How to Care for a Dry Itchy Scalp

Lorie Knickle March 02, 2021

Dry, itchy scalps can be a real pain. From flakes to irritation, a lack of moisture can wreak havoc on your locks. Thankfully you don’t have to sacrifice your style and comfort to dryness. 

First, you may be wondering “why is my scalp so dry?” There are various contributing factors to dryness. One or all may apply.

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Age – as hair matures scalps produce less oil which results in overall moisture loss.

dry hair products Environment – dry climates, heat from hot styling tools, wind, pool chemicals while swimming: all can lead to dryness.
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Hair Care Routines – frequent shampooing and blow drying can contribute to dryness. Try skipping a few days between shampoos and letting your hair air dry when possible.

dry hair drink water Nutrition – the age-old recommendation for all things, drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated, applies for sure.

Here’s how to treat your dry itchy scalp!

Step #1

Wash & Condition 

Use gentle, scalp nurturing shampoo & conditioner, like Scalp Relief Cleanser and Conditioner from Nioxin. This system balances the pH level of the scalp and soothes with aloe. Plus they are formulated without sulfates (ingredients known to strip hair's natural oils).

Dry itchy scalp shampoo
 dry itchy scalp conditioner

Step #2


To gently slough flakes and condition the scalp, start with an exfoliator, such as the Virtue Refresh Exfoliating Scalp Treatment. This product gently exfoliates with a mixture of rice beads and fruit enzymes, and conditions with a blend of jojoba and kalahari melon oil. Plus, it contains revolutionary Alpha Keratin 60ku® to further repair and restore. Massage into your scalp after shampooing and rinse well. Use this treatment to replace conditioner once or twice per week.

dry itchy scalp exfoliator


Step #3


Massage your scalp with a leave-in treatment to condition and restore balance to stressed scalps. For instant relief after showering, try the Nioxin Scalp Relief Serum while your hair is still damp. For a more intense overnight treatment, try Virtue Refresh Topical Scalp Supplement to infuse your scalp with nourishment while you sleep.

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I hope these tips leave your scalp happy, hydrated and healthy! For more scalp care products, click here.


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