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What To Do For Dry Scalp

Unless you’re hitting the slopes, cold winter weather usually isn’t much fun. When it’s causing dry, itchy skin, though, it becomes a serious pain.
Because let’s face it – whether you’re dealing with a parched face, scaly legs, or rough elbows, dry skin can be really uncomfortable.
But when you find yourself with dry skin on your scalp, it’s not just about discomfort – it can be embarrassing too. I mean, no one wants unsightly white flakes on the shoulders of their coat, sweater or shirt, right?
So if you’re battling a dry scalp this winter and want to get rid of it as quickly as possible, here are some key tips for maintaining a healthy scalp no matter how cold it might be outside.

1. Find the Cause
When your scalp starts to get dry, itchy, and produce those hard-to-miss flakes, you probably suspect dandruff. But dry scalp and dandruff aren’t the same thing – and dry scalp is usually more common. It occurs when the skin lacks moisture, while dandruff is a fungal condition. Both can cause itching and dry flakes, but the flakes associated with dandruff tend to be larger, yellowish in color, and greasy. With dry scalp, flakes are typically small and white.
Your scalp can become dry for several reasons. As with the skin on the rest of your body, cold winter air can rob your scalp of moisture and leave it itchy and flaky. But you aren’t only at risk for dry scalp in cold weather. Excessive heat styling, harsh, clarifying shampoos, and styling products that tighten as they dry can all do the trick too. Try to figure out the culprit behind your dry scalp so you can address the problem right away.

2. Get Your Scrub On
Just like with dry skin anywhere on your body, exfoliating often helps with a dry scalp. By removing the top layer of dead skin, you’ll get rid of all those annoying flakes and prepare the area to absorb any moisture that you apply. Create a paste with several tablespoons of brown sugar and some olive oil, and use it to scrub your scalp in a circular motion when you’re in the shower. Rinse your hair thoroughly and follow up with your regular shampoo and conditioner.

3. Boost the Moisture
Dry skin lacks moisture, so it needs a serious dose of hydration to get back to normal. If you’ve been using a strong clarifying shampoo or a formula designed for dandruff control to get rid of your flakes, you’re actually doing more harm than good. Instead, switch to a moisturizing shampoo such as the Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo or the Aveeno Nourish + Moisturize Shampoo to ensure that your scalp is properly hydrated.
If you’re using a moisturizing shampoo and your scalp is still dry, try a hot oil treatment like the L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Oleo Therapy Self-Heating Hot Oil for more intensive hydration.

4. Cool Off
When you’re dealing with dry scalp in the winter, it’s probably hard to think of too much heat as a bad thing – but it can dry out your skin big time, so it’s best to reduce the amount that your scalp receives. That means cutting back on blow drying as much as possible. One way to limit your need for a dryer is to wash your hair every other or every few days. Not only does it stop you from having to blow dry your tresses every day, it allows the natural oils in your scalp to build up and keep the area moisturized.
But when you do wash your hair, don’t use hot water. Opt for cool or lukewarm water that won’t strip the skin and leave it dry.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing