A dry scalp is characterized by itching, flaking, burning sensation, redness, or inflammation of the forehead or scalp, according to WebMD. A common way to tell if you have a dry scalp is to scratch your head and see if dandruff appears.
Dry scalp is a very common condition, especially during the winter, as WebMD explains. Most people experience dry scalp or dandruff at some point during their lives. Dry scalp usually goes away by itself, but if it persists, try applying lotion or eczema cream to the scalp. Chronic dry scalp can signal underlying skin conditions or perhaps a problem with a water softener.