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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:

  • to cleanse hair
  • for promoting hair growth
  • preventing dandruff
  • strengthening the hair from its roots

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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  1. Soft, manageable curls 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Nov 2015

    I wish I’d known about the benefits of Shikakai powder as a natural hair wash and detangler years ago. Think of the time and money I would have saved. But, I am glad I know about it now. Particularly because my hair is naturally dry and winter makes it worse. Today I have third-day hair, and the curls and softness are still holding up. My new ‘go to’ product.

  2. gentle hair cleanse 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jun 2015

    Is very important to Oil hair, make solution of water and shikakai. some add to scalp a thicker paste and sometimes a watery solution will do, leave on for a few minutes ( depending of level of oil) (and or products) . The longer it's stays on the scalp the less oil remains. So here is where you have To play with it until u find (the right dose and time that needs to be left on the hair) after you rinse you really don't need conditioner since shikakai is very conditioning, cleansing but not stripping. I choose to condition because when I want a nice smell and extra condition.. And wala' the hairs results are baby smooth, freshly cleansed feeling. You can blowdry or style as desired. Just to note: shikakai powder mixes best with distilled water, I found all my herbal powders do best with distilled water. Also shikakai removed silicones, and butters for those who wish to use it. Again, it all depends on the level of products to how long the shikakai stays on the hair. I have read so many blogs and so many opinion of hair products and hair care. This Shikakai is like nothing I ever tried. Once you Try it, you will definitely stop shampooing, Or just co washing. Both of those methods are extreme. It might work for some, just giving my opinion and experience. I have found a balance with shikakai.
    if done right, You will love the results of cleansed hair every time. Thank God for such an honest seller here at henna Sooque. The instructions, the care, the dedication, and most important the truth. To know I'm purchasing quality products. Not to forget that honey nourishing masque. The inventions and creations this shops offers, truly amazing, Thank you!

  3. Review 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st May 2015

    I used it in my shampoo. I haven't used the shampoo yet, so I'll have to come back and update you.

  4. EXCELLENT!!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Feb 2015


  5. Incredible! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jan 2015

    My daughter's hair is so thick that it is very hard to thoroughly clean it and her scalp. This powder gets it done and fast. Her hair also doesn't feel dried out after rinsing.

  6. Healthy feeling hair! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Nov 2014

    I ordered a small amount the first time and decided to give it a try....I love it! I ordered some more! What a treat!

  7. Amazing Powder 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd May 2014

    I condition with this and other powders mixed in with coconut milk. My hair is so very strong and grows much faster than ever before.

  8. I love Shikakai 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th May 2014

    This was my first time trying shikakai for cleansing and conditioning. It works really well. And although a little messy, still easy to clean up. Great product and fast shipping!

  9. Amazement! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th May 2014

    I want to thank Henna Sooq for such wonderful products, and especially the suggested uses and recipes included in my order. I am beyond amazed by the results I achieved this week combining Shikakai, Brahmi, Red Raj, and Organic Aloe Vera powders in an herbal gloss treatment (my first multi-herb concoction!). *I say “amazed” about a hundred times in this review!*

    My “recipe”: 2 tbsp each of Shikakai, Brahmi, and Red Raj, and 1 tbsp of the Aloe Vera. I made a watery paste using peach herbal tea, and then added several squirts of apricot kernel oil and an unknown amount of Herbal Essences conditioner for color treated hair. I didn’t measure the conditioner; I just squeezed it into the mixture until the paste thickened up. I was afraid of my gray hairs becoming bright Bozo red, so I only let the mixture sit in a covered container for about an hour in the warm laundry room. Using my fingers (well covered in the purple nitrile gloves), I applied the gloss to my hair in four sections, making smaller partings with my fingers as I went along. I two-strand twisted each of the four sections after applying the gloss.

    After the twists were done, I wrapped my hair in clear plastic wrap, a clear shower cap, and finally an old t-shirt. The mixture sat in my hair for a little over 4 hours. It rinsed very quickly in the shower without a lot of color splatter that I’m used to from past henna sessions. I applied a generous amount of Garnier Fructis leave-in conditioner, a bit more apricot kernel oil, and several pumps of Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion, then combed it all through. I set my hair on large rollers and sat under a hooded dryer for exactly 1 hour. *I’m explaining all of this for a reason!* I removed the hair rollers and began to blow dry my hair, which was still slightly damp at the roots. I was trying to get my roots as smooth as possible. Lastly, I flat ironed my hair and trimmed the ends.

    The first thing I noticed when I was done styling my hair was that the gloss didn’t really cover my gray hair which is sprinkled along my hairline in front and down the middle of my head. They looked slightly blondish, but that was it. My hair already had a burgundy red rinse in from 2 months ago and didn’t look much different overall, i.e. no bright red highlights. I only used 2 tbsp of the Red Raj and perhaps combining it with the Brahmi darkened the color considerably, too. However, today two days later, the red highlights are much, much brighter.

    HOWEVER, the most important result was that my scalp is not dry and flaky. *Amazement* I have had MAJOR dry scalp problems from the time I was a child. I’ve used medicated shampoos, specialty “natural” shampoos, and I’ve also hennaed many times before, but NOTHING has ever banished my dry scalp (dry scalp, dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, who knows?) until now. After I wash or condition my hair, every time while my scalp is still damp you can see flaky skin. ALWAYS. But not after this treatment! I parted and sectioned my hair and couldn’t find ONE flake anywhere! I did not grease my scalp. I applied the products just as described and haven’t added any more oil or other product to my hair since Wednesday evening. This is especially amazing to me because after sitting under a hot dryer for an hour, my scalp has ALWAYS been tight, itchy, and flaky. I parted my hair and checked again yesterday and today and my scalp is CLEAN and CLEAR. I honestly feel like crying. I have had so much embarrassment from this flaky, itchy scalp all my life (40 years) and to think this combination worked so well, so quickly and by using such a small amount of product, just makes my heart sing.

    I will definitely continue purchasing these herbs from Henna Sooq. I feel like I found a magic potion! I’m going to apply more mixture this weekend. I popped my container in the freezer as recommended in the instructions. I hope that I’ll find a recipe to use on my face, which stays dry and flaky too. I love Henna Sooq!

  10. My hair feels amazing! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd May 2014

    I used Shikakai for the first time and I think I'm in love! I cleansed my hair and It felt wonderful. leaving it soft and well defined. This will be a part of my weekly cleansing regimen. Btw my hair is 4a/4b.

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