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Dry Scalp African American Baby

My son has very thick hair and has recently started scratching his scalp. We thought it was cute at first, until we noticed it became relatively often during the course of the day. When we wash his hair we use an infant shampoo (by Mennen) that makes his hair very soft and we like that. However, we have noticed that over the last couple of weeks the scratch of the hair has been pretty consistent.

Looking for any suggestions on how to relieve him of the itch. He doesn't cry or fuss at all, but we believe his scalp is truly itchy rather than just a new behavior he's begun to exhibit.

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Hi T.,
I would try the Aveeno Baby Shampoo or the Just for Me Shampoo. For the scalp I would use the Just For Me Scalp Conditioner and Hair Dress. It really helps with dry scalp.

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Hi T.,
I would try the Aveeno Baby Shampoo or the Just for Me Shampoo. For the scalp I would use the Just For Me Scalp Conditioner and Hair Dress. It really helps with dry scalp.

Hey T.
I recommend you check out www.Carolsdaughter.com Lisa Price has created a line of natural products and has recommendations for children and people of color for hair and skin. I've used several products on my 2 girls and myself and I like it. Once you click on her site go to hair and kids hair products and tips. She also created products for people with excema...her son has it.

One of my African American friends once told me she uses all natural products on her daughter's skin & scalp. You can use almond oil or coconut oil. These can be found at a health food store or market. I've also heard you can use olive oil, but my friend swore by the almond and coconut, right after a bath, in thin layers until the skin feels moisturized. I think safflower oil and grapeseed oil are used for massage, but I'm not sure how well they work to moisturize dry skin and hair. Also be sure he's drinking enough water and staying hydrated. Good luck.


My son had an itchy scalp and I used 'Baby Don't Bald' which was recommended by a friend, who is a beautician. It's not very easy to find, but you will most likely find it in the smaller beauty supply stores. Sally's does not carry the product, but you can order it online. Just do a google search.

You should try oil for his scalp and hair. Also, limit hair washing to about once a week. I am not sure of your son's age. My son use to have very thick hair, but when he was around two I cut it. He is almost four now, I keep it cut low. I can was his hair more now, because there is not much there. I still oil his hair/scalp daily.

Not sure what you may use as either a conditioner and/or grooming/maintenance after you shampoo...but you can make your own with a little olive oil/jojoba oil and add some tea tree essential oil. Tea tree is very helpful in relieving dry scalp - you can massage it through after shampooing as well as between shampoos...Natural & safe and good for everyone in the fam!

Our toddler scratches too. We took her to a dermatologist who prescribed a shampoo and oil. We used the shampoo, so far just a little scratching, but I'm not comfortable with the oil since it is a steroid. Try using shea butter or virgin coconut oil on his scale daily.

Hello T.,

I am a Caucasian mom with a beautiful adopted multi-race little girl (5). One thing that I had to learn is that our hair is very different and needs to be treated in different ways. For example, I wash my hair everyday or else it becomes very greasy – this is not the case for my daughter. Her hair becomes dryer each day and washing it actually increases the dryness of the hair – which I should think would lead to an itchy scalp. I wash her hair maybe once every three days – and put leave in conditioner in her hair twice a day – morning and before bedtime. Find a good leave in conditioner/grease/ oil for your son. This can be tricky – thus all of the different recommendations – different products work better for different hair. Good luck!


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