To 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 ingredients such as Zinc Pyrithione (ZPT), which treat the root cause of dandruff.
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 ZPT in all Head & Shoulders shampoos and conditioners
See our guide to Head & Shoulders ingredients
Other dandruff 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.
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