If you have a dry, flaking scalp, you may suspect dandruff. But it could be a sign of dry scalp. Dandruff and dry scalp have the same main symptoms, which are falling flakes and an itchy scalp, but they are two different conditions.
In dry scalp, the skin gets irritated and flakes off. With dandruff, the cause is too much oil on the scalp. That excess oil causes skin cells to build up and then shed. Knowing which of these conditions you have can help you get the right treatment and banish those flakes for good.
CAUSES OF DRY HAIR
Some people are more prone to an itchy scalp than others. Though there’s no definitive reason why, it’s suggested that some people may be more sensitive to a type of fungus found on the scalp called Malassezia. This is nothing to be worried about! Malassezia is found on the skin of humans and many other animals and is perfectly normal.
Dirty hair doesn’t cause dandruff, but if you don’t wash your hair enough, the oily buildup can contribute to flakes.
You may also be more prone to a dry scalp if you have dry skin or if you live in a dry climate like Nigeria.
The Dry & Itchy Scalp Care range from As I Am has a few different ingredients that help with itchiness, dryness, and flaking:
- Zinc Pyrithione – inhibits the growth of fungus and bacteria and is a common ingredient in anti-dandruff shampoos
- Tea Tree Oil – antimicrobial and antifungal
- Olive Oil – restores moisture to your skin/hair
How to Combat Dry Scalp
You don’t have to purchase specialized products to find relief from your dry and itchy scalp. Try these suggestions:
- Drink more water. You’ll feel the effects of dehydration throughout your body, and your scalp is no different! Drink more water to keep all of your skin – including your scalp – hydrated.
- Keep styling products off your scalp. Product build up may be causing oil and bacteria to accumulate. If you “plop” your hair directly on top of your head, avoid this practice when your scalp is irritated.
- Don’t sleep with wet hair. Wet hair and a wet scalp can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Yuck!
If you feel like you’ve tried everything and your scalp is itchy, dry, and flaking, the next step is to speak to a doctor or dermatologist. Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhoeic dermatitis can cause an itchy scalp and may require treatment.
The AS I AM DRY AND ITCHY SCALP PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE TO BUY DIRECTLY ON THE WEBSITE.
sources: Healthline and Naturally curly