How To Prevent An Itchy, Dry Scalp This Winter
Can’t stop the itch? Most people automatically think of dandruff as being the culprit of an itchy, dry scalp, but it can actually be caused by many different variables: weather, scalp conditions, product build up, etc. If you think you have a serious scalp condition that goes further than dandruff, it’s best to consult a dermatologist for proper diagnosis.
If you think you have it, the first step would be to try some different over-the-counter shampoos containing ingredients like selenium sulfide, salicylic acid, and zinc pyrithione that help control the yeast. If you’d like to go the natural route, you can try tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, jojoba oil, or lemon juice to help soothe that itchy noggin. When you apply any of these natural remedies, do so before you shower, letting it sit under a shower cap for 10-15 before rinsing and shampooing thoroughly.
WHAT TO AVOID:
Washing your hair too often
If you wash your hair every day, especially during the dry, winter months, you are depriving your scalp of it’s natural oils, which moisturize your skin. Try washing at least every other day to give your scalp a break.
Excessive heat from your blow dryer or shower
Try not to overdry – too much dry heat can be very harmful to both your scalp and your hair. Your skin is sensitive on your scalp, so treat it with care!
Freezing winter wind!
Just like your lips get chapped from the dry, cold weather, your scalp can react the same way, so try to cover up with a cap or a hood when you’re out in that blizzard!
Whether you like vitamin E, avocado, coconut, jojoba, or olive, oil is your best friend during the dry, winter months. Use it! Your skin and hair will thank you for it!