Struggling with a dry scalp? Whether it’s from over-styling or certain skin conditions such as eczema and seborrheic dermatitis, there are many reasons behind this common skin problem. Harsh winter weather conditions also play a part in drying out the skin and causing damage, meaning many people suffer from a dry scalp during the colder months.

If a dry scalp is causing you stress and worry, there are things you can do to relieve the problem. In this blog, we’ll take you through the causes of a dry scalp, and the steps you can take to keep it at bay. Make sure to browse our thinning and hair loss range to find lots of great products to achieve a hydrated and healthy scalp.

Our top tips for caring for a dry scalp are:

  • Reduce how often you wash your hair
  • Use a gentle shampoo
  • Take care when styling your hair
  • Turn down the heat on the styling products
  • Use deeply moisturising hair care items

Let’s look at how to care for a dry scalp in more depth, as well as some of the products you can incorporate into your hair care and skin care routine to improve dry skin in general.

Reduce how often you wash your hair

Overwashing and excessive shampooing can be detrimental to the condition of your hair and scalp. It can make your hair brittle, difficult to style, and even greasy due to over-production of oil. If you wash your hair every morning and notice symptoms of a dry scalp, like itchiness, flaking, and dry skin elsewhere, it might be time to cut back on the cleansing.

Which products should I use?

Make sure you’re using cleaning products specifically designed to treat dry scalps such as the Sebamed Anti-dry revitalising shampoo 200ml. And if you’re experiencing dry skin elsewhere, it’s time to invest in good-quality moisturising products. One of the best products for dry skin, we recommend the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion 500ml for its deeply hydrating formula.

Use a gentle shampoo

Using a gentle shampoo is one of the most important steps you can take to combat a dry scalp. Treating your hair with harsh products can strip it of much-needed moisture, which can lead to irritated skin and thinning of the follicles. Refresh your shower stash with some milder shampoos which will provide quick relief for your dry scalp.

Which products should I use?

The Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care range is a great choice when it comes to tackling dry skin. Their fantastic products work to hydrate and moisturise, leaving you with soothed and shiny locks. And even better, all their products are made from natural ingredients, which is excellent news for your hair! Try the Tara Smith gorgeously gentle shampoo 250ml for rapid, noticeable improvements.

Take care when styling your hair

If you suffer from a dry scalp, being very careful when styling your hair is crucial. If your hair becomes super tangled after washing, try not to be too harsh when brushing through the knots, as this can damage your scalp further and cause it to dry out faster. Using a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush is a great way to provide gentle care for your hair and make styling a more comfortable experience.

Which products should I use?

The John Freida detangle comb offers one of the best dry skin solutions. Featuring widely-spaced teeth, this is a Holy Grail product when it comes to styling sensitive hair and tackling a dry scalp.

Turn down the heat on the styling products

If you find yourself reaching for the styling products daily, it might be a good idea to cut down your use. Excessive heat on your head can cause the water droplets in your skin to evaporate, resulting in loss of moisture and a damaged scalp.

Whether it’s super straight hair or bouncy curls you want, try turning down the heat on your styling products to the lowest setting. Or start using them only a couple of times a week. Avoid the hairdryer and let your locks dry naturally, too.

Which products should I use?

Investing in a high-quality heat protection spray is a good idea if you use heated styling products. We recommend the Tresemme keratin smooth heat protection spray 200ml to protect against damage and give your hair a boost.

Use deeply moisturising hair care items

When choosing hair care products, go for deeply moisturising varieties to restore a bit of moisture to your hair and help repair a dry, damaged scalp. And if you aren’t already doing so, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin nice and hydrated.

Which products should I use?

The American Crew Daily Moisturising Shampoo 450ml is an intensely hydrating shampoo which provides a deep clean and ultimate protection for the scalp. Give it a go and discover the results for yourself!

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