A: There are four main conditions that typically affect the scalp: Dry/flaky scalp, oily scalp, dandruff, and combination scalp. It is extremely important to diagnose the scalp before determining which Moroccanoil Scalp Treatment to use. To diagnose the scalp, it is recommended that one assesses four different components of the scalp.
1. Checking the tightness of the scalp: To determine the tightness of the scalp: gently pinch the skin of the scalp with thumb and forefinger. A loose, easy-to-pinch scalp indicates good circulation. A solid, tense scalp indicates poor circulation.
2. Checking sebaceous glands: Use a comb to section off the hair. Move a fingertip over the scalp and feel whether there is little, a lot or no sebum (oily secretion of the sebaceous glands) on the scalp. Counter-check over the face, as facial skin and scalp are often similar.
3. Checking for dandruff: Make several partings on the scalp. Look for oily dandruff or dry dandruff. Dandruff should not be confused with a dry scalp or dry scalp flakes. Dandruff will often cause itchiness, redness and sensitivity of the scalp.
4. Checking for dryness and flakes: Look for dry patches and powdery flakes on the scalp. A dry scalp can be compared to scaly skin—similar to that of dry skin on the face.