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If you’re on a quest to banish pesky white flakes from your scalp, chances are you’ve explored various options as far as shampoos and conditioners go. Let’s face it, there are a lot of options, and one of those may have been taking the silicone-free route to treat your dandruff.

Why Is There Silicone in My Shampoo?

Silicone is a common ingredient used in hair products due to its ability to seal hair and reflect light. Silicone coats hair to help prevent heat damage and moisture from penetrating the hair shaft. These features provide that silky-smooth, frizz-fighting finish that makes hair appear “glossy”.

What’s the Catch?

While silicone has its merits, it can sometimes be a double-edged sword when it comes to dandruff. Remember, silicone is awesome at forming a protective barrier around your strands. Unfortunately, this means it can also build up on your scalp over time, making it harder for anti-dandruff ingredients to do their job. Try a clarifying shampoo like our Head & Shoulders’ BARE Pure Clean Silicone-Free Dandruff Shampoo that gently cleans and clarifies scalp and hair, leaving it refreshed and looking vibrant.

Tip: If build-up or residue is an issue, shampoo and rinse your hair twice with the recommended amount of product to remove build up.

Is a Silicone-Free Option Right for Me?

Depending on your hair type, a silicone-free option could be your best solution to keep your dandruff in check – especially if you have the following hair types:

Fine or Oily Hair

Silicone-free formulas are lighter and won’t leave a residue that could make your hair appear greasy. For this reason, they’re ideal for keeping your scalp clean and free from access oils and dandruff without weighing down your hair.

Curly or Textured Hair

Because these hair types require more moisture, silicone-free shampoos can be beneficial for curly or textured hair. Silicone-free shampoos can help maintain the hair's natural texture, allowing conditioners and treatments to work effectively. Luckily, options like Head & Shoulders’ BARE Soothing Hydration Silicone-Free Dandruff Shampoo are formulated to effectively fight dandruff while leaving your hair feeling clean and moisturized.

Sensitive Scalp

If you have a sensitive scalp, opting for silicone-free anti-dandruff shampoo can be a smart choice. These shampoos are formulated with gentle, minimal ingredients that soothe irritation and minimize the risk of further sensitivity.

Not one of these hair types? No problem. If you find that silicone buildup exacerbates your dandruff, or if you prefer a simpler and gentler approach to treating it, giving a silicone-free solution a shot is a great idea. If you’re content with your current dandruff routine and it happens to include silicone, that’s okay too, just choose the treatment that’s right for you. Whatever approach you choose, we recommend using enough shampoo to get the maximum cleaning benefit. You’ll know you’ve used enough if it works into a rich lather and covers your hair all over.

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