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Is Your Dandruff High In Winters? Here’s Why!

Dandruff In Winters: Causes, Remedies & Prevention

Dr. Deepti Prasad
Medically Reviewed By:

Dr. Deepthi Prasad, MBBS.

Written by Our Editorial Team


Winter brings dandruff, dry scalps and brittle hair. Many people mistake flaking on the scalp as dandruff. Large flakes pinpoint towards dandruff and small flakes indicate dry scalp. The scrutiny of the white flaky substance on your scalp can help you determine whether it is dandruff or dry scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis, which causes red skin and scaly patches on the scalp, is most commonly responsible for dandruff. Winter is the most difficult time for those with dandruff. The skin becomes drier, and flaking takes on a whole new meaning. All your knowledge about haircare dissipates in winter.

Your hair demands much more from you in winter. You may not be able to get rid of dandruff, frizz and hair dryness in winter in a jiffy. Choose haircare products which are formulated to target itchy and flaky scalps. But have you ever wondered why your dandruff gets worse in winters? We’ll walk you through the reason and remedy for dandruff in winters.

Why Is Dandruff High In Winters?

Many people suffer from dandruff, especially during the winter season. There are a few different reasons why dandruff tends to be more prominent during this time of the year.

  • The dry, cold air strips moisture from the scalp, leading to flakiness and itching.
  • Indoor heating that many people rely on causes dryness and irritation on the scalp.
  • Increased stress and decreased exposure to sunlight also encourages dandruff.

All of these factors can contribute to an increase in dandruff during the winter months! It is important to take steps to manage and treat the condition.

Also Read : Defeating the dreaded dandruff

How To Protect Your Scalp From Dandruff During Winters?

Protect Your Scalp From Dandruff During Winters

Maintaining a well-hydrated and well-nourished scalp works well to ward off dandruff. There are several ways to protect your hair and scalp from dandruff during winter. Let’s explore a few!

  1. Wash Your Hair Regularly: It is important to wash your hair regularly to help remove any flakes and prevent dandruff from building up.
  2. Oil Massage: Warm oil massage is the best way to keep your scalp hydrated and well-nourished. This ensures a healthy and problem-free scalp.
  3. Use A Mild Shampoo: Choose a mild, pH-balanced shampoo specifically formulated for dandruff or a dry scalp. Dandruff gets worse with the usage of harsh shampoos that strip the natural oils from your scalp.
  4. Condition Your Hair: Using a conditioner can help keep your scalp and hair hydrated to prevent dandruff.
  5. Use Lukewarm Water To Wash Your Hair: Hot water can strip the natural oils from your scalp, making dandruff worse.
  6. Avoid Using Styling Tools: Heat styling tools, such as hair dryers and straighteners, can dry out your hair and scalp.
  7. Wear A Hat Or Scarf: Protecting your hair from the cold, dry air can help prevent dandruff. A hat or scarf can protect your hair from the dry arid winter weather.
  8. Eat A Healthy Diet: A healthy diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals keeps your hair and scalp healthy and nourished.
  9. Try A Dandruff-Specific Treatment: If you are experiencing dandruff despite these preventive measures, try an effective dandruff-specific treatment, such as ThriveCo’s Anti-Dandruff Pre-Shampoo treatment. It is infused with anti-dandruff and scalp hydrating ingredients such as Octopirox, Pentavitin and Arginine.

Also Read : Avoid These Ingredients At Any Cost If You Have Dandruff!

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Dandruff In Winter: DIY Remedies

Dandruff In Winter: DIY Remedies

When the temperature falls, the dry air and cold wind rob your skin of its natural oil, making your scalp dry, itchy and flaky. It would help if you compensated for the moisture loss by applying hydrating haircare products to keep your scalp well-nourished. Many natural ingredients can prove to be beneficial in controlling dandruff in winter. Let's discuss some effective DIY remedies to fight the villain.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Dandruff symptoms are relieved by apple cider vinegar, as it balances the pH levels of the scalp. It also prevents the growth of fungi, which can lead to itchy and dry skin.


  1. In a bowl, mix apple cider vinegar and water in a ratio of 1:1
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp.
  3. Rinse with water after a few minutes.

2. Tea Tree Oil

The antifungal and antibacterial properties of tea tree oil help reduce dandruff.


  1. Mix tea tree oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil in a bowl.
  2. Massage the mixture into your scalp.
  3. Leave it on for a few hours, then rinse off with water.
  4. Repeat this process a few times a week.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda can help exfoliate the scalp to remove excess oil and flakes.


  1. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with little water to form a paste, then massage it into your scalp.
  2. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse off with water.

4. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice helps to maintain the pH balance of your scalp and controls excess oil production. It strengthens the hair follicles by providing antioxidants such as Vitamin C and minerals such as iron and flavonoids, which work together to maintain a healthy scalp.


  1. In a bowl, mix equal parts of lemon juice and water.
  2. Apply well on the scalp.
  3. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse it off with water.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe inflamed scalp and reduce dandruff.


  1. Apply aloe vera gel directly to your scalp.
  2. Leave it on for a few hours and rinse off with water.
  3. Repeat this process a few times a week.

6. Green Tea

It can help reduce oil buildup and regulate oil production. It has a soothing effect on inflamed and red scalp. Its anti-inflammatory action reduces the urge to scratch your head. It can stop the growth of dandruff-causing fungus.


  1. In a bowl, mix green tea and orange juice in a ratio of 2:1
  2. Rinse your hair with this mixture.
  3. Leave for 15 minutes and wash with an anti-dandruff shampoo.

It's important to note that these home remedies may or may not work for you. It’d take some trial and error to find the formula that works best for you. If your dandruff persists despite these remedies, consider consulting a dermatologist for further treatment.

How much ever you try to ward off dandruff, it keeps coming back. You might try many dandruff home remedies and change hundreds of shampoos, dandruff will still be a problem in your life. You can only keep it away with the right haircare routine with suitable haircare products.

Also Read : Build A Basic Hair Care Routine: Why, How & Must Have Products!

About Doctor :

Dr. Deepthi Prasad

Dr. Deepthi Prasad specializes in Dermatology, Cosmetology, and Aesthetic Dermatology and has been practicing for over 15 years. After completing MBBS from Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences Andhra Pradesh in 2009, she earned a MD in Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad in 2014.




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