We are in full swing of winter and many times, we don’t consider how harsh cold weather can be on our hair. We cover up our bodies, get our cars winter ready and winterize our houses, but what about setting up our hair for success during the coldest months of the year?

One of the ways to protect against dry hair, which ultimately leads to breakage, is to combat a dry scalp. Yes, keeping your scalp flake free and healthy is paramount to the overall look and feel of your hair. Some people are more prone to dry scalp than others but believe it or not, there are some pretty simple reasons for this. No matter what your case is, you can combat the issues you may face and succeed with having healthy, strong hair.

So let’s look at a few reasons one might experience dry scalp and ways to change this annoying issue.

You Are What You Eat

How many times have you heard this in your lifetime? What you eat is so important to your body and has an impact on how you look, how you feel and how you function. You can also add the condition of your hair to that list. One of the best things you can do for your diet is increase your water intake. If you don’t drink enough of it, it will affect everything about you. From your skin to your organs, it is nonnegotiable; with that, as much as possible, try to remove the things from your diet that offer little to no nutritional value. It will not only help your body’s appearance but also your hair’s appearance. Drink more water to fight a dry scalp.

Oil A Day Keeps the Brittle Away

So here is the thing- your hair needs oil. Most non-people of color have natural oils in their hair and is why they wash their hair nearly everyday; to remove the oil. For black women and people of color, it’s the opposite. You have to add oil to your hair to make sure you have a balanced, moisturized scalp. The lack of applying oil on a regular basis will greatly impact the condition of your scalp. So the solution for that is to simply add oil. It can be the kinds of oil you find in your kitchen like olive or coconut or you can buy products formulated for the purposes of keeping your hair in tip top shape.

Be Mean, Fight those Genes

For some people, a dry scalp is just something that they inherited from family. You know how there are things that we get from our mother or father’s side of the family? Well, having a dry scalp is just another one of those things. But just as with most issues we face, there are ways to combat dry scalp so that you can have relief and growth. This particular reason for the condition is a little trickier because it’s really not your fault. The best thing to do is find the right kind of shampoos, conditioners and treatments and use them as the first form of defense. From there, it becomes even more important for you to use the right kinds of oils and to have a balanced diet.

Having a dry scalp is never fun and finding a remedy can be challenging for some, but not matter what you face, you can have relief. Don’t let the weather (or genes) stop you from achieving the hair goals you want.