The Scalp Saga Continues

In case you were wondering why my hair was straight for such a short period of time (if you follow me on Instagram @AHairStory), this is why…

Though my hair grows, I’m constantly struggling with the health of my scalp. I was told by my dermatologist a while back that I have Seborrheic Dermatitis. “Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common, inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp, face or inside the ear”. It’s basically the adult version of cradle cap. I’ve used Selsun Blue shampoo for years in an attempt to keep it at bay. I’ve tried Selsun Blue shampoos with different active ingredients, I’ve tried natural anti-fungals such as tea tree oil and sulfur, I’ve tried topical prescription medication and it’s still there more often than not. The only time it really decreases is if I constantly wash my hair. Great for the scalp, drying for the hair.

I found this Giovanni Don’t Be Flaky shampoo and conditioner in a beauty supply store in Brooklyn and decided to give it a try. I used the Smooth As Silk conditioner on my ends for additional moisture. I generally like Giovanni products and find them very moisturizing, so I expect this one to be the same. The active ingredient in these are 2% Salacylic Acid. I’ve used it at least twice already and my hair seems to tolerate it well. No excessive dryness, but only time will tell how well it works on my scalp. I’m becoming weary of fighting this, but it’s extremely embarrassing when my scalp begins to flake. I’ve even resorted to washing just my hairline to make myself presentable without having to wash my whole head. Sigh. Sometimes it doesn’t actually flake, but I part my hair and can see white on my scalp. What’s a natural girl to do?

It’s really a struggle. I’m currently looking for different tips and any ideas for things to try. They say it’s incurable but you can treat it. What do you think?