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dandruff/dry scalp in one area

Hi I'm having this issue where in one area on my head-starting just above my temple and going basically in a line towards the back of my head- my scalp is dry. I don't think it's dandruff, it almost looks scabby or scaley, but it doesn't flake (until i pick at it...bad, i know!! but I want it gone!!). It is the same color as the rest of my scalp, it's not itchy...and when it does flake the flakes are huge!! not just little specks! I don't know what it is!! I tried putting vitamin e oil on it for a while before my shower, didn't help. I always make sure i wash the conditioner off my scalp...especially there now so I don't think it's build up either...any suggestions on what it is and how I can get it to go away? 


thank you so much  <3

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Hi - you're not alone!


I recently went through this and spoke with my dermatologist, my stylist, and everyone else I could find who might have insights.


I'm not sure of your location but I live in NYC where there are significant differences in seasonal weather, humidity, and such, which impacts our hair based on our own personal shampooing and conditioning routines and styling products used.


I don't know what the technical term is but it seems that in an effort to not weigh down my thick hair I was shampooing too much and not conditioning enough (added to coloring every 5 weeks as well).


The BEST result I got was actually a more 'natural" / homeopathic one: tea tree oil.  It's a natural pseudo-exfoliant and is known to help calm and readjust skin and scalp to healthy levels. 


I did some research and decided on J/A/S/O/N brand shampoo and couldn't be happier.  I follow it with a regular everyday conditioner and Fresh Meadowfoam (makes your hair = cashmere, best product EVER) a few times a week.  I know Sephora doesn't carry J/A/S/O/N but tea tree oil is in many different products exactly for its fantastic abilities to give you back your great hair.  I'm sure a pro can advise on one that would work well for you.  Due to my coloring my roots, I use John Frieda brunette shampoo the two weeks after coloring and then the J/A/S/O/N one or twice a week interspersed after.  If I see spots while using the JF, I mix a bit of cortisone with a few drops of pure tea tree oil and massage it into my scalp in that place, sparingly (**PS, the last part is my own amateur creation so it may not be the right thing to do.)


Either way, tea tree oil is a magic ingredient and really does return all sorts of scalp issues back to beautiful, pH-balanced (?) perfection.  HTH.


Have a great day!

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I have the exact same symptoms that our poster Jnos describes. I have been using Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner on the regular. It seemed like it helped A LOT at first but my condition seems to have recently taken a turn for the worse, which I cannot figure out why. I opted for these products because either my medical insurance prescription coverage sucks on dermatological products or the cost of them was just that incredibly outrageous, but I realistically could not afford to spend over $300 a month on prescriptions just for my scalp. So I suffer with the scaly, embarrassing flakiness. The Tea Tree products do at least give me a day or two of less flakiness but simply feeling the imperfections on my scalp when I run my fingers through my hair is enough to drive a person crazy. I hate this condition with a passion. I also have it on my elbows and random places over my entire body but none are as heavily affected as my scalp. So in closing, I recognize that this post is pretty much just a rant but I do recommend the Tea Tree line as it does give some significant relief, especially to milder cases of psoriasis.
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