Tried-and-tested: 6 OTC dandruff treatments that *actually* work
No flakes allowed
Dealing with dandruff? We’ve rounded up the best tried-and-tested treatments below, from medicated shampoos to exfoliating scalp scrubs.
Dandruff can be a frustrating issue—after all, no one likes walking around with snow on their backs in the summer. Worse yet, the itchy, scratchy, grubby feeling of a clogged, flake-ridden scalp is uncomfortable at best and painful at worst.
But fret not, flaky friends! We’ve scoured the land (read: tried lots of products) and found the best over-the-counter dandruff treatments that actually work. So drop the home remedies and put down the vacuum cleaner because we’re about to give you the ultimate routine to say goodbye to your pesky flakes for good!
Get ready to have the best hair day ever—we’ve listed the best dandruff treatments we’ve tried below:
Hair Rituel by Sisley
Soothing Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, RM310
Sage extract, cotton protein and pro-vitamin B5 are the powerhouse trio behind this formulation, cleansing, rebalancing and purifying the scalp while leaving the hair feeling lighter and bouncier. It has been created to deliver both immediate and long-term results, so you can both be confident in your hair from the get-go and see continued improvement with consistent use.
PSST: It’s best paired with the Soothing Anti-Dandruff Cure!
Scalp Clinix Flake Control Shampoo and Treatment, RM198
Unlike most anti-dandruff products, Schwarzkopf Professional’s Scalp Clinix line actually tackles your flaky scalp from the root via the microbiome. Keeping your microbiome balanced is key to a healthy scalp, and this Flake Control shampoo and treatment duo does just that while soothing and cooling the scalp. In addition, the shampoo’s key ingredient, Octopirox, works effectively against dandruff and helps prevent new flakes from forming.
Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo 226ml, RM210
If you’re desperate to put a stop to the itchiness, this is the scalp scrub for you. Using a blend of Binchotan charcoal and vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators, it removes dead skin cells and product build-up from the scalp. Then, coconut oil adds some much-needed moisture to the scalp to prevent further flakes from forming. Panthenol also works to deliver nutrition to the hair follicles and shafts, resulting in stronger tresses. Finally, peppermint, tea tree and spearmint oils work to soothe the scalp and prevent irritation and inflammation.
Percy and Reed
I’m No Flake Scalp Soothing Shampoo, RM132
Say goodbye to your dry, irritated scalp—this shampoo is here to rescue your flaky strands. The remarkable formulation has been created with calming aloe vera and chamomile, conditioning and strengthening pro-vitamin B5, and purifying anti-dandruff Dandrilys® and Piroctone Olamine. The result? A clarified scalp that’s soothed, less oily, less irritated and totally flake-free.
T.L.C. Happi Scalp™ Scrub, RM160
Powered by a “supercharged” acid blend, this scalp scrub breaks down and dissolves dead skin cells and product buildup. Then, a mix of six antioxidant- and fatty acid-rich plant oils work with a fast-absorbing amino acid blend to nourish and balance the scalp for a flake-free finish. Better yet, all it takes is just five to 10 minutes to work its magic!
The Inkey List
Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment, RM80
In need of extra oomph in your scalp care routine? This lightweight serum does some serious heavy lifting. Using salicylic acid, panthenol, and Fluidipure™ 8G, it removes flakes through gentle exfoliation, regulates sebum production, hydrates and moisturises the scalp and hair, and reduces redness in the scalp.
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