By August 29, 2011

Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care with Eucalyptus Shampoo and Conditioner Review

One of bad things about being bald is that any dry skin or dandruff on my scalp is easily visible. I loved the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Active Soothing shampoo, it was very effective, affordable, and smelled nice.

On the other hand, one of the very few nice things about being bald is that I don’t use a lot of shampoo. I bought a three pack of 8.5 ounce bottles of the Triple Action shampoo in September of 2009 and didn’t run out until about July of this year.

Unfortunately, Neutrogena discontinued the Triple Action Moisture Active shampoo sometime between 2009 and 2011.

The hunt was on for a replacement, and I thought I’d try something more readily available.

Scent and Performance

The Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp shampoo in eucalyptus scent smells pretty good. The eucalyptus tingles my scalp a bit, which feels nice. The shampoo does its job and keeps my scalp from flaking. It also does a nice job on my beard — at this point I am more worried about clearing away any skin or particles caught in my beard than what’s on the top of my mostly-naked head.

So, an effective shampoo that smells good, is inexpensive, and is readily available. Problem solved, right?

Well ….

Normally I scrub my scalp, wash my beard, and scrub my face first thing in the shower. Then I wash up and rinse my head last. The Itchy Scalp shampoo causes an allergic reaction with my skin when I leave it on for too long. I haven’t determined how long “too long” is, and sometimes the blotches hang on for several hours after my shower. I think the hotter my environment is, the longer the discoloration lasts.

I may try a different variant of the Itchy Scalp Care shampoo, with the hopes that the eucalyptus is the part that’s causing my reaction. Zinc carbonate is the other ingredient that’s different from the Neutrogena shampoo I used to use, but I have a feeling that will be in every Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care formula.


If you aren’t allergic to something in the shampoo, I think the Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care with Eucalyptus Shampoo and Conditioner is a good product. It’s effective at keeping my scalp from being too dry or flaky, and does a great job on my bushy beard. However, I am going to continue to search for something to replace the otherwise perfect Neutrogena Triple Moisture Active Soothing Shampoo.

The Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care with Eucalyptus Shampoo and Conditioner is available for $11.15 for a 2-pack via Prime, or $9.48 if you select the Amazon Subscription plan. I bought mine for about $4.50 per bottle at my local Wal-Mart.

Recommended, with a caveat

5 Comments on "Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care with Eucalyptus Shampoo and Conditioner Review"

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  1. Cymwyd says:

    As someone with lots of hair and what I thought was persistent dandruff…turns out it was very dry skin, and all the dandruff shampoos just dried it out more. The solution (for me, your mileage may vary) was to use super-moisturizing shampoos and conditioners and only wash 1-2x per week. Since you have slightly less hair 🙂 have you considered Johnson’s Baby Shampoo? mild, effective, inexpensive, readily available…

  2. DrFaulken says:

    I have oily skin, at least in most parts of my face and head. The flakes were VERY noticeable, and both products helped out a lot. I have Johnson’s Baby Shampoo in the house for the dogs, and I may give it a try. Although that might make for some interesting moments if I lean in to kiss Sedagive? and she thinks of her kids 😉

  3. Jenner says:

    I’m mostly bald, but have a couple of places I have to shave. Shaving irritated and made blotches of its own. My doctor said that products like head and shoulders treat the condition without really attacking the root cause, which is why it is such a chronic condition. I had many of the same problems and he suggested a skin cleaner with tea tree oil. The tea tree oil has antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Out of the four one is usually the root. I clean my head with a nylon scrubby then put this preparation on my head, rubbing it in vigorously, wait a minute and rinse, but not so much that you feel like you’ve stripped it all away. No more blotchy skin, no razor rash, no flaking. The balance of our skin is fragile, I just hate putting chemicals on it. I use Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash and have been very pleased over the years.

  4. Ed says:

    Interesting, I have been using that brand of head and shoulders and found it works well to control my dandruff.

    I am curious about that tea tree oil Jenner, I will have to look into that.