There’s no doubt that dandruff is uncomfortable, from redness and irritation to white flakes, dandruff can impact your confidence and well-being. In fact, a dry, itchy scalp is nothing to be ashamed of! 65% of the population worldwide have experienced dandruff at some point in their life and luckily for us, it’s relatively easy to treat.
As someone who suffers from extreme dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, I understand the struggle. But the truth is, the efficiency of dandruff shampoos and treatments differ from person to person. The market is filled with formulas created for different symptoms and hair types, all leaving your locks with a unique finish and look.
So, in order to ease your search for the perfect remedy, we’ve teamed up with beauty experts suffering from dandruff to answer the question ‘Which dandruff shampoo is the best?’
Why Does Dandruff Occur?
We all produce Malassezia globosa, which breaks down the natural oils in your hair, producing oleic acid. Around 50% of the population are irritated by oleic acid, this reaction can cause anything from itching, dryness and redness. In an attempt to remove this irritation, your skin cells renew leading to shedding and white flakes.
Not sure if you have dandruff? Read our guide to common scalp concerns:
1. The Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo:
Hair Type: Thick hair with a sensitive scalp prone to psoriasis.
Products Tried: The Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo
Due to my battle with psoriasis, I’ve tried a lot of shampoos! I’m currently on prescribed shampoo. But the Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo pleasantly surprised me, its soothing blend of rosemary oil, menthol, ginger and salicylic acid calmed and comforted my scalp, whilst leaving a fresh, clean scent to my hair.
Sachajuan’s Scalp Shampoo has meant that I don’t need to rely on my prescription shampoo as often – which is a massive relief for me! Although my scalp did become slightly itchy after a full week’s use, it’s not enough to put me off using it, as it’s the best non-prescription anti-dandruff shampoo I’ve tried. My top tips for anyone suffering from oily dandruff would be to resist the urge to wash your hair every day and ensure you let your shampoo work its magic, by letting it sit for 1-2 minutes before rinsing. Last but not least, if it’s painful or bleeding, go to your GP.
Star Rating: ★★★★★/5
2. The Klorane Peony Collection:
Hair Type: Long fine hair with a sensitive scalp prone to psoriasis.
Products Tried: Klorane Peony Soothing Shampoo and Conditioner.
I’m quite picky with shampoo for my sensitive scalp – I wash my fine, shoulder-length hair around 3 times a week so it’s important to me that my shampoo cleans my hair effectively and doesn’t irritate my sensitive scalp. The Klorane Peony range ticks all those boxes. A little goes a long way, it lathers up quickly and smells divine – like subtle peonies but not overpowering. My hair feels squeaky clean after use and has no sign of scalp irritation!
I was surprised to see the nozzle for the conditioner was so narrow, but I realised this was to apply directly to the roots! The texture is a very light gel so there was no weight to my hair and the smoothing results are immediate. I usually notice some sort of irritation when I introduce a new shampoo but this range leaves my scalp happy and clean.
Star Rating: ★★★★/5
3. The Pharmaceris H Purin Shampoo & Stimupeel:
Hair Type: Thick, wavy hair that’s prone to dandruff.
Products Tried: Pharmaceris specialist anti-dandruff shampoo, conditioner and cleansing peel.
The Pharmaceris shampoo has a pleasant scent that lingers, it lathers well and it’s easy to wash out. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling weighed down and leaves it feeling clean. In terms of preventing dandruff, I can’t say it has massively helped although an improvement may be something that could be noted in the long term.
The Pharmaceris peel has a nice consistency and is easy to massage into the scalp. The peeling particles wash away easily and do not get tangled in the hair. I would highly recommend it if you have an oily scalp as it reduces build-up and makes hair washing a whole lot easier. Overall, I would say that the pair work well together and are great value products.
Star Rating: ★★★/5
4. Dercos Anti-Dandruff Advanced Action Shampoo:
Hair Type: Dry hair with a dry, itchy scalp.
Products Tried: Dercos Anti-Dandruff Advanced Action Shampoo.
My addiction to dry shampoo often leaves me with an itchy sensitive scalp, which combined with a patch of dry skin at the front of my hairline means that I try a lot of shampoos to tackle my issues. The Dercos treatment not only immediately soothed my scalp from itching, but it treated the dry skin quicker than any other products I have used before – within two washes my scalp was back to normal & left my dry hair incredibly soft & shiny.
I have found that similar shampoos often smell very questionable & leave the scent on your hair, this smells really fresh so isn’t a chore to use, which is vital when maintaining the results weekly.
My hair is flake-free, smelling fresh & feeling soft.
Star Rating: ★★★★★/5