Himalaya is an Indian brand which claims to use all natural elements in their products. I know my mom used to be super faithful to this brand and for the longest time, she used Himalayas products.
I got my hands on the anti dandruff hair cream recently because as the monsoons approach, my scalp sometimes develops those flakes which cause itchiness. I do not have dandruff problem but during this season, the development of flakes is enough to scare me.
Claims for Himalaya Herbals Anti-Dandruff Hair Cream
Himalaya Herbals Anti-Dandruff Hair Cream helps remove dandruff and keeps hair nourished and moisturised. It soothes the itchiness in scalp and strengthens the roots. Himalaya Herbals Anti-Dandruff Hair Cream also nourishes and strengthens hair root, promoting hair growth. Infused with natural ingredients which together help in not only nourishing the scalp but also moisturises the scalp not making hair look dry. Make the hair look healthier, soft and supple.
Strengthens the hair root.
Protect from scalp infection.
Tea Tree Oil is a known anti-fungal agent which effectively treats dandruff. It moisturizes hair and keeps the scalp free of fungal infections. Tea Tree Oil is an excellent anti-dandruff agent. With a high content of terpinen-4-ol, the major antimicrobial compound in Tea Tree Oil, dead cells and dandruff are eliminated.
Tulsi helps nourish hair, making it healthy and leaving it moisturized throughout the day.
They said, each gram of product contained the following:
Kayaputi 2mg (Tea tree)
Dhanyaka 1mg (Coriander)
Rusmari 1mg (Rosemary)
Vanatulasi 1mg (Holy Basil)
Wait a minute! 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 5 mg.
1 gram has 1000 mg. This means out of 1000 mg, only 5 mg is constituted of natural ingredients. Rest 995 mg is not made of natural ingredients. So basically only 0.5% of this product is made of natural ingredients mentioned above.
Each ml contains:
Chanaka (Cicer arietinum) 20 mg
Rusmari (Rosemary) 2 mg
Tulasi (Ocimum) 2 mg
Kayaputi (Melaleuca Leucadendron) 5 mg = Tea Tree Oil
Karanja (Pongamia glabra) 3 mg
Nimba (Azadirecta Indica) 3 mg
Tila (Sesamum Indicum) 3 mg
Draksha (Vitis vinifera) 2 mg
Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Climbazole, Sodium Benzoate.
Tartrazine and Brilliant Blue FCF
So in the newer version, we have a better detailed ingredient list. Though again, not really natural.
How to Use
Massage Anti-Dandruff Hair Cream gently into the scalp using a circular motion. Use regularly before and after shampooing to maintain dandruff-free, soft and healthy hair.
For best results, shampoo hair with Himalaya’s Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.
Suitable for all hair types. Safe to use on artificially colored or permed hair
Rs 100/- for 175 ml tub
In Detail Himalaya Herbals Anti-Dandruff Hair Cream Review and My Experience
The Himalaya Anti Dandruff hair cream comes in a plastic, white coloured, opaque tub with a green coloured screw open cap. The packaging is okay, I would have preferred a tube packaging as it would have been more hygienic but then again, its always easier to scoop out the product from a tub. Both kinds of packaging have their pros and cons.
As soon as I open it, I get a very herbal kind of a smell. Mostly Tulsi (oscimum) with some elements of this creamy signature himalaya fragrance. Not really a big fan of the smell, don’t mind it either. The consistency of the product is very light creamy. Kind of a soft and silky cream.
How I Use it
1. I take almost a palm full amount of it and apply it on the hair being absolutely gentle on the scalp. I do not rub it on my scalp in anyway. Then whatever is left on my palm, I spread in the lengths of my hair.
2. After washing, when my hair is semi-dry, I take a dime sized amount and spread it on my palms. Running my fingers through the lengths of my hair I distribute it evenly as much as possible. After wash, I completely avoid using it on my scalp.
After 3 to 4 times of usage, I noticed that the flakiness on my scalp had reduced. The itchiness was gone. In fact, one of my friends who suffers from proper dandruff problem, used this on a regular basis and she said her dandruff reduced by approximately 70%. Also, it added shine to the hair when used after wash, basically acting like a leave in conditioner.
However, the good effects last only as long as we continue using this product. As my friend stopped using it, the dandruff returned. Speaking of its claim about strengthening the hair roots, I don’t have much to say about it since neither my friend nor me noticed any significant effects in that area.
Overall I would say this is a decent anti dandruff product which has additional benefits of working as a good hair conditioner as well. Though the effects are temporary and only till as long as one uses the product, I was quite happy since it actually got rid of my occasional flakiness on the scalp. To put it in a nutshell, this product is good for beauties suffering from dandruff problem and its really worth for ladies like me who get occasional seasonal scalp flakes.
PROs of Himalaya Herbals Anti-Dandruff Hair Cream
1. Simple, easy to use packaging.
2. Significantly reduces dandruff and scalp itchiness for as long as one uses it.
3. Very economical.
4. Works as a nice hair conditioner too.
5. Very easy to apply because of its soft, light creamy consistency.
CONs of Himalaya Herbals Anti-Dandruff Hair Cream
1. Not so natural.
2. Temporary effects.
1. After washing the hair with shampoo, always avoid using any cream/oil/serum etc on the roots of the hair as the natural scalp oils are enough to nourish the hair near roots. If we add more oils, it makes hair more greasy and more prone for hairfall.
2. I have noticed from my personal experience that leave in products work best when used on semi dried hair.
3. Never brush wet hair. It leads to breaking of hair from the roots as well as shaft.
Will I repurchase it?
I am not so sure personally, however I guess this is great if one wants a quick relief from dandruff or if one suffers from seasonal dandruff.