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So, you’ve got a dry scalp, but is it caused by dandruff? Find out how to tell whether it is and what you can do about it.


First, check your symptoms

Whatever is causing dryness, the symptoms are almost always the same:

  • a tight feeling on the scalp

  • itching

  • flakes

In some instances, you may notice your scalp appears red too.

Some people experience all these symptoms, while others will see just one or two of them.

Is it dandruff?

If you’ve got any of these symptoms, there’s a good chance it’s caused by dandruff.

It affects 50% of the world’s population and is one of the major causes of scalp dryness.

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That’s because dandruff damages the skin on the surface of the scalp. It compromises your natural moisture barrier and allows essential moisture to escape.

So even if you don’t see flakes, damage caused by dandruff could be the root cause of dry skin on your scalp.

There’s no need for lotions and moisturizers

When your skin is dry, you normally reach for the lotions and moisturizers to treat it.

When it comes to your scalp, that won’t work – especially if it's caused by dandruff.

First, these treatments can weigh the hair down and it can be hard to get them right where they’re needed – on the skin.

Second, they don’t treat dandruff, so the root cause of your dry scalp won’t be affected and it’s likely to come back.

The best treatment is a dandruff shampoo like our Dry Scalp Care with Almond Oil Shampoo – it contains three moisturizers to hydrate your scalp fast, while effectively tackling dandruff.

And with your dandruff under control, your body will have time to repair the damage to your skin’s natural moisture defenses.

Still got dry scalp?

If you’ve tried our dry scalp shampoo and used it exclusively for 2-3 weeks, your dryness worries should be forgotten.

But if they’re not, it could be that your dry scalp is caused by something other than dandruff.

If that’s the case, it’s best to contact your dermatologist to see if they can identify the cause and prescribe the right treatment.

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