From the title of the post, you are probably thinking I am going to share some new recipe for wonderful flaky biscuits or a flaky pastry, but you’d be wrong. Today I am going to share with you a bit about my flakes..my dandruff flakes.
I am one of those people who has an itchy scalp and the dreaded dandruff that comes with it. Ever since I was in my teens, I have fought it. My mom fought it too. As a kid I remember getting out of the car to go shopping and quickly swiping my hand across my mother’s shoulder to get rid of the flakes before we went into a store.
I was so embarrassed. Today the roles have changed; my daughter is swiping her hand across my shoulder, and she is the one embarrassed about my flaking scalp. I know that scalp issues and dandruff are a way of life for many of us, and winter and dry air make it even worse. Still, dandruff has a stigma.
None of us want it. Who can forget the “snow” (dandruff ) scene in the 80’s movie The Breakfast Club, when Ally Sheedy had issues with dry, flaking scalp. I remember completely cringing at the movie theatre during that scene, hoping I didn’t have dandruff on my shoulder at that very moment.
When BlogHer asked if any bloggers were willing to try and review Head & Shoulders Eucalyptus Itchy Scalp Care Products, I was excited. Since my teen years, I have tried product after product with very poor results. I have even been to the dermatologist and still no permanent relief.
Along with free samples of the product, I got some literature saying, “Head & Shoulders collection of soothing products promises to ease three scalp and dandruff problems: dryness, itchiness, and sensitivity. With 84% of surveyed scalp issue sufferers concerned about these issues, head & shoulders has combined the effectiveness of their HydraZinc formula to alleviate these conditions leaving your hair beautifully flake free*. (* Visible flakes with regular use. Up to 100% Flake Free.)”
When it comes to hype, I am a complete and total pessimist. I have to try things myself to believe it, so try it I did. Here are some of my observations.
I had been using a Wal-Mart brand of dandruff shampoo for the last six months, along alternating with a prescription shampoo. It hasn’t been working very well, which is why I was so eager to try something else. Notice the shampoo in my hands.
The brand on the left is from Wal-Mart. It’s super runny and I get way too much each time I use it. The hand on the right has the shampoo in one puddle and the conditioner in the other puddle. They are not runny. Strictly from a cost perspective, a consumer can easily use double the amount of the cheap brand, because it is so thin and runny.
The next thing I noticed was a pleasant smell. I have used T-Gel Shampoo and HATE it; the smell is awful. Even when a couple hours have passed since showering, and my hair was dry, I could still smell that awful T-Gel smell in my hair. This has a nice, pleasant, not-too-strong eucalyptus fragrance. It has T-Gel beat and the Wal-Mart brand beat too.
Next, lather. IT HAS SOME!! I love that. Most dandruff shampoos don’t lather. My prescription stuff doesn’t lather at all. Somehow that lather feel just makes me feel cleaner and more of regular gal.
Next, conditioner. WOW. I love having a conditioner option. I have watched commercial after commercial of beauty products talking about nice, smooth, care-free, silky hair. If you have dandruff, you are just trying to stop the flakes and the itch! Well, the conditioner option is WONDERFUL. In the past I haven’t used conditioner at all, in fear that it would affect the dandruff shampoo. Knowing the conditioner would not minimize the effectiveness of the shampoo was great. I haven’t had soft hair for years. What a treat!!
I have been using the shampoo for two weeks. So far, it’s the best dandruff shampoo I’ve used to date, including prescription shampoo. I have caught myself putting my hand up to itch my scalp before I realized it wasn’t itchy. I think my hand just went to my scalp out of habit. After all, it’s been itching my scalp for the last 30 years!
Flakiness has lessened. It’s not completely gone, but it has lessened. I think in a severe case like mine, it might take a bit for it to completely clear. I am eager to continue to use the shampoo and see if it will completely disappear.
I very much love the feel of my hair. It feels so much softer and appears healthier.
So will I be using the shampoo after my free test sample bottles are gone? Yes, I will. I can’t say everything is completely perfect for me (remember, I have a year round severe case, not the couple flakes in the winter type dandruff,) but it is greatly improved. I am encouraged that it will continue to get better and better.
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