Combating dry scalp issues during the winter time can be tough. Good news is that doing so is not entirely impossible. Truth be told, nearly everyone has to deal with dry scalp issues (moderate and mild) at some point in time during the winter months. Unfortunately, some people have to deal with this daily and it’s a chronic issue for them.
Winter cold weather is awful, although pretty at times. But when that cold winter weather sucks out the moisture from your scalp and hair, you’ve got that to worry about and no time to enjoy the winter landscape scenery.
The good news…
There are treatments that you can incorporate to help improve your scalp condition! These treatments are just the ones that you need to incorporate to fight off the dryness. If you’ve got a really serious scalp and hair problem, then you might need to turn to more medicated solutions. However, I always suggest starting with some over the counter treatments when possible.
What Exactly Is Dry Scalp?
Based on some research that I’ve done, dry scalp is a condition that is more common during the winter months than any others throughout the year. Dry scalp can be caused by weather, excessively dry heat, and even improper diet. It’s common for people with dry scalp to experience light itching or tightness but nothing too aggressive. This condition is not the same as dandruff. Assuming you do nothing to combat the condition, it’s possible for dry scalp to turn into something much worse and even lead to hair loss if not properly treated.
In short, dry scalp is a nuisance and it’s a condition when the skin on your scalp is tight and dry.
Treatments To Consider
There are lots of treatments that you can consider if and when battling this condition. There are pre-wash treatments as well as shampoos which can be used. There are also topical treatments and even internal treatments that work. I’ll cover the best of the best based on some research I’ve done. Starting with the pre-wash treatments.
If you’re looking to take action prior to washing your scalp, then my suggestion would be to go for the scalp massage. All you need to do is massage your scalp using a brush that has soft bristles. Do this before washing as it’ll loosen up and dead skin and dirt, lifting it away from the surface of your skin. Next up, the hair masks! I know, it sounds creepy but they work and they’re simple. Rub some coconut oil into your scalp and hair. Put a shower cap on and leave the coconut oil on for roughly 45 minutes. Rinse and wash per usual. You’ll love the result of doing this.
Then there’s always shampoos that people can incorporate into their routines for dry scalp treatments. There are medicated shampoo, detox shampoo, moisturizing shampoo, or if you’re more organic, the natural shampoo. What’s important is to understand that each one of these shampoos takes a different approach to solve the same problem. You simply need to decide what makes the most sense for you.
Topical treatments such as daily hair lotion and even Burt’s Bees Hand Salve has been used by consumers in their hair. It’s likely due to its ability to alleviate irritation.
Last but not least, you can treat this condition internally by incorporating some important foods and ingredients into your routine. Think about adding kelp and fatty acids to your diet. Things like flax seed oil, salmon, and kelp can all help alleviate dry scalp issues. Most importantly, you’ll want to drink a lot more water! Staying hydrated is so important and if you’re not doing that at a minimum, then be prepared to fight dry scalp all winter long.
Those are my tips for fighting scalp issues this winter. Good luck and take action!