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How do Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Ingredients Work?


Every bottle of Head & Shoulders shampoo is specially formulated with ingredients that work together to ensure your hair is kept healthy and 100% flake free. 1

It isnt an easy task formulating the No. 1 anti-dandruff shampoo in the world.

Key ingredients are carefully tested and then added to Head & Shoulders shampoos to make sure that they not only keep you 100% dandruff free,1 but also leave your hair healthy, silky and fragrant.

Dandruff-fighting agents

  • zinc pyrithione (ZPT) this is the secret to fighting dandruff and is found in all of our shampoos. It prevents the dandruff-forming microbe, Malassezia globosa, from forming scalp irritants. Head & Shoulders uses a unique, highly effective form of ZPT.

Our special ingredient: zinc carbonate H&S is the only AD shampoo that uses a special technology based on zinc carbonate. This exclusive technology fights dandruff better by moisturizing the scalp, while protecting the active ingredient, ZPT, so it stays in its most effective form.


Cleansers are vital in lifting dirt and oil trapped in the hair to ensure its clean and shiny. Our cleansers are effective in cleaning your hair while still being kind to the scalp.

Our Clean & Balanced Shampoo is ideal for keeping your hair fresh and flake free1 while preventing the symptoms of dandruff including itchiness, redness and dryness.

Lathering agents

Lathering ingredients are added to the shampoo to make it rich and creamy enough to spread across your scalp and through the hair strands evenly.


Moisturizers and conditioners are key factors in making sure your hair is kept silky and soft to the touch by protecting the hair from root to tip and helping keep your hair tangle free.

Our Smooth and Silky Shampoo is specially designed to moisturize dry hair and help keep it frizz free.


These are integral in keeping all of the shampoo ingredients blended and suspended in the correct manner, so you get the right mixture every time you use it.


These protect the shampoo by preventing it from becoming contaminated.

Texture and consistency

Ingredients are added to the shampoo to ensure its the perfect thickness not too runny, and not too thick to spread.

Color, fragrances and plant essences

To make sure every wash is a fantastic one, we add delightful fragrances and colors to our shampoos, and sometimes plant extracts like mint or almond, to keep your hair smelling amazing and looking beautiful.


no visible flakes, with regular use