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A dry, itchy scalp can mess up even the most lusciously styled hair. Not only is it a nuisance, but a dry scalp can eventually mess with the texture and health of your hair! Think of your hair as a gorgeous flowerbed and your scalp as the soil it grows in. If you don’t keep the soil nourished and moisturized, your garden will definitely wilt.
Fight flakiness by using a moisturizing shampoo. However, dandruff isn’t caused only by dry skin, so if adding moisture to your scalp isn’t helping, it may be time to switch to an antifungal dandruff shampoo (or see a dermatologist). See if your dandruff is caused by dry skin by checking out the rest of your body. If you’re battling dryness on your arms, legs or trunk, your scalp’s probably just dry, too -- and a moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner may be enough to help.
Treat yourself to a hot oil massage at home. Warm up a spoonful of coconut, jojoba or olive oil and massage it from your scalp to the tips of your hair. Wrap it up in a warm towel and leave the oil in for 30 minutes before washing it out. Not only will this soften a dry scalp, but it’ll add moisture to stressed strands, too.
Shampoo your hair only as often as you need to keep your scalp from looking greasy. Most ladies need to shampoo only every other day, but some (especially gals with naturally dry, coarse manes) may get by with just a weekly shampoo. Washing too often can damage your scalp way more than not washing enough, so lay off the cleanser, but use conditioner as often as you need it.
Use a conditioner with SPF or a spray-on product to keep your hair safe in the sunlight. Just like the rest of your skin, your scalp can get sunburned and start to peel and flake throughout your mane -- not a pretty picture.
Get your scalp checked for psoriasis, especially if it’s cracking, bleeding or simply not responding to other treatments. A dermatologist can prescribe you medicine or a topical treatment to fight this dry skin condition.