Royal Oils Collection from Head & Shoulders Review: Itchy Scalp from Protective Styles, Natural Hair, and All the Tea

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Here’s to confidently rocking middle parts without worrying about flakes telling on you! This post is in collaboration with Royal Oils Collection from Head & Shoulders. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’m trying to spend 2019 and beyond being able to part my hair in any direction. Don’t act like I’m the only one who has had to switch to a side part on like day three hair because my middle part was exposing my flakes. But see, I like most folks thought it was just product buildup sneaking in and rearing its ugly head trying to thwart my carefree hairstyling efforts. Nah, boo. That’s dandruff.

So I gave you guys a hair timeline a few posts back (go here if you missed it) and told you I was getting acclimated with the new Royal Oils Collection from Head & Shoulders. Previously, I, like many other people thought I had scalp health down, but my trip to P&G’s Scalp School had proven much like the big reveal on a trashy talk show, that was NOT the case. But again, I’m not alone as I mentioned in my previous post, we’re all born with the fungus that causes dandruff. Not to mention, can we talk about the itchiness that can come from protective styles? Which, when I think about it, protective styles are meant to protect our hair but many of them irritate our scalps. Maybe we need to call them “semi-protective” styles?

But anyway, I’ve been testing out the Royal Oils Collection for a few months now. I’ve used it on my natural hair as well as with sew-in weaves. You know, healthy hair grows from a healthy scalp so I needed to get in on this. The thing with too many lines dedicated to scalp treatment though is that they can dry out our hair. Like look, man, I JUST like two years ago got a moisturizing routine down that *keeps* my hair moisturized, I can’t spite my hair and dry it out because I’m looking to soothe my scalp. Can’t I keep the same energy for both?

Thankfully though the Royal Oils Collection worked in seamlessly with whatever hairstyle I threw at it: sew-ins, wigs, my natural hair (it also works for relaxed hair, locs, and braids). The line was created by a group of black P&G scientists (I met one of them and talked to her here), aka people who understand firsthand why we pick up inanimate objects at random points of the day to get at that itch embedded in our weaves and braids. The thing with treating dandruff is that the chemical that helps fight it (zinc pyrithione aka ZPT) needs to be on the scalp. Now if you wash and condition your hair multiple times a week with a dandruff shampoo, you’re applying ZPT often enough that it’s continuously working on the scalp. Thing is, our already dry hair shouldn’t be manipulated that often so the scientists were tasked with figuring out a way to get the ZPT on our scalp WITHOUT meddling with our coifs. The answer came in many forms but one in particular is my hero product in the Royal Oils Collection (like seriously it’s curbed my itchy scalp issues by at least 85%): Daily Moisture Scalp Cream. I’ve gone through at least two bottles already.

But let’s talk about the collection. The products in the collection are created to work in tangent with each other to ensure the ZPT is continuously on the scalp doing its thing to soothe itch and fight dandruff.

Royal Oils Moisture Boost Shampoo
I have type 4 hair (closest to 4C) and if a shampoo isn’t hydrating, it can cause my hair to tangle, dry out, and that in turn can cause it to break. I love that the Royal Oils Moisture Boost Shampoo has a rich, creamy lather that got my hair clean without tangling it or drying it out. I also loved that it has a nice soft scent—the whole line does and it isn’t some overpowering medicine-y smell. Thank goodness—I just got a kitten (I named him Katt Williams…lol) and you know how cats are very curious about scent and I don’t need him all on my head because he’s attracted to that heavy medicinal scent.

Royal Oils Moisture Renewal Conditioner
I wash my hair in sections to prevent tangling and just to make my life easier because although my hair isn’t miles long, I have A LOT of it. Also before I wash my hair, I like to massage conditioner in it to ease out any tangles and make my shampoo easier. I love how the Royal Oils Moisture Renewal Conditioner makes my hair feel smooth and soft whether I use it as a prep for shampoo or after my shampoo. It also helps to keep my hair tangle-free while soothing my scalp.

Royal Oils Moisturizing Co-Wash
I’m not much of a co-wash user—I might use them to cleanse my extensions or clip-ins, but I can definitely see the Royal Oils Moisturizing Co-Wash being handy especially for those who are very active or who sweat from the scalp often and need frequent cleansing without stripping the hair.

Royal Oils Deep Moisture Masque
I love the Royal Oils Deep Moisture Masque for deep moisture. My hair feels amazingly soft and prepped for my next styling steps.

Royal Oils Daily Moisture Scalp Cream
The Royal Oils Daily Moisture Scalp Cream is my holy grail scalp treatment product. The bottle makes it easy to apply whether you have braids, relaxed hair, locs, a sew-in or rocking your natural hair. It instantly soothes the scalp and has helped reduce my itchiness by at least 85%. I love that it can be used daily and won’t interfere with your style—I especially love that it doesn’t cause my hair to revert when I have my natural kinky hair heat styled straight.

Royal Oils Instant Soothe Scalp Elixir

The Royal Oils Daily Moisture Scalp Elixir typically comes in handy when you have a fresh sew-in or braids when it’s not as easy to get to the scalp since it’s a spray applicator. The Royal Oils Instant Soothe Scalp Elixir is a staple for instantly soothing the scalp with cooling menthol and peppermint oil especially when you’re wearing locs, braids, relaxed hair, or a sew-in.

Overall I’m quite impressed with the Royal Oils Collection. As I mentioned, the products in the collection are crafted to work in tangent with each other. But if you already have a routine down, you can incorporate the Royal Oils Daily Moisture Scalp Cream and/or Royal Oils Instant Soothe Scalp Elixir to help with protective style itch.

The Royal Oils Collection from Head & Shoulders is now available in-store and at! Have questions for me about the line? Ask them below!

Have you tried the Royal Oils Collection? Would you? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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2 Responses to Royal Oils Collection from Head & Shoulders Review: Itchy Scalp from Protective Styles, Natural Hair, and All the Tea

  1. Do you personally know anyone with locs who has tried the line? I’m curious about the two scalp products but will probably pick up the shampoo and conditioner and try it the next time I visit my loctian.

    • Danielle says:

      Hey! I don’t—but I’d be under the impression that scalp is scalp especially when it comes to the scalp elixir and the scalp cream. The maintenance products (shampoo, conditioner, co-wash, mask) are formulated with ZPT to treat dandruff, but are also formulated to moisturize the hair.

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