If you suffer from dandruff, your scalp is already dry and irritated enough. Using sulfate free hair products is likely to reduce irritability caused by the sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate or similar chemicals in your shampoo. Read more about sulfate effect on your hair and scalp. Sulfate detergents are added to shampoo in order to improve lathering. Sulfate free shampoo will not lather as much as a normal shampoo, but will still clean your hair and scalp just as well. If you are sensitive to sulfate products and have dandruff, try a sulfate free dandruff shampoo.
Dandruff is associated with the Malassezia sp. fungus in the scalp. Treating dandruff requires keeping this fungus under control. This can be done with different antifungal, tar or salicylic acid. Additional natural plant extracts, such as tea tree oil may soothe the irritated scalp, and will make you feel better after washing your hair.
Find a sulfate free dandruff shampoo that fits you best
Because the active ingredients in each of the available sulfate free dandruff shampoos are different, you should try several different shampoos with different properties. See which one works best to control your dandruff, and leave your scalp and hair feeling clean and healthy. For all dandruff shampoos, it is recommended to leave on your hair for at least 5 minutes to be effective. It takes time for the active ingredients to kill Malassezia. If you rinse it too soon, your shampoo will not be effective for controlling the condition. Sulfate free shampoo will not lather as much as your regular shampoo. This is something to get used to.
Best shampoos in the market include –
- WEN Tea Tree Cleansing Conditioner – active anti-bacterial and anti-fungal is the combination of Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone in addition to the tea tree oil in this hair product. This shampoo also contains ingredients to maintain moisture in the hair, silicones for smooth feeling and ingredients for hair thickening (Behentrimonium Methosulfate). You should be aware that Methylchloroisothiazolinone may cause an allergic reaction, including a redness and itchy skin in some people. If you see any symptoms of allergic reaction, try a shampoo with other active ingredients to control dandruff.
- Regenepure DR – Hair & Scalp Treatment – with the active ingredients Ketoconazole, zinc oxide and salicylic acid, it is a strong and effective anti-dandruff shampoo. In addition, Ketoconazole is an anti-androgen that slows down DHT production, this helps preventing hair loss and contributes to hair re-growth. Don’t expect, however, a magic for hair re-growth. If you are balding, you may need more than an over the counter shampoo to treat the problem. Overall, the reviews of this product are very positive. It was not helpful for severe cases of psoriasis or to treat balding, but this is not the purpose of this shampoo. It was very effective in controlling dandruff, when used as directed.
- Dandruff Relief Shampoo by Jason – Contains the active ingredients Salicylic Acid 2% to control Malassezia and Colloidal Sulfur 2% to prevent bacterial growth. Colloidal sulfur may cause dry skin and irritation if you are sensitive, so it may be more beneficial if you have oily hair. Additionally, although this shampoo is marketed as sulfate free, it contains Sodium Myreth Sulfate, another form of sulfate based detergent. User reviews are extremely positive and praise the effectiveness of this shampoo in controlling dandruff. Some users complained about sulfur smell, but most are very happy with the results and did not mind the smell. For effective treatment, leave on your hair for at least 5 minutes before rinsing off. After using this shampoo you may feel the need to use a conditioner as well.