Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

topic posted Fri, May 11, 2007 - 2:34 PM by  Amber
My man has some serious stuff happening up top.... It comes and goes, and when it's here his scalp is mega-dry, flaky and scaly.... Reminds me of cradle cap. He wears a hat almost every day, which I have thought may contribute to the problem- i.e. no air circulation?

He HATES all dandruff shampoos- says they burn, stink, make him ill, that he can feel the chemicals seeping in through his skin- blah blah blah.

I have tried exfoliating (picking and scratching at the worst patches-icky but satisfiying) but he doesn't like that either. He says his hair is thinning enough and f*ing with it isn't good for the folicles.

Arggh! I love him a trillion, but hate the crust. Does anyone have any NATURAL remedies for this malady? Any and all suggestions will be considered- and tried while he sleeps!

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  • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

    Fri, May 11, 2007 - 2:44 PM
    Aveda makes a jar of super comfy funky stuff called Scalp remedy...try it out! And drink more water!
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      Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

      Thu, May 31, 2007 - 11:17 AM
      I LOVE the Aveda shampoo and conditioner called SCALP BENEFITS. It smells super good and it really helps. I by a large bottle which comes with a pump and it usually lasts me at least half a year.
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        Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

        Sun, June 24, 2007 - 7:26 PM

        i gob it on my head
        sit for an hour and let it soak in

        then i shampoo as normal
        often use cider vinegar to rinse (soft silky hair)

        dress with lavendar or geranium essential oils (jojoba oil is the best carrier)

        NEVER use shampoos that contain ammonia, colors, cresol, detergent, EDTA, ethanol, formaldehyde, fragrance, glycols, nitrates, nitrosamines, plastics, sulfer compounds, coal tar solutions, selenium sulfide or recorcinol
  • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

    Mon, May 14, 2007 - 10:20 AM
    I have good luck using coconut oil on my hair and scalp - I have a lot of flakiness, and when I use it, the flakes are greatly reduced. Once a week, I apply the oil and leave it sit for about an hour before washing it out. It's important to then apply the shampoo to the oiled hair first before rinsing with water, it rinses out better that way.
    • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

      Thu, May 24, 2007 - 12:26 PM
      I second coconut oil if he won't use Nizoral, it sounds like he has candida on his scalp. Also wash all his hats and pillows at least once a week to reduce the amount of candida that is growing on them.

      Coconut oil has some properties that are antifungal so I like that for surface candida infections.

      (if you could talk him into using Nizoral 3 times a week for three weeks along with washing everything his skin comes in contact with with hot water and either bleach or oxyclean he might be able to get rid of the funk forever like I did)
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    Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

    Mon, May 14, 2007 - 10:22 AM
    I've heard from many people that henna helps itchy scalp - if you can get neutral henna, it won't color his hair at all, either. A little lavender oil mixed in might also be beneficial.
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      Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

      Mon, May 14, 2007 - 11:33 AM
      Use non chemical shampoo and conditioners and condition between shampoos. Leave in conditioners are an option since he wears a hat all the time. I feel it makes my hair completely flat but if he is wearing a hat it doesnt much matter.
    • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

      Mon, May 28, 2007 - 12:57 PM
      i'd say no to nehha and witch hazel right off the bat (though i absolutely LOVE henna and maybe will post a thread just on it)
      but flaky scalp is pretty different and picking on it is not good either.
      Two things-ok, three:)!
      1. massage the scalp with any, literally any good Organic oil--even olive is good, you can add lavender and rosemary to it, before shampooing
      2. try using neutrogena T gel--the best smelling and most effective of the flaky scalp shampoos--one i've tried (was recomeded by a dermatologist about 15 years ago when i had that problem) and it worked.
      3. and most important--try balancing the (i am sure) acidic forming diet with more alcaline products, goodle "alcaline diet", but basically
      you need more fruits and vegetables to counteract the massive amounts of high protein and sugar/carbs we all eat. The ratio they say is one acidic to 5 alcaline forming items, i am not too sure.
      And yes, water, 6-8 glasses. If he drinks cofee tea alcohol soft drinks, (acid forming AND diuretic) then for every cup of those he needs an additional glass of water.
      And of course R&R because stress definitely exacerbates many skin conditions. (kiss him on the flaky scalp for me:))

      We go for the easy and fast stuff--like shampoos, medicines and such, but skin and scalp problems are sistemic, so the longer view is most effective, even if the changes are taken just one small step at a time...
  • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

    Mon, May 14, 2007 - 12:15 PM
    Wow! So many ideas- and I have many of the ingredients at home already. I love Aveda products- so a trip to my local salon carrier may be in the near future ( any excuse to peruse their samples- slather myself with yummies ;o). I also am intrigued by the witch hazel- I have the rose-tinted kind and may try massaging some into the scalp in the guise of a head massage.
    So cool! I'll letcha know what works best and keep ya'll updated re success/failure.

  • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

    Tue, May 15, 2007 - 7:19 AM
    I've heard good things about jojoba oil, but my own scalp issues (painful zits and scabs) were helped by tea tree oil shampoo--NOT by dandruff shampoo, as my doc suggested. (I didn't have any issues with it, other than it didn't, y'know, help.)
    I think another thing that helped was cutting out silicones and SLS from my hair care regimen, because there was likely some serious buildup there, and my skin was reacting to it.
    • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

      Sat, May 19, 2007 - 1:01 AM
      I have tried everything out there to get rid of dry scalp /dandruff natural shampoos/chemicals stuff the doc gave me I have excema for years now.
      I just found out about clorine causing dry skin/dandruff/excema. So I am going to buy a clorine filter shower head hopefully this week sometime
      I'll let you know if it helps
  • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

    Mon, May 21, 2007 - 2:06 PM
    So I have an update. It seems that my hubby's beloved, bedraggled Soupkitchen (a now-defunct snowboard attire company owned by pals) hat has disappeared. It is currently being blamed on me, but I truly had nothing to do with it!!! I think it'll show up under the bed or behind my shoes in the closet if he really decides to do a thorough search....

    Anyhoo, since his hat's missing- and he's too picky to wear any OTHER hat- he's been going bare-headed. And his scalp is, like, 98% better! Trip out. I think his scalp issues really were contributed by lack of air-circulation.

    To "top" (pardon the lame pun) it off, I'm gonna buy some Tea Tree suds for his hair to keep the crust at bay.

    Thanks again for the radilicious tips. Much appreciated!

  • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

    Tue, May 22, 2007 - 11:34 AM
    There are some good remedies advised in AYURVEDA for such condition.
    -Start with 2 tea spoon curd+4-5 drops of fresh lemon juice + 1 tea spoon of mustard or coconut oil-- mix , apply and keep for 20 minutes wash with fresh water and afterwards with mild and diluted shampoo.
    Hope it solves...............
  • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

    Thu, May 24, 2007 - 7:16 AM
    Rosemary is fabulous and work brilliantly.

    Get a good hand full of fresh rosemary and put it in a glass jug / pour boiling water over and as soon as it's cool enough to handle then use it as a final rinse after your normal shampoo (try not to condition) - use as often as you wash your hair and not only will the dandruff lessen and eventually stop but the hair will be beautifully shiny. Try not to leave it too long as all the wonderful natural rosemary oils will eventually evapourate into the air.

    Anyway good luck!
  • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

    Thu, May 31, 2007 - 12:19 AM
    If you don't already use organic shampoos with no laruel or laureth sulfates.

    I've also used fresh aloe as a mask on my scalp, it works very well.
    • Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

      Sun, June 24, 2007 - 11:18 PM
      Clorine causes dandruff and dry scalp not the shampoo! get a clorine filter shower head!

      there all different brands out there, you chaNGE THE FILTERS EVERY 6-12 MONTHS BUT IT'S WORTH IT because chorine causes other health problems too.
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        Re: Any ideas for super-dry scalp?

        Mon, June 25, 2007 - 5:26 AM

        see my post under dandruff

        also, i believe that aubrey shampoos (any of his products, actually)
        are the HIGHEST QUALITY on the market
        (they are pricey because they are the next best thing to homemade)

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