Scalp psoriasis. The bane of my life. FYI: if you decide to Google it, 99% of the pictures online are of very severe cases of scalp psoriasis and I have so much sympathy for those people; luckily I have fairly mild psoriasis but it still feels like constant chicken pox all over your head. I found my holy grail scalp relief shampoo a few years ago (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d say), but to my horror, this time last year I discovered it was not cruelty free. And so, the hunt commenced for a bunny friendly alternative…
Cue Yes To: a brand that will pretty much save all of your skincare/haircare needs if you’re cruelty free. They have such a huge, ever-expanding range of products which happens to include the Dry Scalp/Scalp Relief shampoo and conditioner. When I first came across these in Boots I actually let out a little squeal.
These tubes of goodness are £5.99 each but are often half price at Boots (or they’re on ASOS so you can use a discount), and they’ve taken me about 2 months to get through, so they last a while. I have quite a lot of hair too so I tend to get through hair products fairly quickly. As with all of the products from Yes To, they are paraben free and these particular ones use 95% natural ingredients, which I think is pretty great. They don’t have a distinct ‘carrot-y’ scent and they don’t actually have a colour either, but I think that’s quite nice. It can sometimes feel a bit disconcerting lathering a brightly coloured, heavily scented product onto your sensitive scalp!
So the actual ingredient that I think is doing the trick for me is Tea Tree Oil. This is probably the strongest scent in the shampoo too. It’s so soothing and calming and has an almost immediate effect on the itching. One thing I will say is that the first time I used the duo, it actually seemed to make my scalp even itchier, but after persevering and using it again it’s made such a huge difference. Another word of warning: the shampoo is of quite a watery consistency so be careful when you squeeze it out!
In the winter, psoriasis and other skin conditions are always 10x worse because of the lack of sunshine, but for the time being these are doing a fantastic job of helping me to not go crazy. They are slightly on the pricey side but, in my opinion, they are totally worth it. It feels nice to be putting something natural, cruelty free and stripped back onto my hair and for it to actually be making a difference.