Head & Shoulders Classic Clean

  • Best for mild dandruff
  • Least expensive brand that has zinc pyrithione
  • Less irritating than other anti-dandruff shampoos
  • Harsh, some users say
  • Won't work for severe dandruff

Reviews say Head & Shoulders Classic Clean is a solid shampoo, although it may not be strong enough for those with a severe problem. It is also the least expensive dandruff shampoo that contains zinc pyrithione, a chemical that combats the organisms that cause dandruff. Experts say that Head & Shoulders also is less likely to have irritating side effects than many other anti-dandruff shampoos. If you don't need an anti-dandruff shampoo, reviewers recommend Suave Daily Clarifying shampoo (*Est. $3 for 22.5 oz.), a mild formula that won't contribute to buildup.

We found the most reviews for Head & Shoulders shampoos at iVillage.com, which has more than 80 owner-written reviews. We found a smattering of reviews on other sites. About.com also provides a list of top inexpensive shampoos. Head & Shoulders shampoos are also extensively covered by expert Paula Begoun in her excellent book, "Don't Go Shopping For Hair-Care Products Without Me."

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1. iVillage.com

More than 80 readers post reviews of Head & Shoulders at iVillage.com. Users say the shampoo does work to control mild dandruff and cleans the hair without drying. Some, however, say it was too harsh for them or was irritating.

Review: Head & Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo, Contributors to iVillage.com

2. Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me

Head & Shoulders shampoos are discussed extensively in Paula Begoun's respected book on hair care products. Begoun bases her ratings on an analysis of ingredients in each formula, and she cites scientific studies to back up her assertions. No other reviewer analyzes Head & Shoulders shampoo in this depth.

Review: Shampoos, Paula Begoun, Third Edition, September 2004

3. Dugstore.com

Classic Clean gets good reviews from a handful of owners. Three praise this product and say it gets their hair clean without drying it out. But a few users say this shampoo did not cure their dandruff problems. All seem to like the smell.

Review: Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Dandruff Shampoo, Contributors to Drugstore.com

4. About.com

Head & Shoulders is one of seven inexpensive but effective shampoos reviewed in this article on About.com's beauty channel. The reviewer says, "Apparently this shampoo either gives you great results or it doesn't." No information is given as to how the shampoos were chosen. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Review: Top 7 Inexpensive but Effective Shampoo Reviews, Shirley Bragg, February 2005

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