Monday, 11 May 2015

Review | KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Products

I've been using a lot of KeraCare products of late and whilst my hair has been in and out of braids over the last couple of months I thought it was the best opportunity to get to grips with a few of the KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp* products. Out of all the KeraCare products these have the most colourful and exciting packaging, differing from the usual luxurious all gold branding. I was really excited to try this range as they are so visually different from many of the other KeraCare products.

I haven't had any major issues with dandruff or a persistently itchy scalp but I was worried that wearing braids under a wig for most of the day would start to aggravate my scalp. My wig routine did make my scalp a little dry and itchy at times so it was great to have these products on hand to provide some relief.

KeraCare Dry & Itchy Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo (£7.20/240ml)*
The shampoo is possibly my favourite of the products here, which speaks volumes as I don't generally tend to love shampoo. After initially applying to wet hair, lathering and rinsing, I apply this again, leaving it to sit for 5 minutes. I can really feel this working on the scalp as it's so tingly and refreshing. Once it's rinsed my head feels so clean but not dry. This is supposed to be a gentle shampoo suitable for relaxed, permed, dyed and natural hair but this does leave my strands a little stripped. The menthol scent is similar to medicated shampoos but I've come to like it.

KeraCare Dry & Itchy Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Conditioner (£8/240ml)*
Despite religiously following the instructions to leave this on for 10-15 minutes, this conditioner just doesn't give the kind of slip and moisture that my hair needs. I always use a deep conditioner with each wash and I can't skip that step after using this conditioner. The ingredients in this particular product don't seem to be to the same high standard as other KeraCare products. There just isn't that je ne sais quoi which is possibly why this doesn't do much for my hair. On the plus side I haven't noticed any issues with my scalp when using this product so it at least ensures dandruff is kept at bay.

KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Glossifier (£6.55/110g)*
The formula of the Dry & Itchy Glossifier is like a solid wax but the surface melts into a liquid when you touch it. I tend to pick up a small amount of the glossifier at a time by dabbing my finger into the pot. I then place the product directly on any itchy areas on my scalp as and when needed. As a result I can reach for this daily or it might be a few days between each use. It provides quick relief from itching and soothes my scalp. I barely use any product with each application so this product will probably last me a very long time.

These products work well together and my scalp has been less irritated as I've continued to use these regularly. My hair is now out of braids and it's been really satisfying to not have to deal with an itchy scalp so I'll definitely continue to use these. However, I don't think these products perform so well on my hair so I'll also keep relying on other products to keep my strands hydrated and strong.

*sample - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried any Keracare products before?

Lesley x