Dry flaky scalp, AKA dandruff has effected us all at one time or another.
Just as the skin sheds so does the top layer of the scalp. Usually these tiny scaly pieces of skin will fall off on their own.
Natural skin shedding is not the same as dandruff. Dandruff looks like white scales that are usually found on the hair near the scalp.
If neglected for long, excessive dandruff can lead to baldness. The nature of dandruff is not clearly defined to be of infectious origin. Some dermatologists think that is due to a specific microbe.
The direct cause of dandruff is the excessive shedding of the epithelial, or surface, cells. Instead of growing to the surface and falling off these horny scales accumulate on the scalp.
Indirect or associated causes of dandruff are sluggish conditions of the scalp, possibly due to poor circulation, infection, injury, lack of nerve stimulation, improper diet, and uncleanliness.
Contributing causes are the use of strong shampoos and insufficient rinsing of the hair after a shampoo.
The Two principal types of dandruff are:
1. Pityriasis Captits simplex (dry dandruff) is characterized by an itchy scalp and small white scales that are usually attached to the scalp in masses or scattered loosely in the hair. Occasionally,they are so profuse that they fall to the shoulders.
Dry dandruff is often the result of a under nourished scalp caused by poor circulation, but did you know it could also be caused by other things like emotional and glandular disturbances?
2. Pityriasis Steatoides (greasy or waxy type of dandruff) is a scaly condition of the surface skin. The scale become mixed with sebum, causing them to stick to the scalp in patches.
There may be itchiness, causing the person to scratch the scalp. If the greasy scales are torn off , bleeding or oozing of sebum may follow. My advice is to see your doctor.
Both forms of dandruff are considered to be contagious and can be spread by the common use of brushes, combs and other articles.
Therefore , you should make sure you take the necessary precautions to sanitize everything that comes into contact with hair and scalp that has this condition.
At home treatments for dry flaky scalp.
A dry flaky scalp can ruin your look, here are some natural homemade remedies you can try to get rid of those flakes.
Hot Oil Treatment
Put the olive oil, vitamin E liquid, and boiling water into a large glass bottle or jar with a lid. Wrap a towel around the bottle to avoid burning yourself. (safety first!).
Shake very well until the oil is mixed in good. Then massage well into your scalp and hair, making sure you don't burn your scalp. Wrap a plastic bag over your hair and wrap your head in a hot towel that has been soaked in hot water then wrung out.
Leave the mixture on your hair for 30 minutes or overnight for a really deep treatment if your dry scalp is severe or you have damaged hair, then shampoo with an gentle all natural shampoo.
Strain and pour into a container. With your fingertips, massage the solution into the scalp, let it air dry, do not rinse out.
Natural Herbal Dry Flaky Scalp Treatment
1. Place the herbs in the bowl. Pour in the boiling water. Cover and allow to steep for 20 minutes.
2. Strain into a plastic bottle, add the vinegar, and shake. Store in a cool dry place.
Shampoo and rinse the hair thoroughly. massage a small amount into your scalp. Between shampoos, massage in a small amount before going to bed. This can help eliminate those pesky dandruff flakes.