Tips & Techniques, Wellness / Self-Care

Maybe your Dry Scalp is from your AC unit

So long, dry scalp.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Sep 18, 2022

It’s never nice to experience itching or irritation in the scalp. It can cause anxiety, embarrassment, and a long, long rabbit hole to find out the right course of action. You might invest in dry scalp shampoos, flake-free treatments, or get tested for lice and other scalp conditions. The whole situation can wreak havoc on your stress levels. But what if we told you that your dry scalp had nothing to do with your hair care routine?  In fact, it might have to do with your air conditioning unit.


Depending on what type of unit you have, or how often you are running your AC unit, negative changes to your skin and hair can come up. But why is that? How do you prevent it? And how do you treat dry scalp caused by an air conditioning unit? Ahead, the real tea on the pesky scalp issue. The following tips and regime will prepare you for flake-free days on the horizon.


Why your AC is a culprit

As happy as you might be blasting your AC after a scorching hot day, they can damage the hair, causing stress on the scalp, dryness, and itchiness. Essentially, air conditioners dehumidify the air around us by turning hot air into cool air, sucking the moisture out.


What is happening is this: Your oil glands can’t produce the required oils for your skin. And in combination with harsh chemicals in shampoos and conditioners, non-dense nutrient foods, exposure to extreme heat and dryness, heat tools, allergies, and a plethora of other things you might not notice in your routine, dryness can be extreme.


Prevention and treatment

In the worst conditions, you could even develop seborrheic dermatitis, a chronic eczema that feeds off of oil; or contact dermatitis, an itchy rash that could spread. Now that you are aware of the symptoms and side effects of air conditioning units on the scalp, how do you prevent or treat the condition?


To start, work on hydrating your body from within throughout the day. That means plenty of water (at least 8 glasses), and electrolytes to sustain your optimal hydration levels. Drinking the adequate amount of fluids will help the body stay hydrated and lessen the drying effects of cold air conditioning units.


Also, when you wash your hair, remember to always use a hydrating conditioner to add moisture back into your scalp. And lastly, avoid products that have alcohols and synthetic fragrances, as these could cause irritation.


If you could use some extra comfort in your life (and solve this problem), exfoliate your scalp to keep it hydrated and healthy.


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