Itchy Scalp Solutions
by Cinya Burton
Published Oct 28, 2011
Does your scalp get dry, itchy, and (eek!) flaky when the weather gets colder? In winter, the terrible trinity of low humidity, freezing temperatures, and indoor heating severely dries out your skin—even under your hair. Since a healthy, shiny mane really starts below the roots, a dehydrated surface can cause lots of bad hair days, not to mention annoying itchiness. See which soothing products made Beautylish’s list for ridding seasonal scalp woes.
Made from moisturizing oils such as jojoba, sunflower seed, and sweet almond, the super oil can repair a dry scalp with just two small drops a day. Apply the treatment to damp or dry hair and massage it in with your fingers, spreading it all over. Scratching causing painfully sensitive spots? The gentle oil calms irritated patches of skin almost instantly upon contact.
Although it may seem icky, dandruff is actually just harmless yeast that grows excessively on your scalp. Philip Kingsley’s scalp mask contains piroctone olamine, which is an antimicrobial ingredient (i.e., it kills the yeast!). The intense treatment also includes salicylic acid to exfoliate the scalp surface, and menthol and camphor, which are classic dandruff-fighting ingredients that stimulate blood circulation while giving off a cooling, soothing feel.
For daily washings, always look for classic ingredients such as pyrithione zinc that kills the yeast growth and mint extract which gives you that comforting, cooling sensation. If you hate the strong smell of Head & Shoulders, try Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture Dry Scalp Smoothing Shampo. It is slightly sweeter and less pungent, thanks to the apricot and sweet almond extracts (which are also ultra-hydrating—bonus!).