Thursday 14 December 2017

Beauty Dilemma: Flaky scalp

Library Image. Getty Images
Library Image. Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

I've been suffering with a really dry, flaky scalp lately. It's only really happened over the last six weeks or so but it is starting to become more noticeable and I wondered why this might have happened now ( I'm in my twenties ) and if there is anything I can do to stop it? It's really embarrassing!

A flaky scalp is a problem most of us will face at one time or another and it can be caused by a number of different factors. Since this has flared up at this particular time of year the flare up, strange as it may seem, is probably down to the weather.

At this time of year cold weather can wreak havoc with our natural oil levels. With less humidity and dryness caused by heating and air conditioning our scalps can be left dehydrated and it doesn't take long for the flakes to appear.

The first place to start might well be routine. Although it's tempting to think the problem needs to be 'stripped' away take a look at the products you're using and see if you can get more moisture in at the beginning day and let less moisture out as the day progresses. As a dry scalp tends to lead to dry hair, finding products which don't strip oil is the real key and will also prevent hair losing its bounce and vitality.

As balance is the key, experiment with products until you find the one that's right for you and look for something intensive every couple of months. Undiluted coconut oil applied directly to the scalp and rinsed with hot water is great for removing dry skin that has built up and has been known to keep flaky bits at bay for up to six months.

If you'd prefer something slightly more intensive, lathering the scalp in baby oil and wrapping in cling film before bed will also leave your skin hydrated by morning. Finally, staying away from air conditioning, covering your head at this time of year and treating yourself to a simple head massage every few weeks will improve circulation, improve moisture levels and help keep your hair flake free.

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