Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Dandruff Shampoo Review
H & S Claims: Head & Shoulders advanced Smooth & Silky shampoo and conditioner are formulated with moisturizers to restore a silky smooth look to dry and frizzy hair, while leaving hair 100% flake free*.
Starts at the scalp to smooth each strand and to calm dry frizzy hair
Gentle and pH balanced for everyday use even on permed or colour treated hair
For best results on hair and scalp use Head & Shoulders conditioner
*visible flakes with regular use
Active Ingredients: 1% Pyrithione Zinc
Inactive Ingredients: Water,Sodium Laureth Sulfate,Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,Cocamide MEA,Zinc Carbonate,Glycol Distearate,Dimethicone,Fragrance,Cetyl Alcohol,Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,Magnesium Sulfate,Sodium Benzoate,Magnesium Carbonate Hydroxide,Ammonium Laureth Sulfate,Benzyl Alcohol,Sodium Chloride.
Price point: I received a 50ml sample for free.
My 6¢: I received this shampoo as a sample. To be honest I didn’t have high expectations of this shampoo because it’s a dandruff shampoo and those tend to be inherently infamous for being drying. With pessimism in tow I decided to suppress my reservations until the sample was used up. It’s been a few months since I first used it so now I get to voice my opinion.
I was pleasantly surprised by this shampoo. It is a white shampoo (not some crazy psychedelic blue) that is not too runny but not too thick either. The smell is pleasant. A couple floral notes, but nothing overbearing. Prior to the first time using it, I had mentally prepared myself for the detangling task up ahead. You all know what I’m talking about. Wet hair + dandruff shampoo = insane tangles. Or so I thought. I applied a small amount, worked it into my hair and let it sit to do its thing. To my surprise I could still run my fingers through my hair after it had been sitting for some 3 mins. This was an unusual experience for a dandruff shampoo. In doubt I checked the container to make sure that they had shipped me the correct sample. They had!! I was impressed. When I decided to do subsequent lathers however, I noticed stripping. My hair was no longer “smooth and silky”. For that reason when I use this shampoo I try to either restrict myself to one lather (if my hair is not too greasy) or do a first lather with a moisturizing shampoo and then lather with the Smooth & Silky shampoo. Either of these methods yields the best results in terms of reducing stripping and tangling.
As far as being 100% flake free – In my experience it did stop the itchies (if only for a few days), however I seem to have stubborn dandruff so the problem would resurface after a week or two. To be fair I probably should have used the product every week for a few weeks to fully alleviate the problem but such was not the case. I only used it when I felt the itchies. In addition I did not follow with the Head and Shoulders Smooth & Silky conditioner (which they recommend for best results). Despite all that I still think it did a good job of curbing my itchies.
As far as the “smooth and silky” claim goes, it does provide some smoothing due to its silicone content and pH balancing, but my friends don’t expect a miracle. Your hair will not feel like “butter”. Sorry, let me correct myself – my hair did not feel like butter. I still had to follow with a moisturizing conditioner to give me the slip I love. I can’t really speak to the results in combination with the Smooth & Silky conditioner because I only used that conditioner once and can’t say I was overcome by smoothness or silkiness from its use.
Ingredient wise it doesn’t have the best line-up of ingredients, but neither do a lot of other products on the market.
Overall this is good product to get rid of dandruff and limit tangles if used moderately. However, I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it you can use it daily. I think that would be too drying for us with textured hair.