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How To Get Rid of Dry Scalp Today

Dry scalp can often be flaky and itchy, and it’s one of the most common problems that many people face. 

Wondering why you have dry scalp? Our comprehensive guide covers everything: from symptoms, common causes, and how to treat your dry scalp.

What Is Dry Scalp?

A dry scalp is a condition where the scalp skin is dry/not moisturised enough (for multiple reasons), and is characterised by white, tiny, dry flakes.  

Dry Scalp Causes

There are many reasons as to why you have dry scalp but here are some of the most common causes...


Suffering from an itchy, dry, scalp? You may confuse dandruff with dry scalp as they both have similar symptoms like flaking and itchiness.

As we mentioned above, a dry scalp is a condition where the scalp skin is dry/not moisturised enough (for multiple reasons), and is characterised by white, tiny, dry flakes.  

While dandruff is a scalp condition that presents large, yellowish and usually greasy scales. The scalp and hair tend to feel oily and itchiness may still be present even when the scalp does not feel necessarily dry.

Dandruff requires special active treatments and moisturising for best, long-term effects, whereas a dry scalp can be treated with adequate shampooing and subsequent moisturising

Product Build Up 

A dry flaky scalp can also be caused by product build up, which can occur when the scalp comes in continuous contact with products that aren’t meant for it. This means if you are co-washing with a regular conditioner or even using a co-wash, it’s likely that you have product build up. 

We’d recommend using a sulphate-free shampoo to wash your hair and cleanse your scalp every 7-10 days to avoid this.


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Was your dry scalp soon after you’d exposed your scalp to the sun? If so and your scalp is also red and irritated, you might have a cause of sunburn.

In short, it's best practice to cover your head and hair with a brimmed hat to make sure your hair, scalp and skin are protected from the sun. There are all sorts of UV protectors on the market for your hair which aim to help protect your hair from the sun. But coverage and limiting sun exposure is always best. If you are wearing your hair in a style that exposes your scalp, you might want to add extra protection to that skin with a bit of sunscreen. 

How To Treat Dry Scalp: Best Treatment For Dry Scalp

Looking for the best treatment for dry scalp? A lot of mainstream products contain artificial fragrances which can cause asthma, eczema, muscle pain, bloating, sinus pain, fatigue, eye irritation, gastrointestinal problems, headaches, dizziness and burning or itching skin irritations. So we would recommend using products (like Afrocenchix) which are safe, natural and effective, that you use with your simple hair routine. 

We recommend  washing your hair every 7-10 days using a mild, sulphate-free shampoo. This includes when you have your hair in a protective style. This will ensure that there is no scalp build-up, that you remove enough sebum, and that dirt and dust is gone.  

Swish was formulated to be gentle enough to use once a week. Our sulphate free shampoo gives your hair a crisp clean and removes buildup without stripping your hair of moisture. 

To protect your scalp you can rub it with oily products to compensate for the sebum lost while shampooing. 

Soothe has anti-inflammatory properties, which work to combat dryness and promote healthy hair growth. Applying such an oil to your scalp immediately after washing and a couple of times throughout the week to treat your dry scalp. 

NB: Very dry scalp still? If you are suffering from a dry scalp and hair loss, fever or swelling, it's best to book an appointment with your GP or trichologist as soon as possible.

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