I’m Giving Dandruff Conditioner a Chance (and So Should You)

Or: Why style, substance and shea butter shouldn't be mutually exclusive.

Let’s face it: When it comes to medical conditions and the stuff you use to treat them, a product’s appeal is furthest from your mind. Never mind the sea salt infusions, the moisturizing shea butter formulas, the coconut-ginger scent that whisks you away to an island paradise. No—we want our topical treatments, such as medicated dandruff shampoos and dandruff conditioner, to work, plain and simple. Keep things bell-and-whistle free; anything above and beyond is just a bonus.

Perhaps it takes a paradigm shift for us to equate efficiency with something that could also, well, delight. To be fair, a lot of us grew up in the time when “if it stings, that means it’s working” was an uncontested household rule. We came of age with first-generation dandruff systems—those straightforward, dreadfully unsexy zinc-filled bottles that actually had their medicated strength (the higher, gulp, the better) listed boldly on the front labels.

They got your scalp flake-free, alright, but then also left your strands feeling like ravaged bales of hay.

And forget about the aftermath, as first and foremost, dandruff conditioner wasn’t even a thing; it was a standalone shampoo, and it whipped your rebellious, flaky, embarrassing scalp into shape… for better or worse.

moisturizing dandruff conditioner
A conditioner that moisturizes as well as beat dandruff? Get one that can do both.

But what if you find something that filled that gap? What if there was something out there that effectively resolved your scalp issues, while holding its own on your spa-curated shower ledge? Will we welcome it with open arms, or will we turn our noses down at it, fueled by skeptical rage, and perhaps some resentment from what could have been a blissfully sting-free childhood?

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Dove Dermacare Conditioner supplements the shampoos (above) and infuses strands with much-needed hydration.

The Good News: Dandruff Conditioners

Guess what: You don’t have to make that choice, as there are actually miracle hair care products out there these days that check all the boxes. Just as style can exist with substance, a highly effective dandruff system can have a dandruff conditioner that does all the sexy stuff too, like nourish and moisturize, while maintaining visible results and keeping things no-nonsense. The dandruff conditioner in Dove Dermacare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Dove Dermacare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Conditioner does the big stuff: It hydrates, nourishes a dry, itchy scalp, relieves irritation and you get no visible flakes with regular use. All the things you used to enjoy with your oldie-but-goodie-but-meanie dandruff systems of yore, but without the angst.

And did we mention you get all this in a coconut and shea butter formula. Because why not? What a time to be alive, people.