Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff Shampoo

Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff Shampoo

From Head and Shoulders Marketing

About Head Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff Shampoo

About the Product

  • Prescription strength flake protection (1)
  • #1 Dermatologist recommended dandruff brand (2)
  • Selenium Sulfide dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis shampoo
  • Extra strength dandruff shampoo provides effective relief for the toughest dandruff, with 1% selenium sulfide
  • Helps prevent flaking, itching, scaling, irritation, and redness associated with dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis
  • #1 Dermatologist recommended dandruff brand (based on a 2013 survey of U.S. dermatologists
  • Contains 1% selenium sulfide to provide effective relief for the toughest dandruff
  • Maximum strength available without a prescription
  • Relieves itchy scalp and removes flakes (associated with dandruff)
  • Gentle and pH balanced dandruff shampoo that keeps hair clean, manageable and 100% flake free (visible flakes; with regular use)

“Dandruff is a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis, but in addition to scaly skin flakes, a person with more severe forms of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp will have reddening of the skin. Excessive sebum from the oil glands of the skin (particularly the scalp and face) is a key feature, giving the skin a greasy look and feel. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is common in people with oily skin or hair, acne, or psoriasis.” WebMD

Reviewer’s Thoughts

Head Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff Shampoo

To center our discussion, this is a toxic review of Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Shampoo, a product aimed at a specific condition. It is touted to be as strong as possible without getting a prescription.

Amazon Ranking

Amazon Total Reviews – 465
Estimated Amazon Verified Purchase – 63% for 293
Positive 4 & 5 Star Reviews – 83% for 386
Negative 1 & 2 Star Reviews – 10% for 47
Average Amazon Rating – 4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
BeHealthyBeMore Rating 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
#6 in Beauty > Hair Care > Shampoo > Daily Shampoo

Negative Ratings

The negative ratings for Head Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff Shampoo were 10%. Much higher and we suggest customers service sits down with the marketing group to look at improving the product.

A common complaint was the smell, the lingering smell. While we find that surprising since the ingredient list used “fragrance” to hide what was used to affect the smell. Normally that is code for some really bad fragrance chemicals. More Information. So it looks like Head & Shoulders tried to address an aroma issue.

Another complaint thread of Head Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff Shampoo concerned the strength and skin sensitivity. If you look closely at the ingredient scoring below, that complaint is probably one for the marketing department. There is a seemly abundance of ingredients with concerns of skin issues. Which brings us to our last point, “it’s too strong”.

At this point, we have to remember the purpose of the shampoo, treatment for Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis. It is not intended to be a general-purpose organic natural shampoo. So we expected some strong stuff.

 BeHealthyBeMore Ingredient Health Score

Product: Head Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff Shampoo

First, the no to low Health Risks ingredients. The longer the bar, the less risk, or the more healthy the component. Long green bars are good.

Now we switch to some of the bad stuff. In this measurement, long red bars are bad. They are going to be red in color, so the shorter, the better.

And the Ingredient Health Score Is?

Head Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff Shampoo – Fragrances

Fragrances can hide a lot of bad stuff, a lot of Toxic 12 stuff. That is why BeHealthyBeMore.com mandated our scoring formula to give hidden ingredients a full 10% health score deduction. Showing the fragrances might have made the score a much nicer 7.5. But when we deal with our health do we really want things hidden from us?


SLS, may or may not be underscored, depending on your belief of the connection between SLS and cancer. That is a huge debate right now with some heavy hitters supporting the NO group.

With the SLES, a primary concern is the possible manufacturing contamination with Dioxane which may or may not happen. If SLES is contaminated with Dioxane, it more than doubles the health threat. We can not tell unless each and every sample batch is tested.

For now, while we research the topic further, we feel it better to stick with the accepted Deep Skin Database and keep the current health threat scoring.

Bottom Line

We rated Head Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff Shampoo at 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) . No, it is not the healthiest product, but it is above the 50% mark with a large segment of people getting benefit from the product.

We recommend you look for a less toxic option and see if that fits your needs. I know BHBM will be.

For now, you know some of the risks, so you are in a better place to make an intelligent option. If you find a possible less toxic option, please contact us through our Contact Page.

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