Scalp care is essential to maintain a healthy environment for you hair to grow and flourish, one that is free from dry skin, flaking, and itch.
While there’s very little we can do to change the weather, and what Mother Nature has in store for us all, there are a few things we can teach you about keeping your scalp healthy, happy and free of itch and flaking during the winter.
Scalp care is something we all need to be mindful of, and one thing that we all need to remember is that dry scalp is not dandruff. Dandruff is caused by an overproduction of sebum (oil) and is often a warning sign there is an overgrowth of yeast in the body. Dry scalp is caused by a loss of moisture and the chances of getting it increases as temperatures drop.
Let’s take a look at some scalp care tricks and tips:
Products & Care
This is high on the priority list to discuss because the products that you’re using and the everyday styling and care routines you’re implementing could either help or hurt your scalp. Keep in mind the following:
- Avoid hair products (shampoos, conditioners, styling) that contain sulfates. Sulfates dry the hair and cause more bad than good. They strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils.
- If you’re not partaking in strenuous daily activities and your scalp isn’t as greasy or oily as it is during the summer then consider washing your hair less to prevent your scalp (and strands) from drying out.
- Give your hair and scalp a deep conditioning hair masque once a week.
- Since your hair and scalp is going to become more vulnerable to the winter elements, a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner provide added protection. Consider using these more regularly, especially if you’re using hot styling tools.
- Essential oils are also a natural way to combat dryness and itching and easy to incorporate into your scalp care routine. Antifungal oils like tangerine and tea tree and soothing oils like lavender oil can mixed with natural oils like extra virgin olive oil, coconut or jojoba oil provide instant relief. You can apply this mixture directly to your scalp for 20 minutes (or overnight if needed). NOTE: It’s always best to speak with a dermatologist before starting this type of routine, and also keep in mind small children, especially those under the age of two should not get exposed to the fumes of certain oils.
Styling & Routines
- Before you wash your hair, brush it thoroughly using a boar bristle brush to stimula
te the scalp and give it a natural oil treatment.
- If you are blow-drying on a daily basis, a leave-in conditioner or a moisturizing blow-dry prep product or serum/oil is going to
– help keep your scalp from drying out and flaking.
- Hair is also prone to more static during the winter, so if you can sleep on a satin pillowcase, we recommend you do. This will keep also help stimulate the production of natural scalp oils and lubricate while you sleep.
What You Put In
A healthy diet is essential to have healthy hair, and it plays a large role in the overall health of your scalp. Nourish your scalp from the inside out by increasing your consumption of foods containing omega fatty acids like salmon, avocado, and nuts. This is especially important for vegans. Also, increase your water intake and cut back on large quantities of coffee and drinks containing caffeine. Caffeine is one of the main contributors to dehydration and excess of it leads to dry skin and scalp.
A few more things to keep in mind before you head out into the winter elements are:
- Make sure you take cover by wearing a hat or scarf. But…do not get too attached to that hat while you’re indoors. Wearing a hot for too long creates a breeding ground for microorganisms that could make scalp conditions worsen and make your scalp even drier and itchier.
- Lessen your stress. Stress will wreak havoc on your body and fluctuate your hormones and your skin, scalp, will take a direct hit when that happens.
Take a daily multivitamin and incorporate a Biotin supplement if you want to strengthen your scalp and hair.
- Lastly, turn the temp down while you shower. It’s tempting to take a soothing hot shower when it is brutally cold outside, but that scorching water that feels great on your back is going to cause damage to your hair and scalp.
Scalp care is one of those topics that isn’t all that luxurious and attractive to discuss, but it is one of the most important things you can remember and routinely tend to if you want to keep your every day looking luxurious and attractive.
Here’s to a happy and healthy scalp!