We’ll forgive you for thinking that your biggest enemy when it comes to your hair is the summer season. A combo of heat, humidity, swimming, and wearing a hair-pulling topknot day-after-day seems like the ultimate recipe for hair disaster – and so we tend to put in extra efforts to protect it with hats, UV protectors, hair masks, professional treatments and the like.
We hate to be party poopers, but the winter months are not going to do you any hair favours, either.
“In winter, scalps dry out and hair texture becomes coarser,” says Jayne Wild, Dyson Styling Ambassador and Creative Director of Wild Life Hair.
“[Hair] will feel a bit drier, a bit rougher, coarser, harder to style, harder to manage. Cuticle layers will be more raised, which means [hair]’s not going to be as shiny or look as healthy than what it previously maybe did. With the scalp, there’s dryness, which can then cause other problems to happen like higher levels of dandruff, little bit of scaly-ness, itching, tightness, sometimes redness to the scalp,” adds Simone Lee, Trichologist, Educator and Creative Director for Asean Fashion Week.
Are all those bad hair days in winter suddenly making sense? Same. So why is winter doing us so dirty? “The air is a lot drier, so there’s not as much humidity and therefore the hair loses hydration. So, all of these factors contribute to multiple conditions and problems with not only the hair but also the scalp,” says Lee.
So, here’s the game plan: A few *tiny* changes to your hair routine, some haircare products added into the mix, plus a few key styling products and you’ll have the dry hair, itchy scalp and white flakes sorted.
How to ditch the dry scalp and flakes
If you think of a flaky scalp less like dandruff and more like a skin care issue on your head, it might be easier to wrap your, um, head around tackling it. The biggest thing that causes a dry (and sometimes itchy) scalp is dehydration and a lack of moisture. And you definitely know how to deal with dry skin – top up those hydration levels.
“Low-level flakiness is a dry scalp situation, so look for natural oils and natural lubricants that are going to help replenish moisture levels. You can apply topical oils when your hair and your scalp are dry, but also [try] treatment masks; your very nourishing, moisturising, conditioning masks will help you in that area just to maintain the hydration,” says Lee. As far as hair products that will treat scalp dryness, we like the Sachajuan Scalp Treatment, Aesop Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment and Moroccanoil Dry Scalp Treatment.