A flaky, itchy scalp is one of those unspoken beauty struggles that tons of people deal with but no one wants to talk about. Of course, it’s only natural that the skin covering our skulls could experience dryness just like the skin on any other part of our bodies. But the snowstorm of dandruff that often accompanies a dry scalp can be super uncomfortable and downright embarrassing. And as someone who exists in a fashion- and beauty-centric pocket of reality, there are few things I consider more annoying than a chic shoulder pad dotted with little white flakes. (especially because I wear predominately black clothing).
While alleviating the itchiness and discomfort of a dry scalp might be your top priority, it’s also important to consider that scalp health, hair health, and growth go hand in hand. “While hair growth can be adversely affected by medications, diet, illness, hormones, and genetics, maintaining proper scalp health is a simple and reliable way to minimize, or altogether prevent, many common causes of hair loss,” says New York City–based dermatologist Julie Karen.”A well-nourished, properly hydrated scalp provides an optimal environment for proper hair growth and survival.” The moral of the story? If you want your hair to thrive, you’d better get that scalp all the way together, sis!
Ahead, check out some game-changing dry-scalp tips and treatments from top scalp-health experts that will set you on a path toward healthier hair.