Treating a dry flaky scalp - dry scalp treatment

A dry flaky scalp can have a number of causes from harsh winter weather to extreme heat or just not the right hair care products.

A little TLC and the right products can go a long way toward restoring moisture to dry hair and scalp.

All skin cells shed, and the skin cells of the scalp are no exception. But sometimes so many scalp skin cells are shed that they become noticeable as tiny white flakes in your hair and on your shoulders. If you have a dry, flaky scalp - especially if the flaking is confined to the top of the head, the hairline, or the back of the neck, and the flakes are tiny and white - the cause may be as simple as dry winter weather or the way you take care of your hair.

Here's how to fix your problem by making these changes to your hair care routine:

Shampoo the right way. Winter ushers in dry air, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. It also helps to limit how often you shampoo. Too frequent shampooing can strip the scalp of moisture from its natural oils. Use only a little shampoo each time. Too much makes it harder to rinse it all out and any shampoo left behind dries and flakes off.

Turn down the heat. Too much heat on the scalp can irritate it and dry it out making it even flakier. Taking long showers that are hot can also add to the problem. The same goes for overusing a blow dryers and curling irons. Instead, shower with warm not hot water and let your hair dry either naturally or let it dry 75% and then blow dry.

Massage your scalp. This increases blood flow to the scalp it also helps clear any blocked pores and that can release the scalps natural oil. A scalp massage also loosens dry skin cells, making them easier to wash away.

Wear a hat if you live in a warm hot climate or are going to visit a warm hot climate. Getting sunburn on your scalp adds to its dryness. Cover your head with a hat when you're in the sun.

Flaking can also be due to other conditions such as dandruff which makes the skin cells flake off, but they are usually oily rather than dry. If heavy dandruff is accompanied by intense scalp itching, the problem may be a form of eczema called Seborrheic eczema, which causes irritated skin to become red and inflamed. Scalp psoriasis also causes flaking, but the scalp is typically itchy and irritated and the flakes, or scales, are silvery. If you think you have one of those conditions visit a dermatologist to see if there is a medical reason behind your flakes. He or she can prescribe medications for eczema or psoriasis if it turns out that you have one of those conditions.

When it comes to banishing dry flaky scalp, the solution is a one - two punch of adding moisture and protecting your scalp and hair from extreme cold or heat.

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