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I Tried The Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo For 4 Weeks | Here’s My Unbiased Review

I used the Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo and here’s how it affected my hair! Here I’ve listed out the dove hair fall rescue shampoo side effects, benefits, and more. 

It is very difficult these days to get hair products that are both affordable and effective. So when I was trying to find a good drugstore shampoo I came across this Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo. 

Now this shampoo felt like it was exactly what my hair needed as I had a lot of breakage at the time due to using a lot of styling products and treatments on my tresses. 

So I thought, why not give this shampoo a try!

I used the shampoo for 4 weeks where I first used it 2-3 times a week and then reduced it to once a week when I found out how clarifying it was. 

Read on below to know how this shampoo fared in reducing hair fall and if it’s worth buying! 

Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo Reviews 

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Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo – At A Glance

  • Is It Sulfate Free – No (contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
  • Top Ingredients – SLES, Glycerin, Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Who It’s Suitable For – People with excessive product buildup on hair and scalp, greasy scalp
  • Fragrance – Floral Scent from Artificial Perfume Source
  • Is It Colored Hair-Friendly – No
  • Is It Good For Sensitive Scalp – No
  • Is It Preservatives-Free – No
  • Price Range – $$ (Affordable)

Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo – Top Ingredients Explained

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Sodium Laureth Sulfate

I know, I know. The shampoo contains sulfates. But as far as surfactants go, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is slightly milder and less irritating than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).

Okay so think of this way, SLS is the worst offending surfactant which can lead to redness, dryness, irritation, etc. on skin. SLES isn’t as bad but it can trigger irritation if you have sensitive scalps, Ammonium lauryl sulfate is generally safer and mild. 

While most coconut-derived surfactants like cocamide MEA, etc. are known to be safe on sensitive skin as well.

So SLES is fantastic for cleaning your scalp of debris, dirt, excess oil and product buildup, but it can strip hair dye so it shouldn’t be used on color-treated hair. 

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If you’re wondering why this was included in a hair fall control shampoo, here’s the logic behind it. 

Sometimes, hair fall can be because your hair root is weakened due to dandruff, buildup, etc. This buildup prevents nutrients from reaching your hair follicles and also stops hair products like oils, serums, etc. to reach the root.

So a strong surfactant can clarify your scalp, clearing the way for hair fall medication like serums, etc. to reach your follicles and help them get adequate nutrition. 


Dimethiconol is a conditioning agent that is a part of the silicone family. Yes, this shampoo contains silicones too! No silicones are not all bad.

Dimethiconol is an occlusive, which means it coats the fibers of your hair and scalp skin, preventing water loss by evaporation. Now this is great to keep hair hydrated but in the long run, dimethiconol can clog pores on your scalp.

It is also not water soluble so it can coat your hair strands, weighing your tresses down. 

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Sunflower Seed Oil

Sunflower seed oil is an excellent ingredient to have in hair products, including shampoos. First of all it’s rich in Vitamin E, which helps smoothen hair and add softness and shine.

This oil is also very light and non-greasy so your hair won’t feel weighed down after you use this shampoo. 

Sunflower seed oil is also rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients and nutrients such as linoleic acid, calcium, niacin and iron. All of these help fortify the hair cortex, prevent breakage and increase hair strength. 


I love to see glycerin in shampoos. Most shampoos contain only moisturizing ingredients and not humectants. What’s the difference you ask? 

Well, moisturizing ingredients like most oils only lock in the moisture, smoothing your hair.

But humectants like glycerin attract moisture to your strands, hydrating them and then preventing the moisture from escaping. This makes glycerin an excellent ingredient to use on low porosity hair, dehydrated hair, damaged hair, etc. 

Hydrated hair is generally more elastic and less prone to breakage, hence glycerin helps reduce hair fall this way. 

DMDM Hydantoin

Dove Shampoos has received a lot of flak in recent years as a lot of its shampoo lines still contained DMDM Hydantoin as an ingredient. 

This ingredient is a common preservative used in shampoos because of its fantastic antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It prevents yeast, fungi, bacteria, etc. from growing in shampoos, especially considering most products are placed in a warm, moist environment in your showers. 

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However, recent studies have shown that DMDM Hydantoin releases formaldehyde which is known to cause severe allergic reactions and even lead to cancer in certain cases. 

A lot of shampoo and cosmetic brands have recalled products that contain DMDM Hydantoin but Dove hasn’t.

And now they are technically not the bad guys for doing so. This preservative is only harmful if its quantity exceeds 0.074 percent which according to the manufacturers, this shampoo doesn’t. 

What I Liked About This Dove Shampoo

Let me start off by saying that this is a clarifying shampoo. I really do not suggest you use it everyday. But if you’re using it once a week or a fortnight, it can really help your hair.

I made the mistake of using it too many times a week and my hair started falling out more, until I had the sense to use it as a clarifying shampoo. My tresses then started looking better.

I liked the consistency of this shampoo. You do not need much product to get a rich lather. A little bit of the liquid and you’re done. And it also spreads through hair easily.

Which makes this shampoo one of the most affordable and pocket friendly products I’ve used on my hair.

I often use a lot of gels, creams, etc. on my hair (which has a straight texture) and this shampoo helped remove a lot of the buildup, adding volume back to my tresses. So that was a plus.

The shampoo also works very well if you have a very oily scalp and dry, frizzy tresses as it clarifies scalp and the sunflower oil formula nourishes hair. 

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What I Disliked About This Dove Shampoo

The shampoo is a bit too harsh, that’s my main complaint about it. I don’t think price is a factor as there are sulfate-free drugstore shampoos from brands like Tresemme and OGX. So I don’t like the choice Dove had made to add SLES to this shampoo. It makes it unsuitable for color-treated hair. 

I also didn’t like that they are still using DMDM hydantoin as a preservative, especially with all the uproar surrounding this ingredient. However, the brand has said that the preservative is within safe limits.

Now coming to the fragrances. I do like the scent in this one, it smells very fresh and gardeny. But it’s all from artificial perfume sources. My scalp handles it just fine, but I believe it can trigger reactions in people with sensitive skin, perfume allergies or conditions like eczema or psoriasis. 

FAQs about the Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo 

Can I use Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo daily?

Absolutely, not. This shampoo contains SLES which is a very harsh surfactant in the sulfate family. This makes it unsuitable for use on color-treated hair as it can strip hair dye pigments from tresses. So this shampoo is best used as a clarifying treatment by using it once a week or once a fortnight to remove product buildup. 

Which Dove shampoo is sulphate free?

The Dove Hair Therapy Dry Scalp Care Sulphate-Free Shampoo which is designed to moisturize scalps and the Dove Hair Therapy Breakage Repair Sulphate-Free Shampoo which is supposed to repair damage hair are the two sulfate-free shampoos from Dove. 

Who owns Dove shampoo?

The multi conglomerate Unilever is the parent company of the beauty brand Dove. 

Summary on the Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo

So this Dove Hair Fall Rescue shampoo didn’t stand up to my expectations at all. I didn’t like that a shampoo that is marketed as being a hair fall control shampoo has sulfates in it.

I also didn’t like that the shampoo contained synthetic perfumes, preservatives that are known to be harmful and added colorants as well.

It will absolutely not work well on sensitive scalps or people with color-treated hair. 

This Dove is pretty affordable (I got a 180ml bottle for $12.79 online) however there are shampoos like the Tresemme Scalp Care shampoo which is free from DMDM Hydantoin and the OGX Thick and Full Shampoo which is sulfate free at similar prices. 

So I’d suggest you go for these instead.

I guess the Dove Hair Fall Rescue shampoo can be used as a clarifying shampoo. However it’s definitely not for daily use. 

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