Flaky scalp is a common problem that is often confused with dandruff, since both are characterized by tiny flakes of skin in the hair, and also on shoulders and face. However, these two problems, although similar, are caused by different factors and require different approach in treatment.
Flaky scalp means small white pieces of dead skin that are visible in the hair, especially when it is parted, and they fall on the face and clothes.
What causes flaky scalp?
The most common cause of flaky scalp is dry skin. The skin of the scalp can become dry due to various reasons, for example due to harsh, cold or dry weather. It can also result from too much shampooing or using a shampoo that is not suitable for the specific skin type. Using hot water for showers or shampooing also dries the skin up.
Hair dye, harsh chemicals in hair products, blow during, perms and other hair treatments can cause dry scalp too. This problem can also be caused by pollution, dirt and dust.
Hereditary factors, stress and lack of sebum are known for being factors that may lead to flaky scalp too.
Fortunately, this problem can be solved easily with simple remedies.
Flaky scalp remedies
Since dry skin is the main culprit for flaky scalp, the person suffering from it should nourish and moisturize it and provide enough oils. Tea tree oil is one of the best for the job, and it is also effective against dandruff. This oil lubricates and moisturizes the scalp and it also has antiseptic properties. Adding some tea tree oil to a regular shampoo will solve the problem in only a few weeks.
Olive oil works great too. It can be applied to the scalp and to the roots of the hair and left overnight.
Apple cider vinegar is a remedy that does wonders for many different ailments, and it is one of the most effective for flaky scalp. The trick is to mix 2 parts vinegar and 1 part lukewarm water, adding some rosemary oil too, and then massage into the scalp for several minutes before rinsing. The mixture can even be left on to dry on itself; however, the vinegar does smell so this is recommended only if planning to stay in.
Massaging some brewed green tea into the scalp helps too. It should be left on for 20 minutes and then washed off with an oily shampoo. This should be repeated once a week.
Fenugreek seeds also make an excellent remedy for flaky scalp. Three spoons of these seeds should be soaked on water overnight and then drained and ground into a paste. The paste should stay on the scalp for 45 minutes.
Hair should be washed with a mild shampoo twice a week, and it is very important to rinse any residue or shampoo or conditioner, otherwise it will irritate the scalp.