Getting to Know your Scalp Type: How to figure out if it is dry or oily

Getting to Know your Scalp Type: How to figure out if it is dry or oily

Oily, dry, or normal.  Which is your scalp type and how to identify it?  Keep reading!

Our hair makes us proud, and it’s great to have a fabulous hair day.  Hair care has become much more relevant in the last few years, especially after the pandemic.  This is due to people’s awareness of what their hair needs, their scalp type, what causes hair damage, how to maintain a healthy scalp and the use of the best hair products.

As well as our skin can be categorized in different types, so can your scalp.  Identifying your scalp type is key to providing proper care, leading to significant long-term improvements in its health. But how do you determine which category your scalp falls into?

To determine whether your scalp is oily, dry, or normal, pay attention to the oiliness by touching it on the same day you wash your hair.


  • Dry Scalp / Low oiliness: There are no signs of oiliness, but there may be itchy, flaking, tightness, or irritation. This scalp type doesn't demand a daily or frequent wash. You might notice your hair feeling dry one or two days after washing because the scalp is absorbing the remaining oil in an attempt to stay hydrated. You can definitely wash your hair every other day or every two days.                     
                                   
  • Normal scalp /Medium oiliness: Your hair feels well-hydrated, and there are no signs of excess oil, flakes, or irritation. Washing every other day is suitable for this hair type.  

  • Oily scalp/High oiliness: The hair looks dull and lifeless most of the time indicating there may be an overproduction of sebum (also known as waxy oil).  Your hair might feel and look greasy and flat only a day after washing, suggesting a need for more frequent washing. Washing on a daily basis or more frequently, if necessary, is recommended for this scalp type..
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