Suffering with signs of scalp stress? Think itchiness, irritation, dryness and dandruff. Whilst it often goes unspoken, it’s really not uncommon! With a whole host of factors, from environment to ingredients, impacting the happiness and health of our scalp, flakiness, discomfort and itchiness are cries for help! Thankfully we have a solution to get to the root of the problem, plus plenty of tips to remedy your dry scalp dilemma.
What Causes a Dry Scalp?
There are many itchy, dry scalp causes, from dehydration to cold weather, product build-up, and allergies and other skin conditions. It’s good to start by trying to work out what might be causing your dry scalp.
If you are sure that your flakes aren’t caused by dandruff (see the section below to understand the difference!), then your dry scalp could be caused by a lack of moisture, product build-up, an allergy or a medical skin condition. One of the most common and easily solvable reasons is when your scalp loses too much moisture.
Dandruff vs Dry Scalp
A dry scalp doesn’t necessarily mean dandruff. Both can cause the dreaded flakes, but dandruff is actually an oily skin condition. It can be caused by an overgrowth of Malassezia yeast on the scalp, or an individual's sensitivity to the yeast and an excess of oil. Dandruff can be triggered by hormones and genetics too.
If you are suffering from a dry scalp condition it can feel like having dry skin, your scalp will feel tight and possibly itchy, and your hair may feel dry and brittle too. Dry scalp and dandruff are two different hair concerns that require separate treatment. If you think it’s dandruff, it’s a good idea to select a good anti-dandruff shampoo. If in doubt, it’s best to consult a professional trichologist for advice.
How to help a Dry Scalp?
Wondering how to stop a flaky scalp in its tracks? Here at Percy & Reed we are on hand to help you get that itchy, flaky scalp under control.
- First up, hydrate!
Find a water bottle you love and keep it with you at all times so you can glug on the go. If you’re finding it hard to reach your ‘eight glass a day’ target add some cucumber slices or a squeeze of lemon to give it a fresh twist.
- Eat the good stuff
You can eat your way to a healthier scalp with a diet full of vitamins that will nourish your body. Healthy foods like salmon, eggs, spinach, and orange juice contain the vitamins, iron and Omega 3 fatty oils you need. Brunch anyone?
- Invest in your hair care
There is no need to reach for the medicinal smelling treatments any longer. Introducing I’m No Flake Scalp Soothing Shampoo. This scalp saviour is ready to come to your rescue.
The caring solution feels like an indulgent treat, thanks to calming aloe vera, chamomile and essential oils, which are combined with powerful scientific ingredients that get to the root of the problem. This soothing shampoo is clinically proven to reduce dandruff and calm irritation whilst being a luxurious treatment for the hair.
What’s more, clinical trials show a marked reduction in dandruff and a significant increase in the perception of improved scalp health after just two weeks of use.* Healthy, happy scalp… here we come!
- Banish product build-up
To avoid product build-up in the hair, wash your locks regularly and do the double cleanse. Shampoo your hair not once, but twice while you are in the shower. Your first shampoo helps to purify the hair and scalp, ensuring any build-up is removed. Creating this clean base allows your second shampoo to better deliver the benefits of the formula, leading to a healthier scalp in the long run.
- Get specialist advice if you need it
If your scalp is red or inflamed or the flakiness just doesn’t go away, it’s a good idea to get advice from a doctor or specialist. There are several causes of dry scalp, and sometimes it can be caused by allergies or a medical condition like psoriasis, which may need medical treatment.
Your journey to scalp serenity starts here!
*I’m No Flake’ was tested on 105 people. After 2 weeks of use, 70% of people agreed they were flake-free, and 82% felt their scalp was healthier.