Come winter and there is often an increase in dandruff, scalp infections and hair loss. Trichologist Dr Shahid Shamsher tells us of 3 basic steps to deal with winter hair problems.


Don’t keep touching the head.

Some people have a itchy scalp or get small pimples on the head which makes them want to scratch it again and again. Most of times, this happens without even realizing it. But what we don’t realize is that our hands in fact are a source of many bacteria’s and viruses. For example, you hold a pen, touch a keyboard, shake hands with someone, results in your hands getting contaminated. And then every time you touch your head you transfer that contamination to the scalp.


Don’t share certain things.

Combs, pillow covers, helmets, hair bands are things which come in touch with your scalp, some of them for long periods of time. If they are contaminated, they easily transfer the infection to your scalp. I see so many cases of room-mates who share the house and belongings and end up sharing their scalp infections. These are some things in which it better to be selfish.


Don’t skip on hygiene.

Because of the coldness of the weather, a lot of people simply stop washing their heads. This is especially true for people who need to leave their homes early in the morning like BPO workers and school children. While it is completely understandable and there are genuine concerns of catching a cold in this weather, some level of hygiene has to be maintained. Just last week I met a patient who preferred to wash his head once a month!! That sort of thing is simply not on. Instead consider washing the scalp at a different time like evenings when things are much warmer.



Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. He consults at Dr Health Clinics and can be contacted on 080-42067474 to 75.


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