Why You Have Dry Flaky Scalp and What it Means for Natural Hair Growth

(Last Updated On: April 21, 2018)

Dry flaky scalp can be uncomfortable to live with and sometimes unhygenic. If you want to know how to grow your hair, you must first understand how healthy scalp functions because the scalp is the birthplace of the hair as It’s the root which the hair grows out of.

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Healthy Scalp Care

If you do any gardening work or have ever planted anything, you will know that the quality of a soil has a big effect on the quality of plant that will grow out of that soil. In order to ensure that the plant grows into a full tree, both the plant and the soil must be tended to on a regular basis.

So, this means that your scalp must be kept in an optimal condition so that healthy hair can grow out of it. An optimal scalp condition means a scalp that is clean, pliable and well-connected with a healthy network of connective tissues and blood vessels that can supply the scalp with nourishment. You can increase the pliability and circulation of the blood vessels by massaging the scalp daily.

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Let me now talk about why your scalp gets dry and flaky.

Reason #1: Your Scalp Needs Cleansing

The skin cells on the surface of your scalp is constantly going through a regeneration process. What this means is that old cells die off while new ones are formed. This process happens on a daily basis. So when the old cells die, they will shed to produce tiny white flakes on the scalp, which can look like dandruff. This is often why you might see these flakes on your scalp when you haven’t washed your hair for a period of time.

Reason #2: You Are Not Drinking Enough Water  

Remember that you are what you eat and drink. What I mean by this is that your body will only reflect what you put in it. So, if you are not drinking enough water, your scalp will start to show it, and eventually, your hair will also start to show it as well. Since your scalp is connected to the body, it can only be kept hydrated when the rest of the body is. However, when the scalp isn’t receiving adequate moisture, the skin cells regenerating process will be thrown off balance. Think of how a dry soil often looks like when during a drought season. While you might be tempted to hydrate your scalp by spritzing water on it, the best way is to actually hydrate from within by drinking enough water daily!

These tiny flakes is not to be confused with dandruff though because a flaky scalp is a natural part of the skin regeneration process which cannot be prevented. All you need to do to get rid of the flakes is to wash your scalp often. You might also try a sugar scrub about once a month to help remove these dead skin cells from your scalp.

For me, these flakes often start to become very obvious about 7-8 days post wash, but since I only wash my hair every 14 days when I have braids in my hair, I would use my scalp brush to scrub the flakes from my scalp, since my finger pads isn’t enough to get the job done!


So, now that you know how those white stuff on your scalp is formed, how do you plan on managing them or minimizing their accumulation on your scalp?

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About Adeola

Adeola is a Serial Blogger and the Chief Editor of this website. She is also the creative director behind the Coils and Glory product line. She specializes in helping natural hair beginners with kinky coily afro-textured hair to achieve their hair goals. **Download your free e-book "Natural Hair Simplified in 5 steps"**