Dr. Ziering Quoted in Oprah Daily | Is It Dandruff or a Dry Scalp? We Asked Experts to Weigh In
What is dry scalp?
A dry scalp is when the skin on your head lacks water and moisture, says Craig Ziering, DO, FAAD, dermatologist, hair transplant surgeon, and owner of Ziering Medical. You can experience a dry scalp for several reasons, including washing your hair too often. This strips the scalp of the natural oils it needs to stay hydrated. Weather shifts (cold weather causes skin and scalp dryness) and even hair products are other common culprits. “A scalp that turns red, itches, and flakes after you wash it could be a result of contact dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction that can happen after using irritating shampoos, soaps, or other products in your halt” says Ziering. Ultimately, a dry scalp is usually linked to environmental or external fluctuations and is often a transient issue rather than a chronic one, adds Kingsley.
What’s the difference between dry scalp and dandruff?
However, the best way to determine the difference at home is to analyze the appearance of your flakes. “Oily, large flakes typically point to dandruff, while dry, smaller flakes signal a dry scalp,” says Ziering. Dandruff flakes may have a yellowish tint. “Dry scalp flakes usually look like white salt, sand, or snow,” Hezekiah says.