Shampoo/ conditioner for itchy, sensitive scalp?

(55 Posts)
moonstorm Sun 03-Feb-13 18:59:19

For months, I have been convinced I'd caught headlice (even though the dcs don't have them and there are absolutely no signs in my hair). My head is always itching, but there's never any flakiness (thinking not dandruff, then). It's finally occured to me that my shampoo/ comditioner might be irritating or drying out my skin and causing it to itch.

I had a look in the supermarket today for a better shampoo, but I don't know where to start. (I change my brands pretty regulalry depending what is on offer, so I have tried most of the brands out there).. Is there anything specifically for itchy scalps?

Help please!!

Roseformeplease Sun 03-Feb-13 19:04:41

Try ginger shampoo from The Body Shop.

DebK2012 Sun 03-Feb-13 19:06:46

Loreal elvive blue with pink writing

McNally Sun 03-Feb-13 19:13:38

That sounds similar to me. I've been using Philip Kingsley itchy flaking scalp shampoo for a while now and it has helped a lot. A friend recommended one by Green People (think you can get it at health food shops) which I'll try next as it is cheaper.

WowOoo Sun 03-Feb-13 19:22:19

T-gel Neutrogena. It's expensive ish at £8, but works a treat and leaves my hair shiny and smelly. Think it has coal tar in it.

It's dark brown and you need just a small amount. I've used it for years and haven't found anything better too stop itching or dandruff.

For me, I get it every now and again. Dry skin, itchy scalp, dandruff. Then a couple of days with T gel and it's gone. So it lasts too.

WowOoo Sun 03-Feb-13 19:23:06

anything better to stop itching. Ooops.

Glossynotflossy Sun 03-Feb-13 20:24:04

Op have you thought of going to the docs. I have a itchy scalp sometimes which i have a steroids treatment for. Worth thinking about


moonstorm Sun 03-Feb-13 20:25:32

Great! Lots of choice. Thanks! I must have looked over some of these not knowing they were there. I'm sitting here scratching - it's really infuriating. I get quite dry skin on my body, but I can't moisturise my scalp!

moonstorm Sun 03-Feb-13 20:26:35

Glossynotflossy no, I hadn't thought about going to the dr... I might try the shampoos and if nothing helps, then visit..

katolla Sun 03-Feb-13 20:27:39

T gel as well. Though I don't seem to need it during pregnancy, any old crap will do at the moment!

BonzoDooDah Sun 03-Feb-13 20:40:40

OOoh I could have written your post - ditto no nits on kids (were last year) and none on me but itching like I have. Deffo going to try t-gel. Thanks all.

OhWouldYouJust Sun 03-Feb-13 20:59:51

I suffer with the exact same problem and I find Matrix Biolage Anti dandruff shampoo and conditioner the best, we use it in our college salon and find it wonderful, no itching and minimal dandruff smile

JethroTull Sun 03-Feb-13 21:02:30

Liz Earle works for me or if the itching is really bad I use Sunsil which you get in the chemist.

Philip kingsley - it's so good that i haven't defected for years. DH now uses it too. Withoutmit, my head itches all the time. Not tempted to ever use anything else.

moonstorm Sun 03-Feb-13 21:14:51

I am soo glad it's not just me grin. Thank you for all these suggestions!

WeAreSix Sun 03-Feb-13 21:16:18

I was told to use a shampoo without sulphites. I've been using Naked from Boots and the condition of my hair and scalp has improved loads. It's a bit expensive but well worth it.

Parrish Sun 03-Feb-13 21:17:57

T gel. Works a treat

moonstorm Sun 03-Feb-13 21:18:12

I've tried the L'Oreal sulphite free shampoo, but it doesn't seem to have made much difference. I wonder if I need something extra for now?

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Sun 03-Feb-13 21:21:52

Boots Baby Sensitive Conditioning Shampoo is very good too, if you don't mind using a baby shampoo!

Jammygal Sun 03-Feb-13 21:24:11

Tgel does work but shouldn't be used long term.

I also switched to liz earle shampoo and the itching /flaking completely stopped ;)

MrsMargoLeadbetter Sun 03-Feb-13 21:37:53

I do have flakes, but still think it is due to a senstive scalp.

I too was a T Gel fan (using every 2/3 days) but I didn't like the strong smell. Then I went to a new hairdresser and they used Phyto (the maintance one) and it works yet is mild enough for everyday use. And it doesn't smell like an anti-dandruff shampoo.

It is pricey but worth it in my opinion.

T-gel is gorgeous (LOVE the smell of it) but makes my hair really dry. I alternate it with cradle cap shampoo and keep any conditioner just to the ends, not touching my scalp.

mum47 Sun 03-Feb-13 21:43:51

Moonstorm, I had exactly the same problem, felt itchy and kept running a nit comb through my hair but no sign of anything. Was also using the L'Oreal sulphinte free shampoo but made no difference, in fact wondered if it was the cause. Itching has disappeared for no apparant reason, so hopefully will be the end of it - sorry not v helpful, but I do sympathise it is not pleasant. Have you had your hair coloured recently? I did mine a couple of weeks before itching started, wondered if that was the cause.

treaclesoda Sun 03-Feb-13 22:08:51

I used to like Te Tao tea tree shampoo, found it very soothing for itchy scalp, but I don't think they sell it in Boots any more and it might be hard to get hold of. Worth a try if you can get some though.

Meglet Sun 03-Feb-13 22:11:50


I swore I had nits (had the nitty gritty comb all over me and the kids as I was so paranoid) but after 2 days of T-Gel my scalp was much happier.

Pancakeflipper Sun 03-Feb-13 22:15:54

I am using one called Happy Hair - got it from Sainsburys.
No SLS and no SLES. Very reasonable price. About £4 a bottle.

And my hair is much happier and my scalp is not scabby and sore from my scratching.

holidaysrcoming Sun 03-Feb-13 22:17:53

I used T Gel for years, then someone told me it is really not good for you - the coal tar ?? the problem is nothing else seems to work as well. Ditto H& S sensitive for dry scalps. If you can face it try oiling your scalp with almond oil and leaving overnight.

OhIWishThereWasABook Sun 03-Feb-13 22:21:28

I really need to try some of these, I've even got my mum to check but she just said my head is really dry. I need to go to hairdressers desperately but not going as too paranoid!!

Angelico Sun 03-Feb-13 22:22:51

There's a head and shoulders itchy scalp one. I don't have dandruff but do periodically get an itchy scalp and this sorts it.

The head and shoulders itchy scalp one works for me, it really calms my angry scalp and isn't horribly expensive.

Beaverfeaver Mon 04-Feb-13 00:47:04

Agree with using more natural products (without sulphites / sls etc)

It's the sls that strips your scalp of all natural goodness

Beaverfeaver Mon 04-Feb-13 00:50:11

Sls is pretty much an industrial strength degreaser and is used for much harsher purposes usually such as engine degreaser.

Its in cheap soaps and shower gels and will make your whole body itchy and dry with regular use.

It could also cause skin condition flare ups

Whitecat Mon 04-Feb-13 12:50:26

It is definitely worth ditching the sulphates/sulphites and my scalp is much better if I keep away from silicones too. I actually think they irritate my scalp more that the SLS's. It goes itchy and then almost scaley after I've accidently used something with them in.

Beware of Happy Hair Days - the shampoo is SLS free but the conditioners have silicones in them.

whatithink Mon 04-Feb-13 12:54:48

Dead Sea Magik Mud shampoo & conditioner. Available at Holland & Barratt but I think lots of other places too.

fridgepants Mon 04-Feb-13 14:28:19

Happy Hair £2 in the clearance section of Boots atm.

Yes, ditch SLS. It's improved my scalp no end - though it isn't as easy or cheap to pick up as most shampoos/

Ambi Mon 04-Feb-13 14:35:05

I've used the head and shoulders itchy scalp one for a couple of years which was really good. But as its so strong it strips my colour quicker so I've moved to alberto balsom tea tree which is good and cheaper. Just bought Aldi's tea tree version to see if its any good. Its horrible isn't it?

Twinklestarstwinklestars Mon 04-Feb-13 15:07:58

Tigi superstar, I ran out recently and my eczema flared up all over my hands, on my face and down my back, will make sure I don't again as my scalp burns with others too.

EuroShagmore Mon 04-Feb-13 15:21:09

Mine is really itchy but also flakey. My hairdresser recommended acupuncture and to my surprise it helps enormously. I had a break from it over Xmas and couldn't wear black for a while! The only shampoo my scalp seems to like is Oilatum Intensive. Combined with acu it means I can wear black with confidence again!

valiumredhead Mon 04-Feb-13 15:41:15

Ginger Shampoo from The Body Shop

L'oreal Elvive anti dandruff - dark blue bottle with orange lid is the best shampoo in the world - FACT!

snail1973 Mon 04-Feb-13 18:00:37

I have been using Philip Kingsley for about 8 yrs now and it is great. Not cheap, but I buy a 1 litre bottle sbout once a year for about £45 so its not too bad. Even when I was on mat leave and living on the strictest budget ever I had to keep buying it or my scalp was too awful.

TigerseyeMum Mon 04-Feb-13 18:19:34

I was disappointed with the Philip Kingsley one as it made my dry itchy flakey scalp much worse.

Best ones for me have been:

Holland and Barrett Dr Organic Aloe Vera shampoo and D Galvin Organic range. Never allow SLS or dimethicones near your hair.

I just bought Boots Itchy Flaky Scalp sensitive shampoo and used it last night, so far no itching or flakiness so fingers crossed.

Pancakeflipper Mon 04-Feb-13 18:22:07

Philip Kingsley made me cry with disappointment. It made my scalp much worse and my hair was horrible.

teta Mon 04-Feb-13 19:19:09

Eucerin shampoo.Its the only thing that soothes my really itchy inflamed scalp.Doesn't leave hair feeling greasy either.

Pinkflipflop Mon 04-Feb-13 19:37:33

Aveda scalp benefits sorted my dry, itchy scalp out within a few weeks. I'd had it for years.

puggirl Mon 04-Feb-13 20:03:59

Joico daily treatment shampoo is wonderful stuff. It was recommended to me by a Trichologist years ago and I have used it on and off since. I always resort to it when itchy/scratchy flares up. It's easily found online, around £9/10 for a 300ml bottle.
Wet hair and lather up but leave on for a minute before rinsing, then repeat if necessary. It's very soothing.

Bowednotbroken Mon 04-Feb-13 20:07:16

Aveda scalp benefits here too - and the conditioner too

Aveda Scalp Benefits is lovely to use - but it made my hair very greasy and ultimately didn't do much for my scalp. Smells gorgeous though!

Pancakeflipper Tue 05-Feb-13 18:01:41

Think I am going to try that one PugGirl - so do you use another shampoo I between and that one just when itchy?

I am feeling a little scabby today as I used mousse on my hair yesterday.

puggirl Tue 05-Feb-13 21:43:36

Initially I used it all the time but now things have settled down I can use other brands too. However, I use it about once a week just in case and definitely when I get a flare up. Its great stuff and leaves your hair in good condition. Their k pak conditioner is not cheap but really good too.
Good luck smile

survivingwinter Wed 06-Feb-13 10:19:49

I have the same problem but find alternating shampoo each day can help.

I like the Tres semme lower sulphates shampoo - I have a lower budget so can't afford to try some of the expensive stuff to compare but this has been fine!

moonstorm Wed 06-Feb-13 18:48:13

I've just seen all of these extra replies. Thank you so much for your help! I am going to go to Boots on Staurday and start with the cheapest option and go from there. Will definitely alternate shampoos until then and see how that goes.


NaturalBlondeYeahRight Wed 06-Feb-13 18:50:01

I went to the hairdressers today, she didn't chuck me out so presuming its just my scalp - woohoo.
Seriously, how awful would that be?

moonstorm Wed 06-Feb-13 18:52:32

Tell me about it! I have been known to get dh to give me the once over before the hairdressers just in case! Thing is with my hair, it's just the itch - no flakes/ evidence of dry skin.

Padar Sat 05-Oct-13 16:38:39

Vichy dermo calm,

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