Find out your scalp type and the best treatments suitable for them


Different scalp types are prone to different scalp conditions. Learn more about your scalp type and the effective ways to take care of it.


1. Different types of scalp and issues faced by them
2. How to treat different scalp conditions?

We often forget that the scalp is an extension of our skin, with more sebaceous glands, hair follicles, and sweat glands. And just like the rest of your skin, the scalp too faces certain issues that can trigger a series of hair woes. However, not all scalps are the same. There are different scalp types, and each one has its own fair share of problems. Now that you know that your skin and scalp are the same, you need to shower the same amount of TLC on your scalp as you do to your face and the rest of your body.

To understand scalp care better and chalk out a routine to keep scalp conditions at bay, you need to figure out your scalp type. This is where we step in to help you. Learn more about the different types of scalp and ways to treat the scalp conditions associated with them.

Different types of scalp and issues faced by them

  • Dry scalp

    If you frequently experience itchiness and notice powdery flakes falling off, every time you scratch your scalp or give it a subtle shake, it indicates that you have a dry scalp. This condition occurs when your pH levels are high, and your scalp produces less sebum. A less acidic scalp with less sebum cannot keep the bacteria away, and this causes *hair fall and other skin conditions. Plus, dry hair is quite prone to breakage as it can stretch to only 15% of its overall length, and anything further than that leads to breakage.
  • Oily scalp

    If your hair clumps together or feels extremely greasy as the day progresses, you have an oily scalp. This occurs when your sebaceous glands go into overdrive and produce more sebum than the usual count. This sebum coats your hair strands and makes them greasy, which attracts dirt and other impurities. An oily scalp also triggers dandruff. The microbe, Malassezia globosa, that lives on everyone’s scalp produces more oleic acid in response to the extra sebum. This irritates your scalp further, causing it to turn flaky to get rid of the irritant, thereby triggering dandruff.
  • Normal scalp

    A normal scalp is a healthy scalp. It has the right amount of sebum and an ideal pH level. A normal healthy scalp is a perfect foundation for shiny, beautiful, and healthy hair.
  • Combination scalp

    Out of all the different types of scalp, the combination scalp can be a bit tricky. It is similar to the combination skin on your face. In this type, there are dry and oily areas spread across the scalp. It’s easy to identify a combination scalp from the dull wiry texture of the hair, which occurs because of the overactive sebaceous glands and poor scalp condition. It creates a glut of sebum, which is absorbed back into the scalp and prevents essential oils from being absorbed into the length of your hair. This condition causes dry and frizzy ends with extremely oily roots.

How to treat different scalp conditions?

Different scalp types require different treatment methods to bring the condition under control. At Head & Shoulders, you can choose from a wide range of anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners that cater to your unique hair care requirements.

  • For dry scalp

    A dry scalp needs moisture to keep flaking, itchiness, and breakage at bay. We have the perfect option to help you keep this condition under control. Try Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Shampoo, as it’s proven to improve your scalp health in 2 weeks (with regular use). Its dual-action formula with almond oil relieves dry scalp itch and provides extra conditioners to keep your hair smooth and moisturised. What’s more? It even offers 100% dandruff protection*. Use this shampoo along with Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Conditioner, which is formulated with an active moisturising formula that continuously targets dryness.
    If you are short on time and cannot adhere to the entire shampoo + conditioner routine, try Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care 2-in-1. This combination of an anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner locks in moisture 75% better than other regular moisturisers alone^. This 2-in-1 Dry Scalp Care is proven to restore and protect your scalp’s natural barrier and give up to 100% dandruff protection*.
  • For oily scalp

    An oily scalp provides the perfect environment for the dandruff-causing microbe to thrive. To keep dandruff at bay, try Head & Shoulders UltraMen Deep Clean 2-in-1 Anti-Dandruff + Conditioner. The 2-in-1 product uses charcoal extract to clean oil and other styling residues that can trigger dandruff and other hair woes. The deep cleansing shampoo + conditioner defeats dandruff, nourishes dry scalp, and reduces scalp itch.
  • For combination scalp

    If your scalp is oily and your hair ends are dry and lifeless, you need a product that will gently cleanse your scalp and moisturise your tresses, something like the Head & Shoulders Cool Menthol Shampoo. This pH-balanced shampoo gently cleans your scalp and leaves it feeling menthol-fresh, while locking in the moisture for beautiful, healthy hair.

Identifying your scalp type plays a vital role in keeping serious scalp conditions away. With these products from Head & Shoulders, say goodbye to hair woes that stem from an unhealthy scalp.

(*visible flakes, with regular use)

(^ relative to baseline, with regular use vs. the leading competitive brand’s base variant)

*All references on this page refers to hair fall or hair loss due to breakage.