5 Tips To Avoid A DRY, ITCHY Scalp This Fall & Winter
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Happy Thursday, friends! It’s been busy, busy week while I catch up from NYFW and prep for my trip to Florida next week. I am honestly just hoping that by the time I get home from my trip, it’ll actually start feeling like fall because right now I am getting REALLY tired of the heat. Bring on the cooler weather and chilly mornings – I wanna wear my cardigans, drink apple cider and snuggle in cozy blankets already. Fall is my very favorite time of year so I’m gonna need it to hurry up and get here. The only thing I don’t want to get here is the dry weather. In Missouri, it’s always a tiny bit humid but it’s just dry enough that a few things start happening with my hair and skin: 1. my hands start cracking. 2. my heels get SUPER dry 3. my hair feels more brittle 4. my scalp starts to flake. 0% of those things are a good time, fun fact. Luckily, for things like my hands and heels, I have an amazing body butter that works wonders if you use it every day, so it successfully staves off that dry skin. For my hair and scalp, however, that body butter really isn’t going to cut it. Luckily for us, there is a shampoo and conditioner combo that does. Let’s dive into this.
5 Tips To Avoid A DRY, ITCHY Scalp This Fall & Winter – #DiscoverDoveDerma
ONE: Understand both the issue and the symptoms so you can effectively determine what kind of shampoo and conditioner is going to work best.
Dove Dermacare Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo has four lines that you can choose between to make sure you are getting the best care possible when it comes to your dry scalp: the moisture line, the mint 2n1 line, the fresh & clean line and the dryness and itch relief line. You should never have to compromise between nourishment and flake-free hair, and they make it super easy to determine which line will be best for you specifically. I personally use the dryness and itch relief line because it relieves my poor dry scalp from itching (GOD BLESS), has shea butter and coconut to provide hydration without being oily, leaves my hair smooth and eliminates the flakes when I use it consistently. AKA the dream.
Another plus is the fact that during the winter, I don’t need to alternate my shampoo and conditioner, either. Typically, I go back and forth between a cleaning + moisturizing shampoo and conditioner because I just wasn’t finding a shampoo that did both that was easy on my color treated hair. Now I don’t have to worry about switch between two different products: instead, I just use the Dove Dermacare Scalp Anti-Dandruff Dryness & Itch Relief Shampoo + Conditioner.
TWO: Go easy on the styling products.
Sometimes, you can over use on products in your hair. It’s important to ease up on the products you’re using so that you give your hair and scalp time to breathe during the winter so the good products you are using (like Dove Dermacare, for example) can really do their job effectively. Discover some low maintenance hair styles that are easy to do and more manageable without styling products.
THREE: Determine how often is best for you to wash your hair.
With dry hair and scalps, it’s not typically recommended to wash your hair every single day because it can actually dry it out MORE. Figure out how long you can go in between washes and stretch that out if you can. I try to make it at least 3-4 days between washes to let the natural oils of my hair really soak into my hair strands and naturally lubricate my scalp.
No, this doesn’t mean you need to grab a microbead exfoliator and scrub it into your scalp. I recommend a plastic hair brush (like tangle teaser) that has short spiky bristles to use in the shower. While you have shampoo in your hair, gentle rub the brush in circular motions over your scalp. Not only does it feel like an incredible head massage, but it also loosens those flakes of skin to allow the shampoo to REALLY do it’s job.
FIVE: Hydrate from the inside out.
Yep, all that water you are not drinking in aiding to the condition of your hair and scalp. There is a reason we are told to drink so much water a day. It’s amazing what it can do for so many aspects of your body. When it comes to your hair and scalp, dehydration may not be helping the situation. In addition to the tips mentioned above, this also helps keep the dryness at bay. Download a water tracker on your phone and log how much you drink a day. I also set a reminder that goes off every 30 minutes saying “drink water” so I remember to do it consistently.
*FUN FACT: You can pick up Dove Dermacare Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo + Conditioner at your local Walmart – next time you’re grocery shopping you can pick it up!
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The moral of the story is, aggressive washing and harsh products could be removing your scalp nutrition and moisture which can aid in making it dry and dull – regardless of the weather – but especially during the fall and winter. You don’t need to be self conscious or embarrassed of your hair and scalp. There are definitely ways that you can help improve their condition!
Do you struggle with a dry scalp? What are ways you control it? Let me know in the comments below!