Dandruff - Dandruff can be caused by many things, dry scalp is one, and it will form into dandruff if it is not treated. Other causes for dandruff are as follows, which are underlying skin conditions in which you may need to consult a physician;
Seborrheic dermatitis (irritated, oily skin) - You will experience redness and itching. The flakes will be thick and possibly yellow in color, and if the condition is not treated, hair loss will occur. Things you can do at home, are regular scalp massages with an organic/natural oil for 5 minutes to loosen the skin.
Psoriasis - You will experience, itchiness, dryness and pain. To identify this, you may notice, raised, thick silvery-pinkish scales of dead dry skin. Along with prescription from doctor, using natural/organic oils such as, coconut oil and argon oil can help reduce itch and inflammation.
Ringworm - This appears as scaly patches of broken hair on the scalp in circular patterns. This is contagious.
Note - if you have any of the following, please consult a professional. They can prescribe shampoos, creams and oral medications to help with your specific condition. Also, note that some prescriptions that are given can cause even more dryness in African American hair, in order to prevent this mix shampoo that is given with your favorite conditioner or oil, and only apply shampoo to scalp, and be sure to give your hair more attention with moisture filled products. Be sure to deep condition, and perform hot oil treatments weekly, and oil scalp daily.
It is also important to always keep the scalp clean with having any form of a scalp condition. Weekly washing is important for a healthy scalp and to keep some things at bay. Although you may suffer with issues all your life you can take extra precautions to keep the issue at bay. If you follow a healthy regimen, your hair can grow and grow in healthy, it just takes a little extra work.
If you notice that you or your child may have any of these conditions, perform simple styles and allow hair to be loose when possible. You don’t want your head or child's head to overheat, and have irritation due to braids and ponytails that may be too tight. Plus, simple styles help you to access the hair and scalp easily for daily scalp oil massages.