FAQ: HEAD AND SHOULDERS SHAMPOO INGREDIENTS - KNOW WHAT'S IN THE PRODUCT
Our priority is to ensure that the ingredients we use in our products are safe for you and your family. We believe that consumers have the right to have access to all information available about the ingredients of the products they use.
We also believe a great dandruff shampoo should do more than remove flakes. That’s why we infuse every shampoo with essential aesthetics enhancing elements, like rich moisturizers and great fragrances, so they can be effective against dandruff, yet gentle and nourishing for the hair.
Below you will find a detailed list of the ingredients we use and the reasons we use them.
Water, or Aqua – this is used to blend together all the other ingredients. The right balance of water is essential to achieve the perfect shampoo consistency and help it’s even spread throughout the hair. Water used in our shampoos goes through a special process to make it exceptionally pure.
2. DANDRUFF-PREVENTING INGREDIENT
Pyrithione Zinc (ZPT) – our key active ingredient, ZPT helps prevent the microbe , Malassezia globosa, the main dandruff-causing microbe, from forming by-products from the sebum on the scalp which causes irritation. All ZPT shampoos are not the same Pyrithione Zinc (ZPT) – our key active ingredient, ZPT helps prevent the microbe Malassezia globosa, the main dandruff-causing microbe, from forming by-products from the sebum on the scalp which causes irritation. All ZPT shampoos are not the same though – we use a unique, highly effective form of ZPT so it fights flakes better than store brands.1.
3. OUR SPECIAL INGREDIENT
Zinc carbonate – Head & Shoulders is the only dandruff shampoo to contain zinc carbonate too. It helps fight flakes better by moisturizing the scalp and paired with i ZPT, helps keep the dandruff-fighting ingredient in its most effective form.
4. CLEANSERS AND LATHER-BUILDING AGENTS
A major function of any shampoo is to trap oil and dirt in the hair and the scalp so that it can be rinsed ii away in the shower. Head & Shoulders typically uses a blend of cleansers, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, to get the right balance of both cleansing and nourishment of hair and scalp due to its mildness.
Other lathering agents like Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA , or Cetyl Alcohol are added to make the lather rich, creamy, and easy to spread across your scalp and throughout your hair.
5. MOISTURISING AND HAIR CONDITIONING
Head & Shoulders shampoos are enriched with key nourishing ingredients. The levels of iii these are tailored differently across different product versions to address varying hair needs:
Dimethicone –microscopic droplets of dimethicone in the shampoo are released onto each hair fiber during rinsing. When hair is dry, these droplets smooth and protect the hair cuticle, keeping hair soft and shiny.
Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, and Polyquaternium-10 these conditioning ingredients cushion hair fibers– especially when hair is wet. They help to prevent hair tangles, and make it more manageable.
Glycerin- some products in our line contain this ingredient, which helps seal in skin moisture.
Glycol distearate performs the vital job of keeping all the shampoo ingredients ‘blended and suspended’ inside the bottle so every drop has the right blend of ingredients.
Magnesium carbonate hydroxide this is used to stabilize the zinc carbonate
These preservatives protect the shampoo from microbial contamination:
Sodium benzoate and benzyl alcohol - preservatives like these are used while the shampoo is being made, to prevent the raw ingredients from becoming contaminated.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone, and methylisothiazolinone - this pair of preservatives are added at the end of the shampoo-making process. Their job of these preservatives is to protect the shampoo when the bottle is stored for a long duration.
Learn more about preservatives from Procter & Gamble, the maker of Head & Shoulders
8. TEXTURE AND CONSISTENCY
Sodium chloride and sodium xylenesulfonate this pair of ingredients is used to adjust shampoo thickness at the very end of production, until it has the right texture. Too thick? Add Sodium Xylenesulfonate. Too thin? Add Sodium Chloride (also known as common table salt!).
9. COLOR, FRAGRANCE AND PLANT ESSENCES
To make your shower experience more pleasant, Head & Shoulders adds custom blends of color, plant essences, and fantastic, long-lasting scents ranging from fresh apple to cool mint, to keep your hair smelling great all day long.
More about color, fragrance and plant essences
10. pH ADJUSTMENT:
Every shampoo must achieve the right pH balance; sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid can be added until the shampoo is at the target pH. These ingredients are actually not present in the finished shampoo, because once they’re added they transform into salt and water.
11. STARTING INGREDIENT QUALITY:
Some compounds are added to our starting materials before we receive them. Their role is to protect the quality, consistency & performance of the ingredients we use, before they get added to the shampoo.
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1 vs. leading store brand with 1% pyrithione zinc