Dry Scalp

dry scalpPlease feel free to telephone the advice line if you are seeking professional advice or treatment for a dry scalp. You can email us via our contact page (located above)

There are many scalp conditions that may cause an inflamed, itchy dry scalp. Correct diagnosis before treatment is important. We have outlined some of the more common diseases in this paper. Please be mindful, the information provided is not designed to assist self diagnosis. Professional advice should always be sought.

The key to treating a dry scalp condition is to remove the crusting that creates a barrier to the underlying skin. This process should only be conducted by a professional. We have a unique method which is pain free and very effective.

We specialise in treating all types of hair including afro carribean hair. We have a variety of home care products that may assist in dealing with an itchy dry scalp. It is important to ascertain a correct diagnosis in order to effectively combat the problem.

What can we do to help the itchy dry scalp?
The main issues are the flaky, itchy, dry skin that is so difficult to control and relieve. We are in most cases able to offer relief from irritation and remove the crusting. In the majority of cases we are able to control or remove (chronic or acute) scalp conditions. In many cases we are able to offer home care solutions.

What are the causes of the inflamed or Itchy Scalp?
An Itchy dry scalp may be a symptom of: poor hygiene, inadequate rinsing, Scalp Eczema, Scalp Psoriasis, Dandruff, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis (aka the various forms of Pityriasis – Pityriasis Simplex Capitis, Pityriasis Rotunda, Pityriasis Circinata), Pediculus Capitis & Irritant or allergic reactions. Many of which are chronic conditions that may be controlled. Some itchy scalp conditions may be removed with treatment. Hair loss may follow if the scalp is under stress through disease. The hair follicles may go into an early resting (telogen) state. After treatment, hair growth should return to that of the norm.

Poor hygiene may lead to an itchy scalp and secondary infection. The scalp in all cases needs proper cleansing and should be washed at least twice a week. The application of oils and other such items to keep the scalp moist may well exacerbate the condition.


Scalp eczema’s are non contagious acute or chronic itchy scalp conditions characterised by one or more of the following: erythema (inflammation), oozing, skin thickening, formation of papules, vesicles (blisters) and crusting. Pruritis (itchy burning scalp, sometimes severe) leads to excoriation and possible bleeding. Affects all ages. Secondary infection may be present. Scalp eczema though not curable can often be successfully managed. Affected skin is susceptible to flare ups. Scalp Eczema is categorised into environmental and internal. Further information can be found on the Scalp Eczema page. 

Scalp Psoriasis presents as a chronic inflammatory disease that causes the skin to thicken producing silver/white or yellow scales. Statistically it affects 3% approx. of the population. Scalp psoriasis shows no affiliation to gender, race or skin colour. Scalp psoriasis is not contagious but can be passed genetically. Nails may be affected (pitting or loosening). Further information can be found on the Scalp Psoriasis page.


Atopic Dermatitis is a common condition that tends to affect children more that adults. Males and females are affected equally. The onset may be during the first few months of life presenting as weeping, crusting, and pruritic erythema on the face, genital region & scalp. Further information can be found on Atopic Dermatitis page.

Dandruff is a popular collective name signifying a scaly flaking scalp condition. In a simple context Dandruff will allude to Pityriasis Simplex Capitis (syn. pityriasis sicca) a non-inflammatory scalp condition which presents as exfoliation of the Stratum Corneum (outer layer of epidermal cells) due to the presence of Pityrosporon Ovale.

Dandruff is common to both sexes and shows no affiliation to race or skin colour. Human skin cells are continually manufactured and shed. Clothing often assists in the shedding. Hairy skin may retain these exfoliated cells which articulate to form scales. Pruritis (itchy scalp) may be severe in some cases of dandruff. Further information may be found on the dandruff page.