Picture this.

You’re having a great hair day. Your make-up is on point. You look banging in your new outfit.
But then you see it — a speck of white on your otherwise perfectly styled hair. A few more bits on your little black dress. Your dry scalp strikes again.

Have you been there before? We all have at some point. Though it’s a common condition, it’s still annoying, itchy, and embarrassing. The good news is that there is a dry scalp treatment out there that’s right for you. Keep reading our blog to learn more about what it is, what causes it, and how to get rid of dry hair and scalp.

Is Dry Scalp and Dandruff the Same Thing?

Many people believe that having a dry scalp means they have dandruff. They see the tell-tale white specks in their hair and assume it’s dandruff. While these conditions are similar, some key differences set them apart.

Too little moisture causes dry scalp, while excess oil causes dandruff.

The flakes also have a different appearance, too. If your scalp is dry, they tend to be small and white. Meanwhile, dandruff flakes are larger and have a yellow tint to them.

What Triggers Dry Scalp?

You already know you can get a dry scalp from having too little moisture on your skin. There are several other triggers that can cause this condition.

Hair Products

Some gels, creams, and hairspray cause product build-up on your scalp. This build-up can lead to itching and the formation of tiny flakes. Other products may include ingredients that don't agree with your skin. For example, paraphenylenediamine, an ingredient in some hair dyes, can cause skin and scalp allergies in some people.

Psoriasis

Over eight million Americans struggle with a skin condition called psoriasis. It causes flaking and scaling on your scalp, elbows, and knees, though it can appear in any location on your body.

Eczema

Eczema is another common skin condition that can cause itchy rashes. Irritants like soaps, shampoos, and detergents can cause eczema flare-ups.

Diet

You may notice dry scalp if you're not getting enough of the right vitamins in your diet. Try cutting back on carbohydrates and added sugar to see if that helps.

Weather

Cold temperatures and low humidity can dry out the skin all over your body. On the flip side, too much heat can also be drying.

What Are My Dry Scalp Treatment Options?

The good news is that there are several options you can try to alleviate your dry scalp.

Apply Deep Conditioning Treatments

If your scalp isn't producing enough oil sebum naturally, it can flake and get itchy. Your hair will also appear dull and drab. A conditioning hair treatment or mask can soothe your scalp and relieve you of the dry and itchy feeling. You can't just choose any treatment or mask you see in the store, though. They're often chock full of ingredients that will exacerbate your problem instead of fixing it.

Our Gojiberry Hair Restore Mask is an excellent pick as its both moisturizing and nourishing. It's a deep conditioner that provides antioxidants to your damaged hair to help repair it. The unique formula is great for color-treated hair as it can stop color fade before it starts.

Switch Up Your Shampoo

Not all shampoos are equal. If you're using products from your local dollar store, it's time to step up your game. As you already know, your dry scalp can be caused by inferior quality products. You'll want to invest in a shampoo that's made for dry hair. Our Gojiberry Hair Restore Shampoo is designed to moisturize, nourish, and hydrate your hair and scalp. It contains no harmful chemicals that your drug store quality shampoos might.

Change Your Routine

If your hair is damaged and scalp is dry, it's time to change up how you're styling your hair. Using heat tools like curling and straightening irons can cause your hair to dry out, not to mention cause chemical and structural damages to your tresses.

If you can't avoid using thermal tools, at least consider using a heat protectant spray. If you have natural curls, our Curl & Styling Cream can help without using any heat. It provides long-lasting curls without any frizz. Plus, it's chock full of organic goji berry extract, so it'll stop dry scalp before it starts, too.

Choose Healthier Foods

You already know that the foods you eat can exacerbate your dry scalp. A diet that's deficient in vital nutrients can be a factor in the development of dry skin and scalp. Foods rich in zinc like red meat, shellfish, and legumes will do wonders for your skin and nails. Zinc boosts your immune system and is necessary for wound healing.

A diet low in omega-3 fatty acids can cause dry skin and poor blood circulation. Try eating more foods like mackerel, flax seeds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds. Vitamin A is necessary for your skin cells to function as they should. It's also an essential nutrient for proper organ functioning. You can find vitamin A in salmon, leafy green vegetables, and cantaloupe.

Try to avoid or cut back on foods that are too sugary. You may also want to reconsider your alcohol intake if you're serious about nixing your dry scalp.

Drink More Water

We all know how important it is to ensure we're drinking enough water every day. Not only can it relieve headaches, improve brain function, and aid in weight loss, but it can boost skin health, too. If you're not drinking enough, it's easy for your body to become dehydrated. Dehydration leads to itchy and dull-looking skin and an uneven complexion.

Aim for at least eight glasses a day. Use a water calculator to determine how much you need based on your age, weight, and activity level.

Be Sun Smart

We're often cautious about applying sunscreen to our exposed skin, but what about our scalps? They're just as prone to sunburn as any other part of our body, but we never apply sunscreen to our heads. Even if you're not prone to dry skin, ensure you're protecting your scalp. Make sure you're wearing a hat when spending any length of time outside in the summer. You can also find sun protectant sprays specifically made for your hair.

Try At-Home Remedies

Your kitchen cupboard and refrigerator may hold the secret to treat dry scalp.

While people often joke that coconut oil can be used to fix anything, they're not that wrong. Not only is it a delicious and healthy cooking oil, but it can be used as part of your topical skincare routine. It can moisturize your scalp and even reduce the risk of infections.

Apple cider vinegar has long been touted for its health benefits. It's a natural antimicrobial, which means it can help get rid of bacteria or fungi that are causing your dry scalp. Mix one part ACV with two parts water and let sit on your scalp for five minutes.

Baking soda and olive oil are both great anti-bacterial staples in most kitchens. Mixing the two together can create an exfoliant that can help both dandruff and dry scalp. Combine equal parts of both and massage into your scalp.

Avocados are more than just a trendy accompaniment for toast. The natural oils and fatty acids in these fruits are great for moisturizing your dry skin and scalp.

Give Yourself a Scalp Massage

Massaging your scalp can tell your body to produce more natural oils. It also causes an increase in blood flow to your hair follicles, resulting in them receiving more nutrients. Don't dig your nails into your head and call it a massage. Use a gentle touch with just the tips of your fingers in slow and circular motions. Try replicating the best scalp massage you've had from your hairdresser at home.

Use Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and anti-septic, so it's useful in many different applications. It's often used as a topical treatment for acne, lice, insect bites, and fungi. If you're going to try it for your dry scalp, make sure to do it right. You cannot apply it directly to your scalp as it will cause skin irritation. Dilute it with a carrier oil, like the mighty coconut oil, to start reaping the benefits.

You can also add a few drops of the oil into your regular shampoo bottle.

Begin Your Dry Scalp Treatment Today

Now that you know everything about those annoying white specks, you can start your dry scalp treatment.
Our goji berry mask and shampoo should be a part of your hair and scalp restoration routine. Check out our shop to find your best defense against your dry and itchy scalp.