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Best hair products for men

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We’re committed to making the best hair products for men by constantly improving our product through research and clinical testing (more than 200 clinical tests and counting). All this has earned us the pretty impressive distinction of being the number one best-selling shampoo in the world* among men.

If you’re looking for a great dandruff shampoo for men, look no further! Our line-up features products that are specifically designed for male needs.

Ranking of hair and scalp conditions: what are US men most concerned about? Top 5 problems:

  1. Dandruff 26%

  2. Hair Loss 18%

  3. Hair Thinning 9%

  4. Itchy Scalp 9%

  5. Oily Scalp

(2013 Global Habits & Practices Survey, the Procter & Gamble Company)

Head & Shoulders combines clinically proven dandruff efficacy with solutions that tackle men’s top hair and scalp concerns:

  1. Thinning hair: Try Head & Shoulders Men Ultra Hair Booster Anti-Dandruff shampoo. This shampoo with caffeine will strengthen your hair to help it resist against premature hair loss due to dandruff and breakage.

  2. Itchy scalp: Regular use of Head & Shoulders is clinically proven to help eliminate scalp itch. In fact, Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care Shampoo with eucalyptus is specially designed to care for itchy scalp, with a cooling sensation that calms the scalp on contact, and the power to give you all-day comfort and relief in-between washes.

  3. Oily scalp: Head & Shoulders deeply cleans your scalp and hair to remove excess oil, while eliminating up to 94% of dandruff-causing irritants. Try Head & Shoulders Deep Cleanse Oil Control. It offers deep pore cleansing for up to 72h dandruff protection, fights oil and targets dandruff root cause.

Which hair products to avoid if you have dandruff 

While dandruff doesn’t react to any particular hair product, it’s still worth paying attention to what you’re putting in your hair.

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The good news is, hair products don’t generally have a negative reaction with dandruff. But they can still contribute to it.

Is your scalp sensitive?

People with a sensitive scalp can react to ingredients in ordinary hair care products that are normally pretty harmless, triggering symptoms like itch, irritation, and dry scalp flaking.

It’s often a case of trial and error. You can’t always know for sure how a certain product is going to affect your scalp, so you may need to try a few different things to work out what’s best for you.

The build-up problem

Using gels, mousses, hairsprays and waxes help style and keep your hair in place. Unfortunately if they’re not removed properly, styling products build up over time, trapping oil, dirt, and other substances close to your skin. 

These will break down over time, and when they do, they form new substances that may irritate your scalp.

If you already have dandruff, that can cause a flare up of itchiness and dry skin flakes.

The key to avoiding build up is making sure that you wash the product out thoroughly and regularly using shampoo.

That’s why we developed our deep cleaning shampoos like our Citrus Fresh Shampoo – it not only treats dandruff but gives a deep clean to get rid of any build-up.

How conditioners affect  dandruff

Conditioners are wonderful for keeping your hair moisturized, but did you know, they can actually make your dandruff shampoo less effective?

Typical cosmetic conditioners- or shampoos for that matter - can actually wash away the active ingredient in your anti-dandruff shampoo, meaning it’s less effective at getting rid of the problem.

This means that even if you’re treating dandruff, you may not be getting the full benefit of your anti-dandruff product, and dandruff problems continue.

If you’re prone to dandruff, make sure to use an anti-dandruff conditioneras the final step in your wash routine.

Keeping your scalp healthy

While products won’t cause dandruff itself, they could make some scalp conditions worse.

More hair care tips and advice

*P&G calculation based on Nielsen sales information July 2015-June 2016

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