20 Jul 2014

Scalp Remedy

You'll know these past two or so months I've been complaining (almost daily - what fun) of my scalp troubles... things were bad, real bad.

I tried everything to help, coconut oil, mushed up avocado (the worst experience of my life) lemon, tea tree, lavender... basically everything I could think of or anything Pinterest recommended. 
In the end I gave up with the treatments and stuck to keeping my scalp clean with good shampoo & conditioners. Luckily the 100% Pure Burdock & Neem Healthy Scalp Shampoo* entered my life and things started improve, it was a slow process and my scalp isn't completely back to normal yet but it is getting there. 
The 100% Pure shampoo is a funny 'un, it's basically liquid in the tube, which isn't the best for application as it pours out at an alarming rate and then has a jolly good time running down your arm and then down the drain! I've taken to putting it straight onto my scalp from the bottle to avoid waste as this stuff is good. It smells like tea tree and foams up like any ordinary SLS laden shampoo (though obviously there is none) and leaves my scalp feeling fresh as a daisy. I think sometimes scalp specific shampoos can leave a lot to be desired for the rest of your hair but this is a good egg and my hair is soft and shiny too. I also have the matching conditioner* which is dreamy but as I don't apply it to my scalp I don't see the point of mentioning it here. 

Last weekend on the fabulous #FieldTripTour in London I also picked up a coveted item off of my wishlist to aid my scalp healing process.. The John Masters Organics Deep Scalp Purifying Serum. I've wanted to try something from this brand for oh so long and was spoilt for choice but knew I would regret not picking up this particular bottle. This is a treatment serum for your scalp and helps relieve irritation, oily buildup and flakiness. It can also apparently aid hair growth and ease hair loss (but as I've only had it a week I have no idea on that one). What I do know is that this is like the biggest "ahhhh" feeling for your scalp, it's cooling and soothing and just feels amazing. The gel comes with a pipette and it's a bit of a farce to apply yourself but I just apply it to the worst areas and give my scalp a good massage. I want to say this has helped my scalp already after 3 uses but I don't want to seem to much of an eager beaver.. for now I just really love the cooling effect and will have to report back with a review... eventually. 

Do any of you suffer with scalp troubles and have any tricks up your sleeves?


  1. I reeeeally want to try the John Masters Hair Serum! Will be patiently waiting for your thoughts on it ;-) xx

  2. This is definitely something I need to try! My scalp just gets flakey and irritated, sometimes even sore to the touch. Your avocado situation sounds like a nightmare, but I've been there with eggs and oil before.


  3. I've suffered from dandruff my whole life. I have been quite satisfied with Max Green Alchemy scalp rescue s/c. I would looove to try the John Masters scalp serum but unfortunately I have a skin allergy to anything minty :(.

  4. I may have had a little giggle to myself when I read that you now pour this shampoo straight on to your scalp, as it was having a jolly good time running down your arm! Fingers crossed your scalp is back to normal soon x

  5. I'd really recommend the Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp shampoo (I know, it's a really exciting name...) if the problems persists. I had HORRIBLY itchy scalp for over two years, nothing helped and it was driving me mental. It wasn't, really, flaky, but it itched within about 2 hours of washing, regardless of what I used, despite everything being SLS-free, designed for sensitive scalps, often unscented and often from the natural ranges etc. Finally bought the massive 1l bottle of PK and I was itch-free within about two weeks. It has been over 8 months now and I've just started my second bottle. It's expensive but totally worth it. I'd be scared to use something else now... only someone who suffered from an itchy scalp for a long time will understand why I don't hesitate to spend almost £50 on shampoo! It also makes my fine hair feel really nice, doesn't weigh it down or cause static.

    Very interested to see that you're rating the John Masters product - I'm dying to try their Deep Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer. Another pricy one... I guess I have expensive tastes ;) x

  6. So glad you've found something that works for you but just like Ola I have to say that Philip Kingsley's Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo has really been a game changer for me. I wrote a post about it (http://aneclecticaffair.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/the-haircare-heroes.html), but it's totally cleared up my problem and I know I'll turn to it time and time again when my scalp problems flare up. It's easily been one of the best products I've used this year. xx


  7. John Masters Organics is the best brand ever, you'd enjoy their zinc & sage shampoo as well.. they are worth every penny <3

  8. Sounds like a nightmare! I'm a compulsive scalp scratcher (gross, I know!) and should probably be showing mine a little extra TLC. Looking forward to hearing how you get on with the John Masters treatment!

    Mayah x


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