Are you enjoying the posh winter coats and the fabulous layers that you can only wear during winter? But it’s hard to be fashionable if you have to brush off the speckles of white that ruin the look – and am not talking about the snowflakes that don’t fall in most of Australia.
Yes, it looks like dandruff but it’s not always as it seems. Dandruff is usually caused by a skin condition that causes scaly patches and red skin on the scalp or scalp psoriasis. If you suspect that you have this then the dermatologist is the next person you’d want to see. But if you think that you’ve been shampooing enough to get rid of the dirt caught in your hair from being exposed to the elements, then you might be causing your scalp to get awfully dry.
In winter, the air becomes dryer and devoid of moisture consequently drying up the skin and the scalp. What makes it worse is the amount of hot water we use when we shower – the longer we stay in the hot shower would mean more natural oils getting stripped off our skin. Heaters and artificial warming systems also draw moisture out of our skin and our scalp causing it to flake and to itch.
Most of us assume that it’s the regular dandruff so we immediately get the next bottle of anti-dandruff shampoo or go longer under the shower to fully cleanse our scalp – altogether causing our scalp to go dryer after being subjected to harsher treatments.
So if you want to get rid of dry flaky scalp that ruins your winter look, try to do the following:
- Take short showers with lukewarm water
- Reduce the number of times that you wash your hair
- Do a 30-minute natural oil treatment on your scalp to replenish the lost moisture from prolonged exposure to heaters
Hopefully these steps can help your scalp recover from the dry winter chills. Next week, I’ll give you some natural remedies that rids you of these pesky flakes. See you next week!