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These clinically-proven, pH-balanced, non-medicated formulas from Neutrogena work to cleanse and moisturize your scalp and hair.
We put our heads through a lot during the harsh winter months, from bulky hats to cold, dry air. That’s why it’s so important to take good care of your hair and scalp. The “skinification of haircare” trend is all about caring for the scalp with proven ingredients. “A healthier scalp will be less red, less flaky and less itchy, and also provides for a better growth environment for hair,” says Toronto dermatologist Dr. Benjamin Barankin, medical director and founder of the Toronto Dermatology Centre. Using Neutrogena’s Healthy Scalp shampoo and conditioner collection will help care for your scalp and keep your locks looking fabulous all season long. The dermatologist-recommended skincare brand has a shampoo and conditioner for every scalp and hair type. Follow these holistic tips to care for your hair and scalp this winter.
As tempting as it may be to jump into a steaming hot shower at the end of a frigid winter day, resist the urge. Washing your hair with hot water can be damaging to your scalp. “Water that’s too hot strips too much of the natural oils that our body’s skin and scalp require,” says Dr. Barankin. Instead, use warm water and skip the blow-dryer if you can; air drying is better for your scalp. (Just don’t go to sleep with wet hair, as that can actually dehydrate your skin and cause dryness, flakiness and itching). And remember, unless you’re a teenager, you don’t necessarily need to wash your hair every day. Dr. Barankin says less frequent hair washing is acceptable as we get older.
Use the right products
Make sure your shower is stocked with a high-quality shampoo and conditioner duo that will hydrate your hair and scalp: enter the Neutrogena Healthy Scalp shampoo and conditioner collection. Featuring three powerful formulas—Hydro Boost, Clarify & Shine, and Soothe & Calm—these cleansing bundles boast powerful, pH-balanced skincare ingredients that we normally use to improve our complexions. Plus, the entire collection is non-medicated, so you can grab your favourite formula off the shelf any time.
Reach for the Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Hydro Boost shampoo and conditioner, to quench and cleanse your hair and scalp. This duo boosts the scalp’s hydration level while moisturizing hair with hyaluronic acid. If you’re struggling with an oily scalp or greasy hair, try the Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Clarify & Shine shampoo and conditioner. Made with pink grapefruit, it tackles residue and buildup by clarifying and exfoliating for shiny, healthier-looking hair. Dealing with a dry scalp that’s more sensitive? Neutrogena’s Healthy Scalp Soothe & Calm shampoo and conditioner set features tea tree oil to soothe the scalp and moisturize strands. “Tea tree oil has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, so it can help with odour and pimples on the scalp,” Dr. Barankin says. Whichever shampoo and conditioner combo you choose to upgrade your winter beauty routine, your scalp and hair will thank you!
Practice good hair habits
Keep your style low-key this winter. Over-styling (using hot tools too often, chemical treatments too often and/or too much product) can cause hair breakage and dullness, along with buildup on the scalp. Getting regular trims is important for healthy hair, too, as older strands are more prone to breakage (hello, split ends!). Remember to protect your scalp from the sun even during the coldest months of the year. Dr. Barankin recommends wearing a hat, or applying sunscreen if your hair is thinning.