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The 10 Best Dry Scalp Treatments for Flakes and Itchiness

By Carly Cochrane - 1 year ago | Updated
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While a dry scalp isn’t the cutest look, it’s not uncommon. Sunburn, environmental pollution and a build-up of hair products such as shampoo, styling gel and hairspray are all enough to throw your scalp off balance.

If you’ve noticed small, dry flakes sliding off your hair when you style locks or have been experiencing mild irritation and itchiness, then it’s possible that your scalp is thirsting for a hit of hydration.

Much like how you would treat dry skin, a dry scalp simply needs a moisture boost. Luckily, scalp care is a big deal in the industry at the moment, meaning brands have everything you need and more to help get to the root of the problem.

Keep scrolling to discover some of the best dry scalp treatments on the market.

The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

The INKEY List ensure that all areas are covered with this Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment. Designed to alleviate scalp discomfort, the lightweight serum-scrub delivers a deep and thorough cleanse. Dead skin cells, flakes, impurities and other nasties are instantly dissolved, thanks to the purifying properties of salicylic acid, and your skin's natural microbiome is replenished. The result? A clean, calm and comfortable scalp.

Bumble and bumble Scalp Detox

Bumble and bumble Scalp Detox

If your scalp is currently laced with a layer of dry shampoo and hairspray then you need to detox, ASAP. This fizzing foam formula from Bumble and bumble prevents dryness, flaking and irritation by stripping away the dirt, oil, product build-up and dead skin cells that sit on top of the scalp.

Living Proof Scalp Care Dry Scalp Treatment

Living Proof Scalp Care Dry Scalp Treatment

Bursting with hyaluronic acid, this dry scalp treatment from Living Proof is all you need to fix flakes and irritation, fast. Better still, a vitamin B3 based microbiome keeps your scalp balanced so you can indulge in long-lasting relief.

Kérastase Soothing Scrub

Kérastase Soothing Scrub

This soothing scrub treatment allows you to hit the reset button on your scalp. Stopping product build-up, dandruff, sebum and impurities from running riot on your scalp, it exfoliates skin, unclogs pores and stimulates healthy hair growth with a nourishing blend of jojoba, sweet orange peel and vitamin B6. Not only will your scalp feel fresh and clean but locks appear stronger, shinier and thicker.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair & Scalp Treatment

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair & Scalp Treatment

A session with Paul Mitchell will have you feeling fresher than fresh. This treatment is perfect for scalps that are irritated and a little on the sore side. Powered by tea tree, it soothes, cleanses and nourishes your scalp so that you can feel comfortable once more.

Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Anti-Dandruff Scalp Toner

Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Anti-Dandruff Scalp Toner

Look forward to a flake-free scalp forever as hair care expert Philip Kingsley provides the ultimate remedy. This clear and odourless toner can be applied all over the scalp and left throughout the day to work its magic. Expect itchiness to be immediately soothed and your scalp to feel nourished and moisturised.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Scalp Serum

Dr. Barbara Sturm Scalp Serum

Invest in a scalp serum that goes the extra mile. Promising to boost hydration, address dryness and improve overall scalp health, this non-drying serum is your fast track to a cleaner scalp. Pro-grade ingredients power the formula, including purslane to protect against irritation; panthenol for a soothing and calming effect; Indian Kino Tree for intensive anti-ageing treatment and a combination of algin and papaya extract to restore the scalp's moisture balance.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub

Give your scalp a good scrubbing with help from Drunk Elephant. A supercharged AHA/BHA blend dissolves any dead skin cells and product build-up that may be causing scalp irritation, whilst a cocktail of marula, mongongo and baobab provide extra nourishment. Soon, you'll be able to wave bye-bye to dryness, inflammation and irritation for good!

Goop G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo

Goop G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo

Sometimes a plain old shampoo doesn’t do the job properly. Get down and dirty with this salt scalp scrub shampoo from Goop. Boasting a whipped texture and infused with Himalayan pink salt, it detoxifies and clarifies leaving your scalp feeling nothing but refreshed.

Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

If your scalp is prone to dryness, flakes and irritation then you might want to switch out your everyday shampoo with this scalp-sensitive formula. It utilises a cocktail of nourishing and anti-fungal ingredients that keep your skin’s moisture balance in check, so you’ll never have to suffer again.

Now that you're fully equipped with the top dry scalp treatments, you can look forward to banishing flakes, itchiness and irritation for good. Be sure to check out our guide on How to Choose the Best Anti-Dandruff Shampoo too, so that you can maintain a healthy and happy scalp.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.

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