10 Best Dandruff Shampoos 2020 Guide For You!

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10 Best Dandruff Shampoos 2020 Guide For You!

In this article, 10 Best Dandruff Shampoos 2020 Guide, I will define the word dandruff, how you can get rid of it, whether there is a cure for it, as well as suggest natural remedies and premade dandruff hair products to help find a solution for this issue. I welcome your suggestions as well in the form of comments at the end of the article. Let’ begin.

What Is Dandruff?

According to Wikipedia, ‘Dandruff a skin condition that affects mainly the scalp. Symptoms include flaking and sometimes mild itchiness. It can result in social or self-esteem problems. A more severe form of the condition, which includes inflammation of the skin, is known as seborrheic dermatitis.’[1]

In other words, the old, dry skin cells that flake off the scalp is dandruff. Those same flakes can be small pieces or sometimes big pieces; sometimes the dry skin will break away from the scalp without any hair strands attached and sometimes, it can break away from the scalp with a few strands of hair attached to it. This is usually the more severe case of dandruff.

The fungus P.ovale is normally found on every human head. Climate, heredity, diet, hormones and stress impact how your body reacts to it. For people who suffer from bouts of dandruff, the natural process of scalp-cell renewal is accelerated when fighting off P. ovale, causing dead cells to fall off faster. This is a leading cause of dandruff and all the symptoms that go with it – the flaking, scaling and itching.

How Can You Get Rid Of It?

Dandruff is in no way a nice look at all. So this brings us to the million dollar question: how do we get rid of it? As there are quite a few reasons that there is dandruff and it might not be that easy or simple to make it ‘disappear’.

The more common reasons people have dandruff are:

  • Poor healthcare/hygiene habits
  • Inadequate moisture retention or provision
  • Genetics
  • Harsh hair products that constantly irritate your scalp and cause dryness and discomfort
  • External fungus or bacteria

In the long term, if dandruff seems to have ‘taken up full-time residence’ on your scalp, then you might want to consult with a dermatologist or trichologist to see if there needs to be more concise medical intervention.

Is There A Cure?

To date, there is no cure, per se, for dandruff. There are treatments that you can try and hope that they will reduce the itching or redness and general discomfort that can sometimes be associated with dandruff. Medicated shampoos are the more common forms of treating dandruff. These anti-dandruff or anti-fungal shampoos may contain any of the listed ingredients below, and have been known to help provide relief:

  • Ketoconazole
  • Selenium sulfide
  • Zinc pyrithione
  • Coal tar
  • Salicylic acids
  • Tea tree oil

It helps if you read the labels of any dandruff product you choose to use as well.

Natural Remedies

Of course, there are some home remedies which can also help the itching and the general discomfort. I must warn you that in following any suggestions here, please consult with a medical representative as this is not a source of medical advice. Home remedies will also take some time and consistent treatments before you may start seeing noticeable results.

Neem or Indian Lilac Hair Rinse

In India, the neem plant is a very common herb that is used to help hair loss and relieve itchy scalp.

Just use a handful of neem leaves and make a tea with it. Let the tea infuse for about 15 minutes. Once it is cool, strain it, and use it as a hair rinse at least two or three times a week after you cleanse your hair.

Coconut and Rosemary Scalp Oil

Everyone knows about coconut oil and its anti-bacterial properties. Rosemary also has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. These two oils combined will ‘amp’ up the effect of cleansing your scalp as well as helping with hair growth.

Make a scalp oil mix using 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 teaspoon rosemary essential oil and mix completely. Massage the oil into the scalp. You can let it remain on the scalp for about 20minutes -one hour or even overnight, then rinse and continue with your hair routine. Do this at least once a week to see results.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar is well-known to help balance the pH balance of the scalp once applied. It also helps to inhibit the growth of yeast on the scalp as well as works as a cleansing agent. Just mix 2 tablespoons ACV, 2 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon tea tree essential oil together.

Massage the scalp. Cover the hair with a plastic cap for 15 minutes. Rinse. Do this twice a week to see results. Also, you can also do an ACV rinse by combining equal parts of ACV and water in a 1:1 ratio, and simple rinse. There is no need to do anything after. Your hair will be shiny and clean. You will not smell the ACV once your hair dries.

Baking Soda Cleanse

You can also use baking soda to exfoliate your scalp. It will help to remove the dead cells and reduce the growth of fungi on the scalp. Simply combine 2 tablespoons baking soda, 2 tablespoons ACV, and 4 ozs water.

Massage onto the scalp and let it remain on the scalp for a few minutes before rinsing. You can cleanse your hair as usual after and also do a deep-conditioning treatment to help moisturize your hair. Baking soda can be somewhat drying as well. Do this no more than once a month.

And for those of us, who may not have the time or the desire to mix and fix concoctions to put in our hair, then having a look at the premade dandruff hair products in this 10 Best Dandruff Shampoos 2020 Guide, should help to give you a few suggestions on where to start.

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10 Best Dandruff Shampoos 2020 Guide

1/ Maple Holistics Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Maple Holistics is a very well-known hair brand and it should come as no surprise that is on this 10 Best Dandriff Shampoos 2020 Guide. Apart from its years of service to the hair industry and its manufacturing of numerous hair products that have helped to solve many hair issues, the overwhelming response to this anti-dandruff shampoo is positively impressive.

The main features:

  • The shampoo contains sodium
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No sulfates
  • No parabens
  • Is cruelty-free
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Can be used on color-treated hair
  • Dermatologist-recommended
  • Helps to fight the conditions associated with dermatitis
  • Made with mostly organic ingredients

The formula is chock-full of well-known botanicals like:

  • Sage – anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that fight dermatitis
  • Spikenard – helps to restore pigmentation to the hair and also helps to promote hair growth
  • Rosemary – rich in verbenone which stimulates cell renewal.
  • Tea tree oil – helps to remove dead cell and stimulate hair growth and improves circulation
  • Jojoba and Argan oil – helps to retain moisture and increase shine and smoothness
  • Botanical keratin – helps to revive hair and reduce frizz

This shampoo will help with dandruff, hair loss, hair growth, anti-aging, and repair the damage done to your hair. I would more than be happy with trying this shampoo just based on its botanical ingredients.

Here is a list of ingredients:

Aqua, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauryl Glucoside Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Acrylates Copolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, D-Panthenol, Simmondia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Botanical Keratin, Salvia officinalis (Sage) Oil, Prunus persica (Peach Kernel) Oil, Nardostachys jatamansi (Spikenard) Oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oil.

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2/Nizoral A-D Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Another well-known name in the hair industry is Nizoral.

The main features:

  • Ketoconazole 1% – which helps to control flaking, scaling, and itching
  • Helps to prevent dandruff
  • Can be used on color-treated hair, chemically-treated hair, any texture
  • Kills the fungus that creates dandruff

The shampoo is required to be used twice a week to be effective. It also seems to be a very popular choice for many dandruff sufferers.

Here is a list of ingredients:

Active Ingredient: Ketoconazole 1%

Inactive Ingredients: Acrylic acid polymer (carbomer 1342), butylated hydroxytoluene, cocamide MEA, FD&C Blue #1, fragrance, glycol distearate, polyquaternium-7, quaternium-15, sodium chloride, sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid, sodium laureth sulfate, tetrasodium EDTA, water.

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3/Selenium  Organic Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

And here we have another very popular name when it comes to hair products, Selenium. This brand of dandruff shampoo seems to also be ‘up there’ when it comes to the voices of the masses.

The main features:

  • made with 100% biodegradable natural ingredients
  • exclusive formula to reduce itching, dandruff, heals psoriasis and helps blood circulation
  • uses sapropel extract and protein – saturates the hair with minerals, vitamins, and enzymes; the protein fortifies the structure of the hair and increases shine and elasticity
  • can be used for all hair types
  • good with sensitive skin
  • uses organic extracts which are anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-irritating, and moisturizing
  • can be used daily
  • no silicons or sls
  • no parabens
  • no synthetic dyes or perfumes

This dandruff shampoo can also double as a conditioner too. It can also be used for children’s hair issues. It does not cause any irritation or allergies.

Here is a list of ingredients:

Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isenthionate, Cocamidopropyl, Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl, Isethionate, Sodium Methyl, Oleoyl Taurate, Peloid Extract, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Citric Acid, Ethanol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Rosmarinus Officianalis Leaf Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Herb Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Glycerin, Diazolidinyl, Urea, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.

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4/Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo 

Neutrogena has been around for some time and the beauty industry is quite welcoming to its products. Their dandruff shampoo is no different.

The main features:

  • relieves itchiness and flaking on the scalp
  • reduces issues caused by dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis
  • can be used daily
  • uses T/Gel Neutar Technology – which is scientifically proven to work for hours (‘Based on a double-blinded randomized six-week clinical study on mild to moderate dandruff.’)
  • is formulated with coal tar – which is FDA -approved
  • #1 dermatologist recommended therapeutic hair care brand (‘*Neutrogena is the #1 OTC brand recommended by Dermatologists in the USA. (Source: Dermatologist Recommendation Study. Gfk. 2014’).

It is recommended to use the shampoo at least once a week in order to see results. It is also suggested by 74% of dermatologists that you should rotate shampoos in order to allow the different ingredients to control the scalp symptoms. Each ingredient works differently:

  • Salicylic acid – clears scalp buildup
  • Coal tar – soothes the itching and flaking
  • Zinc pyrithione – maintains the scalp

From the features, clinical studies, and ingredients, I would give this shampoo a trial run.

Here is a list of ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Coal tar 0.5% (2% Neutar solubilized coal tar extract) (anti-dandruff, anti-seborrheic dermatitis, anti-psoriasis)Inactive Ingredients: Water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamide MEA, laureth-4, fragrance, sodium chloride, polysorbate 20, cocamidopropyl betaine, DMDM hydantoin, citric acid, tetrasodium EDTA.

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5/Vanicream Free & Clear Medicated Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

In all honesty, I have heard of Vanicream brand of hair care products, however, there are obviously many others who have and are popular users based on the feedback.

The main features:

  • No dyes, masking fragrance or fragrance
  • No formaldehyde or formaldehyde releasers
  • No parabens
  • No lanolin
  • No Cocamidopropyl betaine
  • No phosphates or protein
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Sulfate-free
  • Gluten-free
  • 2% zinc pyrithione – anti-fungal properties and reduces the symptoms of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

This shampoo is also dermatologist tested. It is found to be mild and gentle and easy for sensitive scalps.

Here is a list of ingredients:

Active Ingredient: Pyrithione Zinc 2% Inactive Ingredients:Purified water, lauryl glucoside, coco-glucoside, acrylates copolymer, panthenol, pentylene glycol, glycerin, sucrose cocoate, disodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium cocoyl glycinate, behenyl alcohol, sucrose stearate, cetyl palmitate, sodium cocoyl glutamate, 1,2-hexanediol, sodium hydroxide, caprylyl glycol, sodium chloride.

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6/Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Hair Conditioner Set

Of course, the Maple Holistics brand of hair care is no stranger to popular feedback. This brand of dandruff shampoo is a great product if you want to add another to your arsenal of dandruff treatment hair care. This is a shampoo and conditioner hair care duo pack.

The main features:

  • Uses tea tree oil – known essential oil with antiseptic and anti-fungal properties which cleanse, nourish, and protect the scalp
  • Helps to remove dead cells
  • Uses lavender essential oil – soothes the itching sensation and encourages hair growth
  • Contains amino acids in the conditioner to nourish and repair your hair
  • No parabens
  • No silicones
  • No sulfates
  • Cruelty-free
  • 100% money back guarantee no questions asked policy

This dandruff duo has a great combination of botanical extracts all working synergistically towards a common goal:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Botanical keratin
  • Argan Oil
  • Shea butter
  • Certified organic pomegranate
  • Hibiscus
  • Green team sea buckthorn
  • Silk amino acids jojoba oil
  • Panthenol

The ingredients are mainly natural and all combined to provide relief, hair growth, stronger and healthier hair and scalp.

Here is a list of ingredients:

Shampoo ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauryl Glucoside Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Acrylates Copolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, D-Panthenol, Simmondia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Botanical Keratin, Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oil.

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7/JASON Natural Cosmetics Dandruff Relief Shampoo

A quick runner-up to the other name brands mentioned so far is the Jason Natural Cosmetic brand of dandruff shampoo. This line was created in 1959 by people who wanted to create a solution to their own families hair care issues. JĀSÖN, means ‘healer’ in Greek.

The main features:

  • Colloidal sulfur – which helps to cleanse the itchy, flaking scalp
  • Reduces symptoms associated with scalp dermatitis and mild psoriasis
  • Uses a combination of rosemary, olive and jojoba oils to promote healing

Along with the diligent blending of healing ingredients in this blend of dandruff shampoo, the JĀSÖN code of honor crafts all its products with these 4 things in mind:

  • Safe, gentle and effective ingredients
  • Rigorous testing to ensure safety and efficacy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Constant innovation and improvements on the products

With more than 50 years to their brand, I would be inclined to try this shampoo.

Here is a list of ingredients:

Ingredients: Colloidal Sulfur, Salicylic Acid, Purified Soft Water, Aloe Vera Gel,Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Seaweed Extract, Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Potassium Cocyl Glutamate, Panthenol, Lauramide Mea, Methylsulfonylmethane, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Glycerin (Vege), Disodium Cocoamphodiaacetate, Jojoba Oil, Virgin Olive Oil, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Xanthan Gum, Tea Tree Oil, Silica Extract, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Dimethicone, Squalane, Folic Acid, Capryloyl Glycine, Neem Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sodium Lauramphoacetate, Glycol Stearate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Beta Glucan, Stearic Acid, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCL), Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), Grapefruit Seed Extract, Oil of Wintergreen, Rosemary Oil.

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8/Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Of course, no dandruff shampoo guide would be complete without mention of the Head & Shoulders brand.

The main features:

  • Clinical Strength anti-dandruff and anti-seborrheic dermatitis shampoo fights the toughest flakes
  • #1 dermatologist recommended (‘based on a 2013 survey of U.S. dermatologists’)
  • 1% selenium sulfide formula
  • Prevents flaking, itching, scaling, irritation, and redness
  • pH balanced and can be used daily
  • can be used for all textures as well as color or chemically treated hair
  • moisturizes as well as cleanses

A nice encouraging statistic about Head & Shoulders is the fact that ‘it is used by 1.3 billion people across 140 countries’ – now this is impressive. (*P&G calculation based on Nielsen sales information July 2015-June 2016.)

Here is a list of ingredients:

Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycol Distearate, Zinc Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Magnesium Carbonate Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Blue 1, Yellow 5.

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9/Maple Holistics Tea Tree Tea Tree Shampoo

Another Maple Holistics brand of dandruff shampoo to grace this 10 Best Dandruff Shampoos 2020 Guide.

The main features:

  • eliminates dead cells and leaves scalp clean to help promote new hair growth
  • 100% organic and preservative-free formula
  • A unique combination of over 98 all-natural compounds including verbenone-rich rosemary, Bulgarian lavender, tea tree oil, argan oil, jojoba oil and botanical keratin
  • Paraben-free
  • Sulfate free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Hydrates the scalp and helps reduce itching and flaking
  • Can be used for all textures, as well as colored and chemical treated hair
  • Protects from lice infestation

Not only does the shampoo cleanse and heals the scalp, it also reduces frizz and makes it soft as well. It is also a good shampoo to help with hair loss.

Here is a list of ingredients:

Aqua, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauryl Glucoside Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Acrylates Copolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Golden Jojoba oil, Moroccan (Argan) oil, Australian Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Oil, Bulgarian Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia) Oil, Phytokeratin, Rosemary ct. Verbenone (Rosemarinus Officinalis) Oil.

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10/SheaMoisture African Black Soap Dandruff Control Shampoo

The Shea Moisture brand is another well-known hair care line and it also offers a dandruff shampoo.

The main features:

  • No sulfates
  • No parabens
  • Cruelty-free
  • Organic African Black soap – a natural cleanser
  • Aloe Vera and Tea Tree oil – to soothe itching and dryness
  • Willow Bark extract – helps to moisturize the scalp and keep it dandruff-free
  • Combined mix of essential oils to help the pH balance of the scalp
  • Certified organic ingredients which have anti-bacterial properties

This is an all-natural shampoo and is especially gentle on sensitive scalps. I have personally used the African Black soap on its own and I love the way it gently cleanses and leaves my hair feeling soft and full. I can see this all-natural dandruff shampoo being a gentle formula in your quest for a dandruff-free scalp.

Here is a list of ingredients:

African Black soap, shea butter, aloe vera, tea tree oil, willow bark extract, essential oils.

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My Final Thoughts On 10 Best Dandruff Shampoos 2020 Guide

Of course, having dandruff is certainly not a great thing, especially when you are wearing a dark-colored outfit and you see tiny white flecks on the collar or shoulder of your clothing, however, I hope that you will be able to find a viable solution once you check out this 10 Best Dandruff Shampoos 2020 Guide.

And, maybe trying a natural remedy as well may give you some relief, especially knowing that you can use a home remedy fairly often as the need arises without worrying about any chemical interaction with your body.

I hope things will work out for you somehow. All the best.

[Updated November 2019]

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4 thoughts on “10 Best Dandruff Shampoos 2020 Guide For You!

  1. ariel

    Hello Michelle,
    Wow i so do love coming to your site. Not only do I always learn something new, but your ingredients are truly right up my alley. All from the kitchen!
    I am always having an itchy scalp and don’t know what to do about it.. So I am definitely going to try one of these remedies.
    And hope the itch goes away. Can’t wait to see what you write next!
    In peace and gratitude, ariel

    1. Michelle Post author

      Hello again, Ariel.
      Thanks for stopping by again. It warms my heart to know that each visit is productive and informative for you. Yes, not too many cemicals in the kitchen – lol. Yes, please stop by again and let me know your thoughts.
      Love and light.

  2. John

    I have used shampoo’s with the coal oil before. Some had a strong odor and I smelled like hot tar after using them. My dad always used Head and Shoulders, he had a full head of hair at 91.
    I have more problems with dandruff in my beard than my hair. When I wear a black shirt, I have a little snow fall on my shirt. Which of these products would be gentle enough for the face or do they make something for dandruff of the beard.

    1. Michelle Post author

      Hello there John,
      Thanks again for stopping by. Yes, Head & Shoulders has been around for some time. Kudos to your father and his having a ‘full head of hair’ in his later years. That means you have ‘hair’ in your genes! LOL – no bald spots for you. Hmm, using dandruff shampoo for your heard…well, I think the best thing is to use a beard oil and maybe a natural cleanser. Here is a recipe for you to try. Lemme know how it goes!
      All the best.


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