Now that temperatures are dropping, many of us are facing the dreaded dry and itchy scalp issues. It can be so hard not to scratch this time of year. So much that it can become distracting and super uncomfortable for a lot of us. To help out, we have put together a quick list of what to avoid and what you can do now to help alleviate dry and itchy scalp symptoms!
What to avoid:
Tip #1 Don’t OVERWASH
Overwashing your hair can lead to your scalp drying out even more, causing you to worsen your current dry and itchy scalp condition.
Tip #2 Avoid Using Hot Water in the Shower
Using hot water is another common issue that will cause your scalp to be dry by stripping the natural oils in your scalp. Instead, use warm or cool water to refrain from drying your scalp.
Tip #3 Avoid Hair Products With Unnecessary Chemicals
Certain hair products contain chemicals such as parabens, sulfates, phthalates, etc. These chemicals can cause your scalp to dry out and become irritated.
Tip #4 Avoid Going Outside With Wet Hair
Leaving the house with wet hair can not only create stress to your scalp due to the hair remaining damp for an extended period of time, but cold weather can also increase hair breakage when your hair is wet, causing strands to snap off. Before heading outside, make sure your hair is completely dry.
What Will Help Your Dry Scalp:
There are many ways to help you improve the overall health of your scalp. Be sure to follow these tips to help prevent or treat your dry scalp.
Tip #1 Incorporate More Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Your Diet
A dry scalp can be caused by a lack of vital fatty acids in your diet. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseeds, soybeans, canola oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and fatty fish. You can even take a fish oil supplement to help as well!
Tip #2 Use a Scalp Oil
There’s nothing like our ONE by Wankaya 15 blend hair oil to help with a dry scalp in the winter. It helps give a dry and itchy scalp instant relief. Not to mention, it’s super easy to apply and the bottle is great to throw in your bag so you can take it with you in case itchiness arises while you’re out enjoying winter activities or getting your holiday shopping done.
Tip #3 Be Sure You’re Getting Enough Vitamin B
Dry scalp can be caused by dietary deficiencies, such as a lack of vitamins B6 and B12. Increase your consumption by eating more fruits and vegetables and whole-grain bread, or by taking supplements like flaxseed oil, zinc, and selenium.
Tip #4 Stay Hydrated
A dry scalp can be caused by inner dehydration. Staying hydrated is especially important during the colder months to keep your scalp as moisturized as possible. Try creating the habit to carry a water bottle with you throughout the day. Just seeing the water bottle near you will help you remember to drink more water!
Tip #5 Deep Condition
A good deep conditioning can really get your scalp to the next level. Leave a deep conditioning treatment on for at least 15 mins, but if you can go longer – then do so! Our Avocado smoothie is great for this!