Head & Shoulders


OUR HISTORY
Our story, like all good stories, has a hero and a villain. Whilst you are probably familiar with the villain – dandruff – it’s time to meet our story’s hero.
THE EVOLUTION OF HEAD & SHOULDERS
From our original cream formula to the world’s number one anti-dandruff shampoo.
1948

Dr Parran joins
Procter & Gamble

1961

After 10 years of
clinical trials, Head &
Shoulders is born

1975

We turn our formula into a shampoo.
Not only is it clinically proven to
fight dandruff, it smells good too!

2002

We crack the genetic code
of Malassezia globosa,
the dandruff-causing fungus

NOW

With over 500 experts around the world, we’re as committed as ever to improving our shampoos and conditioners to make them the best they can be

In 1949, John Parran Jr, a chemical engineer and bacteriologist from the University of Tennessee, joined Procter & Gamble. His task was simple – free the world from dandruff.

Back then the solutions to remove dandruff, like coal-tar and egg-oil, were unpleasant and even if they worked, they would damage your hair.

Dr Parran wanted to create an effective solution to the problem of dandruff that didn’t harm your hair and was a lot more pleasant to use.

THE EUREKA MOMENT

In 1961, after ten years of clinical trials, Dr Parran and his team of scientists singled out a potent compound that proved successful in removing dandruff.

Their product, codenamed Head & Shoulders, was finally ready to test in the market. It proved so successful that it was launched across America the following year.

When the product came out, it was a cream formula – but we knew we could make it even easier and more pleasant to use. So we went back to the lab and spent years reformulating the product.

By 1975, we had crafted a shampoo clinically-proven to remove dandruff with a pleasant fragrance. In fact, it was so effective and enjoyable to use that it soon became the world’s number one shampoo – and it still is today.

Scientific research has always been a key part of our work to rid the world of dandruff, but new technologies have allowed us to go further than Dr Parran could have imagined.

In 2002, we cracked the genetic code of the dandruff-causing fungus, Malassezia globosa. That meant we could go beyond getting rid of flakes, and treat the root cause of dandruff.

Since then, we’ve expanded our goals. Now, we don’t just fight dandruff – we aim to give everyone a healthy scalp and great-looking hair as well.

Our story doesn’t finish there, though.

Even now, we’re constantly striving to improve our formula because we’re dedicated to making it better and better with every new scientific discovery – something we think Dr Parran and his original team of pioneers would be thoroughly proud of.

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