REVIEW: Caffeine Scalp Treatment | Inkey List Haircare

Inkey List Haircare

July 6, 2020

Let’s talk Inkey List hair care! Many of you love their skincare range, and rightfully so! But recently, you may have noticed they released a range of haircare products! Here in the UK, the release was exclusive to Cult Beauty, and I managed to pick up some goodies: I purchased the Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment and the Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment. 

But today, I want to focus on just the Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment, as I have already finished the bottle!

Firstly, I just want to say that The Inkey List make some fantastic skincare products. I especially love their hyaluronic acid, kaolin clay mask, and the apple cider vinegar acid peel. But if I’m being honest, the Inkey List haircare range was not for me. 

It’s worth noting that I have short, fine hair, and I only wash my hair 2-3 times a month (usually every 10 days or so). And as I’m getting older, my hair is thinning even more – thanks genes!

So, trying to hold onto my youth forever, I love products that claim to stimulate follicles, improve hair growth, and reduce hair loss. Which this product claims to do!

Firstly, let’s talk packaging.

Not only are the bottles tiny (50ml), but the pump dispenser doesn’t seem appropriate. Usually, I love a pump for my shampoo/conditioner, but not for serums/treatments. As the consistency is so watery the product squirts everywhere, so you can’t be precise with your application. It’s near impossible to section your hair and dispense the product onto that section. Whereas a pipet applicator would have allowed you to pick up the right amount of product, and dispense it onto the area you require.

Now, let’s talk price!

£14.99 for a good quality product is a fantastic price point; it’s more expensive than the standard ones you’d find at Boots (Garnier, Umberto Giannini, Lee Stafford, etc) but cheaper than premium ones (Kérastase, Philip Kingsley). However, £14.99 for 50ml is not great value! Especially when The Inkey List suggest to using this every day for three months for a significant result.

So, does the Inkey List haircare work?

Possibly? I mean, it has Redensyl and Caffeine, which have studies to show results. But, usually the ingredients only work with consistent usage. So, you’re probably going to have to purchase a minimum of 5 or 6 bottles to see significant results. If you’re okay with that, then I would say go ahead and try it!

I would love to see The Inkey List reconsider their sizes; 50ml is not a lot of product and something along the lines of 150ml would be more appropriate. 

Now, I rated this post as a ‘C‘, as there wasn’t technically anything wrong with the product. It’s mainly the price point and packaging.

It’s worth noting, if you are a man and are struggling with hair loss/thinning hair, I’d suggest considering a prescription of Minoxidil. 

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