Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo Review

As I have mentioned in the past, I have psoriasis…on my scalp. Womp, womp. This means that I sporadically develop red, irritated patches on my scalp that peel, flake, and are generally painful. I’ll spare you the gross side details (you’re welcome). Psoriasis flares up on many people as the weather turns drier and mine is no exception, which means that my scalp is a hot mess right now. A hot, itchy, flaking, painful mess.

I had heard good things in general about Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo, but also heard that it has the potential to work wonders for dandruff and other dry scalp issues. Naturally, I was intrigued.

Courtesy of Paul Mitchell

Courtesy of Paul Mitchell

One or two customers (remember, I teach but also work retail) told me that they felt this shampoo “burned” their skin, but I was pretty sure that they were describing the tingling that was meant to occur. Undeterred, I purchased the liter.

Here are the details on the shampoo, courtesy of Paul Mitchell:

“Basics: Special ingredients and tea tree oil rid hair of impurities.

Benefits: Leaves hair full of vitality and luster.

Bonus: The refreshing tingle gives you a breath of fresh hair.

Details:  Natural tea tree oil, peppermint and lavender invigorate your scalp and leave hair smelling great. Color-safe formula.”

I used the shampoo multiple times with my Healthy Sexy Hair soy conditioner in order to get a true feel for the shampoo. I felt like I needed a little more of it than my regular shampoo, but I think that’s just because it doesn’t lather up as much. When I tried to use more one time, I ended up using too much and having gross hair because it couldn’t all wash out (so don’t do that). It has a clean, refreshing scent and tingles (not burns!) as it sits on the scalp. I find that it helps my psoriasis on days where it’s acting up some, but is certainly no miracle worker or cure. I can see this shampoo being a tad drying on regular hair/scalps if used daily, so I would suggest simply using it a few times a week for most people. I like the scent o f the tea tree, peppermint, and lavender, but my fiancé says it makes my hair smell like medicine. Pssh.

I got this on sale, so I can’t remember how much I paid for it. You can purchase the Tea Tree Special Shampoo and other Paul Mitchell products on the company website or at specialty retailers (salons, Ulta, etc.).

2 thoughts on “Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo Review

  1. I am very, very interested in trying this. I have a lot of scalp issues mostly because I have a very oily scalp and get dandruff as well. I hate using clarifying shampoos all the time, but I just can’t deal with an oily and flaky scalp. I know that I am way overwashing my hair (twice a day!), but I really can’t go even one day without washing my hair. If I find a good deal on this, I will definitely give it a try. I am just worried about the “medicine” smell because I am also sensitive to scents–peppermint being one of them.

    • I would go crazy if I washed my hair twice a day! It feels like such a fine line between taking care of the problem and exacerbating it. The scent doesn’t bother me but my fiancé absolutely hates it. I got it at Ulta during a liter sale, plus I had a coupon…worth a shot! Idk if I’d pay full price though.

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