It may be winter outside, but your scalp could still feel like a dry, desert landscape – ironic, isn’t it? But winter is actuallyone of the times you’re most at risk of dry scalp. Here’s why.
When winter draws in, a number of factors come into play that can put your scalp under stress. If you have dandruff, that’s a big worryand can lead to a winter flare-up.
Turned the heat up? Be careful …
During winter, you probably spend most of your time inside warmed by central heating systems or electric heaters.
This tends to be a very dry heat. So your skin – including that on your scalp – can start to dry out and feel much dryer than usual.
This lack of moisture can make your scalp feel tight, similar to the sensation of dry skin on the hands and face. And just like you’dmoisturise them, you need to moisturise your scalp.
Easy on the blow drying
Blow dryers work overtime in the winter as we’re often told not to go out in the cold with wet hair, and it won’t air-dry quite aseasily in cold weather.
But be careful with it – using a hair dryer exposes your hair to intense heat and can dry out your scalp, adding tothat feeling of tightness and dryness.
It’s the same with a hot shower. It might be a touch of luxury on a cold day, but very hot water can damage the scalp and strip it ofmoisture.
Turn off the heat and take cold showers? Really?
No. Just be sensible – for example, try not to use the highest heat setting on your hair dryer and keep the water temperature justabove body temperature, so around 100 F is fine.
You’re going to have the heat on and even on a low setting, you’ll still need your hair dryer.
So the best thing you can do for your scalp in winter is to give it that extra boost of moisture it needs to helpprevent dry scalp from becoming a major problem.
Head & Shoulders Instant Dry Scalp Shampoo helps to treat dry scalp and irritation,1restoring essential scalp moisture. With regular use, your scalp’s natural moisture defences are restored, helping protect you fromfuture dryness.
More about dry scalp
1. Caused by dandruff