7 must-have treatments for soothing a dry, itchy scalp
Ditch the itch (for good)
Content Producer / July 28 2023
Dealing with dryness and irritation on your head can be a real nuisance, but don't worry – you're certainly not alone. From extreme dandruff to conditions like seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis, there's potentially a slew of reasons behind that unwelcome itching. Yet, sometimes the culprit is as simple as a dry or irritated scalp.
The key to finding the right solution lies in understanding the root cause of your scalp's dryness and tailoring the treatment accordingly. Unlike pesky dandruff caused by yeast or bacteria, dry scalp issues can stem from a plethora of factors like harsh shampoos, fragrance sensitivity, environmental humidity levels, shower habits, medications, hormones, or even the natural process of ageing.
To get a proper diagnosis, it's important to see a doctor or dermatologist. However, if you simply have a dry scalp, scalp treatments are a good place to start. Below, we've put together an edit of superior treatments that'll have you feeling confident and flake-free once again.
The best dry scalp treatments in Australia...
Davroe Scalp Remedy Lotion Spray
This gentle, nutrient-rich spray is infused with the natural plant extracts of aloe vera and kakadu plump to clear dandruff and soothe an irritated scalp. Meanwhile, rice and quinoa proteins work extremely hard to protect and replenish essential moisture. Basically, this product is a jack of all trades.
$26.95 at a-beauty
Dr. Hauschka Hair & Scalp Tonic
Designed to benefit those fighting dandruff, Dr. Hauschka's Hair & Scalp Tonic soothes a dry, itchy, flaky scalp and reduces excess oil at the roots of your hair. With a rich, botanical formula, you'll love the soft, lightweight and hydrating feeling it leaves on your hair and scalp.
$38 at Adore Beauty
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA Serum For Scalp
Hair serums can treat a variety of hair concerns, but they can also really benefit the scalp. This milky serum combines ingredients that mimic the function of natural moisturising factors, as well as hyaluronic acid and squalane that are naturally produced within the skin. To put it simply, it's designed to support scalp hydration and help ease discomfort caused by dryness.
$22.40 at Myer
Moroccanoil Dry Scalp Treatment
If the name didn't give it away, Moroccanoil's Dry Scalp Treatment is a professional scalp treatment designed to...you guessed it, soothe and moisturise the scalp. It also helps relieve irritation, improve circulation and treat the hair follicles at the root, encouraging shiny, lustrous hair that looks and feels healthier. Added bonus? It's fragrance with the Moroccanoil signature scent (a blend of spicy amber and warm florals), so that you can walk around feeling and smelling your very best.
$47 at Sephora
Aveda Invati Advanced Scalp Revitalizer
If you’re looking for a dry, flaky scalp treatment that takes a gentler, more holistic approach to treating dandruff and dry scalps, this cruelty-free, vegan formula has been designed to soothe and leave your entire head (aka your hair and scalp) beaming with health. It contains natural ingredients like ginseng and certified organic turmeric to gently (but firmly) treat those flaky locks.
$105 at Adore Beauty
Alterna Renewing Scalp Care Hemp Leave-On Treatment
The Alterna Renewing Scalp Care Hemp Leave-On Treatment has some seriously fab reviews from fellow dry-scalp sufferers, with one even saying it's like giving yourself a DIY salon visit. But what exactly does it do, you ask? Well, enriched with the nourishing properties of hemp oil, it works to revitalise hair and soothe the scalp, while providing essential moisture and nutrients to promote strong, healthy hair.
$49.50 at Oz Hair & Beauty
OGX Extra Strength Refreshing + Invigorating Teatree Mint Dry Scalp Treatment
Help remove buildup with a burst of freshness using this hard-working dry scalp treatment. Blended with peppermint, tea tree oil and witch hazel, it invigorates the senses, while removing residue (all without stripping your strands). Perfect for a complete scalp refresh, it'll leave your head less flaky, less itchy and a whole lot more hydrated.
$46.92 at Amazon
Tiarne is BEAUTYcrew's Content Producer. Between crafting narratives about all things beauty, you might catch her indulging in an endless stream of TikTok videos and obsessing over her dog. Her words have also appeared across other mastheads such as Better Homes & Gardens, New Idea, Now To Love, Bounty Parents and more.