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Healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp, regardless of hair type. When your scalp becomes dry and damaged, it’s an unhealthy foundation for your hair to grow from. Neglecting your scalp can actually cause stress to your scalp and hair, resulting in the growth of damaged hair at the root.

But furthermore, scalp issues specifically pose a challenge to many women of color who crave healthy, moisturized hair. Compared to other demographics, Black women are twice as likely to experience scalp dryness or itch. With beautiful hair textures and expressive styles that thrive with less frequent washing, dry scalp that may result in discomfort, itching and unsightly flakes is a common concern.

So it’s really important to look after your scalp properly!

The true cause of scalp irritation (like flakes and itch)

It’s not dryness. Your scalp is the least likely place to be dry because of the natural oils produced there.  Instead, what is happening is your scalp is responding to the presence of a fungus.  This fungus is present on almost everyone’s scalp and feeds off scalp’s natural oils.  For many of us, leaving this fungus untreated causes our scalp to respond with flaking, itching, and/or a feeling of tightness.  

The most effective way to relieve scalp symptoms is to kill this fungus. That’s what our active ingredient zinc pyrithione (ZPT) does! It inhibits the growth of the fungus on your scalp. Cleanse your hair and scalp regularly to avoid build-up, irritation and damage.

Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Shampoo with our ZPT formula is specially designed to clean deeply and help restore your scalp’s natural moisture barrier.

Coily, kinky hair textures are especially prone to dryness


Curls and coils prevent the naturally moisturizing sebum produced by the scalp from traveling the length of the strands.

This means that conditioning is key. It replenishes much-needed moisture to the hair and keeps it manageable. On wash days, pair Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Shampoo with Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Conditioner for maximum scalp relief and soft, moisturized hair.

Getting relief between wash days

On days when you don’t need to shampoo but find that your scalp needing more, try our Head & Shoulders Clinical Solutions Leave On Treatment for no-rinse relief in between wash days. You can spray it straight onto the scalp to target particularly itchy spots, no shampooing or water needed. It immediately soothes and helps to improve moisture balance.

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