How to differentiate between dry scalp and dandruff?

Our lives would have been so much easier if hair woes never existed in the first place, but since that’s not the case and there are so many hair issues almost every girl deals with on a daily basis, it only makes sense to discuss certain issues in a comprehensive manner. While dryness, frizziness, thinning are some of the most common hair woes, there’s much more to hair issues, and some of them often get overlooked, which only makes things worse. Having said that, while most issues are easy to identify, there are some issues that can easily be confused for another problem and vice versa. And this often happens in the case of dry scalp and dandruff. The two conditions can seem quite similar to each other, but in reality, these two differ from each other in a lot of aspects.
The similarity between the two conditions can make it a bit confusing for anyone when it comes to identifying the problem, but it’s imperative to know what condition you are actually dealing with as treatments vary for each issue. And the only way to deal with that issue effectively is to use only those treatments that are specifically formulated for them. Using treatments of other conditions will only make things worse for you, thus, it’s important to know the difference between dandruff and dry scalp.


Dandruff is a very common skin condition that causes white and dry flakes to appear on the scalp. An important thing to know about this condition is it can only be controlled and not fully cured. There are innumerable reasons that cause dandruff, and excessive oil production, fungal infections, irritation to hair care products, and high-stress levels are some of the most common causes. In simple words, an overly oily scalp is the major cause of dandruff. The excessively oily scalp serves as the perfect breeding ground for fungi that further results in the accumulation of dead skin cells on the scalp in the form of white flakes. Itchy scalp, visible white flakes, and redness of the scalp are some of the common symptoms of dandruff.

Effective ways to deal with dandruff

• Instead of using any shampoo to wash your hair, invest in an anti-dandruff shampoo that contains salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, or ketoconazole. Including this shampoo in your hair care routine will help in preventing the growth of fungus on your scalp.
• Consume foods that are rich in omega-3 as this compound helps in regulating oil production.
• Work on alleviating your stress levels
• Include tea tree oil-infused products in your hair care routine as the ingredient is known to help in reducing dandruff.

Dry scalp


Dry scalp is also quite a common condition, and some of the most common causes of this issue are lack of moisture in the scalp, using wrong hair care products, overwashing your hair, sun exposure, pollution, and much more. Itchiness, dry hair, and barely-there flakes are some of the symptoms of dry scalp.
The easiest way to get rid of dry scalp is by introducing hydrating ingredients in your hair care routine and limiting the use of shampoos. Since the dry scalp is a result of lack of moisture in the scalp, it can easily be treated by making a few tweaks in your hair care routine.
Effective ways to deal with dry scalp
• Exfoliate your scalp using a scalp scrub to get rid of flaky and dry patches.
• Wash your hair with a hydrating and nourishing shampoo that doesn’t leave your scalp dry.
• Steer clear of alcohol-based hair care products as they can strip your scalp of its natural oils, which can further result in flakiness.
• Wash your hair just twice or thrice a week and try rinsing your mane with cold water.

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