• Amy

Girl, Your Scalp is Crusty

It's okay. Mine is too.

If you live in the Midwest like I do, you just experience the polar vortex last week with temps near -40 degrees. That is freaking cold. And just like our skin is feeling dry, irritated, our scalp is too. So, we've really got this weather working against us here.

Then, I know a lot of extension wearers only shampoo once or twice a week, and use dry shampoo. Think about all that product that is building up on our scalp. My scalp personally doesn't get very oily, and I try to only use dry shampoo once before shampooing my hair. Still, this is a lot of oil. Think of it like going to bed without washing your makeup off. Cringe worthy, but I'm guilty of it sometimes too. It's time we show our scalps a little TLC.

So, if you're struggling with a dry, flaky scalp this winter here are some at home tips you can add to your beauty regime.

1. Try and exfoliating brush. You might know these or these as teasing combs but with the 50/50 ratio of boar and nylon bristles they’re perfect to manually exfoliate your flakes. Before showering, take half an inch to an inch-wide parting throughout your scalp and use the brush to help slough off or loosen the dry skin. Don’t be too rough, but use some pressure. Brush in different directions as well, back and forth.

2. Try a dry scalp treatment. This one is made to relieve and rebalance dry, itchy and flaky scalp. It also contains salicylic acid to provide gentle exfoliation. This is probably best for you if you don’tuse a ton of products directly on your scalp like volumizers, mousse, or hair spray, and your scalp is usually only dry in the winter. You section your hair and apply 3-6 drops per section, massage it in, and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse and follow with your normal shampoo (ahem, sulfate free preferably.)