I have a love/hate relationship with my hair. I love the natural color and curl. I hate that the color has decided to show my age and the sometimes lovely waves are frizzy when I fail to use a leave-in conditioner. Unfortunately, sometimes I get in a rush and put it on unevenly or get it on my scalp. What this does is cause my head to itch like crazy. Even if I wash it, I still have ramifications of the itchiness. When I was young, I often used dandruff shampoo to address the itching but in hindsight, I think it was a reaction to the hair care products I was using.
Every so often, I decide to use a dandruff shampoo to help with the itchiness. It usually takes the edge off some but it burns and I positively hate the smell. If you have ever used, opened or been around someone who used a dandruff shampoo, you know exactly what smell I’m referring to. So I end up washing and rinsing then washing with another shampoo before conditioning. Shampoos strip the natural oils from hair in the process of cleaning it which is why conditioning is so important. Since I already have a problem with frizz, this process of double washing doesn’t help the situation any. At all. Hello frizz.
That smelly, burning, frizziness may be a thing of the past for me though. I recently tested out a new anti-itch shampoo and conditioner from Dr. Marder. Like other shampoos, it left my hair feeling clean but also feeling stripped of oils. For me, that is normal. What isn’t normal is the smell. Or should I say the lack of smell. I think I was so surprised by this odorless realization that it took a few minutes for me to notice that the shampoo had soothed my itchy scalp. Honestly, I couldn’t believe it. No strong medicinal odor AND a head that stops itching? Amazing.
Since it does like other shampoos and left my hair needing a bit of moisture, I used the matching Dr. Marder conditioner. It, too, soothed my scalp. Did it condition my hair? That I’m not so confident about. I decided to go a day without leave in conditioner but realized that was a mistake. Like a zebra can’t change its stripes; my hair handles best with a leave-in conditioner. If I had hair that wasn’t so fine and a severe case of itchiness, I would certainly think this would be a great option. It’s a 2-step process so I’m guessing the conditioner isn’t just about conditioning the hair but also has something to do with how the scalp is treated. Who knows… I just know I need to use a leave-in conditioner as usual.
Dr. Marder Total Relief Shampoo and Conditioner is the first over-the-counter dandruff system that uses hydrocortisone. That’s the reason it helps with the itching! The two step system relieves itching, flaking and dandruff after the first use. Had I not used it and felt the immediate relief, I wouldn’t have believed it! It’s also sulfate free, paraben free and safe for all hair types. As I mentioned, mine is colored and Dr. Marder products didn’t fade my hair.
If you have a problem with an itchy scalp, this is worth trying out. The price is a bit more compared to mainstream products that you would find at your local discount store or drugstore but just like high-end makeup, clothes and electronics, the high quality end result is worth the price. If this problem doesn’t affect you but you have a close family member that needs to utilize medicinal shampoos, let them know about Dr. Marder shampoo. Their head and your nose will thank you. For more information on Dr. Marder products, check out their Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also get 15% off your order using discount code “DRMARDER” at DrMarderSkincare.com.
So from here on out, if you see me scratching my head, it’s because I’m thinking and not because it itches! Do you ever have an itchy scalp? How do you treat It?
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