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My scalp gets flaky when it's cold. What should I do?

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The question

I seem to develop a case of dry, flaky scalp whenever it gets cold. Is it dandruff and, if so, should I start using an anti-dandruff shampoo?

The answer

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If it's dandruff, your scalp will most likely feel oily and itchy. If you don't have those two symptoms alongside the flakes, you're probably dealing with a dry scalp due to the weather, too many shampoos and the use of heated styling tools. All together, they add up to a dry scalp.

My suggestion is to consider skipping a wash once or twice a week. Use a dry shampoo like Lush's No Drought or a spray version such as Göt2b's Rockin' It Dry in between to help absorb oil and add volume. You can also try to set your hair in Velcro rollers at night. It'll help keep the volume in your hair and also keep your roots from grabbing onto the oil on your scalp, keeping it fresh.

Bahar Niramwalla is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty specialist on The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV. Have a beauty question? E-mail

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