Sensitive, Flaky Scalp? Paraben & SLS free Melvita Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Regular readers will know I have a sensitive scalp and itches and flakes easily; as a result I avoid shampoos with SLS and Parabens whenever possible because they make my situation worse. Check out some other shampoos I recommend…

However, just because a shampoo is SLS free, it does’t mean it always suits my hair. Another thing that you have to accept with SLS free shampoos is that your hair may feel a lot rougher than when you are using a standard high street shampoo, like Pantene for example.

Anyway I am on a perpetual search for a brilliant shampoo and conditioner. I recently finished Melvita’s Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Tired Hair Conditioner:


The Anti-Dandruff Shampoo:

This anti-dandruff shampoo combines the cleansing properties of Propolis with the purifying qualities of Pine and essential oils of Juniper, Eucalyptus and Tea tree to re-balance the scalp.

The Tired Hair Conditioner:

This silicone-free conditioner helps repair and nourish tired hair damaged by excessive chemical colouring and heat styling. Its formulation combines the stimulating properties of carefully selectedTrace elements (Copper, Zinc and Magnesium) and the revitalising qualities of Sage and Rosemary essential oils.

What do I think of this Shampoo and Conditioner? Shiny Shiny!


I was surprised by how soft and shiny my hair looked after using these two products. Sometimes, when I use a scalp focused product, I don’t get as much shine as I’d like…The Shampoo is lovely – it contains Tea Tree and Eucalyptus which means that it’s tingly (but not overly so) and quite refreshing. I like my scalp to feel really clean and this makes it feel fresh without feeling tight.

As for flakes – after a few shampoos (about a weeks worth) I noticed less itchy bits = no flakes. If I don’t scratch, I don’t get any flaking!

I also found that leaving this on for a bit after lathering helps.


The Conditioner was quite nice but light textured. It smells of Rose essential oil which is lovely but basically, it was too light for my intensely dry and coloured hair. It didn’t get my knots out – so I would recommend this for women with thin or fine hair as it won’t weigh it down but not for people with thick, frizzy, wavy hair like mine.


Very nice I’d purchase the shampoo but choose a different conditioner next time, something more intensive.

Buy it here – Tired Conditioner and Dandruff Shampoo.

Shampoo Ingredients:

Aqua [Water], Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Betaine, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Water*, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Coco-Betaine, Inulin, Lactic Acid, Alcohol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Capryloyl Glycine, Cellulose Gum, Sodium PCA, Dicaprylyl Ether, Caramel, Levulinic Acid, Arginine, Glyceryl Oleate, Propolis Cera [Propolis Wax], Sodium Hydroxide, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil*, Juniperus Oxycedrus Wood Oil*, Sodium Levulinate, Gellan Gum, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil [Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil]*, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Hordeum Vulgare Extract*, Limonene**, Benzoic Acid.

Tired Hair Conditioner Ingredients:

Aqua [Water], Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water [Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water]*, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Oenothera Biennis Oil [Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil]*, Lauroyl Lysine, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil [Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil]*, Phospholipids, Lactic Acid, Glycine Soja Oil [Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil], Levulinic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Adiantum Capillus Veneris Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Levulinate, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Citronellol**, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glycolipids, Geraniol**, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil [Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil]*, Glycine Soja Sterol [Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterol], Salvia Officinalis Oil [Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil]*, Linalool**, Copper Gluconate, Magnesium PCA, Zinc Gluconate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate.

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  1. Patty says

    I have exactly the same problem with my itchy-flaky sensitive scalp. I will give this a try since it’s so hard to find something that doesn’t irritate my scalp, especially conditioners! One thing that I found was really good (and that I use since it hasn’t irritated my scalp) is Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. It is a bit of a fuss since you need to dilute the liquid soap and after you rinse your hair, you need to rinse it some more with water and vinegar (about a teaspoon of vinegar per pint of water will do) because otherwise the hair will feel hard and unmanagable. It is worth it though! And the hair smells lovely afterwords whichever of the soaps I use (they some in different scents).