How To Cure An Itchy Flaky Scalp

I’m in my mid 30’s now, and for as long as I remember, I’ve had an itchy, flaky scalp. As a teenager, I was prescribed special shampoos, told to wash my hair less, more, use cold water, hot water, avoid conditioner, use more etc etc but nothing worked.

Over the years, I have spent a fortune on things claiming to fix the problem, but nothing has got rid of it – until now.

Last Summer, a friend suggested I try The Body Shop’s Ginger Anti Dandruff shampoo. I figured I’d give it a go, as I had nothing to lose.

It has an RRP of £8 for 400ml, but there’s always a code for 40% off knocking around online, so I paid much less than that. After the first couple of uses, I didn’t notice much improvement, but I stuck with it. After around 4 weeks of using just the Ginger shampoo and a little Argan oil on the length of my hair (avoiding the scalp completely), I noticed much less itchiness. After around 12 weeks of use, my flakiness was 90% reduced.

I have never used a lot of hair products, so can’t say whether dry shampoo, mousse or gel etc will prevent the shampoo working, but I am now able to wear black tops without constantly checking my shoulders for dandruff and flaky scalp – for the first time in my adult life!

The shampoo smells strongly of Ginger – not my favourite smell, but its totally worth putting up with smelling like a biscuit to be itch free. It is clear and really runny so you do need to be careful when pouring it onto your hand. I find the 400ML bottle lasts me 3 months now, despite having long, thick hair.

I wash my hair twice a week now, and I found the ginger shampoo made a big difference in my greasy roots too. I was washing it every other day a year ago, as my roots would get really greasy – probably due to my scratching my itchy scalp so much. I don’t blow dry my hair and I haven’t used my straighteners in months either. (I have been embracing my curls on day 1 & 2 of washing then sticking it up in a bun until the next wash day).

Now, If I could find some motivation to do more than just stick my hair in a “mum bun” most days, I’d be a happy lady!

Do you have an itchy, flaky scalp? What has worked for you? Let me know down below if you try the Body Shop Ginger shampoo, and how you get on. 

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