The head is one of the parts of the human body that is directly exposed to every element found in the environment.
And it also belongs to one of the first body parts that are noticed on a person. Yes! Someone’s personality can be judged quickly just by looking at how they groom their hair and how well they are taking care of it.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all questioned someones personality just by looking at their oily hair or dandruff covered shoulders. You wonder if they are clean, organized, lazy, etc.
A person’s hair and scalp are collectively called the “crowning glory” and just like the other body parts, it needs to be pampered to avoid problems that can turn into a bad impression about you. One of the common problems that men and women suffer on their crowning glory is having an itchy scalp. And because both hands can easily reach this area of the body, avoiding the urge to scratch it becomes really hard.
There can be different causes for this problem and one of them is having a dandruff problem. For my case, I was given the recommendation by my dermatologist to start using tea tree shampoo when I was in my late teenage years – the time when I was having acne breakouts and I was taking a variety of meds to control it. A dry and itchy scalp is one of the side effects of taking such types of medications and developing a habit of scratching the itch can produce flakes that are sometimes mistaken as dandruff.
And the worst fear of many is having the real thing itself – dandruff! I know how it feels to have such itching problem so I decided to research on the best tea tree shampoos out there that have worked wonders to different people having the same problem. I picked 7 of the best brands out there and included a testimony from one satisfied user for each of the tea tree shampoos that I found to really work in combatting and defeating the itch!
1. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo
Finding the best brand sure wasn’t easy but there’s no better way of proving a product’s efficacy than reading what users have to say about it. If you’re looking for a tea tree shampoo that has the right blend of natural and chemical ingredients to make it safe and effective then the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo would be a perfect pick! One user writes about it being a lifesaver and a sanity saver at the same time.
“I struggled for years with scalp dermatitis. My hair was falling out, and I itched so bad I’d wake up in the middle of the night and shampoo my hair. And shampoos… I must have tried dozens, and then rotated them. No help. My only caution is that you can use it too often because it will dry out your scalp. But just vary your schedule. You won’t be sorry. The relief was amazing.”
Judging from this review alone, the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo is one of the brands out there that you really should try.
Pro: It provides quick results by drying the scalp and relieving the itch
Con: Quite pricey but you don’t need to use a lot every shower so it will last longer.
2. Brooklyn Botany – Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
The makers of the Brooklyn Botany Tea Tree Shampoo has developed a proprietary formula that soothes the scalp and relieves the itch. It also solves dry, flaky and itchy scalp while cleansing the hair at the same time. These along with the natural ingredients used in every bottle of this shampoo makes it popular to those who want to use natural-based products. One customer has this to say about the brand;
“I bought this one in particular because it had “Brooklyn” in its name. That seemed to be a good recommendation. Will see how it works. It works GREAT! Dandruff and seborrhea that I’ve had for decades are gone in 2 1/2 weeks. My barber is impressed! So am I. See what you can get from Brooklyn?”
Along with the natural ingredients that it has, this shampoo is also free from sulfate so you’re sure that it only does wholesome care without the extra strings attached.
Pro: Promotes the healthy growth of the hair from its roots while relieving itch, dryness, and flakes from the scalp.
Con: Quite pricey
3. Head & Shoulders Shampoo For Dandruff with Tea Tree and Peppermint
Just by looking at its name, you will know that it really has something in it that will help relieve the itch and flakes on your scalp. Head & Shoulders is a popular global brand but it’s not as natural as the others in this list. It contains synthetic ingredients that are common in shampoos and are generally safe to use except if you’re the kind of person who only wants to use the natural stuff. This shampoo really works and it’s relatively cheap when compared to other brands. One user commented on how well it works for its price saying;
“Works well so far. Smells good. I was expecting a really strong cooling feeling given that it’s tea tree oil, peppermint, and instant relief shampoo, however, I didn’t feel that coldness on my scalp. It’s still a great head and shoulders product nonetheless.”
It’s not to say that chemicals work better but I know some friends who tried the same shampoo and only have praises to say about how well it works!
Pro: It is relatively cheap compared to other brands and it clears dandruff effectively in just a few washes.
Con: There’s a stigma circling around about Head & Shoulders and other synthetic-based shampoos
4. OGX Hydrating Tea Tree Oil & Mint Shampoo
Another tea tree shampoo that mixes natural ingredients along with synthetic but safe ones. The OGX Hydrating Tea Tree Oil & Mint Shampoo effectively hydrates the scalp promoting the healthy growth of the hair while preventing the other causes of itch. One user shared the story of how it helped ease his dermatitis saying;
“I purchased this after being diagnosed with dermatitis on my scalp. I’ve been using prescription shampoo for dermatitis, however, it dries out my scalp terribly. I put just a little of this on the dry areas and it works wonderfully. Unlike other, much more expensive products I’ve ordered, the oily-residue is minimal so I can put this in multiple times a day (while at work, running errands, etc) and it doesn’t look like my hair is wet or dirty. This was a great and very affordable find!“