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10 best anti-dandruff shampoos available in India

Dandruff is a scalp disorder that has been around for centuries. It typically looks like dry and fine round (white to grey) patches on the scalp and causes intense itching, burning and unstoppable scratching of the scalp. In this article, rather than explaining what cause of this embarrassing skin condition, we would like to offer you something that really works!

I wasn’t joking when I said Dandruff was an embarrassing condition! Good thing is, its effects almost 50% of world population, so you are not alone. However studies point out that one in three people having dandruff avoid social situations and this results in mental distress. Further, people tend to avoid sticking around people who have the condition.

On a scale from 0 to 80, Dandruff is visible to the naked eye only when it comes in between 15 and 30. If not controlled, dandruff can often lead to hair-fall, hair damage, split ends and more!

Don’t worry though, there are products that help you to manage dandruff at home itself. Once such example is anti-dandruff shampoos, which have seen a rise in popularity in recent times. The best dandruff shampoos are the ones that helps you to get rid of 5 problems associated with dandruff- hair fall, itching, recurrence, scaling and flakes.

An effective anti-dandruff shampoo must contain Ketoconazole 2% weight by weight and ZPTO. The main function of Ketoconazole is to the fungi that causes dandruff and normalize skin turnover. It also helps to slow down the production of oil on the scalp and cleans your hair in the at most effective manner. That’s why ketoconazole is considered as one of the key ingredients in an effective anti-dandruff shampoo.

ZPTO or zinc pyratine on the other hand decelerates the production of malassezia yeasts on your scalp, there by reducing dandruff. So this particular combination (Ketoconazole 2% + ZPTO) should be your priority.

Other ingredients that are preferred in an effective anti-dandruff shampoo are Lavender, coal tar, salicylic acid and tree tea oil. These are the anti-fungal agents that have properties to help reduce dandruff.

Here are some shampoos worth considering:

Khadi Neem and Alove Vera Anti Dandruff shampoo

 

KHADI NEEM AND ALOE VERA SHAMPOO INDIA

The best part of this shampoo is that its SLS and paraben-free. Parabens cause irritation and itching on the skin, which are reduced as a result. It also helps to remove dandruff  and clean the scalps, and even reduce excessive oil (that too in the first wash itself).

According to some of our users, this shampoo can leave your hair dry and frizzy. Hence it is advised to use a conditioner after using the shampoo. Overall the product is very useful for scalp issues and dandruff problems. This shampoo also has a refreshing fragrance and great packing.

 

Matrix Biolage Scalppure Shampoo

BIOLAGE ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO HAIRSTYLESINDIA

The name is absolutely to its purpose. The Matrix Biolage Scalpure shampoo removes visible flakes from your scalps and keep them pure! Zinc pyrithione (ZTPO), one of its major ingredients, decelerates the mallazessia yeast and thereby reduce dandruff. The shampoo helps in strengthening your hair as well as relieves the scalp irritation (itching).

Mint leaf, one of the ingredient in the matrix biolage, adds mint fragrance as well as a chill-cool feel to the hair. This is really one of the best choice in this list.

We also recommend you to use conditioner after the wash.

VLCC Dandruff Control Shampoo

VLCC ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO HAIRSTYLEINDIA

VLCC Dandruff control shampoo offers you dandruff-free hair without dryness.  The key ingredients of VLCC shampoo are rosemary and methanol. Rosemary oil benefits hair growth by stimulating the scalp. It also helps to improve the ability of hair to resist traction.

Methanol is soothing for dry and itchy scalp and helps to condition them. It’s affordable and travel friendly too.

Our users have claimed that the shampoo leave your hair smooth and soft after the wash. It’s a very good option at this affordable price.

Head and Shoulders Smooth and Silky Shampoo

HEAD AND SHOULDERS ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO HAIRSTYLEINDIA

This is probably most people’s go-to anti-dandruff shampoo. Head and shoulders can turn your frizzy hair silky smooth and dandruff free. Since this shampoo is enriched with intense moisturizers, it can cleanse, protect and moisturize your scalp and hair. It also contains Zinc pyrithione (ZTPO .01% PER 1ml) which reduces recurrence of dandruff.

Head and shoulders is the only shampoo in this list that contains Zinc Carbonate, which helps fight flakes better by moisturizing the scalp. As per most of our users, they are true to their word as well.

Head and shoulders shampoo keeps your hair smooth, cures scalp problems, itch and dandruff (visible flakes). It is not SLS free though but is priced worthy of the quality you get.

Biotique bio Margosa Anti Dandruff Shampoo

BOTIQUE ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO HAIRSTYLE

Biotique bio margosa is one of the best anti dandruff shampoo available in the market today. Its 100% Ayurvedic and is made using botanical extracts. By the way, Margosa is just another name for Neem. Neem provides anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which should sound appealing to those who are suffering from dandruff.

It also offers the benefits of Ritha fruit, Neem bark and other ayurvedic elements such as Chhotl dhudi root, Bhringraj plant and other natural herbs. These ingredients are famous for reducing itchiness and dandruff.

The shampoo has a mint-lime green colour and herbal fragrance.

Clear Complete Active Care Shampoo

CLEAR SHAMPOO ANTI DANDRUFF HAIRSTYLEINDIA

Complete Clear shampoo comes with a blend of 10 nutrients (NUTRIUM 10). NUTRIUM 10 is a technology that took years in making and is part of CLEAR’s mission to deliver the best anti-dandruff shampoo for scalp and dandruff problems. NUTRIUM 10 cures itchiness and targets the dandruff at its source. The product claims that it can increase the natural resistance of the scalps as well as strengthen the hair from root to tip.

The Clear Active shampoo also nourishes the scalp and provides smooth and bouncy look to your hair. Some of our users, however, have noticed that it leaves your hair a little frizzy after washing. So we recommend following up with a good conditioner.

The Body Shop Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo

GINGER ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO HAIRSTYLE INDIA

If you have dry, flaky and dandruff prone scalps, this is a professional choice. The key ingredients in this shampoo are ginger oil, birch bark and white willow. Ginger is a natural antiseptic and eliminates the fungi that causes dandruff.

Ginger oil is extracted from the roots of ginger, contains strong anti-inflammatory properties as well, and this helps to soothe scalp inflammation due to dandruff. Oil extracted from birch bark is a well known hair growth stimulant and provides hair with a nice shine.

White willow bark is a gentle cleanser which protects the hair strands and help to maintain healthy scalps. Most of our users agree to the qualities that ‘The Body Shop’ offers. However it makes your hair a little dry which can be countered using a conditioner.

The Body Shop Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo is a little more expensive thant others in this list. However, this is in accordance with the quality that they provide, as one of the best anti dandruff shampoos available.

Himalaya Herbals Anti Dandruff Shampoo

HIMALAYA ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO HAIRSTYLESINDIA

It’s a complete herbal shampoo which is free from pareben and SLES. The main ingredients of Himalaya Herbals are Tea Tree Oil, Grape Seed, Indian Sarsaparilla and Aloe Vera.

Due to its anti-fungal properties, it can kill the fungus which makes scalp unhealthy and hence soothes and clams itchy scalps.

Tea tree oil fights the dandruff and even promotes hair growth at the same time.

Grape seed helps to reduce the hair loss as well as increase the rate of hair growth.

Indian sarsaparilla and Aloe vera help to remove the itchiness, and make your scalp and hair smoother and healthier.

The shampoo is very cost effective and can be used daily.

Ketomac anti dandruff shampoo

KETOMAC TORQUE ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO HAIRSTYLESINDIA

Ketomac anti-dandruff shampoo is one among the best dandruff control products available. It contains ketoconazole 2%- an antifungal that eliminates the fungus which causes dandruff. It also helps to remove itchiness and other scalp related issues to a great extent. It even prevents recurrence of the condition!

The price of this shampoo is affordable and it is available in almost all pharmacies. Some users have however commented that they suffered a little hair-fall after the shampooing. So if you have hair fall issues, better test the shampoo before daily use.

Fab India Anti Dandruff Shampoo

FABINDIA ANTIDANDRUFF SHAMPOO HAIRSTYLESINDIA

Fab India anti-dandruff shampoo made this list because it comprises of tea tree oil as its key ingredients.

Tea tree oil is best known for its anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. It helps to unclog the hair follicles and nourish your hair roots. Further, the oil removes flakes from the scalp and prevents hair from being rough.

The shampoo has a pleasant tea tree fragrance.

 

 

SHAMPOOS

(Buy at discount)

DANDRUFF

CONTROL

REMOVE

ITCHINESS

REMOVE FRIZZINESS SLS FREE KEY INGREDIENTS
Khadi Neem and Alove Vera Anti Dandruff Shampoo

 

₹250 ₹185

Amazon

Flipkart

 

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Ext of Neem, Green Tea, Tulsi,

Aloe Vera,

Bhringraj

Matrix Biolage Scalppure Shampoo (400 ml)

 

₹625 ₹495

Amazon

Flipkart (200ml)

 

        ✓

        ✓

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ZPTO,

Menthol

VLCC Dandruff control shampoo

₹255 ₹203

Amazon

Flipkart

 

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Rosemary Oil

Spearmint Oil

Guar

Head and Shoulders

Smooth And Silky Shampoo (340 ml)

₹250 ₹245

Amazon

Flipkart

 

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Pyrithione Zinc (1%),

Zinc Carbonate

Biotique bio margosa Anti Dandruff Shampoo (190 ml)

₹159 ₹127

Flipkart

Amazon

 

         ✓

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Ext of Neem,

Ritha Fruit,

Bhringraj,

Gandhak Ext

Clear Complete Active Care Shampoo

₹270 ₹215

Flipkart

Amazon

 

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NUTRIUM 10

ZPTO

The Body Shop Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo (8.4  Ounce)

₹1095 ₹873

Flipkart

Amazon

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Ginger Oil

Birch Bark Ext,

Panthenol,

Honey

Himalaya Herbals Anti Dandruff Shampoo (700 ml)

₹382 ₹352

Amazon

Flipkart

 

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Tea Tree Oil, Grape Seed, Indian Sarsaparilla, Aloe Vera
Torque Ketomac Anti Dandruff shampoo (220ml)

₹396

Flipkart

Amazon

          ✓

         ✓

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Ketoconazole 2%
Fab India Anti Dandruff Shampoo

₹350

Nykaa

         ✓

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Tea Tree Oil,

Neem Oil,

Guar, Methanol

These are the best 10 anti-dandruff shampoos (in affordable price) available. This list is not based on any order and was compiled by the feedback from our daily users. It might not work for all, but should bode well for most. If you had different experience with these shampoos, please share with us in the comment section below.

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