If you're struggling with dandruff, and you've ambushed your scalp with every remedy, conditioner, and shampoo to no avail, we have news for you. There are specific formulations that eliminate the condition from the root. Literally! Wondering what they are? You’re in luck because we’re rounding up four of the most effective dandruff-fighting ingredients to look for in shampoos. Read on…


01. ZPTO


A topical application of ZPTO (zinc pyrithione) is an effective treatment against dandruff. Formulated with the idea of treating mild to severe cases, the chemical compound contains antifungal properties and is added to several anti-dandruff products to treat the condition. Our favourite is the Dove Dandruff Care Shampoo. Infused with ZPTO and micro-moisture serum, this one doesn't just rid your hair of dandruff for a flake-free scalp but softens your tresses in the process too. Talk about its double-duty status!


02. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil

Replete with antifungal, antibacterial, and moisturising properties, tea tree oil is another ingredient that fights multiple symptoms of dandruff — greasiness, itchiness, and lesions associated with the condition. The Love Beauty & Planet Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Clarifying Shampoo is our top pick. Infused with ethically-sourced Australian tea tree oil, Haitian vetiver, and organic coconut oil, the detoxifying shampoo clarifies your hair, locks in moisture, and is enriched with notes of sun-soaked citrus, precious woods, and warm nutty inflexions for a delightful in-shower experience.


03. Aloe vera

Aloe vera

Aloe vera isn’t just excellent for your skin, it works wonders for your hair too. Loaded with enzymes that can treat dandruff, redness, and scaly patches, aloe vera contains antifungal and anti-itching properties that control the production of flakes and reduce inflammation and itchiness. The paraben-free Sunsilk Coconut Water & Aloe Vera Volume Hair Shampoo contains the goodness of aloe vera and will keep your scalp dandruff-free.


04. Onion oil

Onion oil

Onion oil has long been touted to treat dandruff effectively thanks to its inherent antifungal and antimicrobial properties. It’s also rich in sulphur, which helps it stop hair fall in its tracks and give you the thick hair of your dreams. Our top onion oil-infused shampoo is the Love Beauty & Planet Onion Blackseed & Hairfall Control Sulfate Free Shampoo. It’s infused with natural onion bulb oil and pure black seed oil, both of which strengthen your tresses. Simply squeeze, lather and rinse.