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 you discomfort and cramp your confidence. Dry scalp happens when it loses too much moisture and becomes tight, may be due to factors like cold weather, dehydration and excess hair product.
But dandruff doesn't always signal a dry scalp. Those annoying white flakes have a variety of causes, and is 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 on skin cells to shed faster than usual, and ta-dah - you get dandruff.