After suffering a horrible allergic reaction to Live Clean shampoo and conditioner which left me with itchy eczema type rashes on my scalp and caused me to itch so bad I scabbed up (disgusting I know) and had welts, I was desperate to find something gentle.
After the Live Clean debacle I couldn't use anything on my scalp because the open crusty sores stung like hell every time soap touched it. But if I didn't shampoo the oil and sweat build up would make me itch. It was horrible.
I went into Aveda to see if they had something gentle enough it would clean while healing my poor scalp.
I'm so happy to say that I'm about a month into my first bottle and 75% healed up! I only wash every second or third day as my hair is pretty dry, so it's lasting me forever. I love the scent, it smells earthy and subtle. And the clean is gentle enough to get work-out sweat out and product build-up off, yet not sting or irritate.
I love it and will use this for a long time. I think it's the perfect shampoo for a gentle balanced clean. I do color my hair and don't notice this affecting the color at all.
Overall I'd highly recommend this to anyone suffering an allergic reaction or needing a nice gentle shampoo.
I have fine hair, with an oily scalp and dry ends. My scalp is also sensitive and prone to itching. I needed a shampoo I could use occasionally to remove excess oil build-up and deal with my "itchy scalp" spells. I've tried other healthy scalp shampoos with little success, such as Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat. They only succeeded in drying out my scalp (and ends), which made the itching worse. I decided to try Scalp Benefits, and this has worked much better for me. It cleans away the excess oil and calms my scalp, without leaving it feeling dry. It doesn't strip my ends either. I use this every third or fourth shampoo, and since I've started using Scalp Benefits I've been able to keep itchy scalp at bay. I paid $15.50 plus tax for an 8.5-oz bottle, but given I don't use this every day the bottle will last me a long time. As a bonus, the shampoo has a pleasant herbal scent (not overwhelming) that leaves my hair smelling nice.
I wish I would have come to MUA and read reviews instead of reading reviews at the Aveda website. I have a horribly sensitive scalp that reacts to so many products. I went to an Aveda store armed with knowledge about this product and the SA suggested that I buy this shampoo, the matching and conditioner and Dry Remedy. (I ignored her). I think I know why she suggested the Dry Remedy, because this shampoo has made my hair SO DRY. I am still itchy, but not as bad as so many shampoos have made me. I wash my hair with it every few days with this, but I think I'm scaling back to once a week and alternating with another shampoo.I just don't have enough products in my shower (sarcasm). Will not purchase again.
Works well, love the smell. My scalp felt very good after using after a week. The only thing that was not great about it, the cost. I paid $70 for the big bottle. For that, I think it should have came with a pump.
I like this shampoo, it smells nice and it gets my hair clean. I don't have any scalp concerns, I just got scalp benefits because I like the smell better than shampure. I haven't had any problems and my hair seems just as healthy as with any other aveda shampoo. In the winter I trade off between this and dry remedy.
So far so good! I purchased the shampoo & conditioner almost a week ago, and I can say it's made about a 40% improvement on my scalp.
A little backstory: Back before I knew that I was allergic to avocados, I decided to give Garnier Fructise shampoo a try. The main ingredient in that shampoo is avocado oil. I couldn't pinpoint what it was at the time, but as soon as my scalp became painfully itchy and irritated, I stopped using the shampoo immediately, since it was the only thing in my routine that had changed. It's been about two years and since then, I've had this patch on my scalp that become relentlessly itchy and irritated. I was so grossed out by it, and I would honestly do my best not to scratch it, but I would wake up in the middle of the night, literally scratching my scalp to death in my sleep. It would often times get raw and, though it never bled, I could definitely tell there were slight open wounds from all the scratching.
Enter, Aveda Scalp Benefits shampoo & conditioner. I read millions of reviews before buying this because I didn't want to be disappointed. I was so excited at the thought of my scalp finally being normal and non-irritated. Though the patch is not completely healed--which I wouldn't expect it to be in less than a week--I can definitely feel a difference. It doesn't get itchy like it used to, and I don't scratch at it anymore since the itchiness is minimal. The smell of the shampoo was a little different than what I was used to, but I honestly love the scent and kind of wish it lingered in my hair a little longer. My hair looks and feels great, too, so by no means am I compromising the quality of my hair for the healthiness of my scalp. I will definitely update this review once I've used it for a little longer, but so far we're headed in the right direction (:
After years of denial, I have finally realized that I have some kind of scalp situation. It's probably something dandruff related. Most dandruff shampoos smell gross and left my hair feeling awfully dry and unmanageable. I'm giving the scalp benefits line a try before I go the RX route.
I'll review more later when I have more time with the products.
For the price, not that great. I hate the woodsy, manly smell that lingers in my hair all day. Does seem to make my frizzy hair with oily scalp somewhat softer and shinier - but not terribly impressive. There are better products out there - certainly better smelling ones.
The only reason I gave it a 4 is because of the price...when I buy both this and the conditioner together, my bill is over $90. Other than the price, I love this shampoo (and the conditioner)!! I have very oily hair. I was using "drugstore" shampoo and conditioners prior to using this. My hair would be greasy after an 8 hour work day. I was the type of person who would have to shampoo my hair again if I wanted to go out for drinks after work. Not anymore! This stuff really works wonders at keeping my oily hair at bay. Some people didn't like the smell, but I think it's actually quite nice!
I have used Aveda products for years. The Shampure was a go to for a while, but it began irritating my scalp, so I decided with the recommendation of my hairdresser to try the scalp benefits. Not until after I started using this shampoo did I develop dandruff and a VERY itchy scalp. I love the way it smells, but can't stand how it makes my scalp feel. Not getting this one again. I do like the rosemary shampoo however. Much more mild and non-irritating.