The best shampoos for dandruff are the ones that will eradicate the irritatingly itchy flakes while also leaving your hair soft and colorful. Although you wish all of the materials you want would be in one bottle that is not always the case with dandruff shampoo. There are some dandruff shampoos that will leave your hair dry and limp without eliminating the itchy flakes. However, there are some of the dandruff shampoos that remove not only the dandruff, but leave your hair soft and voluminous.
According to Cosmopolitan.com, “50 million Americans have dandruff.”
Have you ever wondered what dandruff really is, well Cosmopolitan is going to tell you and it is not an attractive truth.
According to Cosmopolitan.com, “Dandruff is caused by a yeast on your scalp called malassezia, which is on all scalp (with or without dandruff) and not everyone’s responds to malassezia the same. The misconception about dandruff is that it is caused by dryness, when it is actually caused by excess oil. This excess oil causes extra oil to be produced on your scalp, which leads to more malassezia yeast and eventually becomes dandruff.”
Here are seven of the best shampoos to use for dandruff.
1. Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is the perfect shampoo to use for intense dandruff. You can get this bottle for $14.59 (15% off) on Amazon. Nizoral shampoo has good reviews on the Amazon website. For this shampoo to work, it needs to be used twice a week to keep the itchy flakes away.
According to Cosmopolitan.com, “Nizoral contains ketoconazole, which is an anti-fungal ingredient that is used in prescription dandruff medication.”
According to GoodHouseKeeping.com, “Nizoral is the boast of Amazon.com getting 4,000 good reviews and it is making it the retailer’s best-selling dandruff shampoo.”
2. Oribe Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Oribe Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is one of the best shampoos to use for color-treated hair while also eliminating the itchy flakes. This bottle of shampoo costs $46 on dermstore.com, but preserving your hair color is worth it whenever you spend a lot of money at the salon to get it done.
According to Cosmopolitan.com, “The shampoo has salicylic acid and is sulfate-free, which means it will remove the dandruff without stripping the color you paid for at the salon.”
3. Dove Derma-Care Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Dove Derma-Care Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is perfect to use for a really dry and itchy scalp. You can get the bottle for $4.89 on the Bed Bath & Beyond website or you could buy it at your local drugstore. If your scalp is really dry and you are scared that a medicated shampoo probably will not work, or it will make your hair drier, then try Dove Derma-Care’s shampoo.
According to Cosmopolitan.com, “The pyrithione zinc addresses your dandruff, but the formula is pH-balanced, meaning it will hydrate your hair and soothe your scalp with each wash.”
According to GoodHouseKeeping.com, “A New York City dermatologist says that this shampoo is the number one recommendation of all dandruff shampoos due to it containing pyrithione zinc in a 2% concentration.”
4. DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellular Water Cleansing Serum
DevaCurl is one of the best shampoos to use for curly hair, and finding the perfect one is not an easy task. There are cleansers that are too harsh by leaving your curls dry and limp with a limited amount of suds, which can leave you with an itchy and irritated scalp. You can buy this bottle for $28 at dermstore.com website.
According to Cosmopolitan.com, “The saving grace in this cleansing serum is the micellular water in the formula, which cleanses the scalp without stripping the curls of their natural oils.”
5. Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo
Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo is the perfect soothing shampoo for dandruff. The bottle costs $28 at the dermstore.com website. Dandruff shampoos have a reputation of making your hair dry, but this shampoo is different.
According to Cosmopolitan.com, “This shampoo calls on salicylic acid to gently remove the dandruff flakes.”
6. Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo
Neutrogena brand shampoo has carried a long line of anti-dandruff products such as T/Gel shampoo. T/Gel uses flake-fighting coal tar, which is known for slowing the dry skin from shedding and reducing the amount of itchy flakes on your scalp. This shampoo may darken light colored hair, so do not use this product if you have ginger hair or if you have blond hair.
7. Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Almond Oil Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care shampoo is one of the best shampoos to use because not only does it remove the itchy flakes, it leaves your hair refreshingly smooth after you are finished washing your hair. Their bottle costs $8.79 on Bed Bath & Beyond’s website or you could purchase it at your nearby drugstore.
According to Cosmopolitan.com, “The Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care shampoo uses pyrithione zinc plus the formula’s almond oil to also leave your hair silky and smooth post-cleansing.”
According to GoodHouseKeeping.com,”You could get the shampoo only, but if you get the shampoo and conditioner you will get powerful results. They both help remove the flakes, calm itching, relieve irritation, reduce the redness, and fight dryness. This Head & Shoulders duo contains the active ingredient zinc pyrithione, which works as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal treatment to reduce the amount of dandruff on your scalp.”
The best shampoos to use for dandruff are the seven shampoos that should not only eliminate the irritatingly itchy flakes, but they should also leave your hair soft and colorful after your hair is washed. Shampoos like Nizoral are the best to use for intense dandruff problems. There are shampoos like Oribe that are the best shampoos to use for colored hair. And there are also shampoos like DevaCurl that are the best to use for curly hair.
If you have dandruff issues, do not settle for the irritating flakes, try and solve the problem by getting a dandruff shampoo that is right for you.
My name is Kaitlin Felder. I graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional/Technical Writing in May 2019.