How to Fix a Dry, Flaky Scalp in Under 5 Minutes

Erin Jahns
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Confession: We'd be lying if we said that dandruff didn't completely freak us out. In fact, we liken it to the rather unfortunate scenario of noticing pesto in our teeth mid-date—unavoidable, albeit totally cringeworthy. And while we know we shouldn't let an innocent sprinkling of flakes on our favorite black sweater send us into a tailspin of worry and frustration, a dry, flaky scalp is not our preferred accessory this fall. (We're more into plush lips and hair color.)

However, as annoying as dandruff is, it's one of those pesky problems that at one point or another happens to just about everyone. And according to dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, the founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care, there's not a lot you can do to actually prevent it—especially when fall and winter's cooler temperatures come around. (According to Tanzi, the frigid air will exacerbate a dry, flaky scalp, which is an annoying side effect of dandruff, scientifically known as seborrheic dermatitis.) The key, as it turns out, is all in how you manage it. Tanzi explained to us that the best thing you can do is look for a shampoo or scalp treatment that specifically targets dandruff and the accompanying dry, flaky scalp. If you go with a scalp treatment, Tanzi recommends letting it sit awhile prior to rinsing, and if you continue to have problems, it might be time to go in and see a dermatologist for a prescription.

In the meantime, however, Byrdie HQ has some suggestions in the form of a master list featuring our favorite, tried-and-true remedies for a dry, flaky scalp. Keep reading for the ten products that never fail to save our skin.

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