How To Cure A Flaky Scalp

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Let’s just get to the point because there are so many other better things to have your focus on than your annoyingly persistent flaky scalp that won’t seem to go away.


While there is a very wide range of reasons your scalp can be causing you problems, it’s easiest to pinpoint where the issue is coming from by deciding which type of scalp issue you have.

A. Are they small, dry, and high in volume? Do they almost resemble dust at your roots that fall to your shoulders?

B. Or are they wider, oily to the touch, and usually stick to your hair strands or your scalp?

If You Chose “A”

Small, dry flakes are usually an indication of dryness at the scalp.

Common factors that can cause a dry scalp:

  • Too harsh of sulfates in your shampoo
  • Sun exposure/burn
  • Hot water
  • Chlorine/other chemicals 
  • Allergic reaction
  • Seasonal/dry environment
Tips and tricks to fix it…
  1. Switch to a sulfate free shampoo. Sulfates are very drying to our skin so eliminating this factor all together will help bring your skin back to normal!
  2. Before washing your hair, warm up a tablespoon of coconut oil by rubbing between your hands and massage oil onto the skin of your scalp with your fingertips for five minutes. Avoid using fingernails causing further irritation. Wash thoroughly until you can’t feel the oil anymore.
  3.  Typically, conditioner should never reach the tow inches leading up to your scalp, however if it is dry and flaky you can massage your conditioner into your scalp and rinse with cold water until symptoms subside!
  4. Use a scalp scrub exfoliant pre-wash, or a manual scalp scrubbing brush in the shower to rub the shampoo into your skin.

If You Chose “B”

Sticky, wide, oily flakes are usually a sign of too much oil and buildup.

Common factors that cause buildup on the scalp:

  • Not washing frequently enough
  • Not washing thoroughly enough
  • Using products heavy in wax (typically drugstore brands)
  • Using products that are too heavy for your hair type
  • Skin cells need extra help shedding
Tips and tricks to fix it…

Wash your hair every day until symptoms subside. 


  1. Lather, rinse, repeat and make sure you are shampooing the skin on your scalp, and not just your hair. Shampoo is not meant to cleanse your hair strands. In fact, it is formulated to specifically meet the needs of the skin on your scalp and the roots of your hair. As the shampoo falls when you rinse it out, it cleanses the ends of your hair.
  2. Really get in there and use those finger pads and nails to scrub that scalp clean!
  3. Switch to a clarifying shampoo until symptoms subside, and then use it as needed. Clarifying shampoos will rid your scalp and hair of the overly produced natural or artificial oils from products that have been too heavy for you.
  4. Avoid putting oil or conditioner near your scalp.
  5. Use a scalp scrub exfoliant pre-wash, or a manual scalp scrubbing brush in the shower to rub the shampoo into your skin.



These tips and tricks should help in no time as long as you are treating your type of scalp issue correctly.

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