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Although I do not suffer from dandruff that often, I do have bouts of it, and these periods are every few months, when I just simply cannot get rid of the stuff, which to be honest is embarrassing!. I have tried several hair care ranges from the mighty expensive (for me) at around £6.00 a bottle, to the run of the mill value shampoo from the big supermarkets.
To be totally honest, I do not usually buy this brand however, I decided to purchase this head and shoulders shampoo for two reasons. The first reason being because it was on offer (two for £5.00 if memory serves) and secondly because it had been recommended to me on a previous occasion. I brought the product and immediately started to use it just the same as my normal everyday shampoo- once every day. At first I didn't notice a difference at all and I have to admit I was very disappointed, however after around 2 weeks of usage the dandruff began to clear up. Although it did not disappear while using this shampoo, and to be honest I am not quite sure why it did not, it still made me feel better within myself, and it sure helped get rid of the visible dandruff I had previously had.
The shampoo looked just like every other shampoo, it was light blue/white and colour and quite creamy when applied to my hair (before being rubbed in). In terms of value for money I think this product is ok, a 250ml bottle lasted me just over 3 weeks, which I thought was OK.
Ingredients wise this shampoo contains a multitude of ingredients such as limonene, sodium benzoate and zinc carbonate to mention but 3. Before purchasing this shampoo I would recommend that you read what ingredients the shampoo contains before applying it, as I know from a family friend that this anti dandruff shampoo is not suitable for all sensitive hair types/scalps.
Overall I saw visible results, and even though the shampoo did not eradicate the dandruff I had it did make it better.
I had a hard time finding a shampoo that would help me with my hair. A lot of other shampoos I tried left me with embarrassing dandruff and lets face it, no one needs that when they're about to go out on a date! I turned to this shampoo in the hope that it would help and it sure has!
So when I heard good things about Head and Shoulders I decided to try it out and after a year or so of using it I haven't been disappointed so far. It can be found in numerous supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's but I've found the best place to be Bodycare for price, or even if you are at a stretch; Poundland.
The bottle is quite large but you can still hold it carefully without it being too difficult to use. If you use it in the shower it can get quite slippery and I have dropped it occasionally so be wary of this if you use it. The bottle has a flip open cap which has a reasonable sized opening for the shampoo to come out of, so you're not shaking it vigorously with no success.
The bottle also has the usual handy information on the back as well as guidelines in case you're thinking of using this with kids who might find it painful if they get it in their eyes.
I have waist length hair so I do need to use a small handful to adequately wash my hair meaning that it does run down quickly but these are usually on offer at most major supermarkets or at body-care shops. The shampoo helps fight dandruff but I have found that if I use other products instead of this then it comes back quickly, so you might want to consider using this as your sole shampoo if dandruff is a problem for you as well.
This is one of those shampoos that I will always use for its reliability. It's never been too expensive and it always does the job. It's also not an oily shampoo like some of the others that are available. It doesn't have a big smell to it though so if you're looking for a shampoo that'll leave you with that Herbal Essense smell but with Head and Shoulder's benefit then you're not going to be successful.
I would also have a towel or face cloth handy as I have found that if the shampoo gets in my eyes it can sting like most shampoos but if you wash it out quickly then the sting easily goes away.
So if you're in need of assurance that you won't have dandruff problems then Head and Shoulders is definitely the way forward.
I have been using this product for about eight years now and have to say I have stayed loyal to the product because it is that good. Before Head and Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo came out I used to get dandruff quite a lot. Ever since using this product I have never had dandruff. The only time I get dandruff is if I do not use the product for a few days. If you are going to buy this product then make sure you use it every day to get the benefit of it, if you do this it will work.
I recommend getting the one which smells of citrus because it's a lovely smell. With this shampoo your hair does not go greasy and it does not damage your hair. When wet it goes into a nice lather and gives a nice hair wash. I cannot recommend the produuct enough.
The product comes in good range of sizes. I usually buy the big 400ml bottle which lasts me roughly two months and that is using it everyday. It only costs about £3-£4, so this is great value. You can also buy a travel shampoo which is tiny. This is lightweight to not weigh your suitcase down but it lasts roughly a week or two.
Enjoy the product.
Sometimes it's hard to admit you have a problem but hear I go from time to time I suffer from dandruff. I could say that I know all about the science of dandruff and why some people get it and others don't, but I haven't got a clue. So when they go on about now time for the science bit on TV ads for any shampoo or beauty product I switch off.
Anyway in my time with dandruff I have used several different anti-dandruff shampoos none who's name I can remember but they have usually been the shops own brand. They have been cheap and cheerful but usually not very effective after a couple of washes.
However the latest anti dandruff shampoo I have used is the Head and Shoulders Sensitive Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. I have to admit I have used to use this shampoo a few years ago when there was still a stigma (well in my eyes) about having dandruff. I used to go into the chemist because in those days the big supermarkets usually just sold food wearing a balaclava and comedy glasses so no one could recognise me and sneak out the shampoo in a black bin bag. Back then the old head and shoulders shampoo was okay but nothing special and came in a rather uninspiring container.
The latest version of Head and Shoulders Sensitive Anti-Dandruff Shampoo comes in a really nice shaped bottle especially the large bottle which I am currently using and is well designed.
So the million dollar question is it any good, well the answer to that for me is yes and no. The shampoo for me is certainly effective at doing what its says on the label and gets rid of dandruff. Though the down side to that is that the more I use it the more it irritates my scalp. I am not to sure why that is so I try to alternate now between using a normal shampoo and Head and Shoulders which seems to have helped.
I know its my own fault but I have also found that when you get Head and Shoulders Sensitive Anti-Dandruff Shampoo in your eyes (which for me is every time I use it) it kills your eyes, you feel like you've got hot pokers in your eyes which is made worse when you try and wash out your eyes and get more shampoo in them.
Also the smell of the shampoo is really boring and in my opinion they should add a nice aromatic smell to it so even if you're half blinded after using it you would have lovely smelling dandruff free hair. Also in this time of the credit crunch Head and Shoulders Sensitive Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is very expensive shampoo .
This is the first anti-dandruff shampoo I ever tried. I guess I chose it because I heard it was the best thing in the shops to get rid of dandruff from the first wash.
I have paid up to £3.44 for the larger sized bottle which comes with a blue flip top lid, which is quite easy to open and close.
The smell isn't anything special, nor is it bad. It just smells of a typical drugstore shampoo. You can also get Head & Shoulders in Menthol, however this one gave me immediate headache upon application and I threw the rest away, quite disappointed.
Head & Shoulders is enough to keep dandruff at bay while you use it. As soon as I washed with a regular shampoo the dandruff came right back. So after realising this, I used Head & Shoulders every day.
After about a year, I noticed I was starting to get dandruff again, even whilst using Head & Shoulders. I was a little disheartened and wondered why it had happened. I also noticed my hair becoming quite fluffy, frizzy and dull. This shampoo does give good volume, however.
I feel that Head & Shoulders is quite expensive for what it is, but that is from personal experience with not having much luck with it.
It might work for you, you just have to try it and see, however when I was looking for long-lasting results, Head & Shoulders did not meet those expectations.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive a free bottle of the new Head and Shoulders from a special offer incMarie Claire magazine.
What precisely is new about it? It is a brand that has been around for donkeys years, with a reputation as the best shampoo on the market for getting rid of dandruff as well. The distinctive white plastic bottle has a blue flip top lid and a pink swoosh symbol sweeping across the front.
The makers, Proctor and Gamble, claim that its HydraZinc formulastarts working from the first wash, and is effective against not only dandruff but also itchy and irritated scalp conditions. Well, I am not a chemist so I dont know what this is, but the information on the label also says it has a gently PH balanced formula, suitable for everyday use. It comes in normal, greasy and dry/damaged hair formulations.
As I squeezed a dollop into my hands, I hoped that the makers had not messed with the formula too much, as I had a good experience using H&S in the past. Not only did it clear up a bit of dandruff ages ago (there, I have said it!), but I remember it was a really nice shampoo for my quite thick hair. It seems strange to buy an anti-dandruff shampoo for normal use, but I do still buy it from time to time.
I am pleased to report that the new formula came up to scratch (no pun intended). Bad hair days are never going to be a thing of the past for me, and I do not use styling products on my hair, but I hope I am not flattering myself if I say it gave my bonce a certain bounce and a nice shine to the old barnet.
The shampoo itself is white and quite thick, and oozed out the bottle in quite a satisfactory fashion, but to my mind it has a slightly over-sweet smell. This does not linger, however, and was reduced to a pleasant freshly washed smell by the time I had finished. I am sorry not to be able to give a fuller report on its anti-dandruff properties, but suffice to say my scalp felt pleasantly clean and I have never had a problem with it since first using H&S.
Quite what makes it is such a good all rounder I'm not sure, but it worked a treat without even having dandruff (!)and it's available from most high street chemists and supermarkets.
I've always been prone to sensitive skin, a legacy from my father. I've searched for (and mainly found) products to alleviate this problem. Shaving was hell until I discovered a sensitive shaving oil. Washing my face left me with angry, sore skin and wasn't satisfactorily controlled until I started using a non-perfumed, non-coloured soap. But, what I hadn't previously considered was my hair, after all, there's skin under there too!
Until fairly recently I had had longish hair and didn't really see what was under it. That was until I decided to have a shorter than normal haircut. It was at this point I began to notice how red my scalp was. I realised then that it must be my nemesis again sensitive skin.
I wasn't sure what to do. I had been suffering from dandruff ever since I was put on some tablets by the doctor. One of the side effects (amongst many) was dry skin which, in turn, led to those tell-tale flakes on the shoulders. I used some other anti-dandruff shampoos and found them to be fairly effective but more expensive than I was really willing to pay. So, I tried Head & Shoulders.
At that time there was only the one type of H & S, in a shampoo, conditioner or 2 in 1 formula. I used just the shampoo and found it just as efficient at preventing dandruff as any other brand.
Shortly after discovering my scarlet scalp, I saw the advertising, for amongst others, the 'sensitive scalp' version of H & S. It boasted that it was 'specifically designed to care for your sensitive scalp whilst fighting dandruff and leaving your hair looking and feeling beautiful'.
Its specific reasons for being a sensitive formulation was due to the fact that it was 'lightly scented' and 'dye free', both major contributors to sensitivity. It has a pH-balanced formula and is also dermatologically tested and proven with it's research backed by the British Skin Foundation. But, would this all be enough? Would my notoriously difficult skin be calmed by these reassurances?
Well, the short answer is yes, to some degree.
The anti-dandruff properties seem to be unaffected. Flakes are rare and usually only if I'm in a rush and haven't rinsed my hair quite as well as I should have done. It is a frequent use product, that still washes well and doesn't 'build up' like some shampoos. My hair is manageable, but only just as there is a slight tendency while using Head & Shoulders for hair to get 'fluffy', particularly for longer hair. I found this was true of the traditional version as well. I think the problem could probably be alleviated by using it in conjunction with the conditioner (also available in a sensitive version) but I haven't got around to testing this.
The redness? Yes, that's improved by about 80%. So, to a large extent, the product has lived up to its claim. Again, maybe this could be improved further by using the sensitive conditioner.
I think that to be a truly sensitive scalp shampoo it needs to become fragrance free. In the bewildering list of ingredients the perfume still comes in at 16th out of 33 indicating that there is still a fair bit of fragrance added. Would it be so terribly repulsive if it hadn't any added aroma? Maybe we'll find out one day.
Overall, this is a relatively good product which (almost) lives up to it's name. It is thick and creamy and lasts well. Fairly competitively priced at £1.85 for a 200ml bottle (also available in a 400ml bottle) it represents reasonable value for money. Worth noting is that there is quite a price variation depending on where you shop and can often be found on some kind of special offer.
Head & Shoulders Sensitive Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is pH-balanced, lightly scented, colour-free and / to remain