When it comes to issues of the scalp, some of the main culprits are product build-up and dandruff. These conditions rely on a healthy, balanced scalp and if regular cleansing doesn't do the trick, there are shampoos designed to remove residue, flakes and relieve itchiness. Here are 12 shampoos that help banish your common scalp concerns.


John Masters Organics Spearmint & Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo

A purifying shampoo that helps balance the scalp and promote stronger, fuller hair. It contains spearmint and peppermint oils to help stimulate scalp circulation, meadowsweet to balance sebum, and eucalyptus oil to add shine.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo

A color-safe shampoo designed to invigorate the scalp thanks to tea tree and peppermint oil. This formula includes hints of lavender to make the hair smell fresh and leaves the hair shiny and lustrous.

AG Hair Natural Balance Apple Cider Vinegar Sulfate-Free Shampoo

With 98% plant-based and naturally-derived ingredients, this shampoo is sure to give a gentle cleanse. Apple cider vinegar naturally lowers ph levels in the hair, cleanses the scalp and reduces oil without a heavy vinegar scent.

Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo Deep Hydration for Dry Hair

If you suffer from build-up and hair loss, this sulfate-free shampoo offers intensive hydration. It contains a proprietary Keratin Amino Complex to penetrate the cortex of the hair and protect the hair's surface. The formula also removes debris and sebum from the scalp and is a DHT inhibitor.


OGX Extra Strength Refreshing Scalp + Tea Tree Mint Shampoo

An affordable option that stimulates the scalp with a blend of tea tree, peppermint, and witch hazel. Along with its minty-tingle, it cleanses the scalp and hair, adds shine, and performs as an excellent clarifier.

Neutrogena T Sal Shampoo Scalp Build-Up Control

This old-time drugstore favorite continues to work tough on dandruff, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. It contains 3% salicylic acid that works as a chemical exfoliant to help control crusty scalp build-up, and relieve itching and flaking.

Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo

A sulfate and paraben-free formula that increases scalp circulation while leaving the hair soft and manageable. This deeply clarifying shampoo with peppermint and tea tree helps relieve a dry, flaking scalp while removing build-up. The cooling sensation leaves the scalp feeling refreshed.

Deva Buildup Buster

Micellar Water attracts dirt like a magnet to gently remove buildup from the hair and scalp. Unlike traditional clarifying shampoos that contain harsh ingredients, this powerful cleanser won't strip the hair. Plus, it contains Abyssinica seed oil and jojoba to deliver moisture, shine and head-turning bounce.


Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo

A vegetable-derived micro-exfoliant that removes dead skin cells to reveal a clean and balanced scalp. Infused with Binchotan Charcoal to draw impurities, coconut oil to moisturize to the scalp, a blend of peppermint and spearmint oils for itch relief, and tea tea oil to reduce scalp irritation and inflammation.

Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo

Although this is a high-ticket item, this award-winning formula is highly-effective at removing flakes and soothing an itchy scalp. This formula has a light apple scent and is gentle enough for everyday use.

Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo

This gentle balancing shampoo removes excess build-up and sebum with its blend of burdock root, echinacea, and sage. It contains Aveda's signature purefume aroma with vetiver, rosemary, cinnamon, and other flower and plant essences.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Dandruff Control Shampoo

A sulfate-free shampoo that works great on coarse, thick hair to remove dandruff and helps a dry, itchy scalp. African Black Soap cleanses, tea tree oil soothes and Willow Bark extract moisturize the scalp.

What are some of your favorite scalp shampoos for product build-up and dandruff? Let us know down below in the comments?