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struggling with a dry scalp? here’s what to do

dry scalp treatment

Whatever the time of year, we know that a dry, itchy scalp can be one of the most irritating problems. From the constant scratching of your head to the dry flakes snowing onto your shoulders, it can be a nightmare.  

If you’re itching to get to the root of the problem, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve gathered all you need to know about how to get rid of a dry, flaky scalp. So, let us show you how to give your scalp some much-needed love.  

dry scalp symptoms

If you’re suffering from an irritated scalp with noticeable dry patches, it’s most likely that you have a dry scalp. You’ll start to experience the uncomfortable tightness and dryness on your scalp alongside flaking skin. No matter how hard you try to stop, you’ll find you just can’t fight the urge to scratch that itch.  

But you’re probably wondering ‘why is my scalp so itchy and dry’ in the first place? 

what causes dry scalp?

Dry and itchy scalp causes are actually pretty straightforward. Think of your scalp just like your skin. We need to moisturise our skin every day, so why not our scalp? When your skin loses too much of its natural moisture, it can lead to an itchy, dry scalp 

The main culprits that can cause this lack of moisture are cold air, dehydration, hair product build-up, and harsh hair products. Skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis can also lead to the main symptoms caused by a dry scalp.  

how to get rid of a dry scalp

Here’s our top tips on how to help a dry scalp and discover our best products to help relieve a flaky, itchy head.


1. decrease hair washing

This first method is super easy, but effective. Simply washing your hair a little less often can do a world of good for your dry, itchy scalp. Washing your hair too often can strip away too many of your natural oils, leaving your hair and scalp dehydrated. Try washing your hair 2-3 times a week to leave your scalp feeling much healthier and hydrated. We know that clean hair feels great, so thank goodness for dry shampoo!  

2. turn down the heat

Overheating or overusing heat on your hair can also be a cause of dry scalp. Although we understand the temptation to blast your hairdryer on max, it can end up drying out your scalp. Instead, try using your hair tools on a cooler setting or cut down how often you style your hair.  

Turning down the heat goes for your water temperature too. You might love jumping into a piping hot bath after a long, hard day, but your scalp certainly doesn’t. Try using warm, (not boiling) water, when you shower or bathe to allow your scalp to maintain as much moisture as possible.  

3. dry scalp products

The good news is that there are plenty of dry scalp treatments and products out there that aren’t only effective, but also look adorable in your bathroom (just look at our designs)! 

 scalp detox with a cleansing oil

You’ve heard of double cleansing your face, but have you heard about double cleansing your hair? Using an extra cleansing product can help to break down all the build-up in your hair and decongest clogged pores that can be the cause of dry scalp. This is perfect for when you’ve used a little more dry shampoo than you’d like to admit when stretching out hair wash days (we’ve all been there).  

If you’re a dry shampoo lover, then the amika reset pink charcoal scalp cleansing oil will be your perfect match. This oil-to-foam hybrid invigorates and cleanses without stripping your scalp of those essential oils.  

clear your head with a clarifying shampoo

Level up your hair care game by including a clarifying shampoo.  A clarifying shampoo can help to purify your hair and rebalance your scalp. If you’re wondering how to tackle those pesky flakes, meet the reset exfoliating jelly shampoo. This exfoliating shampoo works on even the itchiest of dry scalps. This will also help remove any of those annoying dry patches, leaving both you and your head happy. Remember, our scalps deserve as much attention as our faces do! 

moisturising shampoo and conditioner for dry scalp

Show your scalp the TLC it craves by choosing a moisturising shampoo and conditioner that won’t strip your dry scalp.  Try our normcore signature shampoowhich will leave your hair feeling and looking luscious. It’s called signature for a reason, and that’s because it’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help these formulas to clean and moisturise your hair and scalp. 

Follow this up with the normcore signature conditioner to give your hair the ultimate nourishment. These are holy grail products that help hydrate your gorgeous strands so you can say goodbye to dry! 

And those are our tips on how to cure dry scalp! Show your scalp the TLC it deserves and shop our best dry scalp products. 


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