I’ve struggled with flaky, itchy scalp for about six years. At first, as anyone else would assume, I thought I was experiencing dandruff and I remember being embarrassed and trying as many home remedies and anti-dandruff shampoos as possible with only minor or temporary relief. Fed up, I finally asked my mother to take me to a dermatologist, who prescribed a medicated shampoo and diagnosed it as psoriasis. I should probably start of by explaining that I have very sensitive skin and have experienced and lived with discomfort at the hands of eczema and acne before, and therefore when the medicated shampoo failed to do anything I settled for using Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo (which always provided minimal comfort). Eventually, after the condition became worse (spreading to the edges of my hairline, my forehead, behind my ears and around my nose), I visited another dermatological specialist who finally diagnosed it as seborrheic dermatitis.
According to WebMD, seborrheic dermatitis is not caused by an allergy or uncleanliness but rather by a combination of factors such as genes, sensitive skin, poor health and eating habits, increased stress or depression, and cold weather. It’s considered a chronic form of eczema and appears where there are a lot of oil-producing glands (such as the scalp and face).
Unfortunately for me, “chronic” meant that I had to find a way to live with the constantly recurring scalp condition through a combination of oils, medicated shampoos and ointments. The irritation flares up periodically and then will clear up for a while before it comes back, which would explain why I’ve had the issue for so long. During one of my recent flares, seen in the photo, I found SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Balancing Conditioner for Dry, Itchy Scalp at Cost-U-Less Barbados and bought them both without a second thought.
SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap for Dry, Itchy Scalp Review
I was excited so I rushed home, hopped in the shower and saturated my hair with water and began apply the deep cleansing shampoo to my scalp. I worked it in gently, concentrating on irritated areas and the front of my hair where product would have built up. To my surprise, it only took one wash to completely clear my scalp of flakes and all left over product. Almost instantly, my aggravated scalp was rinsed with comfort. I’ve always been a fan of SheaMoisture’s products, simply for their amazing scents and how moisturizing the products are in my hair. While reading other reviews, I found that people mostly discredited the Deep Cleansing Shampoo because it is too drying, this was something I personally did not experience but to be safe I decided to use the Balancing Conditioner as a leave-in, which the label recommends! This left my hair smooth, at average moisture and flake-free! The only disappointment is the small size of the bottles (384 ml). I would definitely recommend regular (once a week) use of the Deep Cleansing Shampoo to anyone with a serious scalp condition or if you use a lot of product that builds up, however if your scalp is healthy then I would suggest using something that will concentrate more on your hair, or using the Deep Cleansing Shampoo once a month.
Thank you so much for reading, and being patient! I had a lot of requests for this review so hopefully it helps some of you struggling with scalp conditions like myself. Please note, I am not a doctor. Everything I know about Seborrheic Dermatitis is my own personal experience and I highly suggest seeing a professional if you have a reoccurring issue. Happy New Year!