Dandruff: 7 Ways to Get Rid of Itchy, Dry Scalp

Dry Scalp can happen year round. But it’s more common in the winter. It’s characterized by loose, white, powdery flakes. Some confuse dry scalp and dandruff. Below we discussed the differences.

What Causes Dandruff?

In most cases, it’s caused by dehydrated sebaceous glands (the glands that produce the natural oil for our scalps).

This dehydration can be due to extreme climates, not drinking enough water, or skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema.

What’s the Difference Between Dandruff and Dry Scalp?

Dry scalp is caused by a yeast-like fungus called malassezia, also known as pityrosporum. Malassezia is normally found on the scalp without causing problems.

But hormone imbalances, stress, immune suppression, infrequent shampooing, illness, or increased oil production can result in mild inflammation that produces dead skin cells.  These dead cells mix with oil and clump together resulting in flakes that appear white and sometimes yellowish.

Do you have extremely dry winter hair? Read: 4 Quick Ways To Revive Hair This Winter

There are a few simple tricks to deal with dandruff, get rid of the flakes and dry scalp.


Pre-poo is the method of using your favorite moisturizer, oil blend, or aloe vera to fully saturate the hair and scalp prior to shampooing. Allow your pre-poo treatment to sit for approximately 20 minutes or so, it can help soothe driest of scalp.

Benefits of Pre-pooing or a Pre-Poo Treatment

The use of a “pre-poo” prior to the shampooing process yields many additional benefits to the hair and scalp. Here are just a few.

  • Aids in the detangling process (prior to shampoo)
  • Adds extra oils and moisture, reducing dryness in hair and scalp which may be caused by the use of shampoos
  • Pre-poo oil blend can be mixed with your favorite moisturizing conditioner or used alone.
  • Help combat dullness due to the stripping of natural oils during the shampooing process.
  • Will make hair softer, more manageable
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The Perfect Pre-Poo Treatment for Dry Scalp

Pre-poo oil blend: mix ½ cup of coconut, ½ cup of olive oil and ¼ cup of castor oil; add 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil or 2 drops of eucalyptus. Be sure not to overuse eucalyptus oil; it’s extremely potent and can cause irritation if not mixed appropriately.

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Natural Oils

The key to combating dry scalp is to incorporate natural oils into your hair care regimen. Not just any oils but the right ones that help to maintain a healthy scalp.

Olive and coconut oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and they also absorb easily into the scalp.

Jojoba Oil most closely resembles sebum or the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands that acts as a lubricant for the hair and skin and provides some protection against bacteria.


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