Best Shampoo For Dry Scalp & Dandruff 2017-2018

Searching for the best shampoo for dry scalp for 2018? 

Fortunately dry scalp and dandruff is mainly a cosmetic problem and without any health repercussions. One of the main causes of dry scalp is seborrheic dermatitis also kown as dandruff. A medicated shampoo can minimize flaking but in extreme cases you may need a prescription strength product. 

Scalp Psoriasis can also cause itching and flaking. This occurs when your immune system increases skin cell growth all over your body including your scalp. Eczema is another condition that can bring on a dry scalp and dandruff. 

Regardless of what the cause is behind your dry and itchy scalp, most of us want to minimize the flaking which frankly can be unsightly (I suffer from dandruff myself). 

Here are our top picks and reviews of the best shampoo for dry scalp for  2018. 

Nizoral A-D Anti Dandruff Shampoo

This is by far the most potent and effective over-the-counter dandruff shampoo you can buy without a prescription. I've used it and it really does stop the flaking immediately, although it does come back if you stop using it. The only con is that the bottle is a bit small plus it can also dry out your hair (use a conditioner afterwards).

The active ingredient is Ketoconazole which bonds with your hair in order to control dandruff. The most effective way to apply this shampoo is to really lather it into your scalp and let it sit for a few minutes. 

Redken Dandruff Control Shampoo

This shampoo contains glycerin which works to hydrate and sooth your scalp. The active ingredient that's used to get rid of flakes is Pyrithione zinc. For best results the manufacturer recommends using this shampoo twice a week. 

Klorane Shampoo 

This shampoo is good choice if you're looking for a dry scalp shampoo that is SLS-free, vegan and silicone-free. It is pH balanced and formulated to soothe and hydrate a dry and irritated scalp. 

Phyto Phytheol Moisturizing Scalp Exfliating Shampoo

This shampoo exfoliates your scalp in order to get rid of dry flakes and dandruff while adding moisture at the same time for healthy and shiny hair. Like all Phyto products, it's on the pricier side but may be worth the splurge if you want a luxurious dry scalp shampoo. 

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Dandruff Shampoo

The active ingredient in this shampoo is coal tar which is an FDA approved ingredient to help fight dandruff and dry scalp. It's safe for daily use and clinically proven to reduce dandruff and flakes. This dry scalp shampoo does have a strong fragrance which is something to consider if you are sensitive. 


Chief-In-Editor at Her Glow Up. For makeup reviews: I have light skin with yellow and golden undertones. I'm a nc20 in MAC and 4 in Armani Luminous Silk. I'm an internet advertising guru by day and a beauty blogger after dark.

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