Dry Scalp - Waterloo,IA

Updated on December 07, 2010
K.A. asks from Waterloo, IA
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I have really dry scalp. I use head and shoulder intense relief and it seems to help but my head still get really itchy at times. What else could I use to help with this?
I forgot to mention I have a sensitive scalp so can I use most of these products that you have said?

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answers from Minneapolis on

I have this same problem in the winter. I recently was looking for similar answers because I wanted to stop using head & shoulders - I wanted something with less chemcials. Someone told me to try tea tree oil and it works really well. I mixed about 1/2 cup water with a few drops of tea tree oil and massaged it into my scalp in the shower. Let it set for a few minutes before rinsing it off. For spot treatments, I have a small container of that same mix and I just dip a cotton ball in it and rub it around on my scalp. You can leave it on. Tea Tree Oil is available at places like GNC.
good luck!

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answers from Norfolk on

I and my son both get dry flaky scalp every so often.
I want to get rid of the build up of dead skin first.
I'll apply mayo on our heads, put on shower caps and we'll watch a movie (about 2 hours).
Then we'll wash the hair.
First time use a soft nail brush or an old tooth brush and gently scrub the scalp. This removes the dry skin that the mayo softened up. Rinse.
Wash hair again, this time add a few dissolved un coated aspirin to the little bit of shampoo you wash your hair with.
Rinse and condition.
Last step is to use a dilute vinegar/water solution to rinse with.
I use apple cider vinegar but any vinegar is fine.
Then rinse one last time with plain water.
The flakes and itching are gone, and my hair is soft and shiny.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I too have incredibly itchy dry skin (not just my head) i had a lady qustion me about lice one time because I was scratching so much.
I now use joico brand shampoo. It is supposed to be one of the more moiturizing shampoos out there. Im not sure if that helps or not. After I shampoo and condition I put in a Redkin leave in conditioner--it is in the blue bottle. That definitely helps. The days I dont put it in, I can tell.



answers from Duluth on

look in the shampoo aisle; check out the dandruff/dry scalp shampoo, and then look for sensitive skin. theres a TON of products out there. OR find a natural foods store, or look online for natural remedies. theres a ton of info out there. you'll find something. the other thing to remember is that its likely due to a naturally present fungus (sounds grosser than it is) so dont hesitate to see your doctor.



answers from Flagstaff on

It sounds like you are stripping too much of the natural oils. The Mayo pack is a good idea as stated by another poster. I also use a vinegar rinse after I wash my hair, but before I put on a bit of conditioner. Peanut butter is also a good hair pack. I've also been using coconut oil as a conditioner before washing my hair. Just use a little massage into your scalp and hair wait an hour or overnight and wash as usual.

My husband was having some dry scalp as well this summer, I made a strong chamomile tea, added 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp honey. Since you are rinsing this out, it shouldn't be a problem. He used it for about a week or so. Honey is also a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air.



answers from Columbus on

Do you do hot oil treatments for your hair--this deep conditions the hair, and a little rubbed into the scalp is also a good thing. V05 has one I've used with good results.

I just switched to a tea tree & mint shampoo with organic ingredients (and I'm one of those that generally buys organic), and I have noticed an immediate difference in my scalp. A lot of the ingredients in most shampoos are really very irritating (and in fact many are banned from use in Europe in similar products).



answers from Chicago on

Hi there~

We moved to IL from TX & my scalp went nutso with the change in weather. Every year now (going on 4) I get an extremely itchy, dry, flaky scalp during the winter. Never having had this issue ever before I wasn't sure what to try and ran the gamut on dandruff products. The ONLY thing that truly helped was Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo & conditioner. Sally Beauty Supply carries it & their own generic. Both seem to work equally well and the shampoo also works well as a body wash. It really helps with the dry, itchy skin that comes with the winters here and my skin feels nice and invigorated to boot. FYI though- the tingle that comes with the shampoo does not feel nice in "sensitive" areas.

Hope this helps! :-)


answers from Dover on

I use Melaleuca Herbal Shampoo. My husband does too and before we switched, his head was very dry/itchy and irriated constantly.



answers from Des Moines on

I have been using WEN hair products by Chaz Dean for over a year now and will never go back to traditional hair care products ever again. My husband uses the Tea Tree for his sensitive and dry scalp. I use the Fig or Lavender for recovering from the chlorine from my daily swims. I find the Fig is too moisturizing for me to use daily, so I switch off.



answers from Honolulu on

are you sure it is dry scalp? Sometimes an accumulation of hair products... gets the scalp scaly and creates build-up on the scalp. Too.
Maybe try a clarifying shampoo, once in awhile.

Also, sometimes stress can make your scalp itchy. My Husband is like that.

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