7 Top Steps to Follow in your Winter Hair Care Routine for Dry Scalp

Dr. Ashish Bhora

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Ashish Bhora


4 min read

Key Takeaways

  • Coconut oil benefits your hair by providing moisture
  • Using bhringraj oil for hair helps in preventing dandruff
  • Covering your hair with a hat is an essential hair care routine

The cold weather can take a huge toll on the health of your hair. Just like you maintain your skin during the winter season, your hair also needs proper care during this time. This is the season where the moisture content of your hair gets reduced. Your locks turn frizzy due to a dry, flaky scalp and this may cause hair strands to break. If you are already suffering from hair fall issues, this season worsens the condition of your hair. All you need to do is follow a proper winter hair care routine for dry scalp and see how lustrous your hair becomes!

Follow this simple winter hair care routine to maintain long and strong hair.

Winter Hair Care Routine for Dry Scalp

Cover Your Hair with a Hat When You Step Outside

During winters, it is important to cover your hair when going out. The dry air and cold wind can reduce the moisture content of your hair. A hat can protect your hair from this. Be careful while choosing the right type of hat. Woolen or cotton hats can break your hair strands. To avoid this, you can use silk or satin fabric to line your hat and prevent breakage. Before wearing a hat, spray dry oil on your hair. These dry oils contain natural oils that restore your hair’s moisture and shine. If you are concerned about how to stop hair fall during the winters, simply follow this important hair care routine.

Winter Hair Care Routine

Oil Your Hair Regularly

How to regrow hair naturally is a common question you too may have. Oiling your hair is the answer! While oiling is important for proper growth of your hair at any time, it is a must during the cold season. In fact, it is one of the most effective home remedies for dry scalp! During winters, your scalp turns dry and dandruff is also a common issue that can make your hair frizzy. Regular oiling with amla, coconut or almond oil can provide natural nourishment.

Oil also restores moisture content. Coconut oil benefits your hair by minimizing frizz and breakage. This is because it contains lauric acid with nourishing properties that is absorbed by your hair well [1]. Another oil you can try during the winter season is bhringraj oil for hair. It has antifungal and antimicrobial properties that can eliminate dandruff from your hair and improve blood circulation in the scalp [2].

Additional read: 5 Crucial Bhringraj Oil Benefits for Growing Long and Healthy Hair

Avoid Applying Shampoos Excessively

Since your hair gets dry and flaky during winters, avoid using shampoos frequently. Excessive use of shampoos reduces the natural oils present on your scalp, making your hair dry. Different chemicals present in shampoos can also cause itchiness and irritation in your scalp [3]. Shampoo your hair less and opt for gentle shampoos so that your hair does not get damaged.

Condition Your Hair Regularly

It is important to condition your hair as dry wind will reduce its moisture content. Your hair cuticles also open and this may result in frizzy and rough hair. It becomes difficult to manage dry hair. So, always use a conditioner after shampooing your hair to keep it hydrated during the winter season.

Additional read: Hair Care Tips: How to Pick the Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Your Hair?Winter Hair Care Routine

Comb Your Hair Carefully

During the colder season, tangling is a common issue. Take care to remove those tangles properly so that your hair doesn’t break. Use a wide-tooth comb and gently brush out knots from your hair. This reduces the strain on your scalp and prevents hair breakage too.

Avoid Using Styling Products

Using styling products like curling iron rods and hair straighteners that work on heat can form split ends. These split ends cause hair strands to break very easily. Avoid using them frequently. Apply a heat protectant serum before you use these tools.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

Water is essential for growing long hair. During the winter months, there is loss of water from your body. To replenish this, it is vital that you keep yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water during this season for proper nourishment of your hair. Once your scalp is well-hydrated, there will be no itchiness and dryness.

During the cold season, it is better to wash your hair every alternate day if you have an oily scalp. However, if your scalp is dry, it is better to wash it after 4-5 days. It is better to reduce the number of hair washes so that natural oils from your scalp are not lost. You can also book an online doctor consultation if you are facing hair fall problems. Resolve all your concerns by connecting with top specialists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book an online dermatologist consultation for your hair fall and dry scalp treatment without delay for the best results!

Published on 26 Nov 2021Last updated on 27 Apr 2023
  1. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gambhirsinh-Vala-2/publication/280574942_Medicinal_Benefits_of_Coconut_Oil_A_Review_paper/links/55bb561b08ae092e965ed871/Medicinal-Benefits-of-Coconut-Oil-A-Review-paper.pdf
  2. https://wjpr.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/article_issue/1438425155.pdf
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4370348/

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Dr. Ashish Bhora

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Ashish Bhora



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