What is difference between dry scalp and dandruff , how to fix dry scalp and dandruff

What is difference between dry scalp and dandruff, how to fix them

Do you have dry scalp or dandruff, first we should need to know what is difference between dry scalp and dandruff, so we can address them properly. This isn’t about having a bad personal hygiene and neither of these are contagious, but it can be embarrassing. so there are certain things that we can do to help with these issues that we have.

The difference between dry scalp and dandruff

Dry scalp is fine flaky and usually white when it comes off and it kind of falls onto our shoulder, it’s very dry. Dandruff is usually waxy yellow patches and it’s also called seborrheic dermatitis, one is dry and one is oily.

If we it’s just kind of like our skin on our face, we have dry skin and we’re using something for oily skin and it’s stripping all our oil off. We’re just creating more of a problem, so let’s go through and see which one do you think that you have and how we can address it.

What is cause dry scalp?

So first of all a dry scalp is caused by diet stress winter especially here in Minnesota, I get dry scalp every winter, products that we’re using and some dry shampoos can also cause dry scalp. 

Bad ingredients to look for in your products are:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – Parabens

Cocamide DEA – Silicones

Dimethicone-Sodium chloride – Propelyne glycol

Amonia sodium – Dioxane

Talc – Ethanol

Magnesium silicate

Please look for in your shampoos and conditioners and even your skin care products that should not be in their.

Dry scalp also can be itchy burning. It can cause dry hair when the hair is dry, it can break and if we’re constantly itching in one area, then we’re causing inflammation, which can cause hair loss. 

What is difference between dry scalp and dandruff, how to fix them
dry scalp and dandruff

How to fix dry scalp

  • One of the main things we want to do is stay hydrated, that’s the easiest one
  • Also scalp massages helped a lot, tell your stylist to do an extra little Scout massage. it’ll bring all the nutrients and oxygen and blood flow to the surface of the skin.
  • Conditioning treatments, some conditioning treatments are made for the skin they’re called non comedogenic conditioners. If you look up that there are several out there and you could actually put them on the skin. I get a dry patch behind my ear every winter, I just take a little bit of that conditioner out of the shower and just rub it on like lotion, it works great.
  • Tea tree oil or jojoba oil as well. jojoba oil is a water-soluble oil, you can put this on your scalp at night massage it in leave, it on all night and wash it out in the morning, it shampoos out really easily, but it gives your scalp like a mini facial treatment it’s wonderful. 

What is cause dandruff?

Dandruff is be oily kind, so it’s when you’re itching and you feel kind of crusty waxy feeling, then that tells us that it is more oily, you can also get this on your face and chest and other areas as well, usually this is a long-term you’re kind of born with this.

Sometimes it fluctuates like with stress, you’ll go for a while and you won’t have any flare-ups at all, then all of a sudden you’re getting these flare-ups which can be caused by several different things, it could be hereditary it could be from Uncle Bob, it could be stress related and it could be from medications that you’re taking as well.

So just be aware if you start or stop a medication and you start getting these crusty little patches, it could be from the medication, kind of just keep track of your triggers. The scalp naturally produces oil called sebum, this sebum is there for a reason it help it protects us from infection, it hydrates our skin and it makes our hair super shiny. We want some oil onto our scalp.

How to fix danruff

Sulfate free shampoo

However sometimes these oil pumps, pump way too much oil, If we’re using a sulfate free or a sulfate shampoo, sulfates are detergents and they clear everything off the skin, so sometimes we were using shampoo with sulfates in it, it’s cleaning too much of our oil off and so then what’s happening is that we’re out of oil we need to pump more oil, so then it’s over producing oil.

 I know this might be a problem for some of you, if you can go like you start using sulfate free shampoo and a couple things. I’m going to share with you, but start going every other day every third day, it’s super hard when you when your hair is greasy and your scalp is greasy and you’re embarrassed about it, but if we can start using sulfate free shampoo, it will actually really help

natural remedies

Some natural remedies that we can do are aloe vera, apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil, those are some natural ones, if you’re really having dermatitis for a long time, you might need something a little bit more aggressive. There are certain things that you can use corticosteroids that you can use coal tar shampoo and salicylic acid shampoos, that’ll kind of break that, if you have a lot of scale on your scalp, it’ll kind of break that down for you,  I would suggest alternating from these to use a coal tar for a while and then a salicylic acid, because you don’t want to totally dry out all your skin as well.


Omega-3s are really good for this type of scalp condition low, level light laser therapy is really good too and clean eating. It could be a food allergy or like I said a medication of some sort. so eating clean is really gonna help you as well.

Parameter of ComparisonDandruffDry Scalp
DefinitionDandruff happens due to the excessive oil in the skin that causes excessive shedding of yellow or white scales i.e. dead skin cells from the scalp.Dry Scalp starts when a little moisture left in the skin. Skin becomes irritated and itchy, and then small white skin flakes fall off.
Main CauseExcessive oil in the skin.Dryness happens due to a little moisture left in the skin.
Exposure LimitationCaused by recurrent exposure to intense heat or cold conditions.Caused by excessive intense heat or cold conditions.
Accompanied ByDandruff can occur on any part of the body where oil glands are there.Dryness on the entire body.


Thanks for your reading the article, I hope you enjoyed these tips and I hope that they work for you as well as they work for me. Leave me a note in the comments. So let me know how it turns out, thanks you very much! Besides the areticle, you also check this article Gym hair hacks and gym hairstyles for more elementary knowledge about natual hair.

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