One of you recently emailed me this beauty question: My scalp is suddenly flaking. Is it dry skin or dandruff? And when I read it, I immediately scratched my head—not because I was stumped, but because I’ve been having the exact same issue!
This happens a lot in the winter. The dry air is sucking the moisture out of your skin—including the skin on your scalp, which causes it to flake. You’ll know that it’s dry skin and not dandruff because the flakes are very small (dandruff tends to have larger, irregular-shaped flakes).
To fix my flake issue, I’ve switched my shampoo. I’m currently using Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Dry Scalp Shampoo ($5, walgreens.com), which has aloe vera to help soothe the skin and curb the itch. I also started to massage conditioner into my scalp, allowing it to sink in for a few minutes before I rinse. So far, so good.
P.S. Thank you for all of your awesome beauty questions. I’m responding to many in future issues of Latina, as well as here on Latina.com, so keep ‘em coming!