Is Your Scalp Spring/Summer Ready? Expert Dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry Gives Her Best Tips

Dr. Michelle Henry

Dr. Michelle Henry

Spring is officially here! In other words, say bye-bye to popular protective hairstyles of winter’s past and say hello to embracing your natural tresses! But, before you ‘spring forward’ into embracing a new ‘do, keep this in mind: Much like the skin on your hands, feet and face, the scalp is an extension of your dermis, says New York-based dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry. Meaning, a good detox is a must.

For the scoop on how to protect your scalp, expert product suggestions and ways you may be unknowingly damaging your scalp, check out our chat with Dr. Henry below.

What are some ways people may be unknowingly damaging their scalp?

Some things to watch out for are using harsh shampoos that dry the scalp, over using moisturizing products that may cause a buildup on the scalp and leaving on relaxers or chemical dyes for longer than directed.

Can you give us a few home remedies for dry, itchy scalp?

I love oils like jojoba or coconut oil. Apple cider vinegar may help to remove debris. Tea tree oil may also help to remove any bacteria or fungus contributing to itchiness.

What is the best way to detox your scalp after wearing protective hairstyles like weave or braids?

Wearing braids and weaves can cause an accumulation of debris and even yeast on the scalp. This can exacerbate conditions like dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. I recommend using shampoos like Dove DermaCare Scalp Invigorating Mint 2in1 Shampoo & Conditioner. It contains active pyrithione zinc, which will treat yeast and bacterial buildup while nourishing and moisturizing the scalp.