They’ve all done it. From a Shahid Kapoor who probably had to
wait 3 days back then to be able to go under the knife for his next shave, to
Ranveer Singh whom brands can’t seem to get enough of and who I’d personally
want to give a very very close shave indeed, to. Dangerously close I fear
The truth remains - Navratri to Diwali, content on the best possible anti-dandruff shampoos shoots up as if it were the sprinklers outside the Vegas casinos.
With subtle mating messages meant to spur the dull matte male mane into action, each brand tries to showcase dandruff as a no-no between September and December. Curious? Welcome to marketing.
We picked out a few brands out there that are possibly truly worth their salt - and help you get rid of the itch of these flaky irritants. Some known because of the celebrities that are paid to run their hands backwards on a backdrop of black silk satin, some not known yet very effective indeed, if you truly need to rid yourself of the meddlesome irritants. These are of course, generic in nature and use.
Got this straight from a chemistry student from a fancied chemical engineering college in the country - ketoconazole (active ingredient in Nizoral) is by far and away the best at keeping dandruff at bay - it’s an absolute no contest. It’s a surprise then, that the marketing effort on this one is weaker than most Bollywood plots. Torrent pharma - wake up! Caution - it is a quasi-medical product truly meant to do what it is recommended for, so use appropriately.
2. Zinc pyrithione (you guys know it as ZPTO) was a popular term introduced a few years back. It was supposed to fight dandruff like Jon Snow, his enemies. The truth? Part truth, part Gimmick, part fiction. At best, it cleanses the scalp well. Its best (intended or otherwise) use is anti-itching. But if you want freedom from those flakes, you need to look elsewhere!
Cipla 8X is possibly a good pocket friendly example of the same
3 / 4 Matrix Biolage & the Ginger Shampoo
Popular in their own right, the former is a hit among salons in Tier 1 cities. It claims to rinse-off (and try to keep off) pollutants as effectively as banish dandruff. It is admittedly a good product and professes the use of the ‘kola nut”. Yes, it ‘boasts’ the ZPTO complex, but hey, what the hell - there’s more to it too.
The Ginger shampoo claims to be manna for those with a dry scalp. The catch - it’s pricey. The other catch is the packaging. It looks like a cough syrup from every angle. It’s a powerful concoction indeed and a good product as you mix and match your weaponry.
5. Finally, if you must add a P&G product, go for the Pantene Pro-V
It’s affordable, nicely packaged and it’s a big brand syndicate. But your flaky friends will continue to spook your lapels regularly, albeit in lesser numbers.
There are plenty more like Avon and VLCC, and the recent new addition Patanjali but frankly don’t waste your headspace over them. You are of course free to try the very fancy salon intended products that sell for over a thousand if you can afford it. You may just get lucky.
Head and Shoulders anti dandruff anti hairfall shampoo - not applicable for any of the above and included only as homage for it’s perpetual existence!
Go ahead. Make an intelligent call and remedy the situation. And season’s greetings to all from Ivyclique!