There was a point in my life where my scalp was unbearably itchy and I just didn’t know what to do. I was in a state of desperation. My hairdresser recommended Philip Kingsley to me, even though I was in a Sassoon salon.
She explained that Philip Kingsley is a trichologist so he specialises in scalp care. This is definitely what I needed. I didn’t go to the scalp clinic as I was scared it would cost a fortune so I went online and bought the shampoo for flaky/itchy scalps from lookfanastic.com as it was cheapest there. There was no matching conditioner so I used my Morroccan Oil hair mask on the ends my of hair only so as not to further irritate my scalp.
The shampoo doesn’t have much of a lather but I didn’t care – as long as the itching stopped! It has the most amazing fresh green apple scent – yum! The shampoo definitely provided me with relief but it was short lived. My scalp was in a bad way! I went back on the Philip Kinglsey website and found the scalp mask and scalp toner for flaky/itchy scalps. Again I bought them from lookfantastic.com.
The scalp mask was literally my scalp saver! You massage it into the scalp, put on a shower cap and leave it for the stipulated time. You then wash it out with the flaky/itchy scalp shampoo.
The mask is cooling, I think with menthol, which felt heavenly! It made a dramatic reduction in the itching after one use and got rid of it after the next. The theory was the same as with skincare- scalps need exfoliating too. I bought a few more to keep the treatment going then gradually stopped using it. The one in the picture looks old as it was at the back of my cupboard. Luckily I have not had to use it again. This particular mask is no longer available but I would definitely try the Exfoliating Scalp Mask if the irritation came back and I might even start using the Stimulating Scalp Mask as part of my regular hair and scalp care routine.
The final piece in the puzzle was the toner for flaky/itchy scalps. Again as with facial skincare, scalps need toning too. This is a cold liquid that soothes the scalp after you have washed it. I say cold because if it runs down your neck it will give you a chill! It has a thin nozzle so you “draw” lines down the scalp and then I massaged in the liquid. I don’t wash my dry curly hair everyday so this was great for itch relief in-between washes. This has a permanent place on my dressing table – at the slightest hint of irritation I apply this scalp toner and it soothes my scalp.
I no longer need this regime but I do use the shampoo about once per month to make sure I don’t end up with an extremely irritated scalp again, and I use the toner every now and then.
I am so glad I found Philip Kingsley!