Outdoor cold and wind can chap your skin, including your scalp. In addition, indoor heating has a drying effect on your hair and skin, including the sensitive skin of your scalp. Massage olive oil into your scalp to counteract the drying effects of winter, suggests Alexa Fleckenstein, M.D., in her book, "Own Your Health: Healthy to 100." Olive oil provides a natural treatment to help retain moisture and soothe dryness. Lavender essential oil is an optional ingredient. It may encourage hair growth and treat dry, scaly skin, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Pamper your scalp with your own homemade scalp soother.
Place a funnel in the neck of an empty shampoo bottle or other unbreakable container. Hold the bottle to prevent it from tipping over. Pour a 1/2 cup of olive oil into the bottle.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of lavender essential oil to the olive oil. Shake the bottle to mix the oils.
Pour a quarter-size amount of the winter scalp soother into the palm of your hand and apply it with your fingertips. Work the oil into your scalp from the front of your hairline to the back of your neck. Massaging your scalp in small circles with your fingertips helps to increase circulation.
Leave the oil on your scalp for at least half an hour. It's fine to leave it on all evening. For example, apply it after dinner on an evening when you're staying home and leave it on until bedtime to allow your scalp to absorb the oil.
Shampoo as usual. It may be necessary to shampoo twice to remove the oil.
- "Own Your Health: Healthy to 100"; Alexa Fleckenstein, M.D. and Roanne Weisman; 2006
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Lavender