The Best Dandruff Shampoos That Actually Work

Robert Quick
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Photo credit: Westend61 - Getty Images

From Men's Health

Dandruff is one of the most common hair conditions that affects men, with an estimated 1 in 5 people expected to deal with it at some point in their lifetime. And while the light flakes might be a little embarrassing for some—especially if you’re wearing dark clothing—the condition is generally harmless.

Russell Maxwell, a barber and owner of Maxwells for Hair in Brooklyn, deals with it all the time. “It's so important to remind clients that this happens to everyone and educate them on treating it,” says Maxwell. A variety of factors, including changes in weather, stress, or even shampooing too frequently—Maxwell recommends washing your hair twice a week rather than daily—can lead to a dryer scalp, which then causes dandruff.

While it might be the most common hair condition among men, it’s also one of the easiest to treat. Most cases can be remedied easily at home, but it’s definitely worth visiting a dermatologist if the condition is severe. There’s a variety of dandruff shampoos and treatments available on the market for every hair type—we’ve rounded up some of the best.

Improving scalp health is the most crucial part of improving dandruff. This shampoo is made with antiseptic properties that address scalp sensitivity and promote healthy hair growth.

Zinc is the key ingredient in this dandruff fighting shampoo, while the eucalyptus extract soothes the scalp and provides a refreshing, but not overwhelming, scent.

Dry scalp is the most common cause of dandruff and this serum provides relief for dryness by exfoliating the scalp while revitalizing hair. It’s so full of powerful antioxidants and other ingredients that it only requires weekly application.

After Kiehl's discontinued its own dandruff shampoo, this product took its place. Equipped with coconut oil and amino acids, this mild shampoo is a convenient option that promotes a healthier scalp.

Beyond immediate dandruff relief, this shampoo eliminates the fungus that causes the hair condition. Plus, the clinical packaging definitely lends the product instant credibility.

A serious product for serious dandruff, this concentrated scalp serum targets dry hair with an arsenal of plant-based extracts. Unlike other serums, this one can be applied to a dry scalp before applying additional products.

This daily shampoo is loaded with ingredients like coconut extract, wheat protein, and vitamin E, which are essential for improving dryness.

Consider designing your own treatment shampoo. All you have to do is answer a brief yet thorough survey about your hair needs and Hawthorne will produce a custom treatment product specifically for you.

“I keep a great detoxifying shampoo in my shower for whenever my scalp is dry and irritated," says Maxwell. "This one is great to purify and balance the scalp.”

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