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It washes and smells nice.
With the sheer quantity of harsh allergens they’ve added, if it didn’t smell and wash nice I would probably sue them.
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Like most of us, Head and Shoulders were one of the first dandruff shampoos I tried to control my dandruff. And like many of us, this effort was in vain and I quickly moved on to another product. It surprised me when I visited my pharmacy to see so many variants of Head and Shoulders out there these days. I bought the one labeled “For Men” and still have no idea why this one specifically is for us of a masculine disposition. Even less so when I opened the bottle and the shampoo smelled of fruit! I thought it might smell of musk or beer.
The shampoo contains 1% Zinc Pyrithione, an anti-bacterial agent that can help dandruff caused by mild Seborrhoeic Dermatitis. This surprised me somewhat as I specifically remember the old commercials showing dry scalp dandruff but I proceeded to wash my hair.
The shampoo washes very nicely, the foam felt very thick and my hair suitably moisturized afterward. I also felt a mild itching which turned into a red patch so I knew I’d put some pretty damaging chemicals on my head.
And I was right…
This bottle is like a who’s who of ingredients known to cause contact dermatitis. They haven’t even tried to create a gentle shampoo; adding the likes of SLS, SLES, Kathon CG, and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. That’s two of the most notorious ingredients in dandruff shampoos today (SLS & SLES) as well as one former and one current contact allergen of the year. Even the listed perfumes (Linalool and Limonene) are notoriously bad. Do a search for Linalool to see what I mean. Aside from the known contact allergens, it’s hard to find a chemical in there that’s not listed as hazardous on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. Quite how this is supposed to clear dandruff without causing a bad reaction is anyone’s guess.
Head & Shoulders are a classic example of the power of cynical mass marketing over product. This isn’t a dandruff shampoo, this is a bottle of cheap contact allergens with a mild dandruff agent added as an afterthought. If this clears your dandruff it’s a miracle. It goes without saying that there’s far far better alternatives out there.