I’ve had an itchy head for 8 years, since having my first baby. When I tell anyone about it, the first thing they do is mention nits. But my problem is more insidious – lurking beneath my thick, long, and otherwise generally healthy hair is a red, inflamed scalp that has been, slowly but surely, driving me insane for almost a decade.
“No nits.” I knew, as I sat there, glass of wine in hand while my friend inspected my scalp for nits, like a monkey checking its mate’s fur, that I had a real problem. An itchy, scratchy, scabby scalp problem. And without professional help, it wasn’t going to go away.
“It’s hormonal;” people have told me. “Your skin becomes more sensitive post baby.” But here’s the thing, the skin on my face has remained the same, only that on my head has become an alien being, growing sharp, scratchy tentacles intent on keeping me up at night. When I get my hair coloured, my scalp catches fire, I sit there almost ripping the skin off my head. And then there are the scabs that form, always in the back of my head, always in exactly the same spot.
The problem persists despite my countless attempts to remedy it. I’ve tried 50 different shampoos to put an end to this torture. From scalp-cleansing shampoos that claimed to rid my scalp of product residue, to completely clean, natural, organic, sulphate-free, vegan and gluten-free elixirs, even those claiming to be specifically for itchy heads.
Nothing has worked. Until now. Until I discovered the Leonor Greyl hair treatment at Harrods. It’s described as “a facial for the scalp”, but for me, it’s more like sweet salvation from a decade of scratching.