Fact: Your scalp is actually itchier in the winter as compared to all other seasons. While there are a couple of reasons why your scalp feels super itchy in the colder months, the main reason is dryness. A lack of humidity in the air and indoor heating can lead to excessive dryness on the scalp. This is worse for those with dry skin type because the dryness is usually accompanied by flaking and scratching. Pile on the fact that winter headgears cut off airflow to the scalp, giving way to dandruff-causing bacteria and microorganisms to thrive and lead to more itching. \

Fortunately, there are ways to ditch the winter itch and take proper care of your scalp. Here are some tips.

 

01. Tend to the flakes

01. Tend to the flakes

A flaky scalp is an itchy one, so your first order of business should be to keep your scalp flake-free. This is easier said than done because a regular dandruff-clearing wash can significantly strip your scalp of natural oils and make it flakier. Focus on maintaining your scalp and hair smoothness while clearing off the flakes, by using a dandruff shampoo with scalp-nourishing properties like the Dove Dandruff Care Shampoo + Conditioner Combo. It comes with a unique micro moisture serum that leaves the hair soft, smooth and visibly flake-free.

 

02. Massage and mask

02. Massage and mask

The desi household practice of massaging your hair with oil before washing actually has a lot of benefits. An oil massage and mask can help deeply nourish your scalp and lock in moisture required to keep it flake-free. Opt for a lightweight and non-sticky oil like the Clinic Plus Non Sticky Nourishing Hair Oil. Massage onto your scalp for 10-15 minutes and leave for another hour before washing it off.

 

03. Switch to a strictly no-baddies routine

03. Switch to a strictly no-baddies routine

If your scalp is prone to itchiness, it is a good idea to switch to products like the Tresemme Pro Protect Sulphate Free Shampoo and Conditioner, that are free of baddies like parabens and sulphates. These additives can disturb the natural microbiome of your scalp. No-baddies products are formulated with natural oils and other soothing ingredients that help maintain your scalp’s pH balance and keep it irritation-free.

 

04. Hydrate from the inside out

04. Hydrate from the inside out

Your lifestyle is also a major contributor to maintaining a nourished and itch-free scalp. Focus on hydration — drinking lots of water and regularly steaming your scalp can help. Also, cut out common winter practices like taking hot baths and blow-drying excessively in the morning because the heat damage from these habits can further irritate your scalp. Use deep conditioning hair masks like the Tresemme Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask (comes with ingredients like keratin and marula oil) twice a week to keep your scalp hydrated and moisturised.

 

05. Invest in a good leave-in treatment

05. Invest in a good leave-in treatment

Leave-in treatments like scalp serums and lotions can help alleviate severely dry and itchy scalps. Formulated with antibacterial ingredients, these topical treatments are non-greasy and get absorbed in your scalp easily, making them perfect for daily use. Look for natural ingredients like neem extract or tea tree oil to avoid further irritating your scalp with potent ingredients.