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How to Combat a Dry Scalp this Winter

TTSpecShamWintertime. The time for black turtlenecks, scarves, and little black dresses for holiday parties.

And practically the worst time of year to have a dry, flaky scalp. Nothing is worse than finding flakes on your shoulders from an itchy, dry scalp.

The causes of a dry scalp can be hereditary, seasonal, from an allergic reaction, or potentially from medication you are taking. And a dry scalp is not the same as dandruff. A dry scalp does not indicate an unwashed scalp–it simply means the skin on your head is dry. And typically, dry skin is itchy.

Probably the most difficult hair type to deal with a dry scalp is those of us with oily hair. The most simple fix to a dry scalp is applying conditioner directly to it, while showering, and letting it sit for as long as possible. However, if you have oily hair, the combination of your natural oils and extra heavy conditioner may not make for a great hair day.

The next best thing you can do is look for a gentle shampoo, and perhaps one with tea tree oil in it. Tea Tree oil is a light oil that won’t weigh your hair down, but will help nourish the dry skin. You can also give Head and Shoulders shampoo a try, but make sure you follow it up with a good conditioner. Sometimes it can be quite drying to the hair.

Lastly, if the dry scalp seems unbeatable, talk to a dermatologist. They can recommend a topical solution that won’t necessarily result in weighed down, heavy hair. And perhaps you need a more intense product to combat the dryness.

(photo: Tea Tree Special Shampoo, Paul Mitchell)

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