Head & Shoulders

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This article is about a brand of shampoo. For the body parts of the same name, see Head and Shoulder. For the chart pattern, see Head and shoulders (chart pattern). For other uses, see Head and shoulders.
Head & Shoulders
Product type Anti-dandruff shampoo
Owner Procter & Gamble
Country United States
Introduced 1961[1]
Markets Worldwide
Website HeadandShoulders.com

Head & Shoulders is a brand of anti-dandruff shampoo produced by Procter & Gamble.

Procter & Gamble researchers started making an anti-dandruff shampoo in 1950.[citation needed] Nearly a decade of research went into making a new formula,[citation needed] which introduced pyrithione zinc into the shampoo.[2] It was first introduced to the U.S. market in November 1961 as a blue-green shampoo formula. There are now nine different Head & Shoulders varieties for varying hair types, and the formula has since changed color to white.[citation needed]


Active ingredient: Pyrithione zinc 1%

Inactive ingredients: water, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, cocamide MEA, zinc carbonate, glycol distearate, dimethicone, fragrance, cetyl alcohol, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, magnesium sulfate, sodium benzoate, magnesium carbonate hydroxide, ammonium laureth sulfate, benzyl alcohol, sodium chloride, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, sodium xylenesulfonate, blue 1, red 4

The active ingredient in Clinical Strength Head & Shoulders is selenium sulfide 1%.[3] With the exception of Head and Shoulders Clinical Strength Shampoo, the rest of the line of shampoo products specifically contain pyrithione zinc as the active ingredient.[4]


  1. ^ Davis, Dyer et al. (May 1, 2004). Rising Tide: Lessons from 165 Years of Brand Building at Procter and Gamble. Harvard Business Press. p. 423. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  2. ^ Head and Shoulders (pyrithione zinc)
  3. ^ Procter and Gamble, Head and Shoulders Clinical Strength Shampoo MSDS Sheet [1]
  4. ^ http://www.pgproductsafety.com/productsafety/msds/beauty_care/haircare/head_and_shoulders/Head_and_Shoulders_Classic_Clean_2_in_1_Pyrithione_Zinc_Dandruff_Shampoo_(95584188).pdf

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