Head & Shoulders shampoo ingredients: what’s in the bottle?



We believe that everyone who uses our products should be able to easily find out exactly what goes into them.

When creating our shampoos and conditioners, we have two main priorities: to ensure that they are safe and enjoyable for everyone to use, and equally to make sure they get rid of your dandruff and scalp worries.

Click on any shampoo type below to find a detailed list of the ingredients we use and why we use them.

ZINC PYRITHIONE SHAMPOOS

PIROCTONE OLAMINE SHAMPOOS

SELENIUM SULFIDE SHAMPOOS



Ingredients FAQ


Q: Are Methylisothiazolinone and/or Methylchloroisothiazolinone safe to use?
Yes, we strictly adhere to the stringent safety ranges established by global safety regulators and use these ingredients in rinse-off products such as shampoos which are highly diluted during and after use.

Q: Do your products contain Parabens? If so, are they safe to use?

We do not use Parabens in H&S.

Q: Is Sodium Laureth Sulphate safe to use?
Yes, we only use amounts within the safe ranges established by scientific and regulatory agencies. 

Q: Can Methylisothiazolinone and/or Methylchloroisothiazolinone cause allergies? 
We only use isothiazolinones in hair care, personal care cleansing, and household products with clearly established safe levels. We made this decision a number of years ago because isothiazolinones can cause skin allergy in some people with unique sensitivities when they are used at higher amounts in other types of products like leave on skin creams.

Q: Should I stop using products that contain Methylisothiazolinone and/or Methylchloroisothiazolinone if I have sensitive skin or a previous allergic reaction?
If you have a diagnosed allergy to Methylisothiazolinone and/or Methylchloroisothiazolinone, we suggest you consult your dermatologist for any further advice. 

For products containing Methylisothiazolinone and/or Methylchloroisothiazolinone, we strictly adhere to the stringent safety ranges established by global safety regulators and use these ingredients in rinse-off products such as shampoos which are highly diluted during and after use.

Q: Can Sodium Laureth Sulphate cause allergies? 
No. Sodium Laureth Sulphate is not an allergen.

Q: Does Head & Shoulders test products on animals?
We believe that eliminating animal testing is the right thing to do. We do not test our products on animals. In fact, animal testing on cosmetics is banned in Europe and we have not tested a finished product on animals in over a decade.

Q: Some companies claim to not test products or ingredients on animals. If they can, why can’t you?
In fact, we have not tested a finished product on animals in over a decade, but we choose not to make this claim because we want to be straight with you. Nearly every ingredient used in consumer products today has been tested in the past and some laws require animal testing still today. That’s why we’re putting so much effort behind developing non-animal alternatives, and working with global authorities for their acceptance as the most meaningful solution to ultimately eliminate research involving animals.

Q: Do you use External Business Partners to conduct animal testing for your products?
Eliminating animal testing is the right thing to do, and we do not ask Business Partners to test our products on our behalf.

Q: Do you test products in China?
In China, regulatory authorities do animal tests at their own discretion without any involvement of the manufacturer. These tests are scientifically unnecessary. That’s why we have been closely collaborating with international experts and Chinese authorities on the acceptance of safety assessments using non-animal tests. As a result of all of these efforts, Chinese authorities recently announced the acceptance of non-animal alternative safety assessments for a broad variety of products. We will continue to work with authorities on the acceptance of non-animal alternatives, in China and globally.