Transitioning into the colder season is no fun for your skin and hair. The harsh wind and low temperature take a toll on your hair, making oily hair oilier, dry scalp drier and basically aggravating hair issues like hair fall, dullness and dandruff.
Of all the hair woes that get worse in winter, dandruff remains to be the most annoying of them all. This winter mainstay ruins your beauty game as it becomes uncontrollable and well, more prominent on your dark winter woollies. Argh!
But why does dandruff gets ten times worse in winter? And, more importantly, can you really combat this pesky hair problem? The answer is yes. Here is everything you need to know about dandruff - why it gets worse during the colder months and what you can do about it. Read on.
Why dandruff is worse during winters
The simple answer to this is the dry winter air. The dry air zaps the natural oils from your scalp, making it dry and flaky. This results in an itchy and irritated scalp which shreds flaky skin aka dandruff. Also, the dandruff-causing Malassezia fungus thrives in cold air while in warmer months, the strong UV rays from the sun counteract these microbes. Thus, you experience dandruff in winter. These environmental factors plus lack of moisture in your scalp put your hair at risk of pesky dandruff problem. But you can fight dandruff in winters and get healthy and clean scalp. Here’s how.
How to fight dandruff in the winter
- Keep your scalp moisturised. Massage your scalp with nourishing oil like coconut oil which is also antifungal and keeps dandruff-causing fungus at bay.
- Exfoliate your scalp once a week to cleanse dead skin cells and excess oil and keep your scalp clean and healthy.
- Swear by an anti-dandruff shampoo that targets the problem but also leave your hair moisturised like the Lever Ayush Anti Dandruf Neem Shampoo which has neem extracts and rosemary tailam, a nourishing oil.
- Use a cotton towel and air-dry your hair to seal in the moisture in your scalp.
- Include food rich in Vitamin B, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids in your meals that provide necessary nutrition to your hair and scalp. Eat eggs, spinach, fish and fruits to keep dandruff at bay.