Ugh, dandruff, what a pain. Just imagine, you’re about to go on your first date and you’ve painstakingly put together an outfit that you’re finally happy with. But… no matter the amount of effort you put into dolling yourself up, those loose flaky bites on your scalp will instantly turn your date off. You can try explaining that it isn’t your fault, that you have great hygiene and all, to no avail. You decide to try on anti-dandruff shampoos, in hope of salvaging the situation, only to leave yourself with a more sensitive and dryer scalp than ever. Bummer.

Well, enter L’Oreal two new anti-dandruff range that are powered by gentle essential oils. Containing natural medicinal efficacy, giving you lustrous and healthy hair. So how do they work? Before that, we need to identify how dandruff comes about.

How does dandruff come about?


Dandruff occurs when there is a buildup of sebum (natural oils) and impurities on the scalp, producing dandruff-causing organisms called Malassezia. Yes, you guessed it. This ultimately results in dandruff; itchy scalp with loose apparent flakes.

However, most anti-dandruff shampoos are not tailor-made for your scalp types (yes! Even with dandruff, you will need to choose the right shampoo for your scalp). We advise you to try L’Oreal’s newest Phytoclear and Ever Fresh Range that targets at different scalp types in a gentler and natural way.

Identify your scalp issues and use the appropriate shampoo for your problems


Phytoclear, the first-ever anti-dandruff shampoo that contains beneficial tea tree essential oil that helps to effective fight dandruff relapse with continued usage.

From the Phytoclear range, there are three tailor-made anti-dandruff shampoo solutions for your scalp, each infused with a blend of tea tree and essential oils.

If you have oily scalp, try the refreshing shampoo that is formulated with lemongrass essential oil that helps in balancing sebum production while moisturising the scalp.

If you have dry scalp, try the nourishing shampoo that is infused with naturally cold-pressed, nourishing orange essential oil that promises to enrich the scalp.

If you have sensitive scalp, try the soothing shampoo that is fortified with anti-inflammatory french lavender essential oil that is said to soothe your scalp, leaving your hair healthier.

If you want to take your hair care regime a step further, then have a go at their dandruff prevention treatment. The Scalp Regulating Spray is the 1st Anti-Dandruff Leave-In treatment that contains 3X Tea Tree Oil vs the shampoos to refresh scalp and effectively fight dandruff relapse.


For those with coloured hair


Do you have coloured hair and thus need a gentler anti-dandruff shampoo that cares for you? Then try out their Ever Fresh anti-dandruff shampoo that is formulated with indian lilac, which helps in re-balancing the scalp and control dandruff. Gentle, the shampoo helps in prolonging your hair colour, so you don’t have to worry too much about your dyed hair fading prematurely. It is sulphate and paraben-free, with no harsh salts, meaning that it is suitable even for the most sensitive of scalp.

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If you want to thoroughly exfoliate your scalp to ensure that the build-up of oils and sebum does not aggravate the dandruff situation, try the Micro-Exfoliating Scrub that contains apricot seeds, which detoxifies flaky build-up on the scalp. Applied on before shampooing, it gently removes impurities, flakes and excess oil that can weigh down the hair. Simply wet hair and apply a generous dollop before massaging it into your scalp and throughout hair. Rinse thoroughly before following with EverFresh Shampoo and Conditioner.

If you’re itching for some, no pun intended, then head on down to Watsons, Guardian and all leading supermarkets and selected departmental stores to get yourself the full works.