Remedies for Flaky Scalp in the Winter


Make sure it’s not product buildup 

I’m guilty of feeling like I have to over moisturize my hair with products in the colder months…make sure the flakes you see aren’t just from too much product application close to your scalp. Give you hair a good cleansing, paying close attention to get rid of build-up near your roots.


Keep it covered

If you have the luxury, protect your tresses and scalp from the harsh winter elements by donning a satin bonnet and covering with a cute knit hat. This got me through Freshman year, and I recommend it for anyone able to rock a more informal look during the winter months.

Cut back on drying shampoos

A lot of shampoos (not all) contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, an ingredient that can be drying if used in excess. Opt for moisturizing shampoos or a co-washing cleanser, making sure to gently massage your scalp with your fingers to loosen any build up you may have.

Scalp Massage

Moisturizing oils such as coconut oils can be enhanced further as a scalp treatment by adding essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, tea-tree, and peppermint, all of which help combat dry scalp. Using the pads of your fingers, apply the oil little by little to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed. Using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp, using circular motions. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing while steady but vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation.   I highly recommend you trying a shampoo scalp massage brush for a deeper intensive massage (see video below)

Manage from the inside out

Make sure you’re drinking enough water, and consider taking supplements (I love my Trader Joe’s multivitamin) to ensure you’re body is getting the nutrients it needs to look and feel your best!

What do you do to prevent flakes?