Dandruff, especially in the winters is something that is icky and needs immediate attention. The only thing that comes in mind for dandruff treatment is a good anti dandruff shampoo. There are so many of them in the market that one ends up getting confused as to which might work and which to pick.
I did not have that much of a confusion when I spotted the Himalaya Anti Dandruff Shampoo because it is free from parabens and SLES. SLES is a known skin irritant which is present in almost all the famous shampoos. So the moment I saw that the Himalaya Anti Dandruff Shampoo is SLES free, I simply bought the bottle.
Packaging and price:
It comes in an attractive white and blue color bottle with a green flip open cap. It comes in 100, 200 and 400 ml bottles priced at Rs.70, 130 and 220 respectively. It comes in two variants – soothing & moisturizing and Volume & Bounce. Today, I will be reviewing the Himalaya Anti Dandruff shampoo which is soothing and moisturizing.
Ingredients and claims:
Its key ingredients are tea tree oil that fights dandruff. Grapeseed Oil- again an anti-microbial agent, Indian Sarasaparilla, which is known to be a hair stimulant and aloe vera which moisturizes and soothes the hair and scalp. They claim that the shampoo is suitable for all hair types and the ingredients in it help remove visible flakes or dandruff, prevent it from coming back, soothe the itching and also reduce hairfall.
My experience with the Himalaya Anti Dandruff Shampoo
The first thing you notice when you open the bottle is the mild and pleasant fragrance of the shampoo. It smells of semi ripe guavas though they are no where in the ingredient list. The shampoo is white in color and a little runny in consistency compared to other shampoos.
On wetting the hair and massaging it with a generous amount of shampoo for medium length hair, it lathers well. If you have oiled your hair heavily, then one rinse is not sufficient to get rid of all the oil since the shampoo is very mild. Also, in the absence of a surfactant like SLES, its oil removing effect will anyway be reduced. As a result, you end up using a little more product than usual.
A regular oiling would need you to wash you hair twice with shampoo to remove all remnants of oil and dirt from your hair. Massage it well on the scalp.
From the first wash itself, it starts working on the dandruff in the hair and the visible flakes reduce. Consistent usage leads to dandruff treatment. It also has a soothing effect on the hair as per its claim. Only problem is that, if you use too much of the shampoo, it might leave your hair too limp.
It does a good job of conditioning the hair during the wash too. There is no actual need to follow up the shampoo with a conditioner. I don’t see any reduction in the hair fall due to usage of the shampoo though.
- Free from parabens and SLES.
- Has natural ingredients like tea tree oil and aloe
- Soothes and moisturizes the scalp and hair. Leaves my normal hair manageable.
- Effective against dandruff
- Moderately priced
- Can be used as a daily shampoo
- Product is runny, leading to its overuse.
- Since it is too mild, multiple washes are needed to get rid of the oiliness of the hair.
- Does not do anything to the hairfall.