It may be winter outside, but your scalp could still feel like a dry, desert landscape – ironic isn’t it? But winter is actually one 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 which can put your scalp under stress. If you have dandruff, that’s a big worry and can lead to a winter flare-up.
Turned the heating 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’d moisturise 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 as easily 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 to that 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 of moisture.
Turn off the heating 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 just above body temperature, so around 100F is fine.
You’re going to have the heating 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 help prevent dry scalp from becoming a major problem.
Head & Shoulders Moisturizing Scalp Care Shampoo with almond oil helps to treat dry scalp and irritation1, restoring essential scalp moisture. With regular use, your scalp’s natural moisture defenses are restored, helping protect you from future dryness
The Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care range is also a good option for deep hydration – it contains 3 moisturizers to provide instant moisture to your hair and scalp.
More about dry scalp
1Caused by dandruff