The flakes, the inflammation, the sound of your fingernails against your dessert dry scalp. Does this all sound vaguely familiar? Well, chances are that you have experienced a dry, itchy scalp. A dry itchy scalp can be frustrating and almost incessant to say the least. Many naturals try to figure out how to keep their hair moisturized while still maintaining a clean scalp.
Washing frequently is important but not too frequently since this can further dry out the hair and give it split ends. Using an oil or butter can be helpful but using too much product can weigh down the hair and clog the scalp’s pores. Not to mention, many naturals try to think of a shampoo that will clean the scalp but not leave their hair striped. This leaves many naturals having to figure out a delicate balancing act.
In other instances, there are cases where a dry, itchy scalp is being misdiagnosed. Particularly in the African-American community, we have a tendency to label every scalp ailment as a dry, itchy scalp when at times it can be more than that. Seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis can be among these potential conditions. In regards to these conditions, it is always best to consult a physician. If your worried about your hair drying out from any medicated shampoos, then steaming, protective styling, a leave-in, and deep conditioning will be helpful in infusing moisture back into the hair.
From personal experience, I have found that weekly washing helps remedy my problem. I wash one week with Shea Moisture’s Deep Cleansing Shampoo and co-wash the next with Tresemme Naturals. This keeps my scalp clean and my moisture levels regulated. I like using Natural Oasis grease which contains all natural oils and unrefined beeswax. Some naturals are dead set against grease of any kind but I have found this to help keep my scalp and hair moisturized.
Many times when naturals begin their hair journey, they focus so much on their hair that they forget about the health of their scalp. Ultimately, hair grows from the follicles of the scalp. In order to reach that waist length hair you’ve been dreaming about or to just have healthy hair grow in, you might want to look at the scalp for the answers.