Dandruff Shampoos: You’d Be Surprised How Far They’ve Come

This time of year, dry and itchy scalps tend to creep up on many of us. The last time I can remember using a dandruff shampoo, it smelled like medicine, it was bright blue, and it burned my eyes as I washed my hair! The good news is that dandruff shampoos have come a VERY long way over the years. Not only do they treat your dry, flaky, itchy scalp, but they now add moisture, volume, and shine as well!

The even better news is that most of these dandruff shampoos are very affordable. As a matter of fact, you can find half of them at your local drugstore.

Natural Brands has also come out with some great natural alternatives, if you prefer sulfate-free and paraben-free products.

  • 8 New and Improved Dandruff Shampoos 1 of 9

    There's no need to sacrifice the benefits of your favorite shampoo to treat dandruff. Click through the slideshow to find 8 new and improved dandruff shampoos that do more than just relieve dry and itchy scalps! 

  • Suave Scalp Solutions Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 2 of 9

    I love the smell of anything tropical, so this coconut and shea butter infused shampoo was a winner for me. No medicine smell here! It lathers up well and doesn't dry out your hair. It's also the most affordable of the group and is one of my favorites. 

    Get it at Drugstores, $3.99

  • The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 3 of 9
    The body shop

    Not only does this miracle-in-a-bottle combat dandruff, but it also adds shine! Yes, that's right. Get silky shiny hair and banish dandruff -- just make sure you use a good conditioner with it. 

    Get it at The Body Shop, $7.00 

  • Head & Shoulders 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo 4 of 9
    head and shoulders

    This oldie but goodie has revamped itself, and it's still one of the top selling dandruff shampoos on the market. They have improved the "medicinal" smell of the original blend and added a fresh citrus scent. If you suffer from more than just a flaky scalp (other symptoms include itching, burning, and irritation), this shampoo will conquer it all. 

    Get it at Drugstores, $6

  • Jason Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo 5 of 9

    Tea tree oil, known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungicidal properties, helps soothe and relive dry, itchy scalps. The scent is cool and crisp. If you are looking for a natural alternative (which kind of makes sense when you are dealing with an irritated scalp), this is your best bet! 

    Get it at iHerb, $7

  • Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo 6 of 9

    If you are just on the verge of getting dandruff, you will love this pick, as it keeps your scalp squeaky clean and soothes itchiness. This is another great choice if you are looking for something on the natural side. 

    Get it at Aveda,$17

  • Avalon Organics Scalp Normalizing Shampoo 7 of 9

    My husband has extremely sensitive skin, and in the winter months his scalp can get irritated. This is his hands down favorite natural treatment shampoo. The tea tree oil soothes his irritated skin and the mint is refreshing. 

    Get it at iHerb, $7.39

  • Head & Shoulders Extra Volume Shampoo 8 of 9

    The one negative to most dandruff shampoos is that they tend to have a drying effect while weighing down the hair, leaving no volume or shine. Head & Shoulders hit the nail on the head when they made a dandruff shampoo that added moisture, shine, and volume -- all while treating your flaky scalp. At under $6, this is a no-brainer beauty buy. 

    Get it at Drugstores, $5.79

  • Neutrogena Daily Control T Gel 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner 9 of 9

    If you have serious red, itchy patches, this shampoo+conditioner is for you. The ingredient pyrithione zinc relives itching and flaking while vitamin E moisturizes the hair and scalp. It gives your scalp a nice squeaky clean feel, too! 

    Get it at Neutrogena, $6.99

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