Itchy Flaky Scalp
A dry itchy flaky scalp is a common problem that occurs when we lose more than the normal amount of dead cells from our scalp. In other words, the dead cells tend to accumulate and cluster together to form grey or white flakes. Also known as dandruff, this condition of the scalp can occur if it is either too dry or too oily. Dandruff in the hair generally causes itchiness, but if you feel that the itching is acute, you may be suffering from what is known as seborrheic eczema. This condition is symptomized by flakes that are greasy and yellow in color, and it can affect the eyebrows, face, and upper body as well. You will have to consult a dermatologist if this is the case.
Treatment For Itchy Flaky Scalp
There are several anti-dandruff shampoos in the market which you can try although there is always a chance of recurrence once you stop using it. Make sure to not share your towel, combs and hair brushes with anyone else in your family and you can try massaging coconut oil that has been warmed up a bit into your scalp. Wash it off with a mild shampoo in an hour or so. Clean your hairbrush and comb after every use to prevent a re-infection. Bend down and brush your hair from the nape to the tips of the hair. This will aid in dislodging the dirt and dandruff flakes.
Once winter sets in you may want to use a shampoo and conditioner meant specifically for a dry scalp. Once the flakes and itchiness disappear you can switch back to the shampoo that suits your hair type. Hot showers are also a bad idea for the hair, so try to wash your hair in water at normal temperature and massage the conditioner into in your scalp. This will act as a moisturizer on your hair, but take care to wash out the shampoo thoroughly before doing so as conditioners have a tendency to seal down the outer surface of the hair.
While this will make your hair smooth and easier to comb, it will seal off the remaining shampoo in your scalp and cause it come out as flakes. Dry used tea leaves, and boil five teaspoons of it in lime water. Use this solution as a conditioner after shampooing your hair to clear out the flakes and reduce the itchiness. Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds overnight and grind them into a fine paste in the morning. Gently massage it into the scalp and wash it off after half an hour or so. Try not to scratch your scalp as much as possible, instead massage with your fingertips for relief from the itching.