Shikakai powder 100g

$8.00 each Weight: 115 g


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Shikakai powder 100g  

Shikakai is the original pH balanced shampoo! 

This is a short run product, get it while it lasts! If it goes fast we'll stock it regularly. 

Shikakai translates to 'hair fruit' and has been used for centuries to cleanse hair. Perfect for a 'no-poo' regimen. Made from dried and powdered fruit of Acacia concinna, a climbing shrub.

Shikakai powder is reputed to:

cleanse hair without stripping natural oils
promote hair growth
contain vitamins D and C
reduce hair fall by strengthening the hair root
help control dandruff
add shine
reduce premature greying

Use as a shampoo when mixed with water to form a loose paste and combined with brahmi (optional). Shikakai does not typically lather. If you wish to work up a lather, repeat although a lather is not necessary for it to cleanse. Acts as a detangler and does not strip natural oils, so conditioner is not necessary unless your hair is dry.

Make a hair rinse by steeping in hot water for 3-4 minutes then strain using a cloth. Run through your hair after shampooing and conditioning. Rinse out thoroughly. You can make a combined rinse with other herbs such as amla, brahmi, and bhringraj to strengthen hair roots. This is messy and best done in the shower, unless you want to wrap your hair well, throw a towel over your shoulders and chill out with a good book for 30 minutes or so for a deeper treatment!

Make a hair oil by mixing into your favourite hair oil using 2 tablespoons of shikakai to 1/2 cup oil. Let it sit in an airtight container out of direct light for a week or more. Give it a shake/stir every now and then. Strain this through a stocking or a piece of silk and let it drip overnight to get as much of that goodness out as you can! Traditionally ghee is used but coconut oil or your favourite hair oil is fine! The oil can be kept warm to speed up the process. Use 2 tablespoons of the oil, massaging into your scalp for 10 minutes, then work down to the ends. Leave in for 30 minutes to overnight. Wash out with shikakai paste or mild shampoo. 

 

There is no information on safety of shikakai oil in pregnant and nursing mothers so please check with your doctor. 

**NOT TO BE TAKEN INTERNALLY IN ANY FORM**

Store unopened packs in a cool place. Opened packs must be stored in an airtight container.

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