It’s the dry seasons! In other words, most women’s nightmare is about to start now. Dandruff - an enemy of every woman (and man) - becomes the most powerful during this time of the year. Technically, many experience dandruff problems all throughout the year. However, during winter, this condition worsens. Dandruff is a common scalp condition that happens when the microorganisms on your skin overgrow - mainly due to stress, hormonal fluctuations or changes to your diet. And as they shed off, they leave little white flakes in your hair and on your shoulders, which probably causes you even more stress (it's a vicious cycle, isn't it?). Dry, cold weather and heaters on full blast worsen this. It can be an embarrassing problem, but it turns out it's not at all difficult to treat. Here is all that you need to know about your enemy:
Dry Scalp And Dandruff Are Very Different
There’s actually a big difference and common misconception between the two.
Dry scalp is caused by loss of moisture from the skin. Dandruff is a condition where flakes and patches of scalp skin (typically more yellowish in color) cling to the scalp. The over production of sebum (oil secreted by sebaceous glands) plus growth of yeast combined with an altered skin barrier results in the skin cells growing at a rapid pace. Hence, this condition produces visible flakes and thick patches on the scalp.
Beware Of Chemical Treatments
Most chemical processes debilitate the scalp by breaking down the natural oils that protect it, causing further irritation. Natural oils help protect the scalp against dryness, which is why over-shampooing can also contribute to discomfort. Dryness is the main effect which can lead to dull strands and even breakage. But that doesn’t mean you have to avoid chemical treatments. With proper hair care that includes regular conditioning and even a mask once a week, you can nourish the scalp and follicles. Make sure you use a mild shampoo or even better, an anti-dandruff shampoo.
Use Oils Sparingly
Topical oils can provide relief for dry scalp if used moderately. However, too much of a good thing can be exactly that–too much! So be wise. You could deep condition with warm coconut oil once a week. Tree oil works wonders. Opt for other oils as well but wisely.
Switch Up Your Routine Seasonally
Scalps tend to be drier during winter months–it is a natural reaction to cold and dry indoor heating. So this could be the time of the year you put in a bit more effort and care. Opt for gentle scallop massages to get your blood going in the follicles. Comb your hair with care before going to bed.