Ingredients Galangal (Alpinia Galanga)

The Galangal plant is very effective against dandruff and known for its cleansing, purifying and soothing benefits.

Everything you need to know about Galangal

Inspired by Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, Klorane laboratories have selected Galangal (Alpinia Galanga), a herbaceous plant from South-East Asia, for its unique anti-dandruff action. Galangal helps remove up to 100% of visible dandruff from the first use and soothes itching caused by dry scalp whilst hydrating the hair * Report Consumer Use Test Anti Dandruff Shampoo for all Types of Dandruff, on 70 subjects, used for at least once a week for 21 days.

NAME Galangal

UPPER PART   Rhizome

BOTANICAL NAME   Alpinia Galanga

GALENIC FORM    Ethanolic extract

INCI NAME Alpinia galanga rhizome extract

ORIGIN   Indonesia

HARVEST from March to August

SECTOR Undergoing organic conversion


What does it look like?

Galangal is a herbaceous plant native to Southeast Asia that belongs to the large family Zingiberaceae, which includes other medicinal plants and spices such as turmeric, ginger and cardamom.
The plant is now widely grown in Asia for the culinary and medicinal properties of its rhizome. Ramified and tube-like, it has a spicy scent that is characteristic of Zingiberaceae.
The upper parts of Galangal can grow up to 2 metres in height. Its flowers are white to pale green and fragrant, while the fruit is a brown or red oval or elliptical capsule containing 3 to 6 seeds.


Why is it so effective against dandruff?

The appearance of dandruff is the result of an abnormal shedding of epidermal cells on the scalp. Cells multiply too quickly and do not allow time for dead cells to be eliminated as they grow. This phenomenon is reinforced by an imbalance in the microbiome of the scalp and by the proliferation of Malassezia fungi which causes inflammation and irritation. 

This is where Galangal (Alpinia Galangal) comes in: it is renowned in traditional Chinese medicine for its purifying and soothing properties . This natural fungicide will rebalance, purify the scalp and help eliminate dandruff. Your hair will be free of dandruff.

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A few words from our expert

Galangal offers a trio-action formula that cleanses, protects & hydrates the hair. It removes up to 100% of visible dandruff from the first use and soothes the scalp whilst hydrating the hair*. *Report Consumer Use Test Anti Dandruff Shampoo for all Types of Dandruff, on 70 subjects, used for at least once a week for 21 days.

Alexandre Panel
Alexandre PanelKlorane botanist


Our commitment


Societal commitment

Through its Klorane Botanical Foundation, Klorane has developed a sustainable and equitable partnership with six local communities that includes the harvesting and replanting of galangal plants as part of an agroforestry approach, as well as biodiversity awareness programmes for children.

Respect for the environment

In order not to endanger the plant resources of the island of Java, the harvesting of galangal is undertaken as part of an agroforestry approach that encourages reforestation. The programme set up by Klorane Botanical Foundation in collaboration with the NGO Coeur de Forêt aims to reforest the community with 3,000 trees distributed according to the beneficial and endangered species listed by the NGO, with the objective of 10,000 trees in 3 years.


Did you know?

During Marco Polo’s travels in Asia in the 13th century, he reported the cultivation of Galangal in South China and Java. At that time, Galangal was already well-known in Western Europe and the German Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen advocated its medicinal virtues.”

Galangal: Its action on hair and dandruff

Thanks to the cleansing power of its natural key ingredient, our Galangal care range offers an effective response to remove up to 100% of dandruff from the first use and rebalance the scalp. Healthy, clean and soothed, it will soon be back to its best.

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Our products formulated with Galangal

A complete range to get rid of all dandruff.

Anti-Dandruff Rebalancing Shampoo with Galangal

GALANGA Hair Anti-Dandruff Rebalancing Shampoo with Galangal

Soothes - Cleans - Eliminates dandruff

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