Our scalps are exposed to a lot of harsh conditions during the winter. From blasts of arctic air to dry heat and then piping-hot showers our skin can get sensitive, dry and itchy.
People tend to wash their hair less often in winter months (which actually increases dry, itchy scalp rather than making it better), so the first step to banishing scalp itch is to make sure you’re washing your locks every day. Next, switch up your shampoo. If your go-to formula contains fragrances, stop using it, since the chemicals can be irritants. Pick up a dandruff shampoo — which is designed to treat itching — and leave it on for five minutes before rinsing to let the active ingredients penetrate. Use it every day until your symptoms subside, then alternate it every other day with your regular shampoo.
If that doesn’t do the trick, prescription anti-inflammatory lotions are another option. They contain a small amount of topical steroids, which can be used nightly to decrease inflammation on sensitive skin.
This article was written by Debra Jaliman for Life & Beauty Weekly and used by permission.