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7 Best Natural Shampoos for Dandruff

Updated on October 1, 2017

Dealing with dandruff can be annoying and challenging. Using Chemical laden, harsh shampoos can worsen the problem. This article lists 7 shampoos that are free of harsh surfactants but rich in essential oils and botanical extracts. Some of them contain one or two active pharmaceutical ingredients to further boost their power in fighting dandruff and itchy scalp.

Photo credit: Joseph Tame via Visualhunt /  CC BY-NC-ND
Photo credit: Joseph Tame via Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND

PURA D'OR Scalp Therapy Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Average Price=$19 for 16 oz.

PURA D'OR Scalp Therapy Anti-Dandruff Shampoo uses a special blend of bioactive ingredients to calm itching and flaking associated with psoriasis and dandruff. The formula contains organic Patchouli Oil,Lavender oil,tea tree oil,cedar wood oil, nettle extract and other clinically proven natural extracts to heal and nourish the scalp.

Besides natural antimicrobial agents like tea tree oil and lavender oil the shampoo also contains active pharmaceutical ingredient─ Zinc pyrithione, which is effective against many species of fungus and bacteria. The shampoo can help with mild to moderate cases of dandruff.

Do not expect your dandruff to go away by using PURA D'OR Scalp Therapy Anti-Dandruff Shampoo only once. It takes at least three weeks to see any effect. When you apply shampoo to your hair leave it for a few minutes to let the natural ingredients sink in your scalp and then rinse thoroughly. Your hair will be soft and flake free.

PURA D'OR Scalp Therapy Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
PURA D'OR Scalp Therapy Anti-Dandruff Shampoo


  • Free of SLS.
  • Paraben free.
  • Soothing and moisturizing to scalp.
  • Gentle on color treated hair.
  • The shampoo uses essential oils to great effect.
  • Soothes dry scalp and relieves itching and flaking.
  • Gluten free.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • Cruelty free.


  • The scent is a little off putting. If you are sensitive to fragrances proceed with caution.
  • Overtime with regular use it can dry out your hair so, have a weekly deep conditioner to supplement for lost moisture.
  • Some might develop allergy to it.
  • The shampoo might leave build up so do not forget to use a mild sulfate free clarifying shampoo every once in a while.
  • Price is too high.
  • Does not lather much. Thoroughly wetting your hair before you apply the shampoo might help.

Jason Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo

Average Price=$10 for 12 oz.

Rich in tea tree, rosemary, jojoba and olive oil, JASON Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo is deeply nourishing to troubled scalp. Jojoba and Tea tree oil have powerful antifungal properties and olive oil is a wonderful moisturizer. Jason combines these natural oils with active pharmaceutical ingredientsꟷ sulfur and salicylic acid to create an effective remedy for dandruff. Salicylic acid is a good exfoliator. It helps remove dead cells and flakes while sulfur kills dandruff.

For an SLS free shampoo Jason Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo lathers well. Use this shampoo in place of your regular hair cleanser. Jason recommends that the shampoo should be used three times in a week. But once your dandruff is under control you can reduce the number of washes per week. Continue to use the shampoo until the dandruff is completely eliminated.

It’s important to use this shampoo a few times before you make a final decision about the product.

Jason Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo
Jason Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo


  • Widely available in stores and can easily be purchased online.
  • Cruelty free.
  • No artificial colors.
  • No petroleum.
  • Controls scalp dermatitis and Psoriasis.
  • Phthalate free.
  • Free of SLS and Parabens.
  • For an SLS free shampoo it lathers well.
  • When applied it feels nice and tingly and instantly get rid of flakes and soothes the scalp.
  • Helps get rid of scalp odor.
  • Can reduce pimples and blemishes too.


  • The sulfur can dry out your hair.
  • Contains salicylic acid which some might find irritating.
  • Pricy.
  • Strong medicinal scent.
  • Not color safe.
  • The shampoo is suitable only for mild to moderate cases of dandruff.

Art Naturals Scalp 18 Coal Tar Shampoo for Dandruff

Average Price=$12 for 16oz.

Art Naturals Scalp 18 Coal Tar shampoo has been carefully designed showing a deep knowledge and understanding of the needs of target market.

It’s a natural shampoo that contains essential oils ( basil oil,jojoba oil ,Rosemary oil.lemon oil and cypress oil)combined with gentle foaming agents( Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate) and Coal tar.

Coal tar is the active ingredient to fight dandruff. Do not worry there’s no evidence that links coal tar to cancer. Coal tar has proven antifungal properties and it’s very effective at controlling dandruff.

A good exfoliator Coal tar removes the top layers of the skin, thus getting rid of crusty build up caused by dandruff. In addition to its antiseptic properties coal tar also prevents itching and can help with swelling.

Art Naturals Scalp 18 Coal Tar Shampoo is suitable for mild to moderate dandruff. Let the shampoo soak in for at least 5 minutes every time you wash your hair with it. You will start noticing a difference after about 2 weeks.

Art Naturals Scalp 18 Coal Tar Shampoo for Dandruff
Art Naturals Scalp 18 Coal Tar Shampoo for Dandruff


  • A little goes a long way.
  • Reasonably priced.
  • Sulfates free but lathers well and washes out easily.
  • The matching conditioner smells great and totally takes away the coal tar smell.
  • Relives dry scalp.
  • Soothes itching, flaking and scalp build up.
  • Helps with mild to moderate dandruff.
  • The shampoo is also suitable for those suffering from scalp psoriasis.
  • Cruelty free product.
  • Helps with eczema


  • Tar-like odor. But you can wash it away with a good conditioner.
  • The shampoo may fade color from your colored hair.
  • Can be drying for curly hair.
  • Remember to rinse really well. Otherwise your hair can feel heavy and you may feel the need to rewash your hair.
  • Be sure to test on your skin.
  • Coal tar is known to increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun for around 24 hours after application.

Maple Holistic Sage Shampoo for Danadruff

Average Price=$10 for 8 oz.

Though marketed as a Sage Shampoo Maple Holistic Sage shampoo is rich in many other essential oils like Rosemary oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, spikenard oil and peach kernel oil.

The shampoo tries to control dandruff by using these essential oils and has no active pharmaceutical ingredient to control dandruff. Thus Maple Holistics Sage Shampoo is suitable for mild cases of dandruff. This shampoo is especially suitable for dry scalp. Jojoba oil and peach kernel oil are great moisturizers while tea tree oil is known to regulate scalp sebum secretion levels. Having such wonderful ingredients the shampoo effectively soothes dry, flaky and itchy scalp.

Maple Holistic Sage Shampoo is an all-natural shampoo. If your dandruff has been caused by chemicals found in most shampoos then this is going to help.

Maple Holistics Sage Shampoo pairs really well with silk18 conditioner.

Maple Holistic Sage Shampoo for Danadruff
Maple Holistic Sage Shampoo for Danadruff


  • Rich in nourishing essential oils.
  • Entirely free of sulfates.
  • Very suitable for dry scalp.
  • Helps reduce dandruff
  • The scent is strong but it’s not unpleasant like most other dandruff shampoos.
  • Paraben free.
  • Cruelty free.
  • Gentle on color treated hair.
  • Hydrates hair and scalp really well.


  • The shampoo won’t help much if you have moderate to severe dandruff. Its suitable mostly for those who have mild dandruff.
  • If you are very sensitive to fragrances proceed with caution.
  • For the price it is the bottle should be a lot bigger.
  • Continuous use helps control dandruff but if you stop using it the Dandruff returns .

Mineral Fusion Anti-dandruff Shampoo

Average Price=$10 for 8.5 oz.

Packaged in a beautiful tube, made from recycled plastic, Mineral Fusion Anti Dandruff Shampoo is free of artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, harsh chemicals and nasty irritating additives.

Infused with four different mineral extracts (Malachite, Smithsonite, Rhodochrosite, Hematite) in addition to tea tree and oregano oil, the shampoo strengthens hair, and controls excess oil and flaking.

Mineral Fusion Anti-dandruff Shampoo is a white pearlescent thick liquid with a pleasant scent. It lathers well and leaves hair very clean.

The shampoo has one pharmaceutical active ingredientꟷ salicylic acid. The acid will soften and remove dandruff build up from your scalp while mineral rich clay absorbs excess oil, leaving you with soft, shiny and clean hair.

Mineral Fusion Anti-dandruff Shampoo
Mineral Fusion Anti-dandruff Shampoo


  • Effectively removes Build Up caused by dandruff.
  • Gluten Free.
  • Cruelty Free.
  • Sulfate Free.
  • Safe for Color Treated Hair.
  • Mineral rich clay helps absorb excess oil.
  • The unique blend of essential minerals helps promote hair and scalp health
  • Lathers well and leaves hair soft, smooth and shiny.
  • Most dandruff shampoos smell unpleasant but not this one.
  • Does not leave any residue.
  • Tames frizzy hair.


  • The tube seems small for the price, but only a pea size amount is required even for long and thick hair.
  • With prolonged usage salicylic acid is known to dry out skin and hair. To prevent that deep condition your hair.
  • Good for people with sensitive skin but some might develop an allergic reaction to it.
  • Salicylic acid will soften and exfoliate existing dandruff .It may not however prevent new dandruff from forming.

Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo

Average Price=$11 for 11 oz.

If your dandruff is caused by product build up, Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying shampoo is going to help.

Clarifying shampoos are a lot harsher than every day shampoos. They are designed to strip your hair of oil, dirt, grease and product buildup. Thus they should be used just once a week. But Aubrey organic Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo is free of harsh surfactants and is gentle enough to be used after 3-4 days. As a clarifying shampoo it performs very well and effectively removes all the dirt and product build up that may be causing dandruff.

The shampoo has an earthy herbal scent and is brown in color. It may not produce lots of lather but it will leave your hair and scalp very clean. To lather it up well soak your hair completely. After washing your hair you might feel that it leaves your hair dry so do not forget to follow up with a good conditioner.

Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying shampoo
Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying shampoo


  • Nice all-natural clarifying shampoo
  • Available at Walmart and online.
  • Cruelty free.
  • Paraben free.
  • For a natural shampoo, it lathers well.
  • Phthalate free.
  • Leaves hair and scalp very clean.
  • A natural alternative to dandruff shampoos.
  • Entirely free of Sulfates.
  • Suitable for those who have oily hair and use a lot of styling products.
  • Gluten free.


  • You may not like the earthy herbal scent. The scent however, goes away after you rinse your hair
  • Thin, runny formula makes it hard to get the right amount out of the bottle. Pour it into an old shampoo bottle which has a pump.
  • Not suitable for daily use. Should be used weekly or at least after 3-4 days. Being natural does not make it suitable for daily use, It’s a clarifying shampoo.
  • Do follow up with a good conditioner, as it might make your hair feel very dry or tangly.
  • The scent and a mild amount of alcohol might cause an allergic reaction in some people.

Maple Holistics Pure Tea Tree oil Shampoo

Average Price=$15 for 8 oz.

This shampoo is suitable for mild to moderate dandruff. It’s a good option for those who are looking for an all-natural, botanically based shampoo to control their itching and flaking.

The shampoo is white with pearly sheen and is free of dyes and colors. It has a herbal botanical scent which you may or may not like.

This shampoo has no active pharmaceutical ingredients but uses a mix of essential oils (tea tree, jojoba and lavender oil) to control dandruff and soothes dry itchy scalp. The tea tree oil regulates sebum levels in scalp, jojoba oil moisturizes it while lavender oil calms and soothes the itchy scalp.

In addition to natural oils the shampoo contains keratin and D-panthenol which is an excellent conditioner.

Maple Holistics Pure Tea Tree oil Shampoo cleanses well, removes dirt and excess oil without stripping your hair of moisture and color. It leaves your hair and scalp nourished and moisturized.

Maple Holistics Pure Tea Tree oil Shampoo
Maple Holistics Pure Tea Tree oil Shampoo


  • Kills lice
  • Helps prevent flaking and dandruff.
  • Leaves hair shiny and healthy.
  • Treats psoriasis.
  • Tea tree oil regulates sebum level in scalp.
  • Great combination of essential oils to help heal dry itchy scalp
  • Can slow hair loss, shedding, and thinning hair.
  • Excellent customer service
  • helps with the pimples along the hairline
  • Color safe and very soothing to scalp. It alleviates itching and does not strip the color
  • works best with the Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Conditioner


  • Smells like tea tree oil.
  • Mildly sudsy
  • Suitable for only mild to moderate dandruff.
  • The shampoo comes in a very small bottle which makes the product pricy.
  • It might dries out your hair so make sure you get a good conditioner to go with it .
  • The packaging is made out of a hard plastic. This makes it difficult to squeeze hard enough to make the product come out each time.


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    • KenDeanAgudo profile image

      Kenneth C Agudo 

      3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      Never heard of those shampoo brands but I dont use shampoo every day it makes hair dry but I try to use hair cuticle and conditioner once i a while


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