Cause 3: Chemicals and heating tools

Yes, hair colors, relaxers, blow dryers, and curling irons can cause scalp issues. Excessive heat from a blow dryer can irritate and dry out the scalp. As well as repeated use of chemical treatments with no replenishment of moisture to the scalp.


Reduce the use of chemicals and heating tools: The simplest treatment for this cause is to just reduce or stop the use of things that will dry out your scalp or cause irritation.

Take in more liquids: A moisturized scalp is a healthy scalp. By drinking more water you're helping to add moisture back to your scalp that may have been removed by heating tools and chemicals.

If your body is not getting enough liquids one place it's really noticeable on the skin. The best way to determine if you have a low liquid intake is to see if there are dry skin patches in places other than your scalp.

Cleansing: Regularly cleansing the scalp with moisturizing shampoos or co-washing helps to keep your scalp clean without drying it out. Also using cool or lukewarm water instead of hot water helps to not strip moisture from the scalp.

A dry and flaky scalp can be annoying and can be seen quite often if you have relaxed hair. See how you can treat the common causes of a dry and flaky scalp at

Cause 4: Skin conditions

This can be anything from seborrheic dermatitis to eczema. These conditions can cause redness, itching, and flaking of skin including the scalp.


See a dermatologist: Seeing a medically licensed skin specialist is the best way to combat these issues. The specialist will be able to properly diagnose the condition and provide the appropriate treatment. Treatment options could include prescription-strength shampoos, creams or other medication.

My action plan

After doing research I think I'm just suffering from plain and simple dry scalp from not drinking enough liquids and using hot water when washing my hair. To combat this I'm going to

How do you combat a dry, flaky scalp?


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  1. Ah, I think you hit on a point that I can really relate on...not rinsing product completely out my hair. I notice this time to time after completing a co-wash and I just simply take a wet towel to wipe excess conditioner from my hairline. This may be a culprit to my itchy scalp around my edges. Thanks for pointing this out! I will be more mindful to gently massage hairline as I rinse that area to ensure product has been fully removed. I am definitely #teamhotwater. It is too easy in the winter time to enjoy a little extra heat. I do try to tolerate a cool rinse at the very end of my wash.