In this post I want to share some of the most awesome remedies I’ve found for dry and flaky scalp. I would like to specifically point out that I’ll be focusing on only dry and flaky scalp issue -not dandruff. If you aren’t sure which one you have, I’d highly recommend reading this article from Healthline. At first I mistakenly assumed that I had dandruff and started using anti-dandruff products, which further aggrevated the issue of dryness. I’ve researched the hell out of this and finally developed a great routine that helped me. Hopefully this post will help you in some way!
I need to explain a little bit about my issue of dry and flaky scalp, possible causes of the problem, and what I’ve tried without success. My scalp is same sensitive as my skin, so I’ve always felt that some products were better or worse, but never truly focused on it. I have normal mid-length hair, which is quite thick, and over the years I’ve tried a lot of different shampoos, conditioners, and masks (both high-end and drugstore). My hair gets oily after 2-3 days after wash.
I first noticed dryness and flaking when I started growing my bangs out – the part changed and areas of my scalp that were usually covered, now were more exposed to sun and dry air (it was during the fall). I used excellent coconut oil on my scalp to help with the dryness, but it didn’t make much of a difference, same as a variety of masks. The flakes I noticed were very dry, which meant that it almost certainly wasn’t dandruff, but seeing that the issue wasn’t going away, I tried anti-dandruff treatments – all futile. That’s when I started really digging into this topic and found the suggestion to use scalp scrubs to help renew the skin. Tried those too – the problem got even worse. I’ve started then reading about each product I could find for dry, sensitive, and flaky scalp and finally found 4 products that helped me get rid of the problem completely. I sinserely hope that my experience will help someone who’s equally distressed and baffled by this problem.
Here are my personal heroes:
1 – Herbal Essences Agran Oil of Morocco Repair Shampoo. I’ve been on the hunt for a good shampoo for frequent use. I’ve tried various shampoos without sulfates, but they didn’t wash my hair good enough and irritates my scalp even more. So one day I decided to try Herbal Essences and it magically was IT! This shampoo is gentle on the scalp, washes hair very well, leaving it fresh for minimum 48h, and smells beautiful. The price is also an advantage – on Amazon it’s around $15 for a set of 20fl oz (600ml) of both shampoo and conditioner.
2 – Hair massaging silicone brush. This might look like a medieval torture device, but it’s the best thing that happened to my scalp in recent year:
The bristles are made of very soft silicone, the handle and the whole brush is plastic. When I wash my hair, I first make sure that the hair is soaking wet, then apply shampoo and foam it, then start massaging the scalp with this brush for 2-3min. Then rinse off with lukewarm water. I find that this little thing works better than any scrub I’ve tried because its bristles are soft, but they get in there and remove the dead skin cells very well. Massaging the scalp also helps by increasing the blood flow and better nourishment of the area.
I’ve used it for a year already and it’s good as new. The price is also very satisfying for such a useful tool – got it on Aliexpress for $2! Seriously makes me so mad that I haven’t bought it earlier it’s made a huge difference.
3 – Sports Research Biotin Made With Coconut Oil 5,000mcg. To help nourish the skin from the inside, I chose biotin. At first I used the same brand, but 10,000mcg and noticed the difference after around 2 weeks. After finishing that one, I made a break and then bought this one just to support my hair, skin, and nails. This supplement is formulated with coconut oil and is vegan. I got mine on iHerb for $14.95, but it’s cheaper on Amazon – $11.22.
4 – Derma-E Scalp Relief Conditioner. Has the best ingredients for dry and irritated scalp (click on the image to enlarge it in a new tab):
It does literally everything it promises (how often does it happen in cosmetics and beauty products? sadly, not so often). It leaves hair and scalp feeling squeaky clean, but moisturized. I got it on iHerb at $9.4, but now it says that it’s unavailable. Found it on Amazon at $11, but the packaging is different. Fingers crossed hoping they didn’t change the formula, but just changed the packaging!
In my upcoming post I want to share strategies that helped me solve the issue of scalp dryness – stay tuned!
See you soon,