4 Ways to Reduce Dry Scalp This Winter | #washdayexperience

              Has your scalp been acting some type of way this winter? Don't worry! You are not the only one. I cannot remember how many times I mentioned shedding around this time last year.  It looks like it is happening again. If you are like me, chances are your scalp feels dryer during the winter. I could not understand what was going on with my head a few weeks ago. I could feel my scalp tightening up. It  was itchy, and even felt irritated at one point. The idea of buying a humidifier even danced in my head.
            When the sebaceous glands (the glands that produce the natural oil for the hair and the skin) are dehydrated, the scalp does not get enough oil  to keep it moisturized. This condition can lead to serious shedding or breakage. While dry scalp mostly happens during the winter for some, it can also be a chronic condition for those who suffer from  skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema. Dry air, not drinking enough water, and some sulfate shampoos can worsen the condition. If your scalp feels dry, or if you see white flakes when styling your hair, there are oils or other steps you can take to reduce the severity of the problem. 

  • Clean your scalp
The number one thing to do is to start with a clean scalp. Steaming your hair during your normal washing session can help remove product build-ups, dirt, and also help with blood flow and circulation. A clean scalp will help with the distribution of your hair's natural oil.

  • Make both carrier and essential oils work for you. 

                 Jojoba oil is very close to the natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands. It can help in providing moisture to the scalp. Tea tree and Jamaican black Castor oils are known for their anti-fungal properties. They reduce shedding and promote hair growth. Peppermint oil relieves itchiness associated with dry scalp. It also removes dandruff. And Argan oil, also known as  "liquid gold" can also help when it comes lubricating the scalp and providing scalp relief. If Jamaican black Castor oil irritates your scalp, you can mix it with coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to make it work for you.

  • Skip sulfate shampoos whenever possible
Using a shampoo that is not sulfate-free does not only dry out your ends. It can also cause scalp irritation, especially during the cold season. Applying coconut oil to your scalp and your hair before using shampoo can lessen the effect of the sulfate on your scalp.

  • Try a DIY spritz
Make your own scalp moisturizer by mixing a generous amount of glycerin oil with some distilled water and spray it on your scalp. Mixing the glycerin oil with water is very important because glycerin attracts moisture to itself.
               Dealing with dry hair is not an easy thing. Having to deal with a dry scalp while trying to keep the hair moisturized can be frustrating. Remember you have to start from roots to ends when it comes to providing proper nutrition to the hair. Drinking enough water and following a healthy diet plan can also help in addition to the tips provided above. 
What do you do when your scalp gets ridiculously dry?

Nerline Germain
Nerline Germain

Nerline Germain is an auntie, sister, wife and mother. My passion for writing led me to create this little space. I mostly write beauty related articles, but this is also a lifestyle blog. My goal is to share my experiences with you. Hopefully you will learn from my mistakes:-) Contact: chicfromhair2toe@gmail.com. .


  1. These are great tips because my scalp gets a bit dry in the winter and drives me crazy!! Will definitely use these :)) Have a sweet day doll xx

  2. Great helpful information Nerline fab detail work.

  3. Great tips, Nerline. Thx for sharing. Olive oil and a new shampoo did the trick for me. Happy hump day, babe.

  4. I was using a serum, but the brand shampoo & conditioner I'm currently using has an oil that I'm thinking about purchasing. You really made me think Nerline. Your hair looks so good girl!

  5. I tried a different(cheaper) sulfate free shampoo recently and it dried my hair out :( I will be buying my old faithful sulfate free shampoo again this week. I have been wanting to try castor oil on my hair because I keep hearing so many good things about it. I need to remember to purchase some.

  6. I only have a dry scalp in winter too, mostly I use hairoils to maintain it and it helps me very good. And I try to drink as much water as I can, but sometimes I just forget it. Thanks for these helpful tips, I think I will try more natural oils in the future.


  7. Very helpful post! Winter just dries up everything which means extra care. So sweet of you to share.


  8. I recently bought some glycerin so i'm definitely going to try your diy spray and see how it works. These are some great options.

  9. great tips nerline. thanks for sharing. I really needed it

  10. Will try this. BTW way u have lovely hair

  11. Good tips Nerline, in winter I suffer of is as well and I usually use some oil like aragn or almond oil. Happy weekend! xo

  12. So my daughter, who is mixed, so she has curly hair but her curls are verrrry loose... she has been getting a flaky scalp the past month or so and I was thinking maybe she had dandruff. But no, she is just getting dry scalp from the winter! The other day, I oiled her scalp with tea tree oil, sectioning it carefully and lubricating her scalp with this essential oil... and then I had her shampoo and condition, and when I went to section and twist her curls back for sleeping, her hair smelled amazing, it was so fresh, so shiny, and her scalp was flawless. I am going to try doing a "tea tree oil rinse" on my hair this weekend. Maybe today... this is an excellent post! TheEveryGirl.com has a post about dry scalp up, too.

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  13. My scalp usually doesn't get dry, but my ends definitely do. I have oily hair, lol. I do like adding oil to my ends though because it helps with split ends. Great suggestions Nerline!


  14. Thanks for the tips! My scalp is probably giving me the side eye..haha. Haven't been taking good care of it. Also what hair products do you use on your daughter. I have been afraid of using anything but coconut oil on my daughters hair. Happy weekend.

    1. I love using Jamaican black castor oil on her hair. She is allergic to a lot of things, it is kind of hard to give you a list. Coconut oil is not good for my daughter.

  15. I just love your hair tips! I have learned so much! Trying the DIY spritz! http://www.robincharmagne.com/blog

  16. Appreciate the tips always. My hair is better, because of you. :)


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  18. I've tried a few oils on my scalp and it seems to make it worse. It causes more itching. What I haven't tried is glycerin oil. I'll look into it!

  19. Great tips! My daughter has really bad dry scalp and it is worse in the winter.