Has your scalp ever felt really dry and itchy and you know have no idea what to use to treat it? If you’re not quite sure what to use to cure your dry and itchy scalp , first get an experts opinion to determine your scalp condition. We spoke with two professionals who can ensure the best products to use to alleviate the irritation and treat an itchy scalp.

Dr. Adebola Dele-Michael, a board-certified dermatologist, says “It is better to use a medicated shampoo that can alleviate the itchy symptoms. Conditioners should be applied to the length of the hair and not the scalp.” She explains, “itchy scalp could be a sign of inflammation and should be evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist. Some over-the-counter treatments commonly used are Head & Shoulders Shampoo, Selsun Blue Shampoo and Nizoral 1% Shampoo.”

How to use a dandruff shampoo

Over the counter dandruff shampoos can be drying on curls, but the ingredients are beneficial for reducing bacteria, and removing dandruff. To prevent stripping your curls of moisture, apply a conditioner to the ends of your hair prior to using the anti-dandruff shampoo. You can use Joico Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm to coat your hair. Add the shampoo to a color applicator bottle to make it easier to apply. Part your hair into four sections, then section by section apply the shampoo directly on your scalp. Then, work the shampoo into a lather and let it sit on the scalp for two minutes. Rinse, shampoo again, follow up with a conditioner of your choice.

Diane C. Bailey, celebrity hair stylist and Shea Moisture brand ambassador, recommends using a sulfate-free shampoo, and exfoliating your scalp to help combat dry scalp and flakes.  According to Diane C. Bailey, doing so is key in order to have healthy hair, as well as doing regular deep conditioning treatments.

Bailey, recommends using Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque. “The masque hydrates and detoxifies strands, while exfoliating scalp of debris, as well as calming itching, and flaking due to inflammation. The masque contains tea tree oil, which provides anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial benefits. Coconut oil nourishes with fatty acids. African Black Soap gently exfoliates and soothes the scalp, while helping to detoxifying hair of impurities.”

How do you use the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque?

Diane C. Bailey says, “Apply masque from root-to-ends. Massage into scalp for two to three minutes with pads of fingers in a circular motion to aid in stimulating the scalp, and dislodging dry skin. With a large tooth comb, begin at ends of hair and gently comb through to detangle and to evenly distribute. Cover hair with plastic cap and leave on for 10 or 15 minutes. Use a streamer, or moist heat, to open the cuticles and pores to increase hydration.  After the steam treatment, rinse with warm, cool water to close the cuticles and pores, sealing in moisture. Comb and style as usual.”


One of the main reasons to not put conditioner on your scalp is because it can leave build up on the scalp which can contribute to itching and flaking. Putting conditioner on the scalp will not reduce inflammation. In order to treat dry or itchy scalp use an exfoliator or medicated shampoo.

Have you ever used deep conditioner on your scalp? Tell us what products you use for dry and itchy scalp. 

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Sophia Emmanuel


As a licensed cosmetologist and certified IAT trichologist, I enjoy helping people get to the root of their hair loss and hair breakage problems. I love teaching my clients how to care for their hair and pampering them with relaxing services. I love helping, creating, and learning.

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