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When you pull on your winter hat, you’re creating the perfect micro-climate for thousands of microbes on your scalp to thrive. It’s why itchy scalp can seem much worse in the winter months. Here’s what’s happening to make you scratch your head in winter.
Itching is a common response to irritation. And in winter, a whole host of factors come together to irritate your scalp.
Dry, indoor heating
Yes, it’s time to turn up the heating. But did you know that doing so might also turn up the dial on the itching?
The dry air generated by indoor heating can strip moisture away from the scalp, causing it to itch.
As you itch, the problem only becomes worse because scratching can further damage the surface of the scalp. Leading to more itching. Which means more scratching. And the vicious cycle goes on…
Nice hat! It must be itchy under there
When you step outside and pull on a wooly hat, you’re inadvertently creating the ideal conditions to make itching worse.
That’s because the microbes on your scalp that cause dandruff thrive in warm, moist environments, and our studies have shown that wearing a hat creates just the right temperature and humidity for them.
With dandruff comes irritation and itching. As it damages the scalp, it causes an itching sensation as well as the symptoms like flaking, which we all associate with dandruff.
Careful with the hairdryer and hot shower
Both heat styling your hair and washing under very hot water can be damaging to the scalp too. We tend to do these more in winter, so the itching may appear worse.
Try to keep the water warm – just above body temperature is fine – and turn the hairdryer down. That way you won’t irritate or dry out your scalp, so you’ll have a better chance of beating the winter itch.
Keep your hair protected in winter with Head & Shoulders
Regardless of the risk, most people can’t go through winter without heating, hairdryers and hats. So it’s best to keep your protection up with an anti-dandruff shampoo that works to tackle itchy scalp1.
Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care range isdesigned to treat itchy scalp1 and help get rid of dandruff. It contains cooling extracts of mint and eucalyptus for an immediate soothing sensation as well as our proven pyrithione zinc (ZPT) formula for instant relief from an itchy scalp and dandruff.
1 caused by dandruff