7 Best Shampoos for Dry Scalp

Dry and flaky scalp! Something that I absolutely hate but unfortunately been dealing with since I was in high school. I don’t know what particularly changed in my body chemistry, but it was not good for my scalp. I would wash and condition my hair and within the matter of a day or so, my head would be full of dandruff again. It was very annoying and sometimes embarrassing.

So, like everyone else, I hopped on the web and researched the best shampoos for dry scalp that could help me manage this skin condition. I also spoke to a dermatologist who recommended some shampoos as well. I found some great products from both sources. The two shampoos that have helped me best are the Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Shampoo. While I still have occasional itching, my scalp is 10x’s less flaky than it once was. But what works for me may not work for everyone. Because of this, I have compiled a list of 7 best shampoos for dry scalp that come recommended. The good thing is there’s a shampoo for every budget. Hope this helps my fellow dry scalp gals.

Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, $15.49, Target

With consistent use, the Nizoral shampoo has made my dandruff almost completely disappear. I highly recommend. The Ketoconazole is an anti-fungal ingredient that helps reduce the growth of Malassezia which cause dandruff.

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo, $7.99, Target

The T/Gel shampoo contains one VERY important dandruff-fighting component: salicylic acid. 

Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Shampoo, $5.99, Target

Who hasn’t heard of Head & Shoulders??? This shampoo helps removes flakes, calm itching, relieve irritation, reduce redness, and fight dryness.

LivSo Moisturizing Shampoo, $19, Amazon

LivSo has a gentle sulfate-free formula and the Xylitol ingredient fights yeast.

Dove Dermacare Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, $4.89, Target

Francesca Fusco, M.D., a New York City dermatologist, says [Dove Dermacare Shampoo] her #1 recommendation contains pyrithione zinc 2%. “It helps get rid of flakes, irritation, hydrates a dry and/or itchy scalp.”

Rene Furterer Astera Fresh Soothing Freshness Shampoo, $29, Amazon

This lightweight shampoo effectively calms an itchy scalp.

Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo with Jujube Bark Extract, $38, Sephora

While the Jujube Bark extract found in the Christophe Robin Shampoo acts as an anti-dandruff agent, the Cherry Flower extract moisturizes and soothes the scalp.

Now that you’ve learned how to improve your dry scalp, check out this perm rod tutorial that reduces heat applied to your hair.


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