Review: 7 best hair and scalp treatments to reduce dandruff and soothe dry, itchy skin 2022

Review: 7 best hair and scalp treatments to reduce dandruff and soothe dry, itchy skin 2022

It’s all very well applying the best shampoos, conditioners and styling products to your lengths, but healthy hair starts at the scalp – it’s skin, after all, yet we doubt most of us pay it as much attention as we do the skin on the rest of our faces and bodies.

Scalp issues can come in many forms – itchiness, a dry, tight feeling, flakes, dandruff – which in turn can make your hair look less than its best.

Luckily there are plenty of scalp treatments available nowadays to give your head the TLC it deserves. There are the ones that got the seal of approval from our Beauty Edit testers…

Best scalp treatments to shop in 2022

Head & Shoulders DermaXPro Soothing Relief Scalp Balm, £6.66 here

Part of a three-step regime, using clinically proven active piroctone olamine, to cleanse flakes and comfort the scalp. The treatment helps retain moisture for 72 hours.

Beauty Edit tester Kelly says: “I used this treatment with the matching shampoo and conditioner, and if I was to pick one product I’d probably go with this. My scalp really felt less dry and less irritated from using the regime. I’d definitely use this treatment again to calm my scalp and support my normal hair routine to try to prevent flare-ups.” 4/5

Arkive The Root-Ine Hair Scalp Serum, £14 here

Part of A-list hairdresser Adam Reed’s new range, which is all about “head care” (self care via hair) as well as visible effects.

Beauty Edit tester Kal says: “I have used this a few times after I have washed my hair and it's been really good for my scalp concerns. Before I had the product my scalp became quite dry and flaky. With the use of this serum I've noticed more hydration and no flakes. Loved the bottle design – really cute and quirky – but I just wasn’t a fan of the smell.” 4/5

Gisou Honey Infused Scalp Treatment, £37 here

Designed to be massaged into dry hair as an overnight no-rinse treatment for a tight, itchy, unbalanced scalp.

Beauty Edit tester Calsey says: “I liked the smell, the bottle design was OK but it reminded me of hair dye! This product definitely improved the slight flakes I get on my scalp. I enjoyed using this and will use it again because it worked.” 4/5

Lazartigue Exfoliate Scrub, £20 here

Jojoba beads exfoliate and rebalance the scalp, while fruit acids cleanse.

Beauty Edit tester Catherine says: “It smells gorgeous! Really fruity and fresh, and it has a seriously exfoliating feel to it. A little goes a long way. It’s easy to work into the scalp, and it really helped with my dryness and itching. The tiny jojoba pearls melt right away once they've done their job. My scalp absolutely feels and looks better for using this. Love it!” 5/5

JVN Complete Pre-Wash Scalp Oil, £24 here

A weekly pre-shampoo treatment to hydrate the scalp and leave hair stronger and glossier.

Beauty Edit tester Hiromi says: “The pipette was easy to apply directly to my scalp. The oil soaked in easily and felt hydrating. It washed off easily, too. It smells lovely and a little goes a long way – great value for money. It did what it says on the bottle – soothed my dry, irritated scalp. A nice treat for an often neglected area. My hair was also treated to a shine.” 5/5

Sisley Paris Soothing Anti-Dandruff Cure, £90 here

An ultra-premium product that makes dandruff treatment look very luxe.

Beauty Edit tester Saiqa says: “Looks very elegant and high end. I tend to get a lot of dandruff and I’ve tried using so many products but nothing has helped as much as this. I used this for three weeks and my sister noticed a difference to my dandruff. I would love it if it all went away completely but who knows, it might after using this for longer.” 5/5

Arkive The Crown Scalp Scrub, £14 here

Another Arkive favourite, this is an extremely enlivening scrub with menthol, caffeine and fruit enzymes to wake up your scalp.

Beauty Edit tester Lisa says: “I LOVE this product. I have never used a scalp scrub before but that has all changed now! I really can’t decide what I like most – the incredible tingly clean sensation or the wonderful aroma that makes you feel like you are in an exclusive spa. I have quite greasy hair naturally and I feel that this product keeps my hair cleaner for longer. A colleague told me how healthy my hair was looking, too!” 5/5

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