a sulfate free shampoo once or twice a month (SheaMoisture Raw Shea line) and yet I still have itchy and flaky spots on my scalp.

I know that this isn't Dandruff (there's a difference) so I'm confused as to why the dry scalp has persisted for so long. The only thing that seems to help my head go the longest without itching between washes is leaving a little bit of ACV rinse in.

Any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Keratin Treated Curly-Springy 3-B -3C Hair.
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Majorly healthy hair since my BC 09/2012!
My hair goal is reached! Tresses I can maintain on my own!
I know Head and Shoulders has sulfate, however if you wash your hair multiple times a week, wash it once with head and shoulders! I don't have dandruff but it really helps when my scalp gets itchy. Just wash it once with the H&S and wash how you normally do and see if it helps any. Good luck!
-Bella
I have an itchy scalp too. I found that water spritzing twice a day & keeping my scalp oiled has helped me. But I'm sure head & shoulders will help too.
Hello curlies, I've been having an issue with persistent dry scalp and I was wondering if any of you know of a way to get my scalp back to a healthy state?

Before I went natural I would get relaxers which didn't seem to hurt my scalp too much but my dry scalp really started after I colored my hair for the first time (which happened to be a week after a relaxer).

However, chemicals haven't touched my head in 2 years and I co-wash about once a week and wash with a sulfate free shampoo once or twice a month (SheaMoisture Raw Shea line) and yet I still have itchy and flaky spots on my scalp.

I know that this isn't Dandruff (there's a difference) so I'm confused as to why the dry scalp has persisted for so long. The only thing that seems to help my head go the longest without itching between washes is leaving a little bit of ACV rinse in.

Any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Originally Posted by The cUrLY Mess
Have you had a formal diagnosis? That does not sound like xerosis (simple dry scalp) to me given it was triggered by chemical processing twice in short period, more likely some form of dermatitis (atopic, seborrhoeic, contact can all occur on the scalp). You can't really effectively self treat based on a self diagnosis, you risk worsening the problem - for example certain natural oils and butters may work well for atopic eczema but feed the malassezia yeast in seborrhoeic dermatitis, tea tree can help mild SD but irritate in contact dermatitis.

You can reduce any inflammation, calm any inappropriate immune response and strengthen the ski's barrier function with diet modification, look at your intake of oily fish, sugar and white/ refined carbs particularly.

Never ever scratch, use cold compresses to relieve the itching or you can get stuck in the 'itch-scratch cycle'. Limit heat so steaming, sitting in hot towels or washing hair in hot water, all of these can trigger or increase histamine release which will affect the itching.

You are spot on to avoid sulphates as they worsen many dermatological disorders, also look at the pH of all your products, skin likes to be ~5.5 and hair ~4.5, but many are 7 or higher which damages the protective acid mantle. You can e-mail the companies to find out or use cheap pH strips. Oils and butters have no pH only products containing water. Many of Komaza Care products are pH appropriate and they do have curl friendly scalp treatments once you have a diagnosis.

HTH!
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Well my scalp is often dry, so what I do is apple oil to my hair ever other day or too so it does not break off and itch. Some good oil mixtures that I use are vitamin E, tea tree, shea butter, carrot and some others depending on what I have.
I use coconut oil & it works wonders. But I water spritz more than I grease my scalp.
Still trying to figure out dealing my ends.

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