Winter is a cold and dry season. The humidity levels in the atmosphere drop lower and water tend to evaporate faster. The dry air tends to steal moisture from the upper layers of the skin, rendering it moistureless. This leaves your skin feeling dry, scratchy, irritated, and often flaky. The winter season doesn’t only cause damage to the skin, it tends to cause dryness in the scalp as well. This leads to various dermatological problems such as dandruff and itchiness.
There are several precautionary measures and home remedies that can be employed to fight scalp dryness in the winters. While no medicines or lotions can help completely eradicate the root cause, there are several preventive measures you can take to protect your scalp from dryness-
Regular Hair Trimming
The harsh weather during winters tends to make the ends of your hair brittle. This adds to the dryness caused by the loss of moisture from the scalp. To avoid split ends and breakage of hair dur to dry scalp this winter, make sure to get regular trims during the season to make sure you have healthy hair and scalp.
Using Hot Water
Nothing is more inviting than long hot water showers in the winter. And while nothing seems like a better idea than to take a hot steaming shower or bathe and melt into the tub, hot water tends to absorb more moisture from the skin and leaves it feeling drier. Hence it is essential to use lukewarm water instead of hot water to take a shower and to wash your hair. This will help you capture some of the moisture and lock it into your body.
Don’t Leave Hair Wet
One of the amateur mistakes that people make when they cause dry scalp in winters is leaving their hair wet to be dried naturally or due to wind. When it’s cold outside this wind will partially freeze your hair and make them more brittle or cause split ends. The best way to dry your hair during winters is to use a hair dryer and use it on low settings to make sure you don’t provide too much heat or leave them wet in the harsh cold. This will help retain moisture.
Use Mild Products
It may seem like a good idea to wash your hair frequently to clean your scalp and help prevent the accumulation of dandruff or dandruff causing fungus during the winters, one of essential aspects of keeping your scalp clean and avoiding dry scalp during winters is to use mild shampoo and conditioner. This will help your scalp retain moisture and help you tackle irritation, itchiness or dandruff.
Cover your Head
And while there are several products that are advertised as solutions and many lotions, creams and cleansers that are said to be effective ways to tackle with skin dryness, there is no better way to protect your scalp from the winter seasons and prevent dry scalp than to cover your head. Most people think that the reason behind covering their head and ears happens to be protection from the cold and prevention of flu or common cold. However, this method is an underrated way of preventing dry scalp and helping retain moisture that helps your hair and scalp stay healthy.
Dandruff can be caused due to various reasons. Most times dandruff is the result of a fungal infection or another disease such as psoriasis. While professional advice from a dermatologist is recommended in instances where the severity of the problem cannot be controlled by home remedies, if the dandruff is caused by dryness of the scalp there are home remedies that can prevent reoccurring dandruff. One of the best ways to retain moisture and to nourish your hair and scalp during the winters is to rub some essential oils in your scalp. Cold pressed coconut oil is one of the highest recommended oils that can help prevent dry scalp.
While it is advised that you should not go outside with wet hair, and use a dryer before you enter the cold weather outside, it is equally important to strike a balance and make sure you avoid using too much heat on your hair. The hot just like the harsh winter cold is damaging to the scalp and does equal harm. Avoid using straightening rods and hair dryers on the maximum setting. Make sure you are sign all these products on colder settings to make sure you do not dry it further and cause more breakage and dandruff.
With these tips it is easier to prevent dry scalp during winters and this will help you prevent other related issues such as irritability of the skin, cracking, redness and dandruff. For more such tips download the RemedySpace app.