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      20.08.2015 17:03
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      head & shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo

      The head & shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo is available for GBP 4.99.

      The shampoo is described as follows. "The original anti-dandruff shampoo which thoroughly cleanses your hair and cares for your scalp. Leaves you with a clean, fresh, scent that lasts and soft, manageable hair. Works best with Classic Clean Conditioner. Gentle formula suitable for everyday use."

      The ingredients are Aqua, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glutamic Acid, Dimethicone, Parfum, Zinc Pyrithione, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Linalool, Magnesium Nitrate and Sodium Polynaphthalenesulfonate.

      The optical design of a Head & Shoulders packaging sets itself apart from the competition and stands pretty well out of the range of shampoos on the shelves. Personally, I am also, if need be, even a little more or thereafter. Sealing the plastic bottle does not exist and therefore I can move with a slight pressure to open up its lid easy. To get inside, it is worthwhile to turn the package and store these as best for later use at hand. Many different I had already tried, but only one was able to really convince. After washing, I like to feel the unique sensation of pure hair before I dry rub them with a towel. Since my hair is in top form I notice especially when I have my hair blow-dried. So also I number myself because one, in the great flood of satisfied users, as it showed my short research to this report. The manufacturer promises for once no longer in his advertising, as such it can actually hold. A little sparkle I could imagine it, yet incredibly smooth it is by using the Classic Clean shampoos definitely.

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      24.07.2015 23:51
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      • "Strips Hair Colour"
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      Underrated and effective; But very, very drying for curls

      Me and my sisters started using this collectively a while ago, and my sisters swears by it. It's good value for money, £5 and a little goes a long way for curly hair. It's specifically advertised as a anti-dandruff shampoo but it really works for everyone, regardless of dandruff. I only have to use a short squeeze of it on my hair (which is curly AND down to my shoulder blades) and my hair is cleaned through completely, scalp to tip. A warning to people with coloured hair, THIS WILL STRIP THE COLOUR FROM YOUR HAIR. I have made this mistake before and I have had to dye my hair again after using Head and Shoulders on dyed hair. It's still a very underrated product for its uses; it's great for cleansing greasy and dirty hair, for flaky and itchy scalps and it works within the first 3 washes.
      The only problem that occurs with this for the curly haired people out there, Head and Shoulders MUST be used with a deep conditioner because it will dry out your hair unless combined with a moisturising factor.

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      20.05.2015 16:41
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      31.07.2014 17:43
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      Does what it says on the bottle and is definitely under-rated.

      I started using Head & Shoulders because it is my mum's choice of shampoo.

      My normal brand is L'Oreal Elvive because although I don't really want to admit it, I do fall for the marketing and promises of thicker, stronger hair. Also, once I fall into a habit or develop personal preferences, it can be hard to want to try out new brands.

      We normally buy it from Asda when we do food shopping and it's become such a staple good in our household that slight fluctuations in the price don't really have an effect on our decision as to whether or not buy it.

      The packaging of the bottle is extremely simple. It's not splashed with vibrant colours, neither does it have pictures of impossibly beautiful women plastered over it. I quite like this as it puts more emphasis on the product itself.

      Luckily, I don't have dandruff myself but I've found the classic clean shampoo to be extremely effective in just doing the basics. It cleans my scalp, makes my hair feel shiny and gives my hair a bit more body. It does what it says on the bottle and I think it's quite under-rated as both a product and a brand. I wouldn't go as far as to say that it is the best shampoo out there or the best value for money, but if you're looking for a shampoo which just cleans your hair, I would say Head & Shoulders is a pretty safe bet.

      I think the main reason the shampoo is under-rated is due to marketing of the product. Most people probably believe that the shampoo is only for people with dandruff. Also, it isn't perceived to be glamourous or stylish but to the people who use it regularly, this isn't a problem as they know the shampoo works for them.

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      17.12.2012 11:20
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      Head and shoulders classic clean

      Every now and again I get a little flare up of dandruff or flaky scalp. I think the cold weather doesn't help but I also have quite a bad habit of scratching my head whilst I am sitting down watching television and so I think I also don't help it either. Whenever my hair is looking a bit flaky I use some head and shoulders for a week or two and manage to take the itch and the flakiness away.

      According to the bottle, Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo has a HydraZinc formula that cleans right down to your scalp for hair that looks and feels amazing. When I use this shampoo I really like to massage my scalp with it to make sure I am getting the most effectiveness out of it and then I like to leave it on there for a few minutes before washing it off so it has time to work its magic.

      Apparently the zinc formula not only helps keep your scalp healthy and up to 100% flake-free but also combats itchiness and tightness as well. Plus, the pH-balanced formula is gentle enough for everyday use and leaves your hair looking and feeling thoroughly clean. The shampoo is a pure white colour and is also quite creamy. I find I only need to use a little dollop as it lathers up well and coats all of my hair which is just above my shoulders at the moment.

      On the bottles at the moment they have a red sticker telling you that this is a new formula. I think they may have changed the smell too as at the moment the smell of this shampoo is absolutely amazing. Years ago I always remember Head and Shoulders having quite a chemical smell but this smells wonderful and fresh with a bit of a fruity tinge to it. Its gorgeous in the bottle and its amazing on my hair too as the smell really lasts and you get this wonderful clean, fresh hair smell. I can see each day with use that the flakes are going away and by the end of the week my hair is nice and flake free again which is great.

      A bottle costs £4.99 for 500ml but at the moment Boots are running a 2 for £7 on selected Head and Shoulders products so its worth getting the shampoo and a bottle of conditioner at the same time.

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      25.10.2012 09:22
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      A great shampoo, even if you don't have dandruff!

      I am fortunate enough not to have a problem with dandruff, my problem is that, whilst on a good day I have lovely wavey hair, on a bad day (and there are always more of these!) my hair is a huge frizzy mess! Pre-children (when I actually had money to spend on myself) I would buy expensive shampoos, conditioners, de-frizzing serums, you name it I tried it, forever searching, but never finding, that miracle combination that would give me lucious locks every day.

      Then, having squeezed every last drop out of whatever shampoo I was trying that month but not having the money to replace it I reluctantly reached for my dandruff suffering husbands Head and Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo. As I massaged it into my hair I imagined the frizzy disaster that I would have to deal with, the straighteners would have to come out I was sure! Imagine my amazement when I returned to the bathroom a couple of hours later (I had let my hair dry naturally) to see smooth, silky, waves and gorgeous shiny hair! I couldn't believe it. I put it down to not having used it before, after all, I'd lost count of how many times I thought I had found the perfect product only for my hair to be in a worse state than ever after a week of using it.

      However, 5 years later and I am still using it! I like how well it rubs in, it leaves my hair feeling clean, it's gentle enough to use daily when necessary and to top it all off it is half the price of the shampoos I used to use! And, although I don't have dandruff, my husband does and this keeps it at bay for him.

      I have tried other types of Head and Shoulders (2 in 1 and Silky) but both my husband and I end up with crazy unmanageable hair within a week of using them so always return to Classic Clean.

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      02.10.2012 22:59

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      Love it, nothing could have worked better

      I was struggling with dandruff for over a year and I found my scalp was getting drier and drier, it hurt and I was constantly scratching small scabs from my head. It was painful and not a nice experience. I was at the verge of shaving all my hair off. My scalp was full and before it got any worse I had to try a medicated shampoo. I did my research and lots of shampoos were recommended. I bought head and shoulders and selsun blue. The first time I used selsun blue it stung a little but I was ready to bear the pain as long as it cleared my head. I didn't notice much difference after the first wash which put me off a little to be fair. Then I used head and shoulders and noticed a difference straight away. It smelt refreshing similar to any usual shampoo; it was creamy and white and didn't feel too medicated on my scalp. I noticed a difference once my hair dried. There were no white flakes, my scalp felt like it was breathing again and it gave me back my confidence. After continuous use for a month I am now dandruff free, my scalp isn't itchy and my hair feels like it should, soft, silky and clean. I noticed that all the scratching while I had dandruff made my hair extremely oily and I had to shower every morning. Now I can easily skip one or two days before I wash my hair again. It really was a miracle for me. I don't use it every time I shower now, but once a week I do use it to keep the dandruff at bay.
      I purchased my head and shoulders at home bargains for under two pounds, it came in a nice white sleek bottle, nothing too fancy and the important thing is, it worked! I couldn't be more satisfied. I threw out the selsun blue immediately, that was lethal!

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      02.11.2011 21:06
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      Does exactly what it claims to do whilst keeping hair soft and shiny

      I have very fine hair which is prone to grease and dandruff. I have even tried T-Gel and a variety of the medicated anti-dandruff shampoo's to fix the problem but they left my hair feeling and smelling like it hadnt even been washed. I think that this is by far the best and the many varieties of it means that it is suitable for all hair types. This is the only shampoo I have found that not only keeps dandruff at bay but also smells fresh and leaves hair shiny and soft, even the packaging looks fresh.
      It can be brought from pretty much every beauty shop and supermarket and if you have a look around one of these places usually have it on offer, a great chance to stock up. Value for money is excellent as it is much cheaper than any of the salon brand names and I believe it is much better, the shampoo itself also seems to last a long time as only a small amount is required on each use.
      It will only be effective if it is used as the primary shampoo and not occasionally, the conditioner is also a good standard and together I think they are fab. The only thing I would change is maybe trying to give the product a nice fruity or floral smell although as it does not claim to do this and the one it has is certainly not unpleasant it isnt of importance.


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      23.07.2011 15:13
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      Classic all the way for me

      I'm lucky not to suffer from dandruff very often but occassionally I will get an itchy flaky scalp that leaves me with white flakes on my hair. As well as not being very attractive it is also uncomfortable and itchy but I know that a few washes with head and shoulders shampoo will soon sort it out.

      You can now buy head and shoulders in lots of different formulations but I like to stick to the tried and tested classic version. The shampoo will help with the treatment of dandruff including the horrible falkiness, itchiness and tightness. At the first sign of dandruff on my hair I start to use head and shoulders and from the first application I notice a difference.

      To use the shampoo you just need to massage it into wet hair and then rinse well and repeat if necessary. I always shampoo my hair twice with it as I find that this gives me the best results. The first wash loosens all the flakes on my scalp and the seconds washes them all away. As soon as I dry my hair I notice that the dandruff is no longer noticeable and I have no flakes that are falling onto my shoulders. The itchiness from the dry skin on my scalp is also relieved.

      The dandruff does return but I find that if I use head and shoulders for a few days then it gets rid of it and keeps it away for a long time without it returning. As an anti-dandruff shampoo it is one of the best but as a daily shampoo it could do with some work. Even though it says on the bottle it is mild enough for frequent use I find that it is a little too harsh on my hair for using it everyday.

      It leaves my hair squeeky clean and it doesn't weigh it down but I find that after using it continually for a few days my hair doesn't look as healthy and shiny as before. I also colour my hair and I find that it is one of the worst shampoos for stripping the colour and fading the luster of it. It does however leave my hair looking and feeling bouncy.

      Other than it's anti-dandruff properties my favourite thing about the shampoo is the smell. It has the cleanest freshest smell of any shampoo I have ever smelt. It isn't flowery and pretty but there is nothing else out there that will make you feel so clean and fresh.

      As an anti-dandruff shampoo I would give it 5 stars but as a daily shampoo I would only gve it 3 at best so I will give head and shoulders classic the middle ground of 4 stars because it is a fabulous shampoo for dandruff and as it only costs me £1.50 for a 75ml bottle it wont break the bank either.

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      09.02.2011 10:48
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      Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo

      Brand: Head & Shoulders
      Type: Classic Clean
      Capacity: 300 ML
      For: Man
      Available in supermarket / drugstore

      The bottle is for the most part white. This is the basic colour of the packaging. The packaging is sealed with a transparent blue cap which for me looks really fine. Also included is a label on the front with a blue water effect. On the back is a label where you can find the information about the shampoo but also contact information.

      Of course the scent is not the most important part of a shampoo, but it's certainly a big plus for when a shampoo smells nice. This shampoo smells very sweet. The smell is hard to place, I think the smell has many different fruits that are pressed together, but I find it a pleasant fragrance. You will especially notice it when washing your hair but you can smell it out of the bottle too, but just less. The colour of the shampoo is white and has a fresh looking colour.

      Now we come to the most important aspect of a shampoo, which is the washing of the hair. If you suffer from greasy hair, your hair will feel fresh again and soft after washing your hair with this shampoo. But it is also an anti-dandruff shampoo. This means that it works against dandruff. Dandruff is something very unpleasant and sometimes embarrassing. I use this shampoo because I was suffering a little bit of dandruff. After a few times washing my hair with this shampoo, my dandruff disappeared. Very nice!

      What is also fine, if the shampoo is easy to use. The packaging is made that it doesn't slip too easily out of your hands while showering. The downside is that the cap was difficult for me to open but mostly the first time. After a few times opening it went easier.

      In conclusion I can say that this shampoo is a must. It is mostly a must for people who suffer from dandruff. This shampoo works very well. It also has a bright colour and it smells sweet and fresh, a fragrance that I personally find very enjoyable. The bottle is a bit difficult to open but gets better the more you use it, so not really a big problem. Four stars for me.

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      06.10.2010 10:02
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      GOOD PRODUCT BUT NEEDS TO IMPROVE IMAGE.

      My daughter uses a lot of products on her hair. I was quite suprised the other day, when I noticed that she had quite a flaky scalp and a substantial amount of dandruff. I went to the supermarket and purchased a bottle of head and shoulders classic clean shampoo. I had never used this shampoo before, but I know that when it comes to dandruff treatment and prevention head and shoulders is the leader.

      I was quite suprised at the price of head and shoulders. I paid under £2 for a 200ml bottle. Which I thought was extremely reasonable. I always assumed that Head and shoulders was an expensive brand, so I was pleasantly suprised.

      The packaging is rather clinical. It is not the type of bottle that will look elegant and attractive on the bathroom shelf. It is very plain and quite cold and stark in appearance. Not a lot of thought has gone into the appearance of this shampoo.

      The shampoo itself, is rather thick in consistency. I have used it, and thought that it offered a deep cleaning feel. I did think though that is was slightly verging on the harsh side. I noted that after use my hair felt quite dry. My daughter used this shampoo under duress as she likes nice smelling and luxurious shampoo offerings. Where as this is a no nonsense shampoo that doesn't give a lot of consideration to scent and feel.

      I have to admit, that there has been a dramatic improvement in my daughter's dandruff. Her scalp is in much better condition and the dandruff is almost gone. I am well impressed with the results that this shampoo has achieved. I have also noticed that her hair looks revitalised and shiny.

      I am impressed with this shampoo. It gives a very deep and intense wash. The shampoo easily works into a great lather. Only a small amount is needed as this shampoo is so effective.

      On the negative side, I would say that this shampoo looses favour with me due to it's cold and clinical appearance. I would like to see head and shoulders packaged in more attractive ways. Just because you have a hair condition, doesn't mean that you don't like luxury, pretty products.

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      20.07.2010 23:35
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      Amazingly reliable shampoo

      When I was a teenager I starting using Head and Shoulders because I think I must have had a little bit of dandruff. The product is famous for remedying this problem, the name suggesting that it cleans the hair on your head but also your shoulders as well, keeping then clear, it doesn't look that great when you have white specs or flakes on a dark suit or navy sweater.

      I have tried different types if I remember correctly including the menthol version but the classic clean variety is the standard one that I use more often than not. For a 250 ml bottle of this product you will pay £2.39 on the Tesco website but I have seen it on promotion several times so it is a good idea to stock pile them when they are reduced in price if you can afford to. Undoubtedly there are cheaper shampoos available possibly aimed at fighting Dandruff even but I really can't see myself using anything else. I will try cheaper brands when it comes to foods like baked beans and spaghetti and I have showered with less expensive shower gels but I am pretty sure I will stay loyal to Head and Shoulders because I just don't ever suffer from dandruff, the product is impeccable.

      May be it is because I am male but all I notice is that the shampoo has a pleasant fragrance although I couldn't describe what it is, after even a brief wash and rinse my hair feels soft, clean and fresh and it is no longer greasy and importantly I have no embarrassing dandruff.

      Be careful though, when I have accidentally got the shampoo in my eye it stung like crazy.

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      29.03.2010 18:43
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      Does the job without being overpriced!

      I'd consider myself quite lucky in that I've never seriously had any serious problem with dandruff, however, when the weather started to get colder my scalp started to feel rather itchy and whilst not really a visible problem, a slight scratch of my head would reveal a fair few more flakes of dead and dry skin than I would have liked. Hence I decided to see what I could do about it.

      The first thing I decided to invest in was the much advertised Head and Shoulders Shampoo. I went for the classic clean as otherwise my hair is in reasonably good condition, I don't colour it, nor do I subject it to regular heat strains like straightening so I figured classic clean was the safest way to go.

      The bottle still has the traditional blue and white Head and Shoulders logo that's very distinctive, you couldn't miss it on the supermarket shelves even with the plethora of different brands that are out there now!

      Opening the bottle, the shampoo itself does still have the blue colouring to it that seems very much associated with the brand, though the slight medicated smell of it is no longer there, just a very slight smell, that is by no means overpowering and doesn't linger around on the hair. It's not a particularly fresh or floral smell and reminds me a little bit like the smell of a hairdressers shop without being nearly as strong.

      The shampoo itself lathers up nicely, without having to use too much, and rinses out very easily too. On the first couple of occasions I used it, I used the shampoo twice, just so it felt more like the shampoo was oing it's job and I was getting a thorough clean, however, now just once does the job.

      It terms whether it works - I'd say it's been a success. The dryness and slight flakiness are gone so I'm very pleased. I've gone from using this every time I wash my hair, to about once a week and everything is still flake free.

      The only issue I would have with this shampoo is that when I use it, my hair seems to feel greasier much sooner. It's not a visible problem, but it does feel a little unpleasant and I'm reluctant to wash my hair even more often for fear of it becoming a vicious circle where I'm washing my hair twice a day because the grease builds up too quickly! However, that small problem aside, I'm very satisfied with this product!

      Price wise it's very reasonable too. I picked up a 200ml bottle of this at first for just under £2 from Sainsbury's. The bigger bottles are a bit more, but last for absolutely ages, so well worth the price.

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        22.02.2010 12:16
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        try it and see

        I have been using Head & Shoulders products for some time now and feel that they do do the job that they claim they are good at - stopping dandruff. It really is a case of "Head & Shoulders? I didn't know you had dandruff?" "I don't!" as their ad campaign used to go.

        According to the Head & Shoulders website, the Classic Clean version of the shampoo is formulated with a fresh clean scent. I would have to agree. The scent is very good, it definitely does not smell any different to ordinary shampoo.

        In terms of the anti dandruff ness I am very pleased. Thankfully I have not suffered too badly with dandruff, just a few flakes when I was a teenager, but the embarrassment caused then has caused me to use anti dandruff shampoo ever since. Thankfully now (and perhaps because of using Head & Shoulders) I do not seem to be affected by dandruff at all. This classic clean keeps my hair and scalp in fine condition and dandruff free.

        As mentioned, the smell is pleasant and it is easy to use. Pour out a good dolop and massage into your hair. It lathers up very easily. I leave it in for maybe 30 seconds or so before rinsing. It is hardy enough and not damaging to your hair to be able to be used every day, which I do.

        The bottle and logo have not changed much over the years. The bottle used to be more rectangular in shape, but is now more rounded. Not sure if this is for ergonomic reasons or what. The logo is at the top of the bottle with a big blue swoosh symbol underneath. The lid is a flip lid at the top and it is easy to dispense the shampoo. The shampoo itself is a kind of light bluey white colour.

        My main gripe with the product is the price. It is normally priced in and around £4.00 for the 400 ml size which I think is quite expensive. I would be happy paying about 2 quid for shampoo. I know that there are more expensive shampoos out there, but I am a bloke and it is not really something I want to be spending my money on! So I usually stock up on Head & Shoulders when there is a two for one offer in Tesco or Sainsbury's, which there often is. I find that a bottle (400 ml) would last me maybe 6-8 weeks using it every day. That really isn't bad. I suppose with short hair you do not need to use a massive amount - in contrast it seems like my wife uses a bottle of shampoo every 2 weeks!! ;-)

        Head & Shoulders must be the market leader in anti dandruff shampoos and I can see why. They are made by Proctor & Gamble, a massive company, so are able to spend huge amounts on advertising. I would be very surprised if anyone reading this review had not heard of Head & Shoulders before.

        The Classic Clean is just one of a huge range of products made by Head & Shoulders. I find that it does keep your hair nice and clean as well as dandruff free.

        My advice? If you have dandruff, give this a try

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          Use it, and when asked if you have dandruff, you can reply "I don't"!

          Do you have dandruff?

          'Head & Shoulders' ran a very successful campaign a few years ago where, upon seeing a bottle of Head & Shoulders in a friends bag, a guy (or girl) would ask:

          "Head and Shoulders, I didn't know you had dandruff!"

          To which the reply would be:

          "I don't!"

          Cheesy? Yes. Cringe worthy? Probably, but surprisingly accurate! This stuff works!

          Dandruff is a condition caused by excessive shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. This process is entirely normal, indeed necessary, but for dandruff sufferers, a process which should take thirty days can cycle in two to seven days leading to visible, oily, white or grey lumps falling from the hair. The cause is usually a fungus which lives on the scalp. Associated with dandruff is irritation and reddening of the scalp, altogether not a pleasant condition!

          It's worth noting that 'dandruff' can be caused by skin conditions (psoriasis or dermatitis) and even head lice, so if you suddenly develop dandruff, it's worth checking for lice and/or seeing your GP.

          I suffered with dandruff for over twenty years, putting up with the itching, sensitive scalp, and snowy shoulders. Then, a few years ago, I discovered Head & Shoulders. Their early shampoos were effective; they undeniably reduced the amount of dandruff produced, but did not (for some reason) provide a complete solution.

          Recently a 'new generation' of Head & Shoulders dandruff shampoo has hit the market. Head & Shoulders 'classic clean' is one of them.

          The new 'classic clean' shampoo is different in appearance and odour than those from the early days. The shampoo is a nice thick, blue-white cream that has a faint, but pleasant smell.

          In order to be effective, the product must be used regularly. This is because it's not just a shampoo, it's also a dandruff treatment and regular application is required to work on the cause of the dandruff and prevent those dreaded flakes forming. The shampoo contains 'zinc pyrithione' (an anti-fungal agent); this is the main active ingredient in combating dandruff.

          I've been using 'classic clean' for a couple of years now and can report that it eliminates my dandruff completely. The treatment also removes those other symptoms; itchiness and reddening of the skin, leaving my hair and scalp looking and feeling completely normal.

          I have tried other dandruff shampoos over the years and, whilst effective, nothing else has been as good as Head & Shoulders 'classic clean'.

          Head & Shoulders works as a shampoo, too, of course. A small amount worked into wet hair is enough to lather up and clean the hair properly. After use, my hair feels clean and looks shiny (although the shininess could be my grey 'highlights')! The shampoo leaves a residual smell on the hair that I think is quite pleasant.

          The shampoo is gentle and is pH balanced (not more acidic or alkaline than the scalp), so I feel I can use it frequently. Head & Shoulders is apparently a 'mild' dandruff treatment, much less harsh than some other products on the market (I have read that, despite it working 100% to cure my dandruff, severe cases will not respond as well and a stronger treatment may be required). I like to wash my hair every day and don't worry that it's washing my hair's natural oils away (which can happen with frequent washing).

          The bottle states that the shampoo can be applied and rinsed a second time, if necessary; I've never needed to do this, my hair feels 'right' after one wash.

          This is then, an amazing product; shampoo and dandruff treatment in one. I buy the 500ml containers which cost about £4.50 and lasts for simply ages. A bargain and highly recommended.

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