Much as I hate to admit this in a public place, I do suffer from dandruff and an itchy scalp if I use regular shampoo and hair care products. I bought this shampoo having been impressed by the effect of other Head and Shoulders products on my dandruff, to see if it could treat the itchy scalp as well.
It worked! Having an itchy scalp is so frustrating as you can''t really scratch it in public because you look like you have fleas, but this product has saved me from that.
Unlike some products designed to treat skin conditions, it has a pleasant scent and I feel like it washes my hair effectively. Basically I don''t feel like I am missing out by using this shampoo rather than a regular one.
After I have used it my hair feels pretty nice. I doesn''t dry out or damage the hair, as some harsh medicated hair treatments can do. This is really important for me as I have really long hair and the ends have a tendency to become dry, so I definitely feel it does a good job on this point!
In terms of value for money, it can be fairly expensive depending on where you buy it. But if you buy the 400ml bottles rather than the 200ml ones, and look out for them on offer (which happens pretty regularly in chain supermarkets and pharmacies), then the price works out okay.
The only bad thing I can say about it is tiny: I don''t like opaque bottles, and because it is white product in a white bottle I''m not sure I always manage to quite finish the bottle as I can''t really tell what''s in there- a very minor point, this really is a great product.
A while ago i started to get a very dry and itchy scalp; it was driving me mad and i couldnt be bothered to go to the doctors about it so thought i would try head and shoulders; i had seen quite alot of adverts on the TV for this shampoo and having used it for dandruff thought it might help.
I sometimes buy head and shoulders for my son as occassionally he gets dandruff and i find with frequent use, it does work. However, for an itchy scalp, this shampoo has not worked for me.
On the bottle i have it claims to have 'a new formula' and that it 'helps to relieve your scalp from itch, providing a comfortable, refreshing feeling and leaving your hair touchably soft'
I did not expect immediate results, and tried it for about 2 weeks, but it didn't make any difference at all. Frustrated, I went to my chemist and he recommended coconut oil; this has helped. My scalp is alot less dry then it was.
For dandruff, head and shoulders ir pretty good, but for an itchy scalp, not so good! Only 2 stars from me for this reason as it specifically states this head and shoulders bottle is for 'itchy scalp care'
I have suffered for years with an itchy scalp - anyone who has the same condition knows exactly how frustrating this skin illness can be - I was diagnosed with mild psoriasis on my scalp ( and also on my feet!) I am fortunate in that I do not have to live with this condition all the time, it flares up for various reasons.
When my scalp is clear, I am able to sometimes use various beauty shampoo's, when I suffer an outbreak it can be bad enough that I have to use a prescription shampoo, but there are other times where I do my best to maintain my scalp if it is healthy with a medicated shampoo. Generally I use Vosene to maintain the condition, but recently I decided to try another brand of medicated shampoo.
Head and Shoulders have quite a few different shampoo's in their range, I browsed carefully in Boots to hopefully chose the right product for myself.
The Shampoo I chose was Head and Shoulders Shampoo Itchy Scalp, it is 500ml in size and costs £4.99 - this price I think is quite expensive for a shampoo, but to be fair it is a large bottle and as it is only me that will probably use it, I can imagine that it will last for a good month or two, so although I consider the shampoo too expensive, I was keep my grumble about that to a minimum - I have previously noticed in the supermarket that you can often have the shampoo and it's matching conditioner are often on special offer, so I would imagine that although £4.99 is dear, there are times when it can be bought at a much better price.
About a fortnight ago, my scalp was around 95% in good condition, but I noticed that the back of my neck was slightly itchy so I started using head and shoulders that day.
My first reaction, was compared to other medicated shampoo that this shampoo had a nice smell to it, not a perfumed smell but at the same time it was not a medicated smell either, just a very mild, soapy smell.
The shampoo is a light blue liquid, that as it turns out does not require too much to be used. I would recommend using a decent size blob, possibly about an overflowing teaspoons worth. I massaged it into my scalp and through my hair . I used a small amount of conditioner afterwards, but only rubbed the conditioner into the ends of my hair, as I wanted to keep my scalp free from conditioner.
Even after using the shampoo just the once, I was impressed. My hair tends to be a little greasy and I have to wash it daily, but even on day one I felt that the shampoo cleaned my hair nicely, it was free of grease and it certainly did not aggravate my scalp. I have continued to use the shampoo on a daily basis for the past couple of weeks.
I am not going to exaggerate here, Head and Shoulders is not a miracle cure for psoriasis - (if only!) but what Head and Shoulders has done is kept my grotty, itchy scalp at bay and improved it slightly too.
My hair feels clean, my scalp does not itch - I am able to brush my hair and tie it into a pony tail, without my scalp looking flakey. My hair also feels in nice condition. I am impressed. I have been a big Vosene fan for some time now, and I still am - but I have always presumed that these two products would be in direct competition with each other. In my opinion they are not - Vosene is stronger and more medicated whereas Head and Shoulders seems like it is a bit kinder to my hair in general.
My verdict, so far - so good. I have a problematic scalp, which Head and Shoulders have helped me feel more comfortable about
I've never ever had a problem with dandruff until a few months back when I found myself itching my head around the same area all the time. I have a little 2 year old Niece who goes to pre school so I worried maybe it was the dreaded nits but after phoning my sister to ask if she had been itching I was reassured it wasn't that and ignored it. Then one day when my sister was round she commented when she saw me itching again. I asked her to have a look at my head and lo and behold she said I had dandruff and it looked really dry and flaky!!! My mum used to use Head & Shoulders years back when I was younger and always said it was good so I decided to get myself some.
I got mine from Tesco's when I was doing my usual grocery shop and as I browsed the selection of head & Shoulders shampoos I noticed this one and because it says it's especially for itchy scalps I decided that would be the best one to get.
It comes in an all white bottle in the shape of a half moon and has a blue flip top lid. On the front it has it's name Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo and it also says itchy scalp care for normal hair. It has a picture of some green leaves and says eucalyptus. On the back it states it's relieving care for an itchy scalp and that it provides a comforting, refreshing feeling. Just what I needed! It just says also contains Eucalyptus but doesn't state what benefits this provides. It also states that their proven HydraZinc formula will tackle dandruff from the very first wash, sweeping away visible flakes and residues, helping to relieve dryness, itchiness and a tight scalp. And as with all head & Shoulders products their research is validated by the British Skin Foundation.
Using this shampoo is very easy and just the same as any other shampoo you'd use. Simply flip the lid and pour out the desired amount, massage it into your scalp and work through your hair then rinse out. The shampoo itself is white and smells very fresh and uplifting, you can really smell the eucalyptus in it. I used this for about a week and noticed after the second wash I wasn't itching anymore! I continued for a few more days after just to be sure it didn't come back then went back to my regular shampoo. I bought a 250ml bottle of this and still have half left just in case I need it again.
I would really recommend this to anyone with dandruff / itchy scalp because it really does work.
It's available to buy in your local supermarket like Asda, Sainsburys and Tesco or your pharmacy like Boots or Superdrug. It's available in 250ml and 500ml in both the shampoo and conditioner. priced around £2.99 for the smaller bottle and £4.99 for the larger bottle. But if you look around you can find offers on this for example in Sainsburys right now you can buy two of the larger bottles for £6.
I have tended to stick to my favourite shampoo and conditioner - Alberto Balsam - for ages, but recently I seem to have been suffering from an itchy scalp so I felt that I needed to try something different. I was in Sainsburys and spotted Head and Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo for itchy scalp care. I don't actually suffer from dandruff but couldn't see anything else that fitted the bill so I decided to give it a go and bought the 500 ml shampoo and the accompanying conditioner. The shampoo on its own cost £4.50 so it was quite a bit more expensive than my usual shampoo that costs £1 for 400 ml! I really hoped that it would work!
The shampoo comes in a white opaque plastic container with a blue pop up lid. I find this slightly annoying for two reasons. Firstly it looks very similar to the conditioner bottle so when I am in the shower I am constantly having to squint to work out which is which. It's very annoying to discover that I have used the conditioner before having used the shampoo. Secondly, because the bottle is opaque, I cannot see how much is left in the container and can only go on weight. This means that it it is hard to tell when it is going to run out.
The shampoo is white and thick and not clear like many other shampoos. Again it is difficult to distinguish it from the conditioner which has virtually the same appearance and consistency. The shampoo lathers reasonably well from just a small amount but there is no fragrance at all to speak of - not even a slightly medicated one! The second point is good but I do like my hair to smell of something when I have washed it. Its main ingredient is eucalyptus but I am not sure what that is meant to small like.
The shampoo rinses out well too and I have not noticed any residue. However, I do feel that my hair feels drier than usual after washing even though this is targeted for normal hair. This is disappointing especially as head and Shoulders boast on their labelling that this is a 'daily treat!'. They also claim that:
'At H&S we exist to make heads happier. We help leave your scalp clean, your hair brilliant and even put a smile on your face.'
I think that this is a bit of an extreme claim and certainly has not put a smile on my face especially as I also don't think that it has really helped with my itchy scalp either! I am still finding myself irritated with annoying itchy bits so I guess that my search for a shampoo to deal with this has to continue.
I am not able to comment on this shampoo's effectiveness in dealing with dandruff but I can't recommend it for soothing itchy scalps. Also, as it seems to dry my hair, I can't even recommend it just as a pleasant enough shampoo especially as it costs about four times the amount that my usual Alberto Balsam costs. Overall I am disappointed with this and I won't be continuing to use it!
Sometimes I suffer from an itchy scalp and need to use a product that will help stop the itching. The itching is only occasional but when it happens it is just a little annoying but it is not too troublesome. I just buy a product that will help easy it and then go back to any other product.
It comes housed in a plastic bottle with a flip lid, the bottle is a good size of 500ml and it is priced at around £2.50. It does not drip from the bottle because it is a rich liquid and is very thick indeed. It is really smooth and soft and when it is applied to the hair, it lathers superbly. It creates a lot of foam on the hair. It is also easy to rinse too.
It has a really nice smell to this one and the shampoo contains eucalyptus and menthol. I can smell the eucalyptus on the hair while shampooing it and it gives me the feeling that it is tackling the itchy problem on my scalp. Of which it does. It helps easy the itching and calms the problem down very well indeed. I only need to use this for a couple of days and the problems is almost gone completely. I do tend to use it until the bottle is completely empty but on occasions I only use some of it and then go back to it at a later date. With my problem it is only occasional and so I do not need to use this kind of shampoo on a regular basis but when I do have to use it, it completely removes my itching and helps my scalp feel much better in no time at all.
There is nothing more irritating than an itchy scalp, it is not a pleasant sight for people to see when you keep on scratching the head, especially outdoors because people tend to look and think you have head lice. So as soon as I feel the first signs of the itching I either use what shampoo I have bought for this condition or go out and buy a product to immediately calm it down. When I itch my scalp, the scalp can be a little bit sensitive because I may have been scratching it for a while until I have been able to use the shampoo. But almost straight away after using this one, the problem has eased sufficiently and eased it.
I like the smell of the eucalyptus, it is not too strong a smell and is very pleasant. The menthol can be detected but it is not as strong as the eucalyptus. The menthol does not smell unpleasant or clinical. The 2 do blend well together for this shampoo. The shampoo is a good quality. It is good value for the price too and only a small amount is needed to give for a good lather. I think using hair gel and wax on my hair does cause some of my itching on occasions. I find that if I have not washed my hair for a couple of days, this is when my itching problems occurs. So for this reason I do try and wash my hair every day.
This shampoo is worth buying, it works well and is one I will keep buying in the future.
I rate it 5 stars.
==== Why I tried Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Products ===
I first discovered this when the Tesco Clubcard scheme sent out free samples of the shampoo and conditioner to members, together with a £1 money off voucher.
As I have never had a problem with obvious dandruff I would not have tried it, if this free sample had not come through my letterbox, but I was pleasantly surprised.
=== My Experience ===
Although not having what I regard as a dandruff problem, I do tend to get an itchy line where I have my hair parted. Obviously this top line of my scalp gets exposed to more of the harsh elements of the British weather than the rest of my head. So as well as getting a free hair wash, I though it worth trying to see if I got any relief from the itching.
The first thing I noticed was the smell of eucalyptus.
As I massaged the shampoo into my hair, it lathered up well and after rinsing off, I used the matching free conditioner that was also provided.
Gently massaging the scalp in a circular motion, using the pads of your fingers, can help relieve muscle tension. Relaxed muscles can in turn increase the circulation to this part, so bringing a rise in vital ingredients for healthy skin and hair internally as well. So this action is advised when using any shampoo.
Without help, my hair tends to be coarse and hard to style. As a result of using the Itchy Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner I got soft clean hair, which was easy to style after using my wide toothed comb to gently get out the few tangles. Although I was pleased with the result, Head & Shoulders products are not unique in this aspect for me.
The bonus benefit was the one I most appreciated though. I suffer a lot with pollen allergies for about 9 months of the year. The eucalyptus and menthol in this shampoo relieved this like no other cleanser has it the past. (The conditioner also contains eucalyptus but not the menthol, although this brand does offer a menthol variety, without the eucalyptus.)
Used of an evening, it helps calm down my sinuses to enable me to feel relaxed and so look forward to a better night's sleep.
I would expect this head clearing effect to also help those with sinus problems relating to head colds. So I recommend that you get some of the eucalyptus and menthol infused shampoo ready for when your next cold emerges, even if you think you don't need it for its primarily advertised advantage of calming itchy scalps.
Like all varieties of Head and Shoulders this also contains zinc to fight dandruff causing fungus. Although this isn't my main reason for buying it, it may be very important to another consumer.
I was very glad to have the opportunity of experimenting with this free sample, and have used my £1 voucher towards buying some more of this Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner.
=== Price ===
The standard price seems to be £4.99 for both the 500 ml shampoo and 400 ml conditioner. However, I have recently seen Head & Shoulders on a variety of offers in different supermarkets and chemists.
My local 99p Store stocks a range of medium size Head & Shoulders products for (you've guessed it) 99p each. Sadly the newest addition to their range, the Itchy Scalp one, has not reached them yet, but I will be keeping my eye out for when my current supply runs out. Their range did include the menthol only variety though, so I might try this variant.
This gave relief to the itchy part of my scalp AND helped clear my irritated sinuses.
A healthy scalp is an essential base for the roots of beautiful hair, and the condition of my scalp improved the first time I used this. Continued good results followed.
I highly recommend Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp shampoo to those who want a healthy scalp and hair, with a product that can also help clear sinuses.
Since being home from my Honeymoon in Cyprus I suffered from a bit of an itchy scalp. I'm sure it was the sun that caused it because where my hair parts my skin got a bit red despite putting sun cream on it. When we returned home it started to get itchy and I remembered I had received a sachet of Head and Shoulders shampoo with eucalyptus for itchy scalps. I'm not a huge fan of Head and Shoulders I find it too strong for my hi lights and after pro longed use it fades them but my head was itching and I decided to give it a try.
The front of the sachet is the same as the bottles and shows the Head & Shoulders logo with the words anti dandruff shampoo written underneath it. It also informs the customer that this particular shampoo is for itchy scalps and in tiny letters in green it says eucalyptus. There is also a green leafy swirly pattern giving the whole front a fresh look.
The ingredients are also listed along with the instructions for use.
The shampoo itself has a nice thick creamy consistency and is white in colour. Now this shampoo contains eucalyptus but when I had it in my hand I couldn't detect any sign of this at all, not even a little hint. The shampoo just smelt fruity and fresh. I applied the shampoo to my hair and as I began to work it into a lather there was a burst of eucalyptus. It was quite strong and fresh, I loved it. The shampoo produces a thick creamy lather and plenty of it. I would say you don't need to use too much at a time otherwise you will be rinsing it away forever.
I massaged the shampoo into my hair and scalp as recommended and then rinsed. The lather rinsed from my hair reasonably quickly although there was a lot of it. I dried and straightened my hair as usual. Once dried my hair felt really clean and soft, I was impressed. There was absolutely no smell of eucalyptus or anything else on my hair which is just how I like it. I like to spray a bit of perfume in my hair.
I would say the Head & Shoulders did an excellent job of cleaning my hair but the real reason I used it was their promise of relief from an itchy scalp, and I'm pleased to say that after just one use my scalp did certainly feel a lot better. I found myself hardly scratching at all and the problem soon went away. My scalp felt clean and comfortable again.
I wouldn't use this all the time as it strips the colour from my hair but for anyone suffering from an itchy scalp for whatever reason I would say definitely give it a try. It certainly worked for me.
Although mine was a free sachet Head & Shoulders can be found in most supermarkets and high street chemists. Boots are currently selling it for £2.55 for a 250ml bottle.
A couple of months ago I used the Head and Shoulders damage care shampoo and was extremely surprised by how much I liked it. It left my hair feeling lovely and got rid of the dandruff I had been suffering with. I actually heard about the new Head and Shoulders itchy scalp care shampoo via an advert in OK magazine. I have eczema on my scalp at the very back of my head and although I know I shouldn't, I can't help but scratch it. This in turn gives me a flaky scalp and unsightly white bits of skin which look terrible in my dark brown hair. I convinced myself this product would be the answer to my prayers, so set out to buy myself a bottle!
The shampoo comes packaged in a white bottle, with green accents and a blue flip top lid. The lid is sturdy, easy to open, and despite the fact I'm almost at the end of my bottle, I've had no issues with the hinge on the lid. The only minor problem is that I find the hole from which the shampoo is dispensed seems to get gunked up pretty frequently and I have to clean it. Other than that, the packaging is basic, yet functional.
The shampoo is described as being for 'normal' hair and states that it will relieve your scalp from itching, provide a comforting, refreshing feeling and leave hair touchably soft. It has a 'hydrazinc formula' whatever that may be, and they say it will tackle dandruff from the first wash.
The shampoo is white in colour and has quite a thick consistency. I found that it lathered very well with only a relatively small amount being needed for my long hair.
The front of the shampoo bottle states that the product contains eucalyptus, which worried me slightly, as I expected it to have a very strong, medicated scent. In fact, the scent of the product was relatively mild, and although it had a faint eucalyptus aroma, on the whole it simply smelled creamy.
The shampoo rinses out easily, and I always follow with the matching conditioner. I have to admit, I didn't really think about it at the time of purchase, but buying a scalp care conditioner actually seems a little pointless, since I only ever apply conditioner to the lengths and ends of my hair - it goes nowhere near my scalp!
With the Head and Shoulders damage care shampoo, I found my hair was left feeling very soft and silky after use. Unfortunately, whilst this one left my hair soft, I didn't feel the results were anywhere near as noticeable as they had been with the damage care version.
In terms of relieving my itchy scalp, I found this incredibly effective. The first few uses didn't seem to make any difference, but after around a week of using this (I wash my hair every other day), I found that the itching had stopped completely. This has been great for me, as for the first time in years, I've stopped scratching for long enough to allow the skin to heal, and the eczema seems to have almost cleared up. It's not gone completely, however I would say there has been about a 90% improvement.
There is one problem that I have noticed with this product unfortunately, and that is that it hasn't been as effective at controlling dandruff as the last Head and Shoulders shampoo I used was. Dandruff is only a problem I have occasionally, it tends to clear up for a few months, and then I find myself getting a few flakes again. Although for the first month or so that I used this, I had no problem with dandruff (and assumed that was because this product was working), however this last week and a half it seems to have come back worse than ever. Despite continuing to use this shampoo, I still have quite a few noticeable flakes in my hair, which I find annoying more than anything else.
The shampoo is available in two sizes - 250ml and 500ml. I bought the 500ml and it has lasted probably around six weeks. The 250ml costs £2.55 from Boots, the larger 500ml is £4.79.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this shampoo, as whilst it has pretty much cleared up the problem I had with an itchy scalp, it doesn't seem overly effective on dandruff which is the other issue it promises to tackle. It also doesn't make my hair feel as nice as other varieties of Head and Shoulders.
As a standard shampoo, I would give it an average 3 out of 5 stars, but for relieving an itchy scalp I'd give it 5. I have decided to meet in the middle and give this shampoo 4 stars.