Tired of dusting white flakes off your favorite shirt? Luckily, there are plenty of products that target dry scalps at the root. But before we jump into the various ways to treat dryness, let’s get one thing clear: Dry scalp and dandruff are not the same thing.
Though many of the symptoms are similar (namely itchiness and flakiness), the causes are different. Dandruff, also known as seborrheic dermatitis, can be brought on by a number of factors such as an overgrowth of fungus on the scalp or a skin condition like psoriasis or eczema, whereas a dry scalp is just, well, dry skin that’s typically brought on by environmental factors like a change in seasons or a reaction to a new product.
That said, we culled a comprehensive shopping guide that troubleshoots for both issues, so you’ll get some much-needed relief either way. From soothing shampoos to purifying scrubs, here are 18 dry scalp treatments that actually work.