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|This Product is for Pre-order Only|
|Expected release date is December 31, 2013|
Shikakai a is a small shrub-like tree which grows in India. It's pod-like fruit is collected, dried and then ground into a fine powder.
How shikakai is used:
Due to these benefits, this powder was named shikakai which means "fruit for the hair".
How to use: typically, shikakai is mixed with water to make a paste which is worked through the hair. It lathers moderately and cleanses hair beautifully. It has a natural low pH, is extremely mild, and doesn't strip hair of its natural oils.
Traditionally,no conditioner is used since shikakai also acts as a detangler. This ancient product is probably the world's original pH balanced shampoo.
Our shikakai powderis packaged in double plastic bags inside of foil packaging. This ensures freshness.
Instructions and recipes come with purchase
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Posted by Katie on 28th Aug 2013
I have used this product twice -- I bought 200 grams and have used about 50 grams total on two separate washes. It mixes quickly and easily, but is a little messy so I recommend applying it in the shower (curtain closed) to facilitate clean up. I left it on for about 5-7 minutes each time with a shower cap on. When I rinsed I had to put my head under the faucet to get all of the grit out; it takes a little extra elbow grease to rinse completely. Also, try not to get it in your eyes. No bueno! I REALLY like the end result. My hair was soft, shiny and felt very healthy. It does smell a little earthy, but not too badly. On the next application I plan to leave it on longer (an hour or so) and see how it does. Ah and it is a little on the runny side as well. All in all, I like this product and will probably purchase it again.
Posted by Aggeliki from Greece on 2nd Jun 2013
I mixed it with amla and moroccan henna for coloring my hair black, and gave me strong shiny hair, I definitely should try a single application of it for sure!
Posted by Leslie on 14th May 2013
I love the service and products at Henna Sooq. Khadija especially. She is hands on, and stands behind her company, 1000%. Thanks. Now for my review. I mixed the Shikakai with some Brahmi, Aloe powder, Nee, and the Zizyphus Christi with hot water. Let cool for 30 minutes and applied it to fresh washed hair. Left it on for 2 hours and cowashed out. It left my hair smooth, cleaner, stronger and with great slip. I am pleased with their product.
Posted by Justice Jones on 13th Mar 2013
Shikakai is such a gentle yet powerful hair cleansing powder and detangler.... it leaves the hair so soft and tangle free that a moisturizer is almost not even necessary, I first used this on someone who has extremely dry hair, that tangles easily and the outcome was hair that was so soft, detangled and smooth, that I knew I would love it when I tried it and I DID. It is wonderful and I will always use it to cleanse my hair with. Very Impressed. :)
Posted by Jena Oakes on 7th Mar 2013
I recently purchased several shampoo bars in hope of finding the perfect way to gently cleanse my hair. Unfortunately, none of them gave me the fluffy clean hair that I was looking for. Don't get me wrong, the shampoo bars were VERY conditioning for my hair, but the left my hair feeling coated and even oily/waxy at times. I decided to try shikakai powder instead and I am SO glad I did. My hair looks amazing! It feels fresh, light, clean, and full of body.
To make my cleansing mix, I mixed 3 tablespoons of shikakai with 1/2 teaspoon of neem powder, 1/2 tsp zizyphus spina christi and 3 table spoons of senna Alexandra. I added warm green tea until a pudding texture and added jasmine essential oil. I applied with a coloring brush to my roots only. Covered with a cap and let sit for 10 minutes or so. To rinse, I added a little water at a time and massaged my scalp to "lather" and loosen the paste. Rinse with water until clean. I sealed the cuticle by rinsing with the remainder of the tea and cool water.
The whole process took less than 30 minutes and really was not a hastle. Being a little familiar with Ayurvedic hair treatments is helpfull though, just in knowing how thick to mix the paste and what to expect when rinsing.
Posted by Unknown on 9th Sep 2012
I mixed a paste of shikakai and aragan oil and applied to wet hair rubbing it gently into my scalp and throughout my hair. Wow! The volume is incredible. No need for a conditioner afterwards. I am very impressed. My only worry is that I use henna and recently used red raj for the intense red but am wary it will darken my hair. Amazing results so far though. It doesn't even feel or look like my hair!
Posted by happy hair on 20th Aug 2012
I lovelovelove this stuff. It's my favorite of all things I do for myself. Why? Because it's one of the best things I've found that's given my hair back to me! I'm menopausal and have thyroid issues. My hair was steadily falling out for about five years, to the point I could kind of see my scalp in places through the thin hair. I'd always had thick, fine hair. It made me sad to see it getting this way! I've been using henna for about five years, and even that wasn't helping so much. At least the hair I had was split end free :-)
I don't like drugs, I don't like chemicals, and don't have much faith in them. A few months ago I was searching for another place to purchase my henna, and found Henna Sooq, and decided to try shikakai instead of my theoretically natural sulfite containing shampoo. It works.
I make a paste with 50 g of shikakai, a tblspn each of brihngraj, amla, and brahmi, wrap my head in a plastic shopping bag and then a towel, and leave it on for about 3 hours.
I rinse it out in the kitchen sink because we have a garbage disposal and if I don't, it would clog up the tub (experience :-) I've been doing this for about a month now, and have the beginnings of re-glorious hair. It's starting to grow back. I'm literally losing a tenth of what I was two months ago. I have all these great little baby hairs coming in where I could see my scalp earlier this summer! My hair is thicker feeling, as well. The strands seem stronger, and the shine is awesome. My husband remarked on it just last week, so I know it's not just me having wishful thinking.
I know there isn't one thing that works for everyone. This works for me. I hope sharing my experience will help out another woman who's stress levels, age, and health have kind of "knocked her on the head" :-) xxx
Posted by Mary Jo on 11th Aug 2012
I've used this product for three weeks now, and am amazed with the results. I mixed a paste from 100g shikaki, a couple tblsp of Brahmi, and a couple tblsp Bhringraj and hot water. Let it cool, put it on my hair, wrapped it in plastic wrap and a towel, and left it on for 3-4 hours.
Rinsed it out with cool water, and all I can say is WOW. My hair looks glorious. I havent used conventional shampoo in three weeks, and my hair has never looked better.
It smells incredible, the scent lasts a long time (over three days), and leaves my hair shiny and full of body.
I use a tiny bit of argan oil on my roots and ends (my hair is midback length), and can honestly say I will never go back to non-natural products again. Service has been fabulous, the products are incredible! Thank you Henna Sooq!
Posted by Michelle on 31st Jul 2012
This product had way too much dirt. I did not have this issue with my last product. I put it in my daughters hair and it took me 2 hrs to rinse all the rocks out of her hair. Even then they were still not all out. I have a bad back and could not move after this. I am not happy.
Note from Henna Sooq: Shikakai is a nut and it can be gritty and a bit tougher to wash out due to the gritty nut grind of this powder. Sorry you didn't enjoy this powder.
Posted by 4xStephanie on 13th Jul 2012
I have fallen in love with this cleanser. The smell is like chocolate and berries. It moisturizes and detangles my hair very well and cleanses and calms my scalp. I have never gotten the wonderful results that I get from shikakai from a commercial cleanser/conditioner. Definitely a must-have for my mixes!
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