How To Combat Dry Scalp And Dandruff

Dandruff and dry scalp are two of the most common hair problems women face. Hanson Ndabeni, Dark & Lovely’s National Education Manager gives us a breakdown of the causes of these conditions and ways to deal with them

What is the difference between dry scalp and dandruff? 

Dandruff and dry scalp have similar symptoms because both cause itching and flaking. Dandruff flakes are larger than dry scalp flakes and are harder to remove from the scalp. This can also cause the scalp to have an unpleasant odour.

The scalp could also be red and irritated, symptoms that don’t go away when you wash your hair. Dandruff is not caused by dryness, but rather too much oil (sebum). It is usually due to an overgrowth of harmless yeast, and the flakes are shed in large oily clumps. Dandruff is a medical condition and it’s best to see a medical practitioner for this.

What are some of the causes of dry scalp and dandruff?

Dry scalp is due to a loss of moisture from the skin and can be caused by excessive washing, strong detergents, cold weather, product build-up or diet. Dandruff is greasy and yellowish white in colour.

These are some of the causes of dandruff:

  • Emotional stress
  • Excessive consumption of fat and starch in particular
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Excessive and improper use of hair products
  • Excessive use of hot hair curlers or curling irons

Can dandruff be cured?

Dandruff can’t be cured, but it can be controlled. It is best to get medical assistance because a dermatologist can recommend medicated products and help you establish the underlying cause of your dandruff.

What are some of the ways to combat dry scalp?

Dry scalp can be treated with moisturising treatments, conditioners, scalp oils or natural remedies such as apple cider vinegar solutions to help restore the pH of your scalp and remove product build-up. You can also do a light scalp massage using oils. Deep conditioners and hair masks that hydrate the scalp work well to treat dry scalp and nourish the hair.

Are there any ingredients to look out for in products to treat both dry scalp and dandruff?

Look for anti-fungal ingredients such as ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, selenium sulphide and salicylic acid.

DESTINY recommends:


1. AfroBotanics Super Hair Growth Creme, R70

2. Dark & Lovely Moisture Plus Satin Oil, R40

3. Suki Suki Intense Mango Butter, R180

4. ORS Tea Tree Oil,R80

Source: Destinyconnect


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