Flakes are probably the best-known symptom of dandruff, but dry scalp is very common too. Find out why a dry scalp might point to dandruff.
Dry scalp feels similar to dry skin elsewhere on the body – you’ve probably experienced dry skin on your hands or face before.
That uncomfortable sensation of tightness is much the same as what you’ll feel if you have a dry scalp.
It’s usually the result of damage to the outer layer of skin cells, leading to an uncomfortable tight and itchysensation.
In more serious cases you might even see redness on the scalp.
Dandruff is a major cause of dry scalp – it disrupts the skin’s natural moisture barrier, making it hard for the cells to retain moisture.
Find out what causes dandruff
There are lots of other factors that can make a dry scalp worse too, from cold, dry weather to heat styling and hot showers.
Dry scalp is uncomfortable, but you can easily manage it.
Treating dandruff helps tackle the root cause of scalp dryness and not just the symptoms, so your body can focus on healing the damage.
Find out more about dry scalp