Struggling with a dry scalp? Whether it’s from over-styling or certain skin conditions such as eczema and seborrheic dermatitis, there are many reasons behind this common skin problem. Harsh winter weather conditions also play a part in drying out the skin and causing damage, meaning many people suffer from a dry scalp during the colder months.
If a dry scalp is causing you stress and worry, there are things you can do to relieve the problem. In this blog, we’ll take you through the causes of a dry scalp, and the steps you can take to keep it at bay. Make sure to browse our thinning and hair loss range to find lots of great products to achieve a hydrated and healthy scalp.
Our top tips for caring for a dry scalp are:
Reduce how often you wash your hair
Use a gentle shampoo
Take care when styling your hair
Turn down the heat on the styling products
Use deeply moisturising hair care items
Let’s look at how to care for a dry scalp in more depth, as well as some of the products you can incorporate into your hair care and skin care routine to improve dry skin in general.
Reduce how often you wash your hair
Overwashing and excessive shampooing can be detrimental to the condition of your hair and scalp. It can make your hair brittle, difficult to style, and even greasy due to over-production of oil. If you wash your hair every morning and notice symptoms of a dry scalp, like itchiness, flaking, and dry skin elsewhere, it might be time to cut back on the cleansing.
Using a gentle shampoo is one of the most important steps you can take to combat a dry scalp. Treating your hair with harsh products can strip it of much-needed moisture, which can lead to irritated skin and thinning of the follicles. Refresh your shower stash with some milder shampoos which will provide quick relief for your dry scalp.
Which products should I use?
The Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care range is a great choice when it comes to tackling dry skin. Their fantastic products work to hydrate and moisturise, leaving you with soothed and shiny locks. And even better, all their products are made from natural ingredients, which is excellent news for your hair! Try the Tara Smith gorgeously gentle shampoo 250ml for rapid, noticeable improvements.
Take care when styling your hair
If you suffer from a dry scalp, being very careful when styling your hair is crucial. If your hair becomes super tangled after washing, try not to be too harsh when brushing through the knots, as this can damage your scalp further and cause it to dry out faster. Using a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush is a great way to provide gentle care for your hair and make styling a more comfortable experience.
Which products should I use?
The John Freida detangle comb offers one of the best dry skin solutions. Featuring widely-spaced teeth, this is a Holy Grail product when it comes to styling sensitive hair and tackling a dry scalp.
Turn down the heat on the styling products
If you find yourself reaching for the styling products daily, it might be a good idea to cut down your use. Excessive heat on your head can cause the water droplets in your skin to evaporate, resulting in loss of moisture and a damaged scalp.
Whether it’s super straight hair or bouncy curls you want, try turning down the heat on your styling products to the lowest setting. Or start using them only a couple of times a week. Avoid the hairdryer and let your locks dry naturally, too.
When choosing hair care products, go for deeply moisturising varieties to restore a bit of moisture to your hair and help repair a dry, damaged scalp. And if you aren’t already doing so, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin nice and hydrated.
Chillier temperatures and cosy nights are well on their way, and now is the time to fill your home with fragrances that invite a calm, warming atmosphere. With the lead-up to Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to move away from light, floral scents in pursuit of more decadent and welcoming aromas that reflect the beautiful things about wintertime.
Think cinnamon, spice and
all things nice – scents that make staying wrapped up indoors a real delight.
The best home fragrances for winter include:
Frankincense and myrrh
Orange and ginger
Read on to discover why
these scents are perfect for the festive build-up and beyond. We’ll recommend
some products, too, so you can try out these fantastic fragrances for yourself.
With deep, earthy tones and
a rich aroma, sandalwood is the ideal uplifting scent to totally transform your
abode this winter. Reminiscent of a cosy, crackling campfire, this lovely fragrance
smells equally pleasing through scented candles and diffusers alike.
Though on its own it exudes
a soft, subtle aroma, sandalwood also works very well in conjunction with other
scents such as lavender and cedar.
There’s nothing quite like
the spicy scents of frankincense and myrrh. A spicy blend of rosemary, pine and
citrus, frankincense constitutes a true depiction of the winter months. With a
similar aromatic woody scent, myrrh has been used for centuries as a strong
perfume and for medicinal purposes.
Together, these scents
combine to create a lovely treat for the senses. Fancy straying away from
sugary-sweet traditional festive fragrances and opting for something different
instead? Frankincense and myrrh could be the fragrance for you.
Warming and wonderful, the
sweet fragrance of orange and ginger drifting through your house is just what
you need for true relaxation this wintertime. Perfect for evoking lovely
memories of Christmas’ gone by, this powerful citrusy scent intertwined with
the sharp tang of ginger will bring your senses to life.
For a refreshing explosion
of goodness, we recommend the Price’s orange & ginger boxed jar
candle 400g. Whether
it’s a gift for you or a little treat for someone else, this scent will help
turn the house into a comforting festive paradise. It’s the ultimate winter
Partial to a sweet treat
every now and again? Vanilla might just become your new go-to home fragrance
this winter. Just the thing to evoke a pleasant, cosy atmosphere, there’s
something super comforting about the smell of vanilla wafting through the air.
One of the best-smelling
home fragrances on the market, elevate your mood this winter with the Pacifia Island vanilla diffuser
120ml. Wherever you
choose to display this fabulous diffuser in your home, the lovely aesthetic and
traditional smell of vanilla are sure to work wonders. Or, if you’d rather
light a scented candle instead, the Jelly Belly vanilla candle pot is just the thing.
When it’s cold outside,
there’s nothing better than unwinding with your feet up. Make your night in
even better with the gorgeous smell of fig – the perfect blend of green and
Renowned for its soothing
crackling sound when burning, the WoodWick large candle fig is just what you need to emit this fantastic
scent. With an impressive burn time of 130-180 hours, it’s sure to see you
through every crisp winter evening this year. Get those cosy socks on, grab a
mug of hot chocolate, and immerse yourself in this fabulous fragrance.
Can’t wait for Christmas to
arrive? Fight off the winter blues and welcome the festivities into your home
with a cinnamon spice candle or diffuser. Reminiscent of delicious goodies
baking in the oven, this nostalgic scent is just the thing to help turn your
home into a winter haven.
Made up of a delicious
blend of apple spice, cinnamon and clove, the Shearer Candles Cinnamon Spice
tinned candle is an
excellent choice for filling your house with this aroma. Not only does it smell
great, but this candle also comes in beautiful packaging and looks fabulous
displayed on shelves and windowsills.
Love all things fragrance? Whether it’s fresh citrus notes or oriental spices, let us help you find your perfect scent.
With the 27th just around the corner, prepare to experience a Black Friday like never before! Shopping online is the easiest it’s ever been here at Fragrance Direct as we’re showcasing some of the best beauty offers along with incredible deals on fragrances, pamper essentials and home scents too. Are you ready?
If you’re a haircare fanatic and a fan of this brand, the TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Tween Duo has been put together especially for people with flat hair that needs some serious lift. Working together, the shampoo and conditioner will add volume and enhance your hair’s flexibility, creating big, bouncy hair that moves freely and exudes vitality!
Skincare lover? This day cream has been specially developed with a moisturising complex to leave your dry skin feeling soft, comfortable, unbeatably hydrated and looking gorgeously healthy. Bio Extracts strengthen the skin’s structure to help retain moisture. If you don’t know REN Clean Skincare, get to know!
Would you really turn down a pamper session? Experience a calming cleanse with the DECLÉOR’s Luxury Size Lavender Shower Gel, a soothing body wash infused with Lavender Essential Oil. Tested on sensitive skin, this bath and shower gel effectively lifts away dirt and impurities while delicately scenting the skin with its relaxing Lavender aroma. It will soothe and caress the skin, softening and cleansing to leave the body feeling refreshed and comforted. Ah, a dream…
Grow your glow with the classic brand, The Body Shop’s British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. Inspired by the European bathing rituals, their 100% vegan refreshing gel face mask is infused with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and organic Community Trade aloe vera. And what’s more, it’s formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. Reveal skin that’s replenished with moisture and visibly smooth with a youthful dewy appearance.
Because a good hand cream is an essential! This hand cream features natural, Australian Tea Tree Oil for very dry and cracked hands. Simply, rub the cream into your hands, paying special attention to knuckles and dry areas. Apply it 1-2 times daily or as needed. For a complete refreshing experience, combine with Australian Bodycare Body Wash. What’s better is that this hand cream is dermatologically tested and 100% vegan.
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Black Friday is near but don’t fear we’ve searched high and low for the best Black Friday buys this year, whether you want to solidify your status as the best gift giver of all time or perhaps you’re running low on that all important giftspiration, whatever it is, read on to discover our show stopping selection of splurge worthy gifts!
Tis’ the season to have great skin! Glow this Christmas with Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Serum that helps to minimise the appearance of those pesky fine lines and wrinkles in a gentle yet effective way. So, let someone refresh, replenish and revitalise their complexion this season with a serum so luxurious, you might just keep it for yourself…
Just landed at FD, this luxurious and luminizing cream helps to promote skin surface renewal, leaving your complexion feeling silky-soft. On contact with skin, the cream melts into the pores, delivering it’s unique blend of active ingredients, allowing a long, luxurious facial massage. If you’re struggling for an unforgettable gift this Christmas, then give this signature skin cream to someone special and make this festive season one to remember!
Delve into a sweet slumber and let your troubles float away with Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Night Cream. With only the application to do, just let the cream do the work and grab some of that much-needed snooze time. The night is the skin’s optimal time to regenerate, so make it count and use this exceptional fusion of antioxidant-rich sesame and avocado oil that targets the signs of ageing to reveal a radiant, firmer-looking complexion in the morning.
Treat someone to an at-home festive facial with Dermalogica’s Cleanse & Glow Set. This unmissable trio is the perfect introduction to the Dermalogica double cleanse routine. If you’re wanting to achieve an instantly brighter and smoother look then this one’s for you! So, say goodbye to tired looking skin and hello to a new, luminous complexion. The set features a precleanse, cleansing gel and the all impressive daily microfoliant, so wipe away your impurities and grab this special set this season.
When we think of luxury we think of NUXE! This luxe NUXE gift set is a gorgeous addition to any ladies skincare collection. Featuring a floral scented shower gel, huile dry oil, cream boost gel and a floral candle, this makes it the ultimate cosy night-in gift. So feel fresh and nourished with this stunning selection of NUXE’s best-selling products!
Personalise your skincare this Christmas with The Organic Pharmacy’s Expert Serums Set. Made in London with love, these clinically proven serums make the perfect present for a loved one! With there being no promise for a spa treatment this year, it’s more important than ever to give the gift of great skin to luxury lovers this season. Featuring four full sized serums that target your problem areas, this set will see anyone through the new year!
Turn back the clock on tired skin with this Green Mandarin Overnight Facial Peel by DECLÉOR. The resurfacing acids and soothing botanical oils work together to give your skin a natural glow and reduce the first signs of ageing. Powered by glycolic acid and natural fruit acids, the formula not only offers powerful exfoliating benefits, but also infuses moisture into the skin too! We recommend following a 28 day course every night to achieve a radiant complexion, then continue to use it as a top up when the skin is feeling a little dull!
Considering going vegan? You aren’t alone. Having grown in popularity in recent years, many people are turning to veganism. This involves changing up eating habits, contributing to environmental issues, and switching up daily beauty and lifestyle products.
With Veganuary just around the corner, now is the perfect time to give your skincare drawer a quick refresh with some beautiful vegan and cruelty-free skincare goodies.
Many people who suffer from
skin conditions, such as acne, are often hesitant to make the switch to vegan
skincare products. Suppose you struggle with acne, specifically whiteheads. In
that case, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of great natural skincare
picks out there which offer a solution to this common skin problem. You can
find many of these must-have items in the vegan range on our site.
In this blog, we’ll give
you a run-down of what whiteheads are, and take you through five fabulous
natural products to help combat them this Veganuary.
How can I get rid of
Characterised by their
small, round appearance, whiteheads are a common form of acne and occur when
pores get clogged with sebum and dead skin cells. If you’re struggling with
whiteheads, there are a few simple steps you can take to help banish them for
good. These include:
Washing your face thoroughly every evening with lukewarm (not hot) water.
Washing your hair regularly. The build-up of oil in the hair follicles can transfer to the face and cause breakouts.
Avoiding harsh cleansers and scrubs which can irritate the skin.
Exfoliating a couple of times a week to remove dead cells from the skin’s surface.
Treating your complexion with acne-fighting simple skin products.
Read on to discover five natural
skincare products designed to help combat whiteheads.
The Organic Pharmacy is one of the best brands on the market for natural
products. Their peppermint facial wash is infused with antibacterial ingredients
which help reduce the number of bacteria on the skin’s surface. It’s is a Holy Grail
product if you’re suffering from acne.
Made up of a blend of excellent
organic ingredients such as lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree, this cleanser
works to balance combination and oily skin, leaving it refreshed and revived.
After use, skin feels clean, calm, and awakened. Use every morning to help keep
pesky blemishes under control.
One of our favourite simple
skin products, The Organic Pharmacy peppermint facial wash is best suited to
those with oily and sensitive skin.
With a philosophy of
discovering ‘truth in beauty’, Elemis is renowned for delivering brilliant skincare
results with the help of natural ingredients. The first step to ridding your
skin of whiteheads is unclogging congested pores. And with the Elemis Biotec
Skin Energising Cleanser, this is easy to do.
This terrific product
provides a deep cleanse for the skin, pulling out any surface oils and
impurities whilst balancing the complexion. After use, skin feels beautifully
smooth, energised and refreshed.
The Biotec cleanser works
well with all skin types. Still, those with acne-prone and oily skin will
achieve noticeable results quickly.
Kickstart your Veganuary by
adding the all-natural skincare brand Ayumi to your beauty collection. Founded in 2011, this innovative brand uses
only the very best natural and cruelty-free ingredients in its products to
totally transform your skin. Tackle acne head-on with the sandalwood face
scrub, just the thing to free your complexion of dead cell build-up to reduce
the likelihood of whiteheads.
Infused with a combination
of essential oils such as frankincense, ginger and lavender, the Sandalwood
Face Scrub works to buff away cells. It leaves the skin looking and feeling
healthy and moisturised.
If your skin is both dry
and acne-prone (a complex combination), you’ll see fantastic results with this
Introducing the Clarity
Restoring Mask by leading skincare brand Ren. If you haven’t already incorporated face
masks into your beauty routine, this natural skincare must-have is a great place
The outbreak of whiteheads
is down to the overproduction of sebum which forms a ‘plug’ on the skin’s surface.
With the help of Licochalcone, Ren’s mask helps to control sebum production. It
penetrates and smooths the skin, leaving you with a fabulously glowy
This mask is excellent for
those with sensitive skin who want to control their whiteheads.
Say hello to one of your
new-favourite simple facial products – the Australian Bodycare Concentrated Tea
Tree Oil. The Australian Bodycare brand is one of the best around for high-quality
products devised from vegan and natural ingredients.
Due to its
anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities, tea tree oil is excellent for
improving acne. This concentrated oil will help maintain your skin’s natural PH
balance while giving it a deep clean, keeping your pores clean and healthy.
Those with acne-prone skin who would like to improve the condition of their skin will benefit from this product.