Best dandruff shampoos for a happy, flake free scalp
From everyday washes to intermittent treatments.
Dandruff isn’t just a bit embarrassing, it’s incredibly uncomfortable. There’s nothing worse than an itchy, irritated scalp, even without the insult of flakiness. Luckily, there’s a whole range of dandruff shampoos that clear away buildup and moisturize both your scalp and your hair—leaving your head itch-free and your locks silky smooth. We’ve chosen some of our favorites.
Nizoral is the most effective over-the-counter shampoo that you can buy. It’s got a smaller amount of the same active ingredient, ketoconazole, that’s in prescription anti-dandruff shampoos. Use it twice a week, between your regular shampoo schedule, to help combat itchiness and flakiness.
Head and Shoulders is the tried and true choice. This clarifying shampoo will remove dandruff buildup, leaving your scalp free of flakes, and is safe for daily use.
Because clarifying agents can strip hair of color, it can be tough to find a good dandruff shampoo for processed hair. While Redken is a great salon brand, regardless of hair processing, it’s an especially excellent choice for dyed hair. To get the best results, massage the product over your scalp and leave it in for five minutes before rinsing.
Oribe’s Serene Scalp Shampoo not only combats dandruff, but also leaves hair feeling soft and moisturized. Salicylic acid exfoliates the scalp and helps with itchiness, while pea sprout, orange, and lemon extracts work to moisturize your hair and scalp. It’s infused with Oribe’s signature Cote d’Azur scent.
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Sachajuan’s Scalp Shampoo uses a mix of lactic and salicylic acid to combat dandruff buildup, flakiness, and oil production. Rosemary oil, ginger, and menthol work to soothe an aggravated, itchy scalp. The scent is gender neutral, and the beautiful packaging gives off major Aesop vibes. This is the kind of bottle you’d want to show off.