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This Shampoo Works for Everyone (and This Is Why!)

Does your weekly routine look a little like this? Double cleansing most days, the occasional nourishing benefits of a sheet mask and a blemish-busting acid whenever you can fit it in… We all take steps to purify, detoxify and even brighten our complexion but aren’t we neglecting our scalp a little? It is the same skin, after all! Luckily, you might have received a Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo in your January Birchbox – a surefire way to show your scalp some TLC.


Although Philip Kingsley’s Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo doesn’t have the most glamorous of names, it sits proudly on our bathroom shelves as the IT product for scalp health. It might be specially formulated to relieve and clear irritated scalps, but it isn’t just for those who experience pesky flakes sitting on their shoulders. The weather, stress and diet can wreak havoc on our tresses and cause scalp build-up, so having a deeply-cleansing shampoo on hand will help keep your magnificent mane in check.


We know you’re staring at the bottle and doing a double take, but trust us when we say this product is for everyone. You don’t have to have scalp dryness, irritation or flakes to reap the benefits of this soothing shampoo.

The team of trichologists (hair and scalp specialists) at Philip Kingsley recommend using the shampoo to give your hair and scalp a deep cleanse after working out at the gym, going for a run or gardening – basically anything that gets you sweating. If a healthy scalp means happy hair then we can definitely get on board.

If dandruff is up there on your list of hair concerns, 99% of customers said that Philip Kingsley’s Itchy/Flaky Scalp Shampoo cleared theirs, so you’re in good hands. Although not the sexiest of hair woes to have, dandruff can be caused by drinking white wine and champagne and we’re all partial to a tipple or three!

Either way it’s a great detoxing shampoo to incorporate into your routine that’ll leave your hair and scalp feeling refreshed and revitalised. Using lauryl betaine, a mild cleansing agent, the shampoo gently clarifies the hair to clear product build-up (ideal for styling addicts) and it’s gentle enough to not cause any irritation, just calm the scalp and leave strands shiny and soft.


Embrace the deeply-cleansing lather of Itchy/Flaky Scalp Shampoo during the harsh winter months when seasonal changes and central heating can leave the scalp dry. Or use it in place of your regular shampoo once a week for truly clarifying treatment. For those worried about using it on coloured hair – no need to fret. It’s specially formulated to not dry out or strip of any colour and will leave your tresses moisturised instead.

Top tip: combine your shampoo session with a weekly scalp massage to really experience the perks. Not only will you relieve any stress or tension from that meeting you had last week, but it’ll also stimulate growth and strengthen the roots of your hair.

It’s never too late to add scalp care to your beauty routine. If it’s good enough for Sir Laurence Olivier (the Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo was made especially for him, FYI) it’s good enough for us!

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– Ashleigh Kybert