Dove Men+Care Anti Dandruff Fortifying Shampoo Review
It looks good, it smells good and it cleans your hair with a really luxurious foam. However, unless you have very mild dandruff and skin like rhino hide, this isn’t the shampoo for you
Dove were a game-changing company back in the day.
Before the advent of shower gels, when everyone used soaps, we used to use a soap called Shield and occasionally Imperial Leather. These soaps tended to be full of fragrance and quite harsh on the skin.
Then the Dove beauty bar appeared and was a revelation – white, creamy and actually moisturized the face. It didn’t smell like soap either which was a massive usp for them at the time.
Here we are 30 years later and Dove are a leading brand in personal hygiene products. The heritage of Dove is based on moisturization so I was looking forward to using this shampoo, particularly as I suffer from a dry scalp as well as seb derm.
The shampoo certainly smells nice, if not a bit powerful, with a nice menthol edge to it. It also felt luxurious with thick persistent suds while I washed. My hair afterwards felt quite soft so I read the ingredients with interest.
Does it pass the dandruff deconstructed test?
In a word “No”.
The active ingredient in this shampoo is Zinc Pyrithione, an extremely mild anti-fungal agent that is too weak for all but the mildest cases of seb derm. Head and Shoulders, Clear Men, Red Ken and Clynol are among the shampoos that use this and to be honest, its typically a warning sign for us that the shampoo is an exercise in marketing over performance.
Checking the rest of the ingredients had us gawking in horror. For a product that is supposed to moisturize, is it really wise to use a formaldehyde releaser as a preservative (DMDM Hydointon). They preserve dead people with that stuff and it is a recognized harsh contact allergen given a red hazard warning on the skin deep database. The rest of the ingredients reads like a whose who of allergens including 2004 contact allergen of the year Cocamidopropyl Betaine, contact allergen of the year 2013 Kathon CG and two of our old favorites SLS and Fragrance.
If you have the mildest of dandruff and a scalp like a rhino hide then this shampoo may work for you. It’s certainly cheap enough but to be honest, generic zinc pyrithione shampoos will perform just as well for a smaller price.
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