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How to get rid of a dry scalp

Dry scalp is a really common problem, but it’s so easy to tackle. It feels similar to dry skin elsewhere on the body.

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You’ll recognize it from an uncomfortably tight sensation. You might even see redness or skin flaking on the scalp.

It’s usually the result of damage to the outer layer of skin cells, letting moisture escape too easily. Find out what causes a dry scalp and how to treat it.

Dry scalp causes

Dandruff is one major cause of dry scalp – it disrupts the skin’s natural moisture barrier, making it hard for the cells to retain moisture.

Dandruff is also much more common than you might think – studies show 1 out of every 2 people will experience it.

So, treating your scalp for dandruff is often the smartest way to take care of that dry scalp.

Things that make a dry scalp worse include:

  • blasting the hair dryer too close to your scalp and hair

  • using heat stylers close to your scalp

  • excess sun exposure/sunburn

  • harsh styling products that cause irritation

  • skin damage from scratching or rough brushing

  • surprisingly, not washing frequently enough.

To combat a dry scalp, make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that are high in zinc and vitamin B to ensure a healthy head.

Too much heat styling makes your scalp dry and irritated, especially if you have a sensitive scalp.

Your dry scalp can be worsened by the wrong shampoo or incorrect washing technique.

The right hair care routine for a dry scalp:

  1. Wash your hair frequently and thoroughly – build-up of oil, dirt and styling products can cause scalp irritation, which leads to dryness.

  2. Don’t rinse your hair with very hot water – the heat can make the dryness worse.

  3. Limit blow-drying – towel dry your hair before heat styling, and choose the lowest heat setting.

  4. Keep heat styling irons a safe distance from your scalp.

  5. Use a soft brush with rounded bristles on your hair – this way you can ensure you don’t aggravate an irritated scalp by scratching along it.

Dry scalp treatment: the right products for a dry scalp

The products you use are just as important as your hair care routine. Choosing the best dry scalp treatment for you is easy. In fact, there are just 4 things to look out for …

1. Tackle dandruff – yes, really!

Okay, so your first thought is probably that you need to moisturize (see point 2) but really, you need to start with the underlying cause. In many cases, that’s dandruff. If you treat dandruff, you’ll be treating the root cause of the problem so your body can focus on healing the damage.

Without it, your dry scalp problem may keep coming back.

2. Moisturize your scalp

Now for the moisturizer. If you’re tackling the root cause with ananti-dandruff shampoo you can get immediate relief from the dryness by choosing one with added moisturisers.

It means you can give your scalp the extra moisture it needs while your anti-dandruff shampoo gets to work tackling the root cause.

3. Clean all the dirt, dust and grime

It’s still a shampoo, so it needs to do what all good shampoos do – keep your hair and scalp clean.

4. Smooth and condition your hair

For great-looking hair, it’s important to condition too, so look out for a dry scalp shampoo that delivers.

Our 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner does. The added conditioners help to smooth every strand to keep your hair soft and healthy-looking.

And if you prefer a separate conditioner, there’s always our Classic Clean Conditioner that works hand in hand with the shampoo to lock in its dandruff-fighting action so you continue to tackle the root cause.

Our anti-dandruff shampoos have been proven to work against dandruff and you also get extra moisture to provide relief from dryness.

Using Head & Shoulders every time you wash your hair is clinically proven to moisturize your scalp, while fighting dandruff. If your dry scalp doesn’t improve after using Head & Shoulders exclusively for 3 weeks, it might be caused by something other than dandruff.

Talk to your doctor or dermatologist who will prescribe the best course of treatment.

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