Having a sore, itchy scalp is never fun, but at this time of the year when we’ve all cranked up the central heating and the weather outside is cold, wet and windy, it can feel even more uncomfortable. Scalp pruritus, or an itchy scalp, is a common issue and is usually caused by psoriasis, dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, which can be caused by stress and seasonal changes.
With most of us battling with heightened stress levels and recent research from Korea highlighting a link between pollution particles and scalp health, increasingly experts are encouraging us to give our scalp as much care and attention as we do our skin. “Our scalp is essentially an extension of our skin on our face, and in the same way that it bacteria accumulates on your face, it can do so on your scalp with follicles at risk of clogging,” says Vicky Demetriou, an award winning extensionist and hair expert.
While the classic apple cider vinegar rinse is still regarded as a good way to rebalance the pH on your scalp, several brands are launching expertly formulated regimens to help relieve and prevent itchiness. Ameliorate’s debut foray into hair care is the perfect example of this.
The brand has been treating dry, itchy skin for years with its iconic Transforming Body Lotion, and subsequent Body Wash, Body Cream, Bath Milk and Intensive Skin Therapy. And now, Ameliorate is turning its focus to our scalps. Unsurprisingly, every product contains Ameliorate’s LaH6 Hydration Complex, which blends lactic acid with nourishing omega oils to exfoliate and nourish, and ultimately relieve itchy scalps.
So, what’s in the range?
The Clarifying Shampoo: Doing exactly what it says on the bottle, this shampoo cleanses your hair and scalp. With the LaH6 to gently exfoliate and a helping of prebiotics to soothe, it’s a game-changing formula for those who regularly suffer with a dry, itchy scalp.
Ameliorate Clarifying Shampoo, £16 for 250ml
The Smoothing Conditioner: Shea butter, sweet almond oil and pea peptides help to condition and nourish your hair from root to tip without weighing it down.
Ameliorate Smoothing Conditioner, £18 for 250ml
The Clarifying Scalp Exfoliant: Scalp scrubs are having quite a moment right now and Ameliorate’s formula combines the best of both worlds with cellulose scrub and lactic acid to gently remove dry skin and any product build-up. You can use this in the shower before shampooing and we would recommend using it once a week to begin with.
Ameliorate Clarifying Scalp Exfoliant, £20 for 125ml
The Transforming Scalp Serum: Before you’re put off by adding to your hair care routine, this clever formula is designed to be applied before you go to bed and works overnight to nourish your scalp. And, the formula is non-greasy so you don’t have to worry about ruining your bedsheets. While celery seed oil helps to rebalance your scalp bacteria, frankincense extracts helps to ease inflammation and redness.
Ameliorate Transforming Scalp Serum, £20 for 125ml
The Scalp Care Kit: With travel-size samples of the shampoo, conditioner, exfoliant and serum, as well as an exclusive preview of the Scalp Essence, this kit is a great starting point for anyone looking to try out the range. What is the Scalp Essence? Well, if you find your scalp feeling dry, itchy and tight throughout the day, this formula offers some on-the-spot TLC. The oat and frankincense extracts, as well as the LaH6 Hydration Complex promise to soothe and calm itchy, irritated scalps. You can spritz onto damp hair before styling or before you leave the house as the clever formulation is weightless.
Ameliorate Scalp Care Regime, £45
In true Ameliorate style, this range has been clinically tested and using the Scalp Care Regime Kit was shown to significantly improve the appearance of a dry, flaky and red scalps in seven days according to an independent consumer trial of 60 people.