Question: How can I treat dry scalp?

My hair is perfectly fine. It holds moisture. It's healthy. My problem is my scalp is dry. It's eczema. It does not itch. It's just dry. I've tried light oils heavy oils and and I'm still struggling with dry scalp. - Arlewis2186, Type 4b

Answer:

According to Dr. Kari Williams, Licensed Trichologist and Natural Hair Expert

Dry scalp is very frustrating. Eczema of the scalp can be treated with a salicylic acid based shampoo. The salicylic acid exfoliates and helps to remove the dry scales from the scalp caused by your eczema. I typically recommend Neutrogena T-Sal to my clients. When using the shampoo, apply it directly to your scalp, allow it to sit 10-15 minutes then rinse it out completely. Now medicated shampoos are drying so make sure you follow up with your moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioner to replenish your strands with much needed moisture. When you complete your shampoo regimen massage coconut oil and jojoba oil into the scalp. If you are not into mixing your own oils try Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Minoi Oil. Incorporate the medicated shampoo into your regimen once a week for one month. If the condition improves use it only when needed.

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Dr. Kari is one of the leading voices in the natural hair care movement. She is the newly appointed Vice President of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Dr. Kari is also a Board Certified Trichologist, Licensed Natural Hair Care Specialist, Barber, Master Loctician and owner of Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon and Trichology Clinic in Beverly Hills, California.