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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
Fall Crop 2013
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Posted by Sharon 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.
Posted by Brenda 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!
Posted by Huglori 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!
Posted by Unknown 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.
Posted by Laura on 22nd Mar 2014
I had read about shikakai on someone's blog and how great it was for the hair, so I searched the internet and found Hennasooq and read the other reviews so I purchased 300 grams to give it a try. All I can say is it was the best decision I made for my hair. This is the only shikakai I've tried but I know it's the only one I'm going to stay with. My hair is getting healthier with each use AND I really appreciate the quick delivery from this company. I've since ordered 500 grams to have enough on hand for awhile. I have bra length hair, and I've used about 5 to 6 Tbls of shakakai and added warm water to mix it up like yogurt, applied and let it sit in my hair for a couple of hours with 2 shower caps on and a hat on and then rinsed it out in the shower with warm water and after its all rinsed out I run the cold water on my head to lock in the moister. I've also mixed 3 Tbls. shikakai with 14 oz of warm water and put it in a old shampoo bottle. This is great when you don't have time to let it sit in your hair for a while and the bottle lasts me approximately 2 weeks. Beware though not to get it into your eyes because it REALLY stings. My hair is getting softer and more manageable. I highly recommend this shikakai to get your hair healthy plus the company delivers fast! I'll be ordering again! Thank you HennaSooq!
Posted by Unknown on 9th Mar 2014
I have only used this product twice, but am happy with it so far. It's just what I thought it would be. I put a heaping tablespoon into an old shampoo container, add hot distilled water to fill the container, and a few whole allspice just for scent. I have had NO problem rinsing it out, it is very fine and doesn't take any longer than it did rinsing shampoo suds out. Other no poo things I've tried have given my hair a nice feel once it dries, but it felt awful when wet. This is the first product that makes my hair feel nice when wet, combing out my hair after a shower is much easier!
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.
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