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I've been fortunate enough for as long as I can remember not to have ever suffered dandruff. That was until I found out I was expecting again and very early on in my pregnancy I started finding my scalp was very itchy and very sore. After a week of just itchiness and scratching I noticed that flakes of dandruff were building up on my scalp and I was ending up with sore patches on my scalp as I was scratching so much. After a few weeks of suffering and trying numerous anti dandruff products I decided to look for a more intensive product as a last resort before I visited my doctor. After speaking to the pharmacist in Boots it was recommended that I try Oilatum Scalp Intensive Treatment Shampoo.
***Oilatum Scalp Intensive Treatment Shampoo***
The Oilatum Scalp Intensive Treatment Shampoo is described on the bottle as "formulated to treat the itch, redness and the scale of severe dandruff. It has a triple action to give long lasting relief."
When I first was recommended the treatment shampoo by my pharmacist my scalp had quite a large build-up of dandruff and felt extremely itchy and was also very sore so this sounded exactly what I needed.
The Oilatum Scalp Intensive Treatment Shampoo contains:
Ciclopirox olamine- an ingredient that is clinically proven to treat the underlying cause of itchy, flaky scalp conditions.
Menthol- to give a cooling soothing effect with repaid itch relief.
Salicylic acid - which breaks down and loosens dead skin cells and effectively removes the flakes.
The shampoo treatment is described to be suitable for all hair types. Although the shampoo is aimed at treating severe dandruff problems it does contain provitamin B5 which conditions the hair and leaves it in a soft healthy condition.
The shampoo does state on the bottle that I can cause discolouration to hair which is rare but has been observed on those with grey or very damaged hair.
The conditioner is fragrance, preservative and colour free.
The Oilatum Scalp Intensive Treatment Shampoo is available from chemists including Lloyds pharmacies and also is available from Boots. The product is quite expensive in comparison to many other "anti-dandruff" products and a small 100ml bottle costs £9.99. However as I was becoming desperate this seemed a small price to pay.
The Oilatum Scalp Intensive Treatment Shampoo comes in a small white 100ml plastic bottle with a flip top lid. The bottle is very functional and medicinal looking but also discreet and aside from the brand name there is very little else written on the front of the bottle.
The directions for use are "Apply to wet hair. Gently massage over the scalp to produce a lather. For best results leave on for 3 - 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly then repeat."
The shampoo is quite thick in consistency and almost gel like so the bottle needs to be squeezed quite hard which as an advantage as this minimizes wastage. The shampoo is completely odourless and is a clear gel. I use an amount the size of a 10p piece and spread all over my scalp. Because of the thick gel like consistency you do need to use quite a lot of effort in order to lather and spread all over your scalp. The shampoo does create a lather but it is quite a thick foamy lather as opposed to light and bubbly like most shampoos.
When I use I tend to leave on my scalp for 5 minutes. I do find especially when my scalp has felt very itchy and sore the shampoo is very soothing and cooling and does not irritate further.
After 5 minutes the shampoo needs to be rinsed however I find that I need to rinse my hair for twice as long because of the thick foamy lather which does take some removing from your hair and scalp. After shampooing I use my usual conditioner on the ends of my hair.
Immediately after applying and rinsing from my scalp I noticed that my scalp felt soothed and less irritated. As I towel dried my hair when my scalp was in its worst condition initially I did feel and could see that my scalp still had some red patches on it but it looked a lot less inflamed. After this first use I could notice a difference to my scalp and I did thick not only was my scalp less itchy, the amount of dandruff on my scalp had decreased considerable although it had not vanished completely. At this stage I did not expect all of the dandruff to disappear as when I first visited the pharmacist for advice my scalp had a layer of flaking skin all over it.
I started using the shampoo twice a week during this time. After the second use I found the majority of the dandruff was disappearing and I no longer had a layer of dandruff over my entire scalp and the only flakes and patches were at the front of my head and around my hair line. I did find that during the day and in between uses my scalp was not really itching and the redness and soreness had disappeared.
I found that after 10 days of using this shampoo treatment (so after 4 uses in total) all of the flakes of dandruff on my head had completely vanished. My scalp had no loose flakes and I was no longer itching. I did think that this was the end of my problem however after not using for around 2 weeks I did notice that my scalp was feeling slightly itchy again. I then decided to use every 7 -10 days alongside my usual hair products and I have found that this controls my problem both in terms of keeping dandruff away and preventing my scalp from itching.
Because the intensive shampoo comes in such a small bottle (100ml) you do find that you tend to go through the bottle rather quickly. After around 10 uses (sparingly) I needed to purchase some more of this product. As I have only had to use this product infrequently it has not been too expensive but for someone that would need to use twice a week you could find you go through a bottle very quickly and the cost would add up. However cost wise I do think because the product is so effective it is worth paying that bit extra for.
The only downside to this product apart from the cost is that it does leave hair feeling quite dry after use. I have quite dry damaged hair from regular highlights which did concern me as one of the side effects of the products was that it could cause hair discolouration. This did not happen to me but I did find my hair felt dry at the ends and the next wash after using this shampoo I had to use a shampoo and conditioner that injected moisture back into my hair.
I would definitely recommend Oilatum Scalp Intensive Treatment Shampoo to anyone that has a very dry itchy scalp and feels standard anti dandruff shampoos are less than effective. Initially after leaving quite a large amount of dandruff build up on my scalp the Oilatum Scalp Intensive Treatment Shampoo took less than 10 days to completely free me from flakes of dandruff on my scalp and soothe and clear the sore patches which had been caused by me itching my scalp so much. Although the treatment took 10 days to clear I could actually notice the amount of dandruff on my scalp just after the first use and my scalp felt less irritated.
At £9.99 for a small 100ml bottle this is quite an expensive product but in my opinion worth the cost as I find it so effective.
The main downside to this shampoo aside from the cost is that the shampoo can dry hair out. My highlighted hair is quite dry and I find that after using this shampoo treatment the ends of my hair feel quite coarse. However as this is not a daily shampoo this does not cause too many issues.
Although my itchy scalp has not completely vanished I find I only need to use the Oilatum Scalp Intensive Treatment Shampoo every 7-10 days to keep on top of the issue and stop dandruff flakes on my scalp returning. This makes this a much more cost effective product which hopefully I will not need to use once our new family member arrives in April!