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
- 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
- Try a DIY spritz