Almost everything looks cuter on kids’ heads — little hats, earmuffs, headbands. But there’s an exception, and that’s dandruff, which isn’t appealing at any age, nor is it fun to deal with. Flaky, itchy heads can be caused by numerous things like cold weather, skin conditions like eczema, or even lice treatments that dry out the scalp (though if you’re going to choose between your kid having lice or dandruff, dandruff is STILL the lesser of two wicked evils). But good news mamas, dandruff isn’t a permanent issue, just a very annoying one. Thankfully there are many over-the-counter solutions that can help get rid of it, and they won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Ahead you’ll find 12 dandruff shampoo for kids that will help deep clean scalps without stripping away too much moisture, leaving little heads fresh, soothed, and itch-free. When dealing with dandruff, patience is important to remember. It can take some time to stop the flakes, but a good rule of thumb is to always keep the shampoo on hand in case the dandruff returns – especially if your kid suffers from seasonal dandruff. Because white flakes should only be around when you’re playing outside in the snow.
You probably already have some Neutrogena products in your bathroom; add one to your child’s. Neutrogena’s T/Gel Shampoo can be used daily to help control flakes and itchiness. The shampoo contains coal tar extract, which starts to work from the first use and lasts long after the shampoo is rinsed off.
This natural shampoo has gentle ingredients like jojoba oil, lavender, and tea tree oil, which combats dandruff and a dry scalp (and keeps pesky lice away). It’s also sulfate- and paraben-free and contains no artificial fragrances or colors.
This is the next generation of detox shampoos. Infused with activated charcoal powder and keratin, it’s free of harmful chemicals like sulfates, parabens, and silicone. It’s great for all ages, so you can give the whole family the deep cleanse their hair deserves.
Keep little heads clean with an antibacterial formula shampoo to rebalance moisture without overdrying the scalp. It has natural ingredients like lemon, rosemary, peach kernel, and jojoba oils to maintain healthy hair.
This anti-dandruff shampoo has ketoconazole 1%, a clinically proven ingredient that addresses flaking, itchiness, and scaliness at the root of the problem.
Designed for kids 2-12, this shampoo gets rid of flakes and itch while cleaning, conditioning, and moisturizing the scalp.
Dr. Eddie’s shampoo is pediatrician-created and dermatologist-tested, so you know it will be gentle on kids’ heads. It has the FDA-approved pyrithione zinc to provide dandruff and cradle cap relief and contains licorice root extract to soothe redness.
Family-tested and family-approved, the Puriya shampoo has tea tree oil, arnica, sage, and aloe to remove dandruff-causing buildup and hydrate dry scalps. It’s sulfate-, paraben-, and artificial fragrance-free.
The Dove Dermacare collection has always prioritized banishing dandruff without completely drying out your hair with harsh chemicals. It’s formulated with Pyrithione Zinc that effectively tackles the dandruff on your scalp while renewing its natural moisture.
The gentle Jason shampoo has a combination of sulfur and salicylic acid to treat dandruff, plus rosemary, olive, and jojoba oils to soothe and moisturize.
This tea tree shampoo is made with 96 percent natural ingredients and is great for sensitive kids’ scalps. It is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, essential oils, and botanical essences to calm skin and strengthen hair.
This kids shampoo is pediatrician- and dermatologist-tested to gently, deep clean hair, removing dirt and oils without stripping the scalp. It has aloe vera, coconut, and other natural ingredients for hydration.
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