Dry Scalp

Does anyone else suffer from dry scalp? I never use to but the older I get the more problems I am having with my skin. I am constantly trying to find a new shampoo and conditioner that is good for my scalp but then not to heavy for my hair. What do you use for shampoo and conditioner?


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  • Kathy P

    Hmm I usually have the opposite problem! I get oily, scaly patches. 

    We usually us Pert shampoo and when I'm having issues, I get the dandruff version. 

    T has an "itchy" scalp – I'm not sure if it's dry or what – and he prefers the Pert Dandruff or Head and Shoulders. 

  • Melissa G

    I've tried the dry and dandruff shampoos and it made things worse. I went to a dermatologist and they did a skin biopsy and it came back that I have eczema on my scalp. His recommendation was just to find a shampoo/conditioner that worked for me.  

  • Kathy P

    Interesting that it made things worse! My DH has psoriasis on his scalp and uses coal tar containing shampoo like T-Gel. Have you ever tried one of those? They are "pungent" depending on how much coal tar. 

  • Polly

    I use an inexpensive shampoo for my hair type which is fine, long and curly.  I have gotten great result for dry scalp from home remedies.  One thing I use is virgin coconut oil after shampooing.  After towel drying my hair I take a small amount, rub it in my hands and then you can massage into your scalp and ends.

    If your scalp is itchy or flaky, take about two tablespoons of baking soda in your hand and add your shampoo…  Shampoo as usual way concentrating on the itchy spots.  This removes build up from styling products, removes hard water issues and helps remove dry build up….then rinse and use conditioner.

    Olive oil can also be used for a hot oil treatment and this is very healthy and inexpensive.  Take a small glass, heat up about 1 ounce in microwave. Apply to hair….place a plastic bag or plastic hair cover over it for twenty minutes……then shampoo rinse and repeat if you feel you didn't get out all the oil.


  • Melissa G

    Hi Polly, welcome to AAFA! So glad that you found us!

    Wow, thanks for the awesome tips. Does the coconut oil leave your hair greasy? I am going to write these down and try them all. Thanks again! 

  • Polly

    If your hair and scalp is dry then oil it up good forma couple of hours…..then jump in the shower and wash your hair as usual.  You will see a huge difference.

    Experiment on how much to use.  My hair is dry so I can use a dime size or nickle size.  I apply it, let it dry a bit and if I need more I apply a bit more.

    Have fun!



  • K8sMom2002

    Polly, such useful info! Thanks for sharing your story and your experience … I've definitely tried the olive oil technique, and it does work. Never tried coconut, though.

    Melissa, DD uses a dandruff shampoo with coal tar, but she uses it maybe once a week, as using it too often does her like it does you. Her scalp can get itchy and dry, so that helps. I never realized that the directions on a lot of dandruff shampoos recommended using it only once or twice a week, but when we followed the directions and swapped out with another shampoo, it really did make a difference.

  • Polly

    Unprocessed virgin coconut oil is real good. It smells wonderful and hasantibacterial properties.On Fri, 3 Aug 2018, 9:01 am Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, <> wrote:

  • Polly

    You are welcome.


    I have gone years looking for the right over the counter remedies and all along its was in my kitchen.