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You’ve noticed visible flakes on clothing or in the hair and think that it may be dandruff, but it, in fact, can be the sign of dry scalp as well. The truth is dandruff and dry scalp cause the same main symptoms but under two completely different conditions. Read on to learn about the difference between dandruff and dry scalp.

What are the differences between “Dandruff” and “Dry Scalp”?

Symptoms of Dandruff

– Oily, large white or yellow flakes

– Oily, red, scaly scalp

Symptoms of Dry Scalp

– Smaller and dry flakes

– Both the scalp and the skin are dry

What are the causes of “Dandruff” and “Dry Scalp”?


When it comes to dandruff, it means that the dead skin cells and dried oil have built up on your scalp. If you don’t remove them, your scalp will become oily, red and scaly. Or even you will discover the white or yellow flakes on your clothing if the situation gets worse.

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Dry scalp

When you get dry scalp, it means that your scalp does not have enough moisture. It simply reflects that your skin in the haired area is dry. Dry scalp can be caused by cold and dry air, excessive washing and older age etc. And you will find the flakes dry and smaller than those of dandruff.

Close-up Of A Dandruff In Woman's Blonde Hair

Home Remedies for Dandruff

The main cause of having dandruff is because of too much oil. The easiest thing to handle it is to look for a shampoo specifically for the dandruff treatment. It is recommended to choose the shampoo with calming ingredients like zinc pyrithione, ketoconazole, selenium, and mint leaf to reduce dandruff.

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Home Remedies for Dry Scalp

For getting rids of dry scalp, there are lots of treatments you can do like treating dry skin. You can find the shampoos with gentle formula or natural ingredients to moisturize your scalp. Also, in order to restore moisture, you can add some essential oils as your scalp treatments occasionally. It is good for hydrating your hair and soothing irritation.

Close up of a hairdresser applying hair oil on customer's hair at the salon.


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