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Dandruff affects around half of the world’s population. What are the symptoms you should be looking out for?

Dandruff flakes

Flakes are the most well known sign of dandruff. You might be able to see them on your shoulders as well as on your scalp and hair strands. Depending on the severity of your dandruff, the flakes can look different.

In less severe cases, the flakes might be small and white:

In more severe cases, dandruff flakes can be large and yellowish in colour:


Dandruff is the result of irritation caused by the naturally occurring microbe Malassezia globosa. It­ breaks down your scalp oils to produce irritants, so your scalp might look red and inflamed:

Other signs that might not be visible

Most dandruff sufferers experience an itchy scalp. You can’t see it, but you’ll certainly be able to feel that itchy sensation.

A dry scalp is also very commonly associated with dandruff. It’s not always visible, but you’ll probably feel a tight sensation, much like dry skin elsewhere on the body.

Dandruff is easy to control...

Just use Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo every time you wash your hair. It fights dry scalp, calms itchy scalp, relieves irritation, reduces redness and controls flakes1. Plus, it leaves your hair looking beautiful.

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