Dry Scalp Vs. Dandruff
We mentioned visible skin flaking as a sign of dry scalp, but are they directly correlated? The former, a skin condition known as dandruff, is just as common as dry scalp and can cause discomfort and cramp your confidence. Dry scalp happens when it loses too much moisture and becomes tight and may be due to factors like cold weather, dehydration, and excess hairstyling products.
But dandruff doesn't always signal dry scalp. Those annoying white flakes have a variety of causes and are largely associated with Malassezia, a yeast-like fungus that breeds on oily scalp areas. When your scalp’s natural protection gets weak, irritants made by Malassezia feed on the excess oil. This leads to inflammation and skin cells shedding faster than usual and results in dandruff.