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What do you suggest I do to minimize my flaky/dry scalp?
I have a few suggestions for what to try for a dry/ flaky scalp:

What I've found can help with a flaky scalp is to use a dandruff shampoo, or a shampoo that might help with the flaking. Make sure to just put the shampoo on your scalp, and try not to get it into the rest of your hair because even the moisturizing dandruff shampoos can be drying. And when you rinse it out, it flows through your hair, and that cleans your hair enough--so long as you aren't using gels and hairspray.

(Remember that shampoo is for the scalp, and conditioner is for your hair.)

Then, you can put in some light conditioners like VO5 or Suave, put that in all your hair, smooth a bit over your scalp and rinse that out. This helps get rid of flakes, and helps remove the last of the shampoo.

Then apply the heavy combing conditioner to your hair only, putting it on your hair about an inch down from your scalp. Then comb through as usual, and leave it in. By you combing it, it will get distributed back up to your scalp to help moisturize it, but not be on their so heavily that it makes the situation worse.

However, if your scalp is dry or flaking because it's irritated (rather than you having dandruff), then a dandruff shampoo might not be for you. Try some of the following ideas and see if any of them help you:

You may want to try shampoos and conditioners without fragrance, or very light fragrance only. You may be having a reaction to the fragrances, or some of the ingredients. Fragrances can be very irritating for people with sensitive skin.

Be careful about anything you put on your scalp. If you are using gels, or mousses, or hair sprays, these can irritate, dry out, or cause flaking.

If needed, you could shampoo every four days, and massage your scalp very well when you shampoo. By shampooing more often, this helps keep your scalp from having as much time to build up. Then follow with the conditioning rinse and combing conditioner. This is best for heavy flaking. If you mostly just have a dry scalp, once a week may be better for you.

Also, beware of the shampoo-- the shampoo you are using may be too harsh for your scalp, and that can also cause dryness.

If this gets to be big problem, or nothing seems to help, sometimes it's good just to check in with a dermatologist to rule out any other causes.

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