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Winter Woes: The Best Dry Scalp Remedies

Snowflakes? Yes. All other flakes? No way.

One of the most common hair issues people experience during the colder months is a flaky and itchy scalp. This is due to drier air during the winter—plus that extra, static-causing crackle in the air—which can lead to an imbalance in our scalps, as well as a change in hair texture. The best dry scalp remedies therefore are those that work to moisturize without upsetting our scalp’s delicate flora.

Since dry scalps in the winter are most commonly caused by cold weather and too much dry heat (getting too radiator-happy, perhaps?), they can easily be counterbalanced with a few simple tips. Scroll down for easy dry scalp remedies you can incorporate into your hair care routine today:

3 Easy Dry Scalp Remedies

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Step 1: Look for a system that moisturizes your scalp without greasing hair down.

1. Detox.

The first line of defense is to rid your scalp of any aggressors. A scalp imbalance can cause tightness, flaking, itchiness and even dandruff. A wash and care system that rids hair of dirt and buildup while restoring your scalp is essential to a healthy hair care routine. We like how the Clear Extreme Damage Relief Ultra Nourishing Shampoo and the Clear Extreme Damage Relief Ultra Nourishing Conditioner are specifically formulated to alleviate a dry, tight scalp, and, bonus, also reverse 100 percent of visible damage (no ratty ends and flyaways!).

2. Go loco for coco.

Botanical oils, such as coconut oil, are great emollients that work to moisturize our hair, skin and nails. To properly moisturize a tight, itchy scalp though, best to stick to coconut oil-infused hair products instead of going the D.I.Y. route—there’s less risk of overdoing it and ending up with greasy strands in the process. We like giving our hair and scalp a good 15-minute soak in a creamy (yet non-greasy) mask, such as the Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask, once a week.

3. Protect.

In tandem with the proper wash and care system, the best, most comprehensive dry scalp remedies include products that also benefit your actual hair strand. A lightweight serum that helps soften strands and rebuild broken bonds, such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Encapsulate Serum, is a nifty agent to apply during the driest days of the season—one to two small pumps into damp hair before styling helps keep moisture locked in.

Plagued with scalp issues? Learn about the main causes of dandruff and how to combat them.

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