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How Do You Treat A Dry Scalp And Oily Hair?

How Do You Treat A Dry Scalp And Oily Hair?

Table of Contents

  • Understanding Dry Scalp and Oily Hair
  • Common Mistakes People Make When Dealing with Dry Scalp and Oily Hair
  • Managing Dry Scalp with Oily Hair: Striking a Balance
  • When To Seek Medical Attention

Understanding Dry Scalp And Oily Hair

A dry scalp results from a lack of moisture on the skin of your head. It can lead to itching, flakiness, and sometimes redness. On the other hand, "oily hair" stems from the overproduction of sebum (natural oils) by the sebaceous glands on the scalp. 

Common Mistakes People Make When Dealing With Dry Scalp And Oily Hair

Dealing with a dry scalp and oily hair can be challenging, and many people make mistakes in their care routine that can worsen the condition. Here are some common mistakes people make:

  • Overwashing: Overwashing can strip the scalp of its natural oils, leading to increased dryness. In response, the sebaceous glands may produce even more oil, making hair greasier.
  • Using Harsh Shampoos: Shampoos with sulphates or other harsh detergents can exacerbate scalp dryness while increasing hair production.
  • Inadequate Rinsing: Not thoroughly rinsing hair can leave shampoo or conditioner. residues. This can lead to product buildup, which might dry out the scalp and make hair appear oilier.
  • Ignoring Scalp Health: Not addressing the dryness of the scalp while focusing solely on the hair's oiliness can worsen the dry scalp condition.
  • Over-conditioning: Applying too much conditioner or placing it directly on the scalp can contribute to oiliness. It's better to focus on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair.
  • Not Adjusting to Seasonal Changes: Different seasons might require different care routines. For instance, winter might worsen scalp dryness, requiring more moisturising products.
  • Neglecting Diet: Diet plays a role in skin and hair health. Consuming excessively greasy or sugary foods can impact sebum production and scalp health.
  • Not Seeking Professional Advice: Persistent issues with dry scalp and oily hair might indicate an underlying condition or require specialised treatment. Avoiding a consultation with a dermatologist can be a mistake.

Managing Dry Scalp With Oily Hair: Striking a Balance

Having a dry scalp and oily hair might seem contradictory, but it's more common than you'd think. This makes daily hair care more challenging. But with the right approach, it's possible to maintain a healthy scalp. 

  • Reconsider Your Washing Routine: Overwashing is a primary culprit. Reduce the frequency of your hair washes. When you wash, use lukewarm water, as hot water can exacerbate dryness and stimulate oil production. 
  • Choose the Right Shampoo: Invest in a mild, sulphate-free shampoo. For oily hair, clarifying shampoos used once a week can help eliminate excess oil and product buildup. For a dry scalp, occasionally using a moisturising shampoo can provide relief. 
  • Scalp Treatments: Regularly massage your scalp with light oils like jojoba or argan oil. These mimic the scalp's natural oils, offering moisture without clogging pores. 
  • Limit Hair Products: Reduce the use of heavy gels, creams, and serums. If you must use styling products, opt for lightweight formulas and ensure they're evenly distributed. 
  • Brush Your Hair Properly: Regular brushing helps distribute the natural oils from the scalp along the hair shaft. However, excessive brushing can stimulate more oil production. Use a natural bristle brush and strike a balance.
  • Healthy Diet: What you eat impacts your skin and hair. For a healthy scalp, ensure you're consuming enough omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants. To regulate sebum production, zinc-rich foods can be beneficial. 
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink ample water throughout the day. Proper hydration can reduce scalp dryness and regulate oil production. 
  • Avoid Heat Styling: Regular use of hair dryers, straighteners, or curling irons can dry out your scalp and overstimulate the oil glands. Allow your hair to air dry when possible, and use heat-protective products when styling. 


Kaya's expert dermatologists understand the intricacies of managing a dry scalp with oily hair. We offer a targeted approach to tackle this unique hair condition through personalised treatments and high-quality products. Kaya's range of specialised shampoos, conditioners, and treatments are designed to address both concerns effectively. With our dermatologists’ guidance, you can achieve a harmonious balance between scalp hydration and oil control, ensuring your hair looks and feels its best. 

Say goodbye to the dry-oily hair dilemma and hello to healthy, manageable locks with Kaya.

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