The temperatures are starting to drop, and if your scalp is itching at the mere thought of the colder months ahead and the dry air they bring– this one’s for you. It’s easy to forget, but the skin on our scalp is no different than the skin on the rest of our bodies. So as we stock up on rich moisturizers, butters, and oils for our faces and bodies during the winter months, we can’t afford to skip giving our scalps the extra hydration they need. Here’s how we turn up the moisture levels and keep scalp dryness at bay during the colder months in 3 easy steps:
By now we all know that shampooing too often strips the hair and scalp of their natural oils that keep them strong, hydrated, and healthy. Knowing this, it’s even more important to cut down your shampoos (not showers!) to twice or (dare we say it) once weekly. Skipping the shampoo will give your scalp the opportunity to produce more oil and keep itself moisturized. And if not washing your hair is completely out of the question, we recommend opting for a cleansing conditioner or co-wash. Co-washes are a great shampoo alternative because they deposit tons of moisturizing conditioners, and gently cleanse the hair and scalp without stripping them dry.
Exfoliating is a must to prevent the buildup of dry, dead skin on the face, so it’s just as essential when caring for the skin on your scalp. We love this DIY Scalp Scrub Recipe, because it calls for Coconut Oil and Manuka honey, which boast moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties that hydrate the scalp and keep skin clear, minimizing irritation and hydrating pesky dry patches. We recommend exfoliating your scalp in the shower once a week, and letting it sit on your scalp for 5 to 10 minutes before following with shampoo or conditioner. Take the time to really massage the scrub onto your scalp to polish away all of the dead skin. The exfoliation will allow whatever conditioners or oils you follow it with to absorb more efficiently.
We couldn’t talk about scalp health without talking about our go-to Invigorating Scalp Treatment. With just 3 ingredients: Castor Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, and Castor Oil – this balancing treatment conditions the skin on the scalp, while cooling Peppermint oil soothes inflammation and minimizes itchiness. Bonus: It strengthens strands and promotes healthier hair growth, too! Warm up your oil treatment in the microwave and massage it onto a dry scalp for 3-5 minutes. Let the mixture soak in for 30 minutes, an hour, or even overnight before rinsing it out with shampoo. We love applying the treatment 30 minutes before getting in the shower for a quick shot of moisture and relief. Find the full recipe here, and the products here.