As unappealing as it is, this time of year people suffer from flaky scalp. An article on Livestrong.com wrote that “fifty-five percent of people worldwide have dandruff.“ Much of the cause is the transitioning weather when we go from being in heated areas to cold dry weather. These environmental factors can all pose as problems for our hair.

A common misconception of having flaky scalp or dandruff is that you have a dry scalp when in fact, most of the time mild dandruff is produced by having overactive oil (sebaceous) glands. Some causes can be linked to not only the cold and dryness, but also the overuse of stripping alkaline soaps (like many drug store brands).

So how do we treat this? First of all we start by identifying your hair type. Is your hair fine, medium, coarse? Is it thin, medium, or thick? And do you have straight, wavy, or curly hair? All of these things tie into your hair care routine. For example if you have long, thick, straight hair, and your scalp is very oily but your ends are very dry, try using a moisture balancing shampoo, like KÉRASTASE Cristalliste Bain Luminous. It will balance the moisture in your hair by ensuring a clean scalp without stripping natural oils, and also give your ends the proper hydration they need.

Consult with your hairstylist and come up with a hair care regime that will insure your hair is healthy year round.