I went to the dermatologist for my annual check up and got some great advice on what to do with my dry, itchy, flaky scalp.
One of the most common questions I'm getting recently in the salon is "what do I do about my dry scalp?" First off, any skin condition, whether it be dry, flaky, red, inflamed, itchy, etc. is a reaction of what's going on in your gut. It is most likely that your stomach has an overgrowth of the bad bacteria (like candida) and is causing inflammation inside your digestive track, leading to many issues like skin problems...the best way to avoid dry skin is to go to the source! Read my Clear Skin article for my story and my cures!
A few things you can do right away are:
Start taking probiotics if you aren't already, to replenish the good flora in your stomach.
Become more alkaline by eating lots and lots of greens, drinking kukicha tea, avoiding dairy and reducing animal proteins.
Do a cleanse to remove toxic build up, and ditch the alcohol, gluten and sugars for awhile...(good reason/excuse to cleanse).
Meanwhile, to find some sort of relief, you can start moisturizing your skin and scalp with sesame oil (the kind that's made for your body found in the health food stores). Sesame oil is balancing for vata doshas in Ayurveda because of their tendencies to become dry.
We are in the Vata season now from Nov--March, so dryness is inevitable. Sesame oil will ground you and deeply moisturize. You can apply a small amount to your scalp and body before a shower and let it seep in for about 10min. The warm water from the shower will push the oil into your body further and will strengthen your immune system. Do not scrub it off with soap; just use mild soap in target areas and let the water rinse the excess.
*For your hair however, it will be greasy if you don't wash it out, so be sure to apply your shampoo on dry hair and lather it up before you wet it, that way the oil will actually come out.;)
Read my Winter Dryness article from last year for more tips and say bye bye to winter dryness!