Today’s question comes from Jenna, who wants to find an effective alternative to her Head & Shoulders shampoo. If you deal with dandruff, that’s probably the shampoo you’re being recommended. However since Head & Shoulders tests on animals, I gathered a list of the top-rated and cruelty-free dandruff shampoos to swap in.

Jenna’s Question

Hi Suzi,

I was wondering if you have any suggestions for good cruelty-free anti-dandruff shampoo. I struggle with a really dry scalp, and since switching to cruelty-free I’ve been missing my head and shoulders.


Thank you Jenna for your question. 🙂

The Best Cruelty-Free Alternative

After doing some research, the most highly-rated dandruff shampoo that’s also cruelty-free is the JASON Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo.

You can find it both at Amazon (price varies) and iHerb ($9) (I love both for cruelty-free shopping but if you’re going with iHerb, use the code WSD078 for $5 OFF your first order).

This shampoo helps control dandruff, flaking, dermatitis of the scalp and even mild psoriasis. It contains 2% Sulfur, which is safe and helps rebalance and condition your scalp to get rid of dandruff. It also contains 2% Salicylic Acid (the same ingredient found in acne skincare) to deep-clean the scalp and control dandruff.

Keep in mind that while it’s effective, this is still a gentle and natural shampoo. It contains essential oils from Rosemary and Jojoba Seed.

If you’re looking for an effective shampoo to combat dandruff and itchiness, go with JASON’s Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo. It also benefits those with scalp psoriasis, plus it’s totally cruelty-free and drugstore-priced.

More Options

I also found a few more options that are highly-rated, althought they don’t have as many rave reviews as the JASON shampoo above. They’re also worth looking into, especially if they’re easier for you to find where you live.

2. Avalon Organics Anti-Dandruff Medicated Shampoo. Available at iHerb ($7 to $8) and Amazon (price varies). Contains 2% Salicylic Acid to combat dandruff, semorrhic dermatitis, and psoriasis. Vegan and contains natural ingredients.

3. Mineral Fusion Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. Available at iHerb ($7.99) and Amazon (price varies). Also contains 2% Salicylic Acid to combat dandruff, semorrhic dermatitis, and psoriasis. Vegan, gluten-free, natural ingredients.

4. SheaMoisture Black Soap Dandruff Control Shampoo. Available at Ulta ($10.99) and Amazon (price varies). This one contains different ingredients to combat dandruff, and it’s also made from organic Shea Butter so it’s ideal for those with dry hair and scalp.

5. Derma E Scalp Relief Shampoo. Available at iHerb ($9.40) and Amazon (price varies). This shampoo also contains Salicylic Acid, but also Tea Tree extract and Chamomoile extract. Vegan, natural ingredients.

I hope these 5 options will help you find an effective alternative if you’re using a dandruff shampoo that isn’t cruelty-free, such as Head & Shoulders! Let me know if you have any personal favorites that weren’t mentioned here.