Did you know that there’s a difference between having a dry scalp and having dandruff? There is, and other scalp conditions are often mistaken for having dandruff.
Since skin cells are so small, most of the time your skin cells are replaced, or flake off without you noticing. There are a number of things that can cause skin cells to shed more often in large oily patches. These patches are what make a difference between dandruff and dry scalp.
Some Causes of Dandruff:
- Allergies to hair products, or their ingredients
- Some medications can have a side effect of dandruff
- Eczema, psoriasis, and other dermatitis can cause a form of dandruff
- A fungus called Malassezia
- Certain illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease
- Having a compromised immune system
Some Causes of Dry Scalp:
- Washing your hair with hard water can remove needed oils and moisture
- Being dehydrated or not eating right can effect your oil glands in your scalp
- Over blow drying, using curling irons, flat irons, and other heated hair tools
- Over using shampoos, or using ones that contain sulfates (read the ingredients)
- Over using hair products that have harsh chemicals such as a high alcohol content
- Simply dry weather
Drink plenty of water. It’ll help keep your skin (scalp) hydrated.
Don’t wash your hair daily
Minimize the use of heated hair tools, or use cool air to if you must blow dry
Use a shampoo that’s specialized for dry scalp
Try a hot oil treatment of coconut, olive, or caster oil!!!
Use essential oils such as: tea tree, rosemary, or peppermint, which all help dry scalp
Try a specialized shampoo that’s sulfur, tar, or zinc based
In extreme cases prescription steroid creams are helpful
Use lukewarm water to wash hair so no further damage is done to the scalp
Identify allergens and irritants of your skin, then avoid them if possible
If all else fails, it may be time to visit a dermatologist
Stressed? Try to relax. Stress can cause oil glands to go out of whack. Either producing too much oil (causing pimples) or not producing enough (irritating current conditions)