Monday, November 21, 2011

Itchy Scalp? Listen up!


Living in MinneSOOOOOOta, I get to experience all sorts of things...hotdish, lutefisk (actually, I've never had it), triple digits below zero, walking on large bodies of water, saying "pop", "youbetcha" and "dontchaknow", and dry, itchy winter skin.

I know, I know...don't everyone rush here all at once. You know you want to.

As soon as the weather cools down, it chases away any and all of the moisture in the air, which, to be honest, coming off of the summer we just had, really isn't always that terrible.

Except for the toll it takes on your skin, including that on your scalp.

Enter Head and Shoulders, the shampoo that promises to ease the dryness, itchiness and sensitivity associated with dandruff.


So, what, exactly IS dandruff?

Well, it's a combination of scalp oils, a fungus called "Malassezia globosa" (doesn't that sound appealing?), and your body's reaction to that fungus. (Grody. I know) And while I don't suffer from dandruff, exactly, I sure do get the itchy scalp syndrome that comes along with the cool, dry, frigid Minnesota winter weather. (And, if I'm going to be honest, it always makes me wonder if the kids brought home lice. Double grody. And, you're welcome for the itchy/scratchy/buggy feeling I just gave you when I mentioned "lice".)

Knock on wood, it's never been the bugs (and so help me, if I blog about lice next week...ugh. Knock on wood for me, will you?), just the dry, itchy scalp of winter. So when I got the chance to try Head & Shoulders Eucalyptus Itchy Scalp Care, I was willing to give it a go!

After a few weeks of use, I can say that I do see a difference! The itchiness is less, which is a bonus all in itself, but I was also happy to discover that Head & Shoulders leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean and healthy, and smelling wonderful!

The eucalyptus leaves a cooling, tingly sensation after I've washed, which I love! And the scent of eucalyptus has always been one of my favorites. Not overpowering, not soapy, just fresh. And clean. And wonderful.

Did I mention fresh? ;)

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85 comments:

  1. I'm also from a butt-cold climate known as Michigan and in the winter I have to use fabric softner on my hair to keep it from being staticky and lots of extra moisturizer everywhere, at least once a week I slather thick lotion on my hands and sleep with socks on them to help with the dryness and cracking. It ain't pretty.

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  2. I have curly hair and live in New Orleans... whos weather seems to be the exact opposite of Minnesota! I cannot bare blow drying my hair in the summer because first its already 42 bajillion degrees before the blow dryer is even turned on, add that to the mix and its roughly 96 bajillion degrees in my bathroom, and second because the second I step outside into the swampy, muggy air, my hair is INSTANTLY frizz central. So with "cooler" temps (about 60-70 most days) I can break out the blow dryer!

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  3. I use alot of lotion and moisturizer.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  4. I have to use a lot more lotion, lip balm & moisturizers!!

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  5. i use hairspray in the winter to keep my hair from getting static-y

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  6. I use this honey lemon balm at night. The backs of my hands get so raw in the winter that sometimes they split and bleed. The balm restores my hands back to normal even in just one application! raecholor@gmail.com

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  7. I use a lot more lotion and chapstick.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  8. I am all about the head and shoulders, too! But more importantly, I am a moisturizing queen for my face! In the summer I hardly moisturize, but in the winter I have to do my face several times a day!

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  9. I constantly apply lotion all over my body and moisturizer on my face. I also try to go in and get scalp treatments every so often (I love them, they're my form of pampering myself).

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  10. I use more conditioner, lip balm & lotion!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  11. lotion, lotion and more lotion along with as many chapsticks as i can buy in a day, love it

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  12. I noticed in the winter my scalp gets uber dry and itchy. I use moroccan oil or olive oil and wrap my hair in a towel or a plastic shower cap and sleep with it. I think using head and Shoulders would be a lot easier to deal with than the oils
    imnotarunner at gmail dot com

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  13. tweet-http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/139747104313716737

    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  14. I use more lotion on my skin to fight the dryness and continue using a great moisturizing conditioner. Thanks for the chance to win!

    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  15. Thanks for the recommendation! I have been having an itchy scalp for the past week. Being a teacher, I always think of LICE. AHHHH. But I know it's just dry scalp. I will try this shampoo. ;)

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  16. My skin is dryer in the cold months so I use more lotion

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  17. https://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/140600824710709249

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  18. I use a lot more moisturizers in the winter as opposed to summer.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  19. I always use lots of moisturizer in every season, so my skin does not get that dry feeling.

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  20. use much more moisturizers!

    thanks for a chance to win!
    And, have a GREAT day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  21. I switch to a creamier moisturiser in the winter so my skin won't be dry.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  22. I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it/status/140905047696486400

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  23. I switch to cream, more oily skin products to help.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  24. http://twitter.com/#!/tcarolinep/status/141024023520882688

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  25. I love Head and Shoulders- use it all year round! And for the winter months I use thicker lotions and a creamier facewash :)

    lifesdollop@gmail.com

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  26. tweeted :)
    https://twitter.com/#!/bloggerlinds/status/141236922369585153

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  27. My skin gets extremely dry in the winter. I have to use a thicker/heavier lotion during the winter months and I use lotion more than once a day.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/disneyfan40/status/141247745229987840
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. i use more body lotion in the winter than I do in the warmer months

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  30. http://twitter.com/#!/aes529/status/141304112926040064


    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  31. I let my hair grow a bit longer and condition it more often. I also go through a ton of lotion.

    Sleepyheadedmom at gmail dot com

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  32. In the winter I have to be diligent with moisturizing and lip balm, otherwise I end up scaly like a reptile.
    ape2016(at)aol(dot)com

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  33. i use thicker lotions! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  34. http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/142449208581042177 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  35. I use shea butter on my hands every day and extra moisturizer on my face too in the winter

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  36. My hair feels drier in winter, and flat from wearing hats..Wash my hair and use a deep conditioner in the winter more than I do in the summer. Hardly ever wear eyeshadow during the summer, when winter hits I start wearing again. I change my nail polish a bit and wear more glittery golds, green, or reds for the Holidays.
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

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  37. i use way more moisturizer when its cold outside.
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  38. https://twitter.com/#!/mermont84/status/143422101766938624
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  39. I use a lot more lotion! I love the thick hand creams in the winter.

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  40. I tweeted :)
    http://twitter.com/#!/beana619/status/143761219965288448

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  41. I definitely use more lotion and lip balm in the winter!

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  42. I use a lot of lip balm
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I use more moisturizer and exfoliate more often
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I apply a lot more moisturizer to my body this time of year.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  45. tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/KerryBishop/status/147499970755432448
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  46. I switch to an extra moisturizing conditioner
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  47. http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/148257796046077952
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  48. https://twitter.com/#!/purplelover04/status/148508880077459456

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  49. I switch to use a richer moisturizer and night cream so my skin will not be dry.

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

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  50. I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/ctong2/status/148689553656528896

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

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  51. I definitely hit the dandruff shampoo. And I use a lot heavier conditioner for all the dry weather!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  52. Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/148985189111042049

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  53. The weather here is pretty much the same all year so I don't change my routine.

    mybeachylife at gmail dot com

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  54. I shave less :) and use more moisturizer and lip balm

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  55. My feet are awful in the winter. I have to be conscious about using lotion on them at night.

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  56. The only change I really make is using a humidifier. If I don't use a humidifier in the winter, my forehead gets crazy flaky/peely and no amount of lotion or cream or oil will rehydrate it. But as long as I sleep with my humidifier going, all is right in the forehead world! LOL
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  57. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/149532777216348160
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  58. I moisturize more to help with my dry skin and use more conditioner to help with the static in my hair.

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  59. Tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/149673131550846978

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  60. I use anti-dandruff shampoo much more often in the winter.


    hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  61. I SPEND A LOT MORE TIME IN THE BATHROOM WITH MY BEAUTY ROUTINE IN ONE SEASON VERSES THE NEXT. SUMMER HUMIDITY SUPPLIES ALL THE MOISTURIZER I NEED & ALMOST TOO MUCH TO EVEN WEAR MAKEUP! =)

    kytah00@yahoo.com

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  62. 2ND ENTRY TWEET https://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/149872241503514624

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  63. In the winter I am always applying chapstick, summer time it takes a little back burner, and lotion! sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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  64. tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mommysdizzy/status/149882988065325056

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  65. I gotta admit. . .I shave my legs less. Use lotion every time I get out of the shower. Use tons of moisturizer and chapstick.

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  66. i THINK i MIGHT HAVE TRIED THAT IN A BLIND PRODUCT TEST. whatever I tried woked amazingly but I didn't know what it was :( Going to try this and see if it is the one.

    For me I have to use more hair product as static messes with my big time and I use facial moisturizer which I am usually bad about unless I get a sunburn.

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  67. I change up my routin by adding shimmer and glitter to my maker up routine. It makes me feel fresh and fun in cold dreary winter

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  68. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/#!/MelindaJoy926/status/149910242094886912

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  69. I drink more in the winter to keep my body, hair and skin hydrated

    seanm1999 at hotmail dot com

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  70. I use leave in conditioner in my hair to limit static

    artisticbaker@gmail.com

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  71. https://twitter.com/#!/lisanoel03/status/149910712720961537

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  72. I use a lot more moisturizers all winter long. Skin is so dry that time of year.

    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  73. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/#!/marybug2/status/149918038387458048
    marybug2 @ yahoo . com

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  74. I go swimming three times a week all year round so my routine doesn't change much.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  75. blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2011/12/win-50-visa-gc-from-blogher-head.html

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  76. I apply vaseline intensive lotion at night and in the morning and use leave-in conditioner for my hair
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  77. tweet
    https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/149983044558782465
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  78. I use heavier moisturizer and add lip balm to my regimen.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  79. I have to use lots of moisturizer everywhere.

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  80. lots and lots and lots of moisturizer and chapstick
    raggammuffin@gmail.com

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  81. i tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/raggammuffin/status/150021742260273152

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  82. I find myself using more lotion when I shave and also using facial moisturizers in the winter!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  83. tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/pittsy82/status/150060047198724097

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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