Umberto Giannini’s Scalp Restore Range is a brand NEW line formulated to nourish scalps and prevent dandruff. Since the beginning of 2020, I have really started to focus on scalp health and this line will fit right in with that focus.
As I do a lot of sport, my scalp can get quite a lot of sweat build up and I can get a dry, dandruffy, itchy scalp – yum. Sweat contains a lot of salt, which can dry out your hair and if left on the scalp too long, it can leave hair brittle and hinder growth. Bacteria can also build up over time, which could cause further scalp problems.
I was really excited to use Umberto Giannini’s new range to see if it would help the dandruff and itch I can get between wash days. Umberto Giannini is a hair care OG and a curly cult favourite, it’s amazing to see them offer even more choice over the years with development of products.
Some information about the products
The range is made up of three products that are designed to be used together. They are intended for help with dry, flaky or itchy scalps and are suitable for all hair types.
- A pre-shampoo Scalp Scrub
- A scalp restore, anti-dandruff Shampoo
- A scalp restore, anti-dandruff Conditioner
The range contains pineapple enzymes, which is claimed to reduce inflammation and is sometimes used as a natural remedy to treat some skin conditions. It also contains Piroctone olamine, a salt compound which has been clinically proven to remove dandruff and leave a flake free scalp. Here is some more information about the Scalp Restore Range
- Free from Sulphates, Silicones and Parabens.
- The shampoo contains some clarifying ingredients (Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate) so good for when you want a cleanse.
- The range contains coconut oil so great if your hair responds well to coconut ingredients (mine does!)
- Whole range is ‘Curly Girl Method’ approved
- Vegan and Cruelty Free
- The exfoliating material in the scrub is walnut shell powder, a great natural material.
Just look at this texture shot!
How to use it
The instructions state to start with the scalp scrub and apply to wet, pre-shampooed hair, focusing on dry scalp areas. It recommends leaving on for five minutes, wash it out, then shampoo and condition as normal.
I followed the steps above, first rinsing my hair of product and leaving it wet. I applied the scrub to my scalp, focusing on problem areas. As the scalp scrub has ‘bits’ in it, only a gentle manual scrub was needed and I made sure to use the pads of my fingers, rather than my finger nails to prevent any unnecessary damage to my scalp. The ‘bits’ are super fine, so it felt really gentle. I then used the shampoo and conditioner in the range.
Here is how my hair looked after washing and styling!
I styled my hair using some of my favourite styling products and I tried out some new ones too, but I’ll leave those for another post!
The range left my hair feeling clean and free from product build-up, which set a really good foundation for the rest of the styling process. The smell is incredible; it’s fruity, coconutty and fresh, like a good Pina Colada on a tropical beach…if only. The shampoo has a light lather and the conditioner left my hair shiny and it aided detangling. These are key properties I look for when using shampoo and conditioner, so I was really happy with how my hair felt once I’d got out of the shower. Head to my Instagram for the the wash day video!
For me, this product did what it claimed to do and that’s a win in my books! Most importantly, the results lasted over the course of the week, my scalp felt fresh and I noticed less dandruff and it stayed itch-free for longer than normal. I really enjoyed the scrub and will definitely be incorporating this into my routine every other week to maintain and promote scalp health.
If you don’t like pineapple or coconut scents, this product is not for you, but the scents were a delight for me and not too strong on application. The range is reasonably priced – at the time this blog was published the prices were: £9.25 for the scrub and £8.25 each for the shampoo and conditioner. Umberto Giannini often have promos and discounts on (at the time this blog was written, they were offering 3 for 2 on all their products) and are sold in Boots, so you can grab some as you’re topping up on other toiletries or online if you’d prefer the products were delivered to your home.
Overall, I think this is a great range with mindful ingredients that produce the results they claim to.
See below for my summary of who might enjoy this range so you can decide if it is suitable for your hair!
*This range was gifted to me by the wonderful Umberto Giannini team, with absolutely no obligation to post. All the views, as with all my reviews, are my own.
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