“ Brand: Boots / Type: Hair Shampoo / Subcategory: Treatment / What it does: Cleanses / Suitable for: dry hair „
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After being plagued with a very dry flaky scalp that was incredibly itchy and was not clearing up using my usual hair products I decided I need to take action and find a product that might clear it up. I was browsing in Boots when I found the Boots Expert Dry Scalp Treatment range.
Boots Expert Dry Scalp Treatment Shampoo is a specialist shampoo to treat itchy, dry or flaky scalp conditions and promises immediate relief from irritation whilst treating the cause and gently cleansing the hair.
The product is best used together with Boots Expert Dry scalp Treatment conditioner which makes the same claim, so instead of doing two reviews for the same condition I will review both now.
The product is packaged in an ordinary white plastic bottle with the instructions on the back. For some reason the writing with the actual instructions on is miniscule and I had to take it up to the window to be able to read them properly even with my reading glasses on and it was still difficult. That done you use it much the same as any other shampoo, wet the hair with warm water , massage into the hair and particularly into the scalp as this is where the problem is, rinse thoroughly and repeat as necessary.
The shampoo is quite thin, white with a slight perfume smell, it lathered up very well and I did not need to add anymore water or repeat again, I was confident that my hair was clean with a single wash.
The conditioner is in the same packaging as the shampoo and makes the same claim as the shampoo as to what it treats in addition it says that it is calming and moisturising to provide gentle conditioning for soft and shiny hair. Instructions for use are; after shampooing and rinsing, massage into hair and scalp leave for 2 minutes and rinse with warm water.
The conditioner is slightly thicker than the shampoo and has the same smell. I did as instructed and rinsed it off. My hair didn't really feel conditioned at this point it didn't seem to have that silky feeling that you usually get after conditioning and the comb did not slide through my hair like usual. On wet hair it felt like I had not conditioned it at all. I hoped it would get better after I had blow dried it.
After drying my hair, it was not silky or shiny as promised it was dry and fly away. I have thick hair and it is a job to get it smooth but after years of blow drying my hair I have the knack now to make this happen with my usual hair products, but this was highly disappointing. My scalp did not itch for the remainder of the day or evening, and it did loosen the dry patches on my scalp, but my hair felt dry and unconditioned and by the morning I was itchy again. I did feel that the shampoo and conditioner did help over the next few weeks on relieving the itching and clearing some of the dry patches up, but I sprayed a leave in conditioner on my hair after every wash and before I went to bed at night.
Both products are hypoallergenic and the price is not too bad £2.99 for the shampoo and £2.99 for the conditioner which come in 200ml bottles.
I have now finished both bottles and I don't think I would try these again; I am on the hunt now for new treatments for dry scalp conditions as I still have some dry patches.
It is difficult for me to rate this product as it did do some of the things it claimed to do but did not leave my hair in very good condition so if I could give it 3.5 stars I would, so I shall say 3 stars for the sake of this review.
I am 75 years of age, male, not a lot of hair but I do have a dry itchy scalp. I read the reports about this product, bought and tried it but unfortunately it made no difference whatsover and so the hunt goes on for something that will work in my case. If anyone could help I thought it would be "Google" but all the so called cures on there are going to cost me a lot of time and money. Norman
Dry Scalp Treatment Shampoo
Sometimes, especially in winter, I can be known to suffer from a bit of a dry scalp. I assume it's not dandruff because I don't get any white flaky bits but it can be quite sore if I scratch too much- as well as looking a tad unsightly.
A foray around Boots found me this and I bought it along with the conditioner.
~~What is it?~~
It promises to be a rich moisturising shampoo, which will give immediate relief to any irritation. It will gently cleanse hair whilst treating dry itchy or flaking scalp...just what I need. Noting too harsh or it will all feel worse!
~~Product and Packaging~~
The shampoo comes in a white 200ml bottle with all information and ingredients clearly written on the back of the bottle.
To get the shampoo out of the bottle, simply flip up the lid which reveals a small hole. The bottle doesn't need squeezing- simply press up the lid and hold the bottle upside down so that the shampoo can go into your hand.
The shampoo itself is quite thick and is a kind of yellow/cream colour. The consistency of the shampoo means that it is easy to get just the required amount out of the bottle- because it is quite thick, it doesn't come spilling out of the bottle as soon as the bottle is tipped upside down.
The shampoo has a very slightly medicated smell which isn't unpleasant, just very clean smelling.
~~How to use it~~
Wet your hair and apply the shampoo. As with other shampoos, this should be massaged gently- no scrubbing needed, and remember to get it into your scalp because this is where it's going to work.
Don't get it into your eyes- I assume it will sting.
It doesn't say who can use it, and there are no warnings about it being unsuitable for children under a certain age, but I don't think I would be using the shampoo on young children.
~~Price and Availability~~
Available online at www.boots.com or instore at Boots shops. The product costs £2.99 for 200ml.
Expert Pre Shampoo treatment
Expert Dry Scalp Conditioner
I like this shampoo- it really did, when used in conjunction with the conditioner, make my scalp less dry.
The shampoo is hypoallergenic, and so unlikely to cause any adverse reactions. Himself has psoriasis which affects his scalp, and he had no nasty reactions to this shampoo, and did definitely notice some lessening of the itchiness.
The shampoo is easy to use, and using a small amount, I found that it lathers up well. When massaged into the scalp, it really does get a good lather, so hair feels as though it is getting a really good clean; I have found that some medicated shampoos feel a bit dry as I am washing my hair. Not too much of the shampoo is needed for each wash, and unless
For anyone with itchy or dry scalp, I would highly recommend this. It's easy to use, reasonably priced, and gives hair a good clean without making it your hair smell as though it's had a good scrub with medicated shampoo.
A good one!!
Thanks for reading.
I cannot recommend this shampoo highly enough! I have problem dry skin, including my scalp - it can be flaky and itchy and embarrassing, and I've tried just about every product going to calm it down.
Of course, it was the cheapest, simplest one which did the job properly.
I've been using this shampoo for about a year now; my scalp was calm and clear within the first few washes, and has remained that way ever since. I love this stuff, and no amount of pretty packaging or fancy promises is going to make me switch.
Ever had a bad hair day? My hair can often be the bane of my life, with the ever changing weather, pollution in London and the daily styling and build up of products I can often be left with a dry, flaky and often quite itchy scalp.
Having tried different lotions, potions, treatments and creams I was yet to find something which worked over a long period of time and it can be quite expensive trying to find a treatment or hair care product that works for you within an ever increasing market.
So off I went to Boots. Boots is one of the many places that I go to, to try a new product the second it hits the shelf, it is convenient, fairly priced and literally a two minute walk from where I live. However, they didnt have the actual product that I was looking for so whilst perusing their shelves I came across the Boots Expert range, something I hadnt seen or heard of before.
The Boots Expert range caters for many needs, if you want to rejuvenate your locks, care for your dry scalp, add volume or moisture; those are just some of the products. The man behind this range Stewart Long is a scientist with an impressive background in Science and medical research and he has now involved and has been for the past eight years, in formulating this brand of hair care products solely for Boots and the Boots Brand.
As this particular range was on the 3 for 2 offers I decided to indulge myself and buy the pre-shampoo treatment, the dry scalp shampoo and the conditioner. If you are going to try and solve a problem you might as well do it properly right? Each of these products retail at £2.99 and for that price you get a 200ml white plastic bottle with the boots logo clearly displayed.
Now the bottles themselves do contain the lotion fully, you dont get half a bottle like you might with other products, so only using a small amount each time you use them they will still last a long time. I used my shampoo and conditioner everyday for 2 weeks to see if there was a notable difference and I hadnt even used half of the bottle.
So what is the difference between a dry scalp and dandruff, when buying a product it is always a good idea to find out exactly what the problem is and my stylist told me that most people are confused between the two, me included because with both problems visible flakes of skin are present. However, dandruff is usually associated with small white flakes in the hair and upon clothes but the scalp itself is not generally itchy, red or inflamed.
Dandruff is also usually cleared quite effectively by using an anti-dandruff product daily for two weeks. But If your scalp feels tight, itchy, irritated, inflamed or dry and the dandruff product you have bought and used has limited effect in treating the condition, it is likely that you suffer from a sensitive or dry scalp. If this is the case then you need to change your shampoo and conditioner to one which is highly moisturising with aloe vera to help soothe the itching and irritation and possibly find a hypoallergenic shampoo at the same time or ask your hairdresser to recommend a brand to you.
The Boots Expert dry scalp treatment shampoo states that it is richly moisturising, it gives immediate soothing relief from irritation while treating its causes and gently cleansing hair and as an added bonus it is also hypoallergenic which means it shouldnt cause any further irritations. Eager to try my new products I went straight into the shower when I got home. Now if you buy the entire range like I did then you will be using the pre-shampoo treatment which you would use on dry hair before shampooing and then you would immediately use the dry scalp shampoo.
The first pointer to make about this shampoo is that it does come in one of those flip lid bottles which can be hard to open if your hands are wet, however once you do manage to get into your bottle you will only need a walnut sized blob to completely lather your hair and the direction given are that you should apply to wet hair and massage into your hair and scalp and then rinse out, making sure you do rinse your hair out thoroughly ensuring no residue is left behind. Also avoid contact with your eyes because it does sting and should you do this rinse your eyes immediately with warm water.
Now for a hypoallergenic shampoo it does smell quite flowery but it also smells clean, it has a clean smell about it and the smell will linger through your hair for hours after use. The ingredients within the shampoo are listed on the back of each bottle and within that list you will find items such as Cocamide DEA which is used to make the shampoo lather really well, Dipropylene Glycol which is often found in potpourri and other such products to bring about the flowery smell that I have already mentioned and finally Piroctone olamine which is a non toxic ingredient used to treat dandruff and flaky scalps. For further information on any of the ingredients mentioned or to find out what other ingredients are used then please look at the Boots website www.boots.com or ask in stores for more details/
The one thing I noticed after using this shampoo is that not only did my hair look and smell clean it felt clean and it felt lightweight and much shinier than it had done for weeks. The itching and flaking I am pleased to say was treated very quickly and within a matter of weeks my scalp has been totally transformed and it no longer looks like Ive just walked into the house through a snow blizzard, instead I am flake and itch free with clean smelling hair.
So would I recommend this product? On its own I dont think I would because the entire dry scalp range has worked for me a three part shampooing and conditioning experience and I would never use one of the products alone because they clearly compliment each other, but as a package I would definitely recommend them because they are effective, reasonably priced and last for quite a long period of time.
For treatment of dry scalp use this richly moisturising shampoo to give immediate soothing relief from irritation while treating its causes and gently cleansing hair /