Let’s talk about dandruff

No one likes talking about dandruff. It’s kind of a ‘taboo’ subject, even though I’m sure the majority of us have experienced it at some point in our lives.

I’ve suffered with a dry scalp for the majority of my life, and after 22 years, I’ve finally found the perfect shampoo to keep the flaky scalp at bay (ew, I know it’s kinda gross, sorry).

I’ve tried EVERYTHING over the years, from prescribed shampoos like Nizorel (very drying on my hair and not worth the £8.60 prescription cost), to supermarket brands like T-Gel (smells revolting) and Head and Shoulders (strips hair dye like crazy).

I’ve also tried a shampoo bar from Lush that they don’t seem to sell anymore (thank god), and The Body Shop’s Ginger Shampoo. The shampoo bar didn’t help my dandruff as suggested, and it made my hair smell like an actual BBQ – smokey with a hint of bacon. Not cute. And while the Ginger Shampoo was good for my dandruff, I hate the smell of ginger and it just made my hair a bit rubbish.

Now onto the good stuff. My hairdresser introduced me to Phillip Kingsley’s Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo a couple of years ago. Phillip Kingsley’s website states that this shampoo is an “extremely gentle and soothing formula, mild enough for daily use,” and “unlike other anti-dandruff shampoos, does not dry out or strip the hair of colour.”

I completely agree with this statement. Not only does this shampoo keep my scalp flake-free, it’s so mild on my hair and keeps it feeling fresh and clean, rather than dry and stripped. Plus, it smells like apples, which is amazing in comparison to the other anti-dandruff products that I’ve tried out.

The only downside to Phillip Kingsley products is they’re very expensive. This Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo costs £24 for 250ml or £56 for 1,000ml (have a google though, you can usually find a good deal on these!). I usually stick to the smaller bottles, but my mum treated me to the 1,000ml for Christmas because she knows it’s my favourite, along with this No Scent No Colour Conditioner to try out alongside it.

This conditioner is exactly what it says in the bottle. I don’t understand how they’ve managed to create a product with literally NO SCENT, but they’ve done it. Now that might be a negative to some people who love a fragranced conditioner, but if you’ve got a sensitive scalp like me, then you’ll love this. My hair has never felt so bouncy and soft. This product is the perfect balance between conditioning my hair and not weighing it down. And, it doesn’t make my dandruff any worse, woo!

I’d really recommend investing in either of these beauties. Although they might seem expensive, 1,000ml will last you a lifetime, and your hair will thank you for it!

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