I developed an itchy scalp about 3 years ago due to stress. I’ve tried many things to try relieve it over the years, some worked and some didn’t. So I’m sharing my itchy scalp journey, recommending products in the hope it will help you too.
After some initial reading it seemed that SLS and other sulphates might be the cause of my problems so I immediately moved over to products that were sulphate free, which gave some relief. I now only buy products with a high natural ingredient list and that are largely free of parabens, sulphates, silicones and petrochemicals.
Itchy Scalp – Budget Friendly
I have tried lots of budget friendly shampoos and conditioners. My theory being, that if you can get good products at budget prices, why wouldn’t you?
My favourite is the Hask Keratin Protein Shampoo. It is kind enough to not irritate my scalp but I feel like it is making my hair stronger at the same time. I will be purchasing this again.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Almond Yoghurt I used this as a treatment when I had a bath and found it really nourished my hair and scalp, leaving it feeling soft. I took this on holiday and used it everyday to help with any sun and swim damage.
I wanted to like these as they are often on offer and have everything I’m looking for in a hair product. But Noughty Shampoo & Noughty Condidtioner just felt a bit thin and runny. I liked the conditioner as it was light and didn’t upset my scalp but the shampoo was too thin. They are good budget friendly choices due to price, as they definitely do the job but they weren’t my favourite.
Itchy Scalp – Premium Products
These are a little bit more pricey but worth it! I thought every one of them was worth the price and would definitely repurchase them.
Scalp Benefits Conditioner & Scalp Benefits Shampoo by Aveda is recommended on every forum I read about itchy scalps and I can see why. I took to using the conditioner only for budget reasons and only worked it into my scalp, using another conditioner on my ends. I thought it was excellent, it relieved my scalp instantly, it also has a lovely smell.
Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner was one of the first products I tried. A thin liquid that is used like a toner in your facial routine, you apply it on clean wet hair. I found this really helped, it has a refreshing feeling when applied and made my scalp feel comfortable. My hair is extremely thick meaning it was difficult to get it everywhere but for normal hair I imagine this wouldn’t be a problem.
I tried L’Oréal Professionnel Source Essentielle Delicate Shampoo & L’Oréal Professionnel Source Essentielle Pulpe De Figue at my hairdressers and immediately loved it. It smells amazing and feels very light. I initially bought the Pulpe De Figue as I had been extremely impressed by the smell and texture and wasn’t disappointed. Next time I need a new shampoo and conditioner this is going to be it. There’s a great duo available here…L’Oréal Professionnel Source Essentielle Daily Colour Radiance Duo
Itchy Scalp – The Top Tip
The best thing I have bought by far is this Hair Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush. The rubber combs get to the roots of the hair and remove the build up of product that happens over time whilst also giving your scalp a massage. This stimulates the blood which also helps with scalp health. This has really helped my scalp no end!
So that’s it, my tips to helping an itchy scalp. Mine is not completely healed but it is so much better than a few years ago. There are so many solutions on the market, that it can be difficult to know what’s the best to choose, but hopefully this has helped. If you have any suggestions for me to try, please leave a comment.
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