Let me preface this by saying I know that Head & Shoulders is pretty much synonymous with dandruff. However, I thankfully do not suffer from dandruff. I purchased this dandruff fighting shampoo because I figured I could use it as a clarifying shampoo (to remove product build-up). I figure if it’s formulated to get rid of dandruff from people’s scalps, then why not use it to remove product build-up (dry shampoo, hairspray, serum, leave-in conditioner, etc…) from my scalp? Pretty clever, right? I know, I know. In fact, I was patting myself on the back, right after purchasing this huge thing of shampoo (I wanna say 2 Kuwait Dinars and some change but the price washed off in the shower so I’m not too sure) and it is huge at 420mL/14.2 FL OZ.
Let’s address the “benefits” on the back:
removes flakes – I honestly wouldn’t know because like I said, I don’t suffer from dandruff.
calms itching – I don’t suffer from itching, either (unless I’m getting my hair dyed blonde, in which case the dye itches like heck, for hours, before I’m finally allowed to get it washed off #goodtimes So glad I’m not a blonde anymore and don’t have to deal with all that fun stuff!)
relieves irritation – again, not applicable to me.
reduces redness – I wasn’t even aware that this was a thing.
great scent – Yaaaaaaaaas!
fights dryness – That’s a lie. This made my hair feel super dry(er).
leaves hair beautiful – That’s another lie. Sadly, my hair is far from beautiful.
Not bad, 1 out of 7 of the claims are true (is? are? I dunno…)
Let’s be real. This is what sold me. I was totally gonna’ buy it anyway, because of the green apple scent. As it turns out, the crisp, clean scent is only an added bonus, as this Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo performs wonderfully as a clarify shampoo! What that means is, it rinses out the residue that I’ve accumulated in my hair from all the hair styling products that I use (namely Batiste Dry Shampoo). This specific shampoo is particularly handy after an especially dusty day in Kuwait (which is like, every other day lawl). I just love how squeaky clean it makes my hair feel! That said, Head & Shoulders Shampoo can be quite drying, so I wouldn’t recommend it for everyday use. Personally, I use it for more of a deep clean once or twice a week, switching it out for a more gentle shampoo (for daily use). I liked the green apple scent (even though it doesn’t even begin to compare to the green apple scent on my Garnier Fructis Shampoo) and loved that my entire bathroom would smell like green apples every time I used this stuff. However, the scent doesn’t linger (in the bathroom or even in my hair) as once everything is dry, the scent is completely gone.
I’ve always been obsessed with clarifying shampoos and here are just a few; Lush Big Shampoo, Boots Sun Swim and Gym Shampoo, and Boots Expert Build Up Removal Shampoo. I can honestly say Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo is a fantastic clarifying shampoo (even though it’s not marketed as such) and deserves to be added to my list of clarifying shampoos. A lot of people claim that Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo left their hair feeling oily and greasy, but I suspect that they are confusing it with the Head & Shoulders Green Apple 2-in-1 (shampoo + conditioner) and everybody knows (or should know, at least) that applying conditioner to your scalp can leave your hair feeling oily and greasy, no matter how many times you try to rinse it off (derrr). I enjoyed using up this huge thing of shampoo and will definitely be repurchasing Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo somewhere down the line. If you enjoy using clarifying shampoo or are a fan of the scent of green apples in your hair care, I suggest you give this readily available, budget-friendly, deep-cleaning, fruit-scented, clarifying shampoo a try.