Because it’s really the worst.
This article was written by Maria Del Russo and repurposed with permission from Refinery 29.
You’ve been scratching at your scalp since December, haven’t you? Whether it’s a subtle annoyance that only comes after you’ve skipped a day or two of shampooing or a persistent itch that leaves white flecks all over your shoulders when you finally give in—it’s there. Though the dry winter air and indoor heat can initially cause the flakiness, it may stick around through spring if you don’t treat it, and it may be affecting your hair growth.
Steve Pullan, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley hair clinic, explains: “The hair has a cycle,” he says. “On a mild level, an unhealthy scalp can disrupt that cycle so the hair doesn’t stay in the ‘growing’ phase long enough and falls out more frequently. On a more serious level, scalp inflammation can disrupt the cycle so severely that it contributes to hair-loss factors. If you’re prone to hair loss, it can exacerbate it.”
Before you start obsessively counting the hairs in your brush, don’t worry: An unhealthy scalp is one of the most common hair problems—and there are ways to get rid of the itch. Pullan suggests frequent washing (like, every day), but recognizes that isn’t exactly attainable for everyone.
So he advises to shampoo your hair as often as you can to routinely get rid of the sebum buildup on your scalp. This won’t necessarily get rid of the flakes on its own, but it will increase the efficacy of any dry-scalp or dandruff treatments you are using. “If there is a layer of sebum on your scalp, your topical treatments won’t be able to penetrate,” he explains.
Source: How to Deal With Itchy Scalp
The Basics of Hair Care
Lao Fo Ye – Free Scalp/Hair Consultation