Winter Dandruff - Looking After Your Hair & Scalp

The winter months can be harsh on our skin, and the skin on our heads is no exception. In this blog, we share some useful information on the link between dandruff and winter, as well practical tips for managing your symptoms.

Why do I get dandruff in the winter?

Research indicates that dandruff gets worse in the winter. Seasonal changes aren’t thought to cause dandruff, but there are factors that arise during the winter months that may trigger your symptoms:


As the festive season approaches, you may find that your diet and lifestyle change. Whether it’s a few celebratory glasses of wine, or over-indulging in Christmas snacks, your festive diet could trigger changes in the condition of your scalp. High levels of sugar can lead to a hormone release that interacts with the natural oils on the skin. There is also research to suggest that a yeast-rich diet can stimulate the growth of the fungus malassezia, which is the primary cause of dandruff.


As the air becomes colder and drier, you may experience a change in the moisture balance of your skin. Some people experience an increase in oil production due to the dry conditions. As dandruff is considered to be an oily condition, this increase in sebum may aggravate symptoms. Most of us wrap up warm when heading out into cold weather, but wearing tight-fitting hats on a regular basis can trap heat, creating a warm, moist environment that allows malassezia to thrive on the scalp.

Mental Health

With fewer daylight hours during the winter months, mental health can also be impacted by the change in seasons. For those living with seasonal affective disorder, for example, symptoms can be more severe during these months. In addition to this, the extra financial strains felt during the festive period can have an impact on your scalp. Experts believe that dandruff symptoms can flare during periods of mental stress.

Styling Routine

Does your daily styling routine change throughout the year? Applying lots of products to your hair can create product buildup and trap scalp oils, which may support the growth of fungus. And frequent use of heated styling appliances can impact overall scalp health too.

How to prevent dandruff in the winter

If you suffer from dandruff, understanding what can trigger your symptoms can help you to manage them. Here are some simple steps you can take to maintain your scalp health during winter:


It can be tempting to stay snug on the sofa at this time of year. But exercise can reduce stress and improve your mood. You don’t need to run a marathon; some gentle yoga or a jog at your local park can have a positive impact on your overall well-being.


Try to maintain a balanced diet. You might find it helps to reduce your intake of things like alcohol, sugar and processed food. Certain vitamins are thought to support scalp health too, for example B vitamins and Zinc. You might benefit from incorporating these into your diet on a regular basis, if you don’t already.

Scalp Care

A gentle routine can be beneficial when faced with harsh winter conditions. Stripping back the number of products in your regime can reduce the risk of product buildup. Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo can be used to treat dandruff and the symptoms associated with it, such as itching, flaking and redness, with a formulation suitable for all hair types. Drying your hair naturally when possible can support moisture retention, which is especially important when you are moving from the cold outdoors to heated homes.

Looking for more advice on scalp care? Visit our blog to find more information on managing dandruff and looking after your scalp.