As winter approaches, the air gets colder, and with that the conditions are drier. People spend more time indoors with the furnace pumping hot air and creating extremely dry conditions. You probably notice the skin on your hands, body, and face react by becoming dry, flaky, itchy, and even peeling. Not only can dry, flaking skin be embarrassing, it can be very uncomfortable.
Well, just like the rest of your body, your scalp can also suffer from dry conditions and end up getting pretty flaky and uncomfortable itself. If you have suddenly started noticing the signs of dandruff in your tresses, dry skin is most likely to blame. The good news is that just like the rest of your body, there are proven ways to treat an extremely dry scalp. Not only will this take care of the flakes, but it will help ease itchiness, any uncomfortable feelings and the embarrassment of dandruff, and a healthier scalp always results in better hair growth.
So, let’s take a closer look at the steps you can take to get the health of your scalp back on track.
Consider Taking Supplements
There are all kinds of things that supplements can help with, and one of those is helping with hair growth. Did you know that getting enough Omega 3, iron, and vitamins B, C, and E all play major roles into your hair growth process? Supplements alone aren’t usually enough, but these can be used in conjunction with other steps.
Wash Your Hair Less Often
Do you wash your hair everyday, or every other day? If so, did you know that you could be doing it more harm than good? When you wash your hair too often, you are in fact striping away all the oils that it needs to stay healthy and moisturised. You will end up with not just dry hair, but a dry scalp. Besides washing your hair less often, you should also be using conditioner. There is no need to pick a deep conditioner or a heavy one, just a lightweight conditioner is fine.
Start Using A Clarifying Shampoo
Another tool that you can introduce into your routine is to start using a clarifying shampoo about once every couple of weeks. What this does is make sure that there are no bacteria growing on your scalp, and it will clear out the follicles and pores that can get blocked up. Again, this helps to keep the scalp clean and moisturised, and allows for hair growth since the follicles and pores won’t be blocked.
When looking for a clarifying shampoo, there are certain ingredients you may want to watch for. Apple cider vinegar is excellent in terms of its microbial and clarifying properties, and tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial fighter.
Pick A Shampoo Meant For Dandruff Control
As far as your regular shampoo goes, when you’re not using the clarifying treatment, you want to pick a shampoo that addresses dandruff. These shampoos are able to balance your scalp’s PH level and also fight the bacteria and fungus associated with dandruff.
Focus On Eating A Healthy Well-Balanced Diet
Another way that you can combat dandruff and scalp health is to ensure that you are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. By doing this, you will be getting the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed to maintain scalp health.
As for what foods to focus on, those high in antioxidants are an excellent choice. These work to improve the blood circulation in your body as well as speed up your metabolism. Both of these factors play into a healthy scalp. Some foods worth noting include chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and leafy green vegetables.
Think About Your Scalp and Hair Before Heading Outdoors
The final tip is to protect your scalp and hair in these cold and wet conditions that we are heading into. Wear a hat, scarf, or hood to protect it from the elements. As we head into warmer weather, continue to wear a hat so you can protect your scalp from sun damage.
By taking these steps and tips into consideration, you will be able to turn around the current condition of your scalp and have it feeling great in no time at all.