Your skin and lips aren't the only areas that need extra TLC during these winter months - your scalp also suffers from the dry, cold air. Here's what you need to know to ensure that your hair remains healthy while your LBD stays dandruff-free.
"The lack of humidity in the air prevents the dead skin cells from clinging to your scalp so they fall off," says dermatologist Marta Rendon.
Cold weather isn't the only culprit though. Washing hair too infrequently may save your tresses from heat damage, but it also risks suffocating the scalp with an accumulation of oil, which slows growth, encourages dandruff, and can even lead to hair loss. Every other day or every two days should suffice. Read more on proper hair care here.
To prevent a mild case of flakes, give your dry hair a good (and gentle) brushing every day with a mixed boar-bristle/nylon brush, says New York City stylist Ted Gibson, owner of Ted Gibson Salon. A blend brush distributes the oils and removes dry skin and dandruff from the scalp.
For African-American hair, gently brush flakes out while being extra careful not to scrape the bristles along your scalp. This will only conjure up more dead skin cells and cause more dandruff. Then put a dab of moisturizer on each finger and apply it to your scalp. If you use too much your hair will look greasy, so less is more here. The moisturizer will hydrate your scalp and keep flakes in check until your next shampoo.
If that doesn't do it, use a shampoo and conditioner that contains zinc, an antibacterial agent. "Regular conditioners will wash away 50 percent of the zinc," says celebrity hairstylist Ryan Trygstad. He recommends the Head & Shoulders line because it's safe for all hair types including color-treated.
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Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc.