Himalaya Anti Dandruff Hair Cream Review

by saranya on December 15, 2010 · 23 comments

Who doesn’t like clean dandruff free hair? Definitely ME! Anti dandruff shampoos only remove those flakes but do they prevent? NO. At the least most don’t. Adding to the misery they dry my scalp. Eventually dandruff returns before the next wash. The cycle goes on and on and on. So this is why, I am always on the lookout for anti dandruff hair solutions and this is how I got hold of this hair cream.

Himalaya Anti-Dandruff Hair cream

Himalaya Anti-Dandruff Hair cream

The label says it has Tea Tree Oil and Rosemary and that this hair cream should be used before and after shampoo.

Each gram contains:
Kayaputi 2mg (Tea tree)
Dhanyaka 1mg (Coriander)
Rusmari 1mg (Rosemary)
Vanatulasi 1mg (Holy Basil)
Now time for a little math:
Adding the quantities given in label we get 5mg (out of 1g).
1gram=1000mg

Clearly, there is a LOT of other ingredients, 995 mg (or 99.5 %!!!!!!!).

OMG! I have been so naive in thinking Himalaya herbals was all about herbs. What’s more disturbing is we do not what else is added. They could have blissfully skipped the quantity part. Just the names would have been much more relaxing.

After opening the lid, there is the cream and the fragrance. The fragrance is not pleasant, reminds me of medicine and a tiny bit of tulsi. But maybe it’s just my nose that cannot pick up other scents. The cream is truly a cream, very smooth to touch. So I daringly (read sceptically) applied it on my scalp. Immediate relief. As it contains tea tree oil and tulsi I expected it to slightly sting or be tingly. It was neither. It was intense moisture and my scalp was cool and RELAXED. I combed my hair so as to spread the cream throughout the hair shaft. Next day morning, I shampooed as usual and skipped conditioning jus to see how my hair was. It was good not great though. As the label prescribed, I applied it again, this time using very little (was afraid it would make my hair oily and limp). I combed and then brushed and………… VOILA!! My hair (otherwise DRY and dull) was smooth and shiny :) :) :) all day long and no more itching!!!!! I was very happy with my experience. I started using this cream regularly. (I am using it for more than six months) And in some time I noticed there was a great reduction in my dandruff problem. But when I forgot to use the cream, dandruff returned. Himalaya Anti Dandruff Cream also claims in giving stronger roots. I did notice a positive change, my hair fall reduced. That may be because I have been using other products too and so I won’t give credit fully to this cream.

Pros of Himalaya Anti-Dandruff Hair Cream

  • Price: 100 INR for 175g!
  • A small amount is enough for medium length hair and its creamy texture aids in spreading the cream. It lasts for long…really long.
  • Gives smooth and shiny hair.
  • Relief itching
  • Reducing dryness of scalp
  • Truly Anti dandruff (as long as you use it).

Cons of Himalaya Anti-Dandruff Hair Cream

  • The packaging! It’s tiresome to open the lid (screw type) and take out the right amount of cream so that I don’t have to double dip my hands into the cream.
  • Fragrance is not very pleasant. This is important because the cream stays on your hair for the whole day and it’s surely not the smell I want to go to bed with.

INGREDIENTS?!?!
Recently I spotted this version of the same brand hair cream in a supermarket, in a TUBE….

Himalaya Anti-Dandruff Hair cream tube

Himalaya Anti-Dandruff Hair cream tube

Looks like Himalaya herbals has ears!! Look at the ingredients.
Each ml contains:
Exts: Chanaka 20mg (Bengal gram)
Rusmari 2mg (Rosemary)
Tulasi 2mg
Oils:
Kayaputi 5mg (tea tree)
Karanja 3mg (Indian Beech for anti microbial activity)
Nimba 3mg (neem)
Tila 3mg (Sesame)
Draksha 2mg (Grapes)
That’s A LOT for a ml. Yippee!!!!

This time around they have mentioned the inactives too: Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Climbazole, Sodium benzoate and the colours too!!!! (Tartrazine and Brilliant blue FCF)

Price: 35 INR for 50ml.
I am not sure if this new improvised version is available in a larger quantity, though. I checked their website which lists only the older version. :(

Pros of Himalaya Anti-Dandruff Hair Cream (tube)

  • Everything mentioned above.

Cons of Himalaya Anti-Dandruff Hair Cream (tube)

  • SMELL!!! Not pleasant. At the same time not bad.
  • A No-No for those with oily hair. Then again, it may be used before shampoo if dandruff is the biggest concern.

Re-purchase: Definitely YES!
As most say, Himalaya herbals truly delivers (at the least this one does). The review is based on how my scalp and hair reacted to the product. In case any of you want to give it a try, then go for the new version.

Have you tried Himalaya Anti Dandruff Hair Cream? Please rate in the box below.

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Farha December 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Luks promisinng Nivedita :waytogo: ..but m a bit confused is it a leave on type..or do u hav to shampoo after applyin it :struggle: ?????

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Radhika December 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Says before and after shampoo…so me thinking..you use before shampoo like an overnight treatment – and if its not a problem for you with smell and greasiness or whatever then maybe you could use a bit of it later also after shampooing to prevent dry scalp ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:)

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Farha December 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Hain????? ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) …Sachchi??????? ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) :struggle: :struggle: :struggle: :struggle:

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Shreya December 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

me too with ??? ?:) ?:) need the correct process ..

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saranya December 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm

exactly radhika… i leave it overnight and wash ma hair in the morning..and dab a little of it when hair is slightly wet..that way its easier to spread too :)

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Natasha December 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

yes saranya, this is indeed a good cream. it gives me a clean dandruff free scalp in one wash straight. only issue is dandruff returns when u discontinue it. in fact, i was planning to review this myself but u stole it from me :P :P :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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saranya December 18, 2010 at 6:08 pm

oops..ma bad O:)

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bhumika December 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm

not bad for Rs. 35/-
definetley worth tryin..nice review sharanya
bt I wud suggest go for methi soaked overnight n grinded n mixed with dahi
apply dat..keep for 30-45 mins n wash off normally..
ur dandruff will go n ur hair will be smoother..personal experience..
do try it…

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saranya December 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm

thank ya bhumika.. :) hey and thanks a ton for the tip..ll try n let ya know…

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Radhika December 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I find it much better that Himalaya lists out ingredients and their quantities. That’s a very honest approach :))

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saranya December 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm

yeah..me too think its better list out quantities.. but there is no point if they do not mention ALL their ingredients.. its kinda misleading…but the newer version is good..

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Sonam December 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I have used this before !!Did’nt do anything to my dandruff problem :( Yes but it makes your hair soft and shiny :yahoo:

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saranya December 18, 2010 at 6:13 pm

sonam use it regularly… especially before shampoo..overnight better..

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Poohkie December 15, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I’ve used this a couple of times, but the strong smell really gives me a headache!

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saranya December 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm

oh oh

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Deepa December 16, 2010 at 10:42 am

Hi.
Nice Review.
I got this cream for my husband earlier this year when I was visiting Chennai (this is not available in Kuala Lumpur). It made his dry-stiff-springy-curly-hair, soft and manageable but I really couldn’t tolerate the smell. It was a very medicinal smell and gave me a headache, smelling it on him. It did seem to treat his dandruff problem which I recall now is no more, though he has stopped using this cream and has gone back to his HH Protein Hair Cream. And no recurrence too. Hmm. So I really don’t know what really solved the dandruff problem.

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saranya December 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm

thanks deepa..
gud thing is prob solved :) :dance:

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saranya December 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm

oh..gud to know.. :)

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komal May 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm

oh i just got this but dont worry about the Climbazole , its an anti fungal agent :) to treat dandruff and the Methylparaben and Propylparaben have to be there to make sure our shampoo dosent go bad or grow algae in it :P dont know about the sodium benzoate though :/

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shatz February 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

hey ppl!!..m usin dis cream frm quite a few months..but my hair tends to fall rather quickly:(..even d dandruff din reduce!!..my hair turned rough n weak..der are splitends even!!:(…so wat wud u ppl think abt dis??..suggestions:(…!!

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