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Best Shampoo for Dry Scalp

Updated on August 10, 2014

Five of the Best Shampoos for Dry, Itchy Scalp

Fortunately, I don't suffer from a chronically dry, itchy scalp or dandruff. However, there are times, such as in the winter, when my scalp feels a little drier. One product I would like to mention is Head & Shoulders shampoo - it works wonders on an itchy scalp and leaves your hair soft and smelling minty fresh all day. Here are five of the best shampoos for dry scalp that will help get rid of dandruff and leave your hair visibly softer.

Photo credit: Tonya Mickelson 2014

Shampoo for Dry Scalp: KeraCare

KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Moisturizing shampoo for dry scalp is formulated to help relieve an itchy scalp and get rid of dandruff. It protects against dryness, detangles the hair to leave it feeling softer, and leaves the hair and scalp in a healthier condition. KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Moisturizing shampoo is available in three sizes: gallon, 32 ounces, and eight ounce bottles. For even softer hair, try the KeraCare conditioner.

Avlon Keracare Dry Itchy Conditioner and Scalp Moisturizing Shampoo, 32 Ounce
Avlon Keracare Dry Itchy Conditioner and Scalp Moisturizing Shampoo, 32 Ounce

Avlon KeraCare will help improve a dry and itchy scalp while softening your hair.

 

Shampoo for Dry Scalp: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Dry Scalp Soothing Shampoo

Formerly known as Neutrogena Triple Moisture Active Soothing shampoo, this shampoo for dry scalp treats an itchy scalp by getting rid of dandruff, soothes itching, and leaves the hair feeling soft and touchable. It contains three ingredients that help to soothe and relieve an itchy scalp: apricot extract, mint, and sweet almond. After just one use, your hair will feel softer.

Shampoo for Dry Scalp: Selsun Blue Dandruff Shampoo

"Never wear black without the blue." Available at Wal-Mart, Selsun Blue has two new shampoos for dry scalp: Selsun Blue for Itchy Dry Scalp and Selsun Blue Naturals for Itchy Dry Scalp. They are specially formulated to get rid of dandruff and leave your hair feeling silky smooth.

Selsun Blue Medicated Maximum Strength Dandruff Shampoo, 11 Ounce
Selsun Blue Medicated Maximum Strength Dandruff Shampoo, 11 Ounce

Selsun Blue will soften your hair while getting rid of dandruff and dry scalp.

 

Shampoo for Dry Scalp: Matrix Dandruff shampoos

Matrix carries a number of shampoos for itchy scalp, from Biolage to Matrix for Men. They also have numerous products that are not specifically targeted for dandruff, some of which I have used. See below for a couple Matrix product options that will help get rid of dandruff and dry scalp.

Matrix Men Active Control Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 13.5 oz
Matrix Men Active Control Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 13.5 oz

Matrix Men Active Control Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

 

Shampoo for Dry Scalp: Head & Shoulders

Last, but not least, Head & Shoulders is a great product for an itchy scalp. As I mentioned earlier, I use Head & Shoulders occasionally and love how it leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling fresh. (I actually use it sometimes whether my scalp is dry or not.)

Head & Shoulders Shampoo, Clinical Strength, 14.2 oz
Head & Shoulders Shampoo, Clinical Strength, 14.2 oz

My husband uses the Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength shampoo.

 

All of these shampoos for dry scalp will help get rid of dandruff and leave your hair feeling healthier than ever. You don't have to suffer with a dry, itchy scalp. Try one of these shampoos for dry scalp to get rid of dandruff and leave your hair feeling fresh.

Natural Remedies for Dry Scalp

If you prefer to try something more natural than clinical strength shampoos, here are a few natural remedies you might like.

  • Tea tree oil. You could try tea tree oil shampoo, or simply add 10-20 drops of the essential oil to a mild shampoo and massage into your scalp.
  • Lemon juice. Apply the juice directly to your scalp and leave in for five minutes before shampooing.
  • Apple cider vinegar. Rinse your hair with water and let it dry. Then mix equal parts ACV and water in a spray bottle and spray it onto your head. Wait a few minutes, then rinse and shampoo as normal.

Which shampoo do you use for dandruff or dry scalp?

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Share your favorite shampoo for dandruff or dry, itchy scalp here, as well as any other thoughts you may have.

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