I must say that unless it itches, I don't give my scalp much thought. Until recently that is. Now it seems that there is a scalp cleanser asking me it to buy it every time I turn my head. We've looked at a few and with exception of Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue haven't been all that impressed (Korres, too many iffy ingredients and Aesop, too fussy). If I was still wondering what the point of scalp cleansing (as opposed to hair washing) is, Alterna put me straight. Its Life Solutions Scalp Therapy will balance sebum. An end to grease in hot, humid weather. This was worth trying.

Simplicity is not Alterna's thing and I tend to find their exhaustive list of ingredients exhausting to contemplate. Most of them are worth getting to know, however. I wasn't surprised to see wasabi, which is almost Alterna's signature ingredient and features in their Caviar conditioner. There are powerful antioxidants in wasabia japonica called oxido-reductases. These include peroxidases and superoxide dismutase, responsible for the scavenging and neutralization of free radicals, principal factors contributing to the exogenous aging process. Polygonum multiflorum (Chinese knotweed) is an antioxidant that can repair UV damaged skin, according to research conducted on humans.

I believe that the sebum control is being done by the bromain and papain, enzymes from pineapple and papaya that are gentle exfoliants. Nymphaea alba is white waterlilly and this is an emollient with plenty of flavenoids. One of the few ingredients that can summon research to prove it helps hair is panax ginseng. There is a Korean study on mice that demonstrated ginseng accelerated the recovery of hair cells and prevented apoptosis in hair follicles.

This product isn't completely squeaky clean, there are few irritants that are restricted to rinse off products. Nonetheless, after using it, my scalp did feel as if it had been spring cleaned and two days later I don't even have a hint of greasy roots - unheard of in hot summer weather.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces Lysate Ferment, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Wasabia Japonica Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Melanin Silantriol, Superoxide Dismutase, Bromelain, Papain, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Algae Extract, Lactoferrin, Corn Oligosaccharides, Phospholipids, Phytosphingosine, Acetyl Methionine, Acetyl Serine, Amino Acyl tRNA Synthetase, Copper Lysl Oxidase, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Peroxidase, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Tyrosinase, Lentinus Edodes Tyrosinase, Retinyl Palmitate, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Menthol, Propylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene