This Cleansing Combo Just Answered My Tight, Dry Scalp Woes

To say this winter has been rough on my scalp would be an understatement. While dandruff isn’t an issue, no matter how much water I drink or concoctions I spray on, my scalp has stayed thirsty. So, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out Dove’s new DermaScalp Series which promised to be the answer to my tight, dry scalp issues.

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And, with Unilever hair expert and celeb stylist Ursula Stephen cosigning, I was sold before I even arrived at her namesake Ursula Stephen The Salon in Brooklyn. Not only is she behind the manes of such divas as Rihanna and Kerry Washington, if you follow her on social media then you know she is as real as her talent.


The famed stylist took down my two-strand twists and gave me an amazing wash while we talked about the new line. She used the Invigorating Mint 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, massaging my scalp and followed up with the Anti-Dandruff Dryness & Itch-Relief Conditioner. “I want to keep you moisturized every second” of the wash process, she said.

Dove DermaCare Scalp Series

Dove DermaCare Scalp Series – Invigorating Mint 2 in 1 Shampoo & Anti-Dandruff Conditioner

She also explained how the series is formulated to help women of color actually treat dandruff while also promoting healthy hair – something that has been missing from scalp treatments.

“You want to be able to use a product that is for dandruff, but not have go to and use something else just to soften it back up,” said Ursula. “If you are going to use a system, you want to use system because it works. This is actually working and it’s leaving the hair moisturized. That’s the key message. We’re moisturizing the hair in addition to treating the scalp.”

I must admit, my hair felt amazing. My scalp wasn’t irritated and my hair didn’t feel dry or weighted down. It actually felt minty fresh and there were no issues with detangling or blowing out my hair. In fact, the only other products used were a styling serum to protect from the heat and a flexible holding spray to keep my strands in place.

Stephenetta (isis) Harmon x Dove DermaCare

After it was flat-ironed, I did feel a little naked, though, as I haven’t gotten a press out since 2003 (seriously). But, Ursula came through with her scissor-magic to give me the best chopped and layered bob I have ever had. And, even after running through the rain, my hair was just as sleek and bouncy the next day. The best part? My scalp still isn’t tight or dry!

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. founder of Sadiaa and editor for HypeHair.com.