As I've mentioned before, my saga to relieve my dry, itchy scalp continues. For some background, I think after a few too many misadventures with reviewing shampoos, my scalp decided to just rebel and now I'm super cautious about what I use. To counteract the incessant itching and flaking, I've tried a few different oils, but nothing seemed to work - nothing that is until I tried Lush's Superbalm.
This thick all natural paste is specifically designed to relief and repair flaking, itchy scalp:
- Coconut oil - a natural emollient that deeply nourishes skin and can relieve psoriasis and excema
- Candelilla wax - another natural emollient that's often used as a substitute for beeswax in vegan products
- Salicylic acid - an exfoliant that helps encourage your scalp to shed buildup that causes scalp irritation
- Rose wax - an emollient
- Rose, chamomile and lavender oils - help soothe and calm irritation
Like all Lush products, Superbalm has a strong fragrance. While some reviewers were turned off by Superbalm's scent, I personally loved it. Superbalm smells like a mix of menthol, coconut oil and something almost medicinal, which really appeals to me as I find medicinal scents relaxing.
The balm itself is housed in a cute 45 g tin that retails for $23.95 at any Lush store. It's a thick, pale green balm, with a texture similar to hair pomade. To use, simply scoop out a bit at a time and massage it directly into your scalp; wait 20 minutes and then wash it out.
The trickiest part of using Superbalm is knowing how much to use. After reading through the reviews, it's pretty common to over-apply and end up with super greasy strands; since you typically use this pre-shower though, that's not a big problem. I like to scoop out very little at a time, just slightly covering the pads of my fingers with product, and applying it a bit at a time wherever my scalp is irritated.
I usually apply Superbalm before I shower, or if I plan to shower in the morning, then I'll wear it overnight. I've even taken to applying it during the day if I'm feeling particularly itchy and it helps a lot to keep my scalp comfortable.
Immediately after applying, it feels like my scalp just breathes a sigh of relief. My head just feels so relaxed and I have no nagging feeling of itchiness like I normally do. Yes, it is a bit of a pain to wash this stuff out and if I don't wash my hair for a couple days then the itchiness returns full force, but based on my experiences so far, this is the closest to actual relief I've gotten yet. I'll definitely be repurchasing this again and again!
Buy - a powerful balm that instantly reliefs dry, itchy scalp. Must have!