07 July 2013

Products That Saved My Life... from itchy scalp and dandruff

Yay! I finally got off my bottom to write this post! Today, I bring you the next installment of "Products That Saved My Life" (to read the first post of this series about pimple busters, click here). I'm actually cheating a little here because I only have one product that have saved my life from itchy scalp and dandruff, so it should be "Product That Saved My Life".

Moving on from the technical talk... I've mentioned I had a problem with itchy scalp and dandruff in an empties post a few months ago, where I talked about how Heads & Shoulders wasn't doing it for me anymore. A few of you recommended MooGoo. So I picked it up and gave it a go. Unfortunately, that wasn't the solution. I then tried a few other sulphate free shampoos that I had in my stash, as I thought that sulphate was causing the problem. But itchy scalp and dandruff still reigned my life.

I then decided to google solutions. I stumbled upon a whirlpool discussion about itchy scalp and quite a few people recommended Selsun Blue shampoo. I then went to Chemist Warehouse to buy a bottle and finally manage to bid goodbye to itchy scalp and dandruff.

There were two variants of Selsun Blue - Replenishing and Deep Cleansing. I stood there at Chemist Warehouse for a good 5 minutes trying to decide between the two before I settled for replenishing because it is for all hair types, whereas Deep Cleansing is for normal to oily hair. I think I have pretty normal roots, which does get a bit oily after a day (but that's normal, right?) and dry roots, so I didn't think Deep Cleansing was for me.

Having almost finished this bottle of Selsun Blue, I'm confident to say that this is definitely going to be a staple in my haircare routine. I shampoo my hair once every two days and condition every day. I usually use this shampoo once every other time or once every three times I wash my hair. So I use this shampoo at least once a week.

The reason why I don't use this every single time I shampoo is because I'm not fond of the smell at all. I don't really know how to describe the smell of this... musky? chemically? It doesn't completely go away even after putting some conditioner on either. But it stops my scalp itching and doesn't make me look like I've been walking through snow, so I can deal with it.

I went to a smaller Chemist Warehouse (well, it's not called Chemist Warehouse but it looks like a miniature one) the other day and they only had the Deep Cleansing version in stock. As I am running out of the Replenishing one (I have about 1 more use left), I decided to buy the Deep Cleansing version. I'm hoping it is as effective as the Replenishing one. I did give it a quick whiff, and it smells a little different (in a good way). So, I'm hoping it doesn't smell as bad as the other and works the same.

For $5.39 (at Chemist Warehouse), I think it's a really affordable and effective way to keep dandruff at bay (despite the smell). I've also seen Selsun Blue at Coles, Woolworths, and Priceline. They were about $5.99-$7.

Have you had a problem with itchy scalp/dandruff? What do you use?


  1. I have dandruff and my fave shampoo that works is the Palmolive eucalyptus shampoo (blue bottle) :)

  2. I've had this problem before too! I remembered having to use this awful smelling shampoo!