6 Simple Ways to Treat Flaky and Irritated Scalp

Do you sometimes find white flaky powder in your hair and on your shoulders? Or go for the ultimate "struggle bun" look to tuck in the flakes?

If you do, don't worry! According to experts, about half of all adults in the world have dandruff issues at some time or other in their lives. An itchy and flaky scalp can occur due to a number of reasons such as changes in weather, not drinking enough water, product build-up, hormonal changes, allergies from strong ingredients, or skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. After you have identified the reason behind the flakes, sensitive or itchy feeling, it will be easier to find alleviation. 

What can you do to treat your dandruff? How can you learn how to treat flaky scalp problems?

We gathered together 6 simple suggestions for treating dandruff and flaky scalp problems with natural ingredients.

You might just find a simple solution that you can apply at home yourself.

1. Jojoba Oil

Despite originating in a plant, Jojoba oil is remarkably similar to the oils that our skin naturally produces.

When you use it as a treatment for the scalp, it can act as a moisturizer. It does this by balancing the level of a compound called sebum, which naturally occurs on our skin.

When combined with other natural ingredients, Jojoba Oil can provide you with relief for flaky skin or itchy scalp problems. It can even help to reduce inflammation in your skin. Try our Fortune Scalp Oil that is designed to re-balance dry, irritated and sensitive scalp. 



2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is used in various different topical remedies for skin complaints. This is because the active ingredient found in it has antibacterial or antifungal properties. 

Tea tree has these powerful properties. Yet when used in the right proportions is kind to skin. This makes it an ideal treatment for scalp ailments. If you use Tea Tree at home, ensure to dilute it to carrier oils before applying. You can find Tea Tree Oil in our Fortune Scalp Oil. This is one of the main active components!

3. Coconut Oil

Often one of the major causes of scalp inflammation is dryness. In this case, it may only be necessary to apply a moisturizer.

Coconut oil can act as a completely natural moisturizer. Simply apply the oil and leave it for a few minutes to nourish the skin. 

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is famous as a remedy for burnt skin. However, recent research indicates that it also has anti-inflammatory properties. 

You can use this as a treatment for scalp inflammations. It will immediately relieve the itchiness and also act as a moisturizer.

5. Olive Oil

Many experts have stated that olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties. This is certainly true when it is taken orally. However many people are starting to recognize that it has benefits when taken topically. 

It can help with the healing of wounds and recovery of skin inflammation. This could help to heal your skin irritation.

6. The Right Shampoos

You might think that washing your hair regularly with off-the-shelf shampoos will leave your hair clean and scalp free of infection. However, this is not the case. 

Majority of these shampoos contains sulphates which are very efficient cleaning agents. So efficient indeed that they end up stripping your skin of its natural oils. Sulphates, like Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), are also known to cause allergies like contact dermatitis.

Try switching to a sulphate-free shampoo. This shampoo will clean your curly hair without causing damage to your scalp or removing skin and oils as it uses much softer cleaning agents. 

However, sometimes a flaky and irritated scalp can be caused by not shampooing enough. A lot of curlies are now avoiding sulphate free shampoos and using gentle shampoos, cleansers or co-washing. If you combine this with the heavy use of butters and oils it might lead to an oily scalp that accumulates product build-up, dirt and sweat that starts causing an uncomfortable feeling and clogged pores. If this is the case, you can use sulphate shampoos once in a while to remove product build-up. Or if you feel like they are still too strong for you, use gentle shampoos whilst massaging your scalp well in the shower. A clean scalp is very important!

How to Treat Flaky Scalp Issues

Dandruff is a problem many of us have to face at some time or another. However, learning how to treat flaky scalp problems may not be difficult. Applying these simple suggestions will give you the best chance of success. 

If you have any questions or you already have a remedy that works like a charm, please share the love in the comment box below 👩‍🔬


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