Q: During the winter, my scalp becomes extremely dry and tight. It’s not flaky, it’s just super dry and uncomfortable. Do you have any suggestions?
A: Blow-dryers, hood dryers, harsh shampoos, indoor heat and genetics are all factors that could be contributing to your dry scalp.
If you are blow-drying or using hood dryers, try limiting your exposure to these heat sources to once or twice a month. If you really rely on these tools to style your hair, try turning down the heat from high to medium or low. Or, start by drying your hair until it is about 50% dry and finish air-drying overnight.If your scalp feels stripped or tight after washing, try adding a tablespoon of jojoba oil to your shampoo. This will help counteract the harsh detergents that are mostly likely drying out your scalp. Or, switch to a gentle or all natural shampoo like Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo, which can be less stripping.
If you suspect indoor heat is the culprit, pick up a cheap humidifier and plug it in before you hit the sack. Cover your head with a breathable satin cap. This will protect your hair while you sleep but will still allow your scalp to soak up some extra moisture. It will also work wonders for your skin.
Lastly, if your scalp is just naturally dry, it might be genetic. Sometimes we just do not produce enough natural oil to keep our hair and scalp lubricated. To give your scalp a moisturizing boost, apply jojoba oil using a color applicator bottle and let sit overnight. The next morning, shampoo and condition as usual. Throughout the week, apply a few drops of the oil to your scalp and massage in. Use a boar bristle brush every other day to distribute the oil to the rest of your hair.
I hope this helps!