Written on: Aug 27, 2018 By: Shari Hicks-Graham
Many of us seek relief for dry, itchy scalp with dandruff products, but that can be tricky. For starters, most scalp treatment products have some undesirable side effects like hair dryness, and the dreaded medicinal smell. Before jumping from product to product, however, remember that it’s important to determine why you may have an irritated scalp. Sometimes it may relate to simple dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis), chemical treatments, hair color, tight styles, or other medical conditions like psoriasis or eczema. It’s always a good idea to establish a proper diagnosis, so please visit a board-certified dermatologist if you have persistent hair or scalp troubles!
I worked for years to formulate an effective system of products with specialized ingredients while still being gentle and moisturizing on hair because the symptoms related to scalp irritation are emotionally and physically frustrating. Dandruff affects roughly half of the US adult population at some time in their life with roughly 10% of the population suffering from seborrheic dermatitis. It takes a unique formula to really strike a balance between efficacy and cosmetic desirability and we believe LivSo meets the mark better than anything else I have recommended. The LivSo Moisturizing Shampoo incorporates many specialized ingredients and one of the most unique and important of which is xylitol. Xylitol is an active ingredient which has been shown to combat yeast and promotes healthy skin.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is a unique way to fight the growth of Malassezia, a type of yeast that can grow on the scalp and can lead to symptoms such as dry, itchy scalp and flakes. It is a unique ingredient in the LivSo shampoo system, which is laser-focused on preventing dryness and flakiness on the scalp while keeping the hair healthy and moisturized. Xylitol can be found naturally in certain plants and trees such as the birch tree. It has many common uses in ingestible consumer products like gum, candy, and mints; however, it also has been shown to increase collagen production and hydrate the skin. We believe it contributes largely to our products’ efficacy. If you have tried other products containing zinc pyrithione or other traditional dandruff fighting ingredients like selenium sulfide, ask yourself if LivSo works better & let us know!
Our unique 3-step system of products which includes the Moisturizing Shampoo has been proven to be effective in alleviating scalp irritation during an independent 12-week study. 97% of people who used the system for 12 weeks believed it was the best system they had ever used to treat their dry hair and scalp. In addition, after 12 weeks, the average improvement in scalp irritation was 78%. I am extremely proud that our unique formula, which includes the yeast-fighting ingredient, xylitol, helped produce these inspiring results. I have observed that my patients with dry, itchy scalp feel more relief now, regardless of hair type or ethnic background. For those of you who have already experienced a similar improvement in scalp discomfort - congratulations and thank you for your business. If you know of anyone who could benefit from LivSo, please share this blog with them. Ask yourself how LivSo compares and let us know!
Live free and clear,
Shari Hicks-Graham, MD, FAAD
Of course, all of our products are carried here at livso.com. Alternatively, you can also purchase our products at the following retailers, salons, and barbershops. Check back frequently as our stocklist continues to grow.
Ambushed Salon - Gahanna, Ohio
Adrian Fanus Grooming - Brooklyn, New York
DTLA Cuts - Los Angeles, California
Downtown Dermatology - Columbus, Ohio
Ms. Melanin Beauty Supply & Salon - Canal Winchester, Ohio
Panache Hair Designs - Oak Park, Illinois
Skin Specialty Dermatology - New York, New York
Skin Wellness Center of Alabama - Homewood, Alabama
Willis Beauty Supply Co - Columbus, Ohio
W Style Lounge - Columbus, Ohio
If you are a professional stylist, barber, or retailer and would like to carry our LivSo products please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes! We offer samples for $2 each on our website. Each sample includes a 0.33 oz package of each of our three products. There is no limit to the number of samples you can purchase. You may require more than one sample depending on the length and thickness of your hair and how many times you would like to use each product. Samples are a great way to introduce friends and family to the product line as well!
We fulfill orders within 48 hours and once an order is shipped, shipping time is typically 2-3 business days.
Moisturizing Shampoo - Apply to wet scalp and hair, lather and rinse. Repeat once or twice as needed. Our gentle, sulfate-free formula is intended to effectively cleanse without overdrying your hair and skin. Massaging the scalp while applying is also recommended to improve circulation throughout the scalp. Use at least weekly for best results. Be careful to avoid direct contact with eyes. View a quick tutorial video here.
Moisturizing Conditioner - Apply to scalp and hair for at least three minutes, detangle or comb gently using a wide-toothed comb, then rinse out completely. Be careful to avoid direct contact with eyes. View quick tutorial video here.
Moisturizing Lotion - Apply to scalp after washing and conditioning, before drying & styling hair. May also apply to scalp daily as a moisturizer. This product also works well on the hair itself for extra moisturization to improve manageability. View a quick tutorial video here.
The products are designed to be used at least once per week but may be used as often as three times per week depending on your hair and scalp condition and moisturizing needs.
Yes! The Moisturizing Lotion is a versatile product. Although it is formulated to be a light moisturizer applied directly to the scalp to alleviate dryness and itchiness, many use it directly on the hair for additional hydration from the roots to the tips. Men also find it useful to moisturize their beards without leaving their hair with an oily finish or strong fragrance.
Yes. Although we did not do a unique test for color safety, we are familiar with all of our ingredients and have yet to receive feedback relating to issues with use on color treated hair.
Our independent clinical trial consisted of only adult participants. Please be advised that our products do not have a tear-free formula and they were not studied for use on children. Be careful to avoid direct contact with the eyes.
LivSo was designed for people with dry itchy scalp and curly or textured hair, regardless of ethnicity or gender. If you have a textured hair type that dries out easily with typical dandruff shampoos or sulfate products, this product is for you. Curly or textured hair, by nature, requires more moisture to prevent breakage, splitting and ensure its luster. The cuticle of curly and textured hair tends to be more ruffled as opposed to flat, which prevents oil from the scalp from wicking from the root to the tip of the hair causing it to look and feel drier.
Beyond those who have dry, itchy scalp, if you have dry curly hair, our products were expertly crafted to promote scalp health and meet your hair cleansing and moisturizing needs.
To our friends with straight hair and dry, itchy scalp, LivSo products are formulated to meet your needs as well. Our line of products may feel more moisturizing than alternative products without a focus on hydration, but they will still work to alleviate dry itchy scalp.
Creating products that are safe and gentle for your skin and hair without compromising efficacy is our highest priority. We include numerous natural ingredients in all of our products but we do not focus on being all-natural because natural elements and therefore natural products may not necessarily be safe and gentle. Our products are gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and are not derived from animals in any way.
Acetyl alcohol will not dry out your hair, in fact, it does just the opposite. Acetyl alcohol is a conditioning agent and a fatty alcohol, which actually has a moisturizing effect on the hair and skin as opposed to isopropyl alcohol, which is your common rubbing alcohol.
Glycolic acid is a valuable and effective ingredient included in our Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner and can increase photosensitivity on the skin. As such, we want to ensure that those with sun sensitivity are aware of its presence. We believe sunburn risk from using these products is still fairly low because the hair on the scalp protects the scalp from being exposed to direct sunlight. If you are wearing a protective style where parts of your scalp is exposed or if have a very short haircut, we advise that you apply sunscreen on any exposed areas.
Roughly two years.
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