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i need a shampoo that will wash my hair properly but wont make my scalp itchy.

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StephenFrySaidSo Wed 28-Aug-13 23:08:16

I've been using tresemme for a few years and have had an itchy scalp for just as long, for a while i put it down to the hair colour i was using so stopped using it but the itch continued. eventually i decided to try another shampoo, so i just lifted the first thing my eyes landed on in asda which was herbal essences, it took the itch away but didn't actually wash my hair properly and took two shampoos each wash and lots of it to even get a lather (my hair is a short bob and i was using about a full palmfull of shampoo!)

so what do i buy now?- I've gone back to tresemme just for the fact that it at least washes the hair but my scalp is sore and itchy again and it's getting unbearable.

Solo Wed 28-Aug-13 23:09:54

T Gel. It worked on my Mum's itchy scalp. It's a bit expensive, but worth it.

WhenDoISleep Wed 28-Aug-13 23:12:15

This is excellent.

Maverick66 Wed 28-Aug-13 23:17:30

I would recommend Philip Kingsley flaky itchy scalp range which you can get on QVC Amazon and some salons. Larger Marks and Spencer's also stock it. It is pricey but like you my scalp itches after I get a colour done and I use Philip Kingsly itchy scalp toner very soothing Oilatum also make a great shampoo. In meantime if itch driving you crazy try taking an antihistamine. Also check your cycle and see does this itch appear at same time each month could be hormonal .

PoppyWearer Wed 28-Aug-13 23:21:40

T Gel.

Or the GP can prescribe something.

karinmaria Wed 28-Aug-13 23:23:42

Brands like Tresemme, Herbal Essences, Fructis, Pantene etc all have silicone in them which is probably why your hair doesn't feel clean. I'd steer clear of most cheap branded shampoos in that vein.

The shampoos suggested are all good. Also might be worth trying one recommended by a hairdresser like Redken or Kerastase (yes, both made by the giant that is L'Oreal, as is Fructis, but with different ingredients).

Maybe give baby shampoo a go for your scalp? I'm using the Boots own brand baby shampoo followed by a Tigi conditioner at the moment. Has solved my itchy scalp and very tangly hair!

StephenFrySaidSo Wed 28-Aug-13 23:36:02

thank you all- great advice about trying antihistamine aswell.

i'll try baby shampoo and see how i get on, if that doesn't work i'll work my way through all your suggestions.

valiumredhead Wed 28-Aug-13 23:41:35

You need Loreal shampoo, dark blue bottle with orange lid, available in boots.

Fraxinus Wed 28-Aug-13 23:44:01

Eucerin shampoo for dry itchy scalps. Fab stuff.

Maverick66 Wed 28-Aug-13 23:44:06

ASDA do a lovely own brand range of baby shampoo etc which are hypoallergenic I think it's called " little angel" their liquid talc is brilliant also I use cetrozine not loratodine antihistamine just buy it in one of the pound shops usually in a blue box.

ArtexMonkey Wed 28-Aug-13 23:53:04

You don't need shampoo. I have hair down below my bra strap, I haven't used shampoo since may, and it is perfectly clean.

ArtexMonkey Wed 28-Aug-13 23:55:48

I should add, I suppose, that 'hair below my bra strap' refers to the length of my head hair, not the location of some weird mutant werewolf type hair.

StephenFrySaidSo Wed 28-Aug-13 23:58:36

grin artex!

what do you use? i have tried bicarb and ACV in the past and stuck it out for about 9 months but honestly my hair never felt properly clean in all that time.

LeoandBoosmum Thu 29-Aug-13 00:01:12

This Phyto one I was looking at on has good reviews from those with flaky, itchy or sensitive scalps

Want2bSupermum Thu 29-Aug-13 00:12:48

tresemme kills my scalp. I buy the huge tubs of paul mitchell shampoo & conditioner. Here in the US it is 2 for $38 and if you buy after thanksgiving you get 20% off at our local supercuts. This lasts me 18 months.

When visiting in the UK I use aussie or neutrogena for normal hair (get it on amazon).

Want2bSupermum Thu 29-Aug-13 00:15:06

Forgot to add that I double shampoo (shampoo, rinse and shampoo again) and wash my hair every other day. If I wash every third day during the summer months I start to get flaking again because it is so damn humid here.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Thu 29-Aug-13 00:16:27

I use Dead Sea Salt Mineral shampoo, plus their Scalp Mud.
I like the look of the Oregon one - might try that as I think it's good to change every so often.

Have also tried the Phyto one which was good once I twigged you needed a generous dollop to get a good lather!

I did try the no poo method for a few months, until I developed a painful cyst/boil thing on my hairline. Not for me.

StephenFrySaidSo Thu 29-Aug-13 00:49:54

that phyto one is quite expensive- a bit hmm to hear you need a big dollop for it to work! i think i'll try the baby shampoo first grin

i would love to be able to say the no poo worked for me but it just didn't and i messed around with quantities etc but no joy.

goodasitgets Thu 29-Aug-13 01:29:56

Body shop ginger shampoo is great

Themarriedwoman Thu 29-Aug-13 02:04:25

Try SLS (sodium laurel sulphate) free shampoos. They make my head itch. I am not in the UK so can't recommend a particular brand but check the ingredients. Baby shampoos always seem to contain SLS, organic or natural shampoos are better.

Mominatrix Thu 29-Aug-13 06:33:25

Matrix Biolage Scalp Therapy shampoo - smells fabulous, too.

ArtexMonkey Thu 29-Aug-13 09:05:53

Ah, I'm no pooing, sometimes I use bicarb and acv, sometimes I just wash with conditioner, sometimes I use very very dilute Castile soap mixed with coconut milk for's not for everyone though I agree.

Dh gets a very sore flaky itchy head, with ormal shampoo, he uses selsun shampoo from the chemist, it's for sebhorrheic dermatitis whatever that is.

milktraylady Thu 29-Aug-13 09:18:33

Noone has mentioned green people brand yet. I recommend you give them a go.
You need to avoid sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) as its this that makes your skin itch.
It is a lathering agent, that is also an irritant to some people.

A new loreal brand is SLS free "ever rich" and "ever pure", you can get it in big boots.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Thu 29-Aug-13 10:02:04

Selsun - I think I used to use that successfully when my flakiness got particularly bad. Had forgotten its name.

GobblersKnob Thu 29-Aug-13 10:14:03

Lush Karma bar, my scalp never itches now and it makes my hair all shiny and swishy.

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