To help get rid of dandruff flakes and prevent them from coming back, use an anti-dandruff shampoo every time you wash your hair.
The most effective anti-dandruff shampoos contain active ingredients which treat the root cause of dandruff, not just the symptoms, to help keep flakes from coming back.
They work to prevent the dandruff-causing microbe, Malassezia globosa, from producing scalp irritants. This means that in addition to removing visible flakes, they also work to help calm itching and irritation associated with dandruff.
You’ll find anti-dandruff active ingredients in all Head & Shoulders shampoos and conditioners
See our guide to Head & Shoulders ingredients
Other treatments tend to only tackle the symptoms. For example, anti-proliferation agents in coal tar are designed to slow the rate at which your skin cells renew, while salicylic acid is designed to help break down the skin clumps in your hair to reduce the visible signs of dandruff.
Don't forget your anti-dandruff conditioner
Did you know some conditioners can actually reduce the dandruff-fighting power of your shampoo?
That's why we always recommend you use an anti-dandruff conditioner if you have dandruff.
They have all the same conditioning ingredients to give you beautiful-looking, soft hair but they work hand-in-hand with Head & Shoulders shampoos to make sure they're effective in treating the common signs of dandruff.
What about anti-microbial protection?
New Head & Shoulders Anti-Microbial Daily Protect shampoo - the name says it all. It gives you daily protection against microbes* and, at the same time, targets dandruff root causes. It’s dermatologically tested, so you know you’re getting the superior standard of hygiene you're looking for.
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*Microbes related to dandruff