The ins and outs of suffering with a flakey scalp

August 28, 2017

It is extremely embarrassing to admit to suffering with a flakey scalp. With the flakey scalp comes greasy hair, itchiness and red skin. However, the flakes are what cause true embarrassment and wearing dark clothing becomes a nightmare. Interestingly, this is a common problem and if you’re suffering with this problem then you’re not alone. But trying to find a quick fix for a flakey scalp is not really possible. There are, of course, many different shampoos and treatments available that claim to solve the problem. In reality, they mostly reduce the issue or are a temporary fix.

So, how do you stop flakey scalp?

Well, you start by understanding why you have it and what is possibly causing it. Finding out what causes a flakey scalp is key to understanding how to treat it. However, there are a variety of reasons for you suffering with scalp flakes. The reason you might suffer with flakey scalp could be vastly different from why your friend, colleague or family member suffers. Some refer to flakey scalp as an allergic reaction where the skin produces more cells than necessary and the overproduction of skin cells results in flakiness. However, the specific reason why you are suffering could be anything from something simple that requires a small change in your daily habits or something more complicated that requires medical attention or the like.

Here’s why you have scalp flakes

Are you one to just leave your hair and not hassle with brushing it? Modern fashion trends don’t insist on neat, slick hairstyles which results in many women opting for a wash and go style. This is easy and unless you’re an air hostess, most companies are not fussy about how you wear your hair. However, this means that many women (and men sporting longer hairstyles) are not brushing their hair as frequently as they should. If you frequently brush your hair you move the oils around on your scalp and disturb any areas of build up and this can help mitigate those irritating white flakes you find falling out of your hair. Similarly, if you’re blow drying your hair too regularly then you’re likely to be drying your scalp out which makes your current case of dandruff even worse. It is best to air dry your hair. Take the opportunity to do this especially when the weather is warm and it is comfortable enough to sport wet hair.

Sometimes the problem is an internal one and if you’re suffering with flakey scalp but nothing seems to help then you need to look inside of your body. Issues like stress can change the chemicals and hormones in your body and this can result in you suffering with a flakey scalp. Also, a vitamin deficiency such as the lack of Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc or vitamin B12 can cause dry scalp and leave you with flakes.

Easy flakey scalp remedies to start doing immediately

Brush your every morning when you wake up and every night before bed to stimulate and exfoliate your scalp. This will also stimulate blood flow which will help to release the natural oils you need to keep your scalp healthy. Also, brush to unclog hair follicles and stimulate hair growth.

Look for an exfoliating shampoo. This is not necessarily an anti-dandruff shampoo although some products might be quite similar. Choose one that suits your hair type, if you have coloured hair then you need one that will protect your colour and not turn your gorgeous blonde highlights yellow. Then, continue to wash your hair frequently and get rid of excess build up. This is why it’s also necessary to use a clarifying shampoo which strips the hair of excess oil build up. And, to really make sure you keep your scalp healthy, treat yourself to a bit of a scalp massage at least once a week or every third wash.

If nothing helps seek out the help of a professional

If you are practising proper hair care and making use of the tips and tricks provided but there’s no improvement then you might have to see a dermatologist. Flakey scalp can’t really be cured but it can be treated and if the easy at-home treatments aren’t working then you might be suffering with the likes of seborrheic dermatitis. This is a skin condition that will need treatment from a professional. Also, these tips and tricks don’t apply to babies or children. Babies can suffer with something similar called cradle cap but you cannot furiously brush your babies hair or treat it with anti-dandruff shampoo. If your baby or little ones are suffering with flakey scalp then make your way to a paediatrician to help them.

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