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Remedies for Flaky Scalp in the Winter

By January 27th, 20219 Comments

Remedies for Flaky Scalp in the Winter

Tisha asks, Have any suggestions for how to keep your scalp from flaking up during 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 co-washing, 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. (Read more about the benefits of scalp massage here)

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!

How do you manage dry, flaky winter scalp?


  • sewperfect says:

    I definately love Trader Joes Tee Tree shampoo and conditioner. The Conditioner also detangles, but I still use a leave in detangler afterward. During the week, and between washes, I rub tea tree oil or black seed oil on my scalp to soothe the itching. The flakes still come, but they are not as severe. I still have to wash my hair weekly.

  • BeautifulYou says:

    BeautifulYou has two great prodcuts to achieve a healthy scalp which is HPO Happy Scalp and Brown Butter Beauty Healthy Scalp Serum. A damage scalp can be a result of product build up and chemicals that we but on our hair. Therefore, the best way to treat it is to use a product that is designed to treat the scalp directly. visit to learn more about both products and to purchase.

  • ije says:

    I've been using Giovanni's tea tree shampoo (the only shampoo I've used since I did the big chop a month ago!) and I have not seen dandruff since! My hair feels super squeaky clean after. I have also heard from numerous blogs that tea tree oil alone helps with dandruff. So maybe if some of you aren't into Giovanni's shampoo, then try adding tea tree to your staple shampoo and see if that helps too.

  • Anonymous says:

    I personally love love love an apple cider vinegar rinse!! Always helps restore balance in my hair and scalp

  • janubie says:

    I've been trying to protective style for extended periods of time but my itchy/flaky scalp keeps getting in the way. I think it's definitely caused by product build up so I made sure to clarify my scalp this time. I look forward to trying the Trader Joe's shampoo, I've heard great things about it.

  • Erica S says:

    I opt for cowashing twice a week instead of washing. And once a month I use my Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle as a shampoo if I'm have itchy, dry, and flaky scalp.

  • Dana says:

    I have been using Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle poo and it's been working wonders for combatting my dry scalp issues. Most importantly, before every other wash I massage my scalp with a mixture of jojoba, tea tree, and peppermint oils. I definitely keep products off of my scalp once the conditioner has been rinsed out to prevent product buildup. If I do have a dry patch I'll just rub a bit of jojoba on it and then it's fine.

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  • Anonymous says:

    So glad you posted about this, because I'm having a really hard time with my flaky scalp this winter. I have genie locs and they will not stay cute with dandruff all over my head.

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