If you suffer from dry scalp, you’re not alone, especially at this time of year. Wind outside and dry heat inside mean most of us grapple with dry scalp in the wintertime. But it can be a problem all year long. That’s because loads of things can impact how dry your scalp is, including hair products, how much water you drink, and even some medical conditions.
Fortunately, we’ve got some tricks up our sleeves, and we’re happy to share them. Here are six tricks to stop dry scalp.
Check Out Your Hair Products
Some people are sensitive to the ingredients in hair products. This can be true of shampoos, conditioners, styling products, hair dye, and pretty much anything else you put on your hair.
So try cutting out products one by one. But be patient; it could take up to a month to notice a difference. It’s worth the time investment, though, because you’ll be able to tell if a particular product is the culprit. And once you’ve figured it out, you may want to avoid other products that contain the same ingredients.
Use a Humidifier
Heating your home makes it a lot more comfortable in the winter, but it comes with a price (besides your heating bill!)--dry air. And dry air also dries your scalp.
Thankfully, there’s a pretty simple solution. Just run a humidifier in your home. It’ll put more moisture back in the air, and your scalp won’t feel so parched.
Drink More Water
Dry scalp is all about a lack of moisture. And sometimes, stopping it is as simple as increasing the amount of water you drink.
Unfortunately, it can be easy to forget to drink enough in the winter, when we’re cold. So if your scalp is dry, try carrying a water bottle with you and sipping throughout the day.
Change Your Shower Habits
Washing your hair too frequently, having the temperature too hot, and staying in the water too long can all dry out your scalp. So think about changing your habits.
Reduce the number of times you wash your hair to two or three times a week. Turn down the temperature so the water is warm, rather than hot. And try to limit your showers to no more than 10 minutes.
Try an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
If you have a lot of product buildup on your hair, it can be hard to get rid of it. And as long as it sits on your hair, it could be drying your scalp.
So try an apple cider vinegar rinse. It’ll cut through buildup and exfoliate your scalp. Plus, it’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, too. Just mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and apply it to your scalp and hair. After five minutes, shampoo it out, condition, and you’re done!
Look for Moisturizing Ingredients
Just as some ingredients can dry your scalp, others can soothe and moisturize it. So try to select products that contain moisturizing ingredients, like aloe vera, natural oils, and rice water.Viori bars always contain tons of moisturizing ingredients, including rice water, rice bran oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera, cocoa butter, and shea butter. So why not pick up a few for yourself and give some to your friends, too? You’ll totally be the hero of dry scalp season.