Cold Weather Scalp Blues
Are you seeing white flakes in your hair and on your shoulders? Are you feeling that nagging itch and irritation on your scalp? With the New England temperatures dropping, you’re not alone. Every winter and fall we get tons of clients looking for relief for their flaky, itchy scalps. I’ll tell you what the cause could be, and how to keep it at bay!
The majority of clients who complain of itchy scalps are simply suffering from the effects of lack of moisture and exfoliation. The main characteristic to look for is tiny white flakes of dry old skin that fall out easily. They kind of look like snow, cue Ally Sheedy in ‘The Breakfast Club’.
To keep this kind of dandruff under control I suggest weekly exfoliations, deep scalp massage, and moisturizing treatments. Products like R&Co Acid Wash, with apple cider vinegar and aloe helps gently slough off those pesky layers of dead skin and add extra moisture. For a total scalp reset you can try the new new R&Co Super Garden scalp treatment. This revolutionary treatment can be done by your stylist in the salon and it calms the scalp thanks to the hemp-derived CBD.
A more intense form of scalp irritation that you may experience is scalp psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. Both of these conditions can be diagnosed and treated by your dermatologist. Typically you can expect to see thicker flakes in your hair in addition to redness and bumps on the skin. Top dermatologists recommend using shampoos with ingredients like salicylic acid and tar extract to help sooth these symptoms. Treatments like Crown Scrub, which include a healthy dose of salicylic acid and sugar scrub can help your itchy scalp find relief.
If you’re experiencing a troubled scalp this chilly season, don’t suffer in silence. There are so many great ways to help you feel great and make your hair look gorgeously flake free and we are here to help you find the cure!
~ Rhiannan Carlson
Educator for RandCo Luxury Haircare