help, my scalp gets so dry in winter! how do i fix it? you know everything about everything, and you’re wonderful, and smart, and amazing.
That was a text message from my sister (I might have taken some creative liberties with it). She’s right, of course, I do know everything about everything. But I figured for this question I would go to someone who possible knows even more than me – if that’s possible – the amazing Mr Barney Martin of Barney Martin Hairdressing in Surry Hills. Barney is my main (mane) man when it comes to hair, and he hasn’t let me down yet.
With a change of season you will usually notice that your scalp becomes slightly dry, tight or sensitive – the same as your skin. The skin on your face and body is the same as the skin on your scalp, which sometimes we tend to forget and focus on our hair only.
These symptoms are due to internal heating systems drying the scalp out and harsh winter weather conditions – you can always wear a beanie (which I do – good tip, Barn)
You will generally find that it will pass, but if you do get a dry sensitive scalp in winter make sure you don’t confuse it with dandruff as a lot of people do. To ease the systems, try a scalp cleansing treatment or invest in a scalp cleansing shampoo and conditioner. Make sure you don’t use it too much though as overuse can dry it out further.
I’m going to jump in here and throw my 2c in. I get a terrible dry scalp every winter, but this year it hasn’t been as bad as usual because I have been diligent about keeping my scalp hydrated and not blow-drying as often (hard). I’m using Royal Moroccan Hair Repair shampoo and conditioner, which is dense and creamy on the hair because it’s sulfate free (which means it doesn’t lather). It’s packed with Argan Oil and vitamin E, so it’s good for the hair AND the scalp. I can also highly recommend Australian brand Seven Wonders wonderful Moroccan Treatment Oil. You can get it either as a pump or a spray, and is packed full of fatty acids, omega 6, vitamins E, F, A & C, and squalene – basically all those things doctors say to eat for good skin, but in liquid form for your hair.
If you’re in and out of air con, take long hot showers, and stand at the bus stop in the cold, your skin is going to get irritated. That includes the skin on your scalp. The moral of the story is…winter sucks. Let’s all move to Hawaii.
Disclosure: The Royal Moroccan was offered to Stuff That I Bought for editorial consideration. Love the pump top bottles. Seven Wonders originally offered Stuff That I Bought other products from the range for consideration, but I gave them to a friend who was going through a really bad hair time (poor girl) and went out and bought my own. Worth it.