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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:
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 Carol Jupiter on 3rd Mar 2014
THIS STUFF REALLY CLEANS YOUR HAIR. IT LEFT MY SOFT. WILL INCORPORATE THIS IN MY HAIR CARE REGIMENT FOR MY NATURAL HAIR. NO WORRIES ABOUT THE PRODUCT HAVING TWIGS OR OTHER THINGS IN IT AT HENNA SOOQ AND PRODUCT RINSED OUT LIKE A BREEZE.
THANKS HENNA SOOQ!!
Posted by QueenEyeCee on 5th Jan 2014
One of the key factors to growing a head-full of long & healthy hair is to maintain a clean & healthy scalp using a mild, yet, effective pH balanced cleanser; Shikakai is a most marvelous cleanser which fits all the criteria of being a most perfect cleanser. I make a cleansing tea with 1 TBSP Shikakai, 1 TBSP Neem, 1 TBSP Hibiscus & 1 TBSP Amla, place powders in a Heat-N-Seal Tea Bag, add 28 oz. of boiling hot distilled water and allow to steep overnight; the following day I apply the tea to my damp pre-oiled hair (the night before I massage scalp with an Ayurvedic oil, then put on a conditioner cap & insulated hat), using the double basin method, let tea sit for 30 - 45 min., then thoroughly rinse & co-wash hair w/ Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle...voila.....a clean, healthy and build-up free scalp...I absolutely love Shikakai! HennaSooq is 1 of 2 suppliers that carries the best/highest quality Shikakai Powder in the US & Canadian Market!!!
Posted by Michelle G on 27th Oct 2013
I use 2 tablespoons of powder mixed with about 28oz of hot water in an old shampoo bottle. Sometimes I use a tea made from plain hibiscus flowers depending on how much time I have. I don't strain out the grit, and I find that it's very easy to rinse out. One bottle lasts me through about 2-3 weeks of washes. I went "no-poo" over a year ago, and after many, many fails on a product that kept my hair shiny and not dry or greasy this worked. I've never used it as a masque, but this way I do get the benefits of the cleaning and the shininess.
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 Seroflorus on 1st Aug 2013
Smells nice and mixes well with other products. Rinsing is a dream since the sift is so fine. I use in combination with fenugreek pdr, amla, jojoba oil, aloe gel and water to make a scalp cleaner.
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 Unknown on 16th Apr 2013
I will never be without this company, ever again.
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.
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