One of the most commonly used natural ingredients, this plant has been used as a hair cleanser in most parts of India since time immemorial. Shikakai contains vitamin C and D, along with other properties that make it ideal for hair care.
Benefits of Shikakai for Hair:
- Adds shine and softness
- Fights dandruff
- Gives you stronger, thicker hair
- Prevents a dry scalp
- Delays grey hair
- Removes hair lice
- Heals minor wounds
-Soothes the head
Gently detangles hair
How to use shikakai.
1. Mixed with reetha (soap nut) to lather for cleaning hair and scalp.
2. Add shikakai powder to shampoo as a hair wash.
3. To make shikakai shampoo:
a. Soak a few dried shikakai pods, little reetha and dried amla overnight.
Boil the water the next morning until the pods soften.
Cool, mash and strain the liquid, and use it as shampoo.
b. Also can boil dried shikakai or shikakai powder, neem leaves, fenugreek powder and some dried amla in a cup of water for 15-20 minutes. Cool, mash and strain the liquid. Use the water as a natural shampoo.
3 How to Make Shikakai Oil:
Add one tablespoon shikakai powder to half a cup basil / avocado / coconut oil.
Put the mixture in a container and let it sit for a few weeks.
Keep shaking it intermittently.
4 Using Shikakai as a hair pack:
a. Mix shikakai powder with herbs like reetha and henna to make a nourishing hair pack.
b. Shikakai Hair Pack for Dry Hair
A blend of shikakai and yogurt. Massage in the blend and wash it off after 15-20 minutes.
5. for dry and dandruff affected hair: Add half a cup shikakai and one cup amla powder to a cup of
lukewarm water. Let this sit for 1-2 hours. Apply the paste to your hair and wash it off after 30 minutes.
6. Shikakai Hair Pack for Oily Hair
Take 2 tablespoons of shikakai powder, 1 tablespoon of green gram powder, and half a tablespoon of
methi powder. Mix this mixture with an egg white and use it as shampoo
7. Shikakai Hair Pack for Dandruff
Mix shikakai powder, neem leaves, methi powder and amla powder together and boil them for at least
10-20 minutes. Mash the lumps after it cools down and strain the water Massage your scalp with this
water Wash it off after 30 minutes with cold water
8. Split ends Hair Pack
Boil shikakai powder with coconut oil and store this concoction in a cool dry place Apply this oil twice a
9. Grey Hair Reversal Pack
Take half a cup of sour cup and mix in shikakai powder. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp
Wash it off after 20 minutes with cold water
10. Glossy Hair Pack
20 grams of shikakai, 20 grams of reetha and 10 grams of dried amla
Add 1.5 liters of water to these ingredients for at least 10 hours. Take this mixture and heat it till it starts
boiling. At this point, let it boil for 5 minutes, then under low flame, let it simmer for 30 minutes.
After it cools, crush all the ingredients with hand. Strain it before use.
11. How To Use Shikakai for Hair Growth
Take a few teaspoons of shikakai in coconut oil
Store this mixture in plastic bottle