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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. Great Powder 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Feb 2017

    I really like that this and soapnuts combined don't make my hair feel extremely dried and tangled. I have very coily hair so most products make my hair feel dry and my ends dried out and then my roots get tangled. This did not happen with this product. The only thing is this and soap nuts did not completely cleanse my hair. I went back over my hair with the Rhassoul clay shampoo bar. My hair was super clean after that.

  2. New to Ayurvedic products 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Oct 2016

    I ordered the Shikakai and lemongrass oil. I love the scent of lemongrass, now for the shikakai it cleansed my hair well, i just need to use it more to determine how well I can rate the product. Will purchase again, next time I am going to purchase the sukesh and amla and honey gloss bar. Excited to use it.

  3. Not thrilled 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Sep 2016

    Ive ordered henna and indigo from henna sooq so i love their quality. Ive been using shikakai for years. Every time i visit family in india i bring some home ground shikakai back it lasts me a year. I ran out of my shikakai and decided to give henna sooq shikakai a try. I ordered 3 packs i should have started with one. I only used water but my hair felt weight down ans greasy. Also the color was soo dark ive never seen shikakai powder being that dark. May be there are varieties in it. The one that my mother grinds is lighter in color. Of course this was finely ground and so convenient to apply. However there was no aroma also.shikakai has a distinct smell that i didnt get from this powder. Henna sooq whats wrong? I was so excited i could order shikakai from a store that i trust. What should i do differently to get good results?

    HS Reply: Thank you for your review. We believe there is nothing more amazing then homemade fresh henna and herbs like straight from India and freshly ground and made. The varieties do vary and we'd actually love to see what your shikakai is like and compare. This way perhaps we can inquire about carrying a better variety and batch. Please email if you're able to do so.

  4. Better than shampoo! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jun 2016

    I tried this for the first time making a simple paste with a little water and some rosewood essential oil. I let it sit on my scalp for 5 mins then massaged my head with water in the shower. My hair feels so strong, full of body, clean, shiny, and ever so curly! I don't think I will ever go back to a store-bought shampoo. Amazing.

  5. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th May 2016

    How did I live without Shikakai!!!!!!!! I use the product as a shampoo and occasionally as a deep conditioner. I stopped using commercial products on my hair six months ago and moved forward with Shikakai, Cassia, Henna, Amla Oil my results are indescribable!!!!!
    I'm not going anywhere you ladies got me hooked!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. New Shampoo 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jan 2016

    I have always added Shikakai to my hennas. For the first time I used it as a shampoo and LOVE IT. It has been over two years since I have used over the counter shampoos and conditioners, using ACV, clays or various home made hair masks instead. The Shikakai is outstanding!! My hair is soft, tangle free, shiny, frizz free and full of body. I tried it on my daughters hair next and her hair came out beautiful. I mixed it with aloe juice and about tblsp of honey. The best part about this treatment is that my daughter and I both did not experience any shrinkage. I think my texture is 3c/4a, and my daughter's texture is probably 4a/4b.

  7. Greasy hair 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Dec 2015

    I used this with brahmi power, neem, and yogurt. I made a paste and let it sit for 30min. After rinsing it out my hair seems really greasy and stringy. No bounce or shine.

    Henna Sooq Reply: We're so sorry to hear this. It sounds like you didn't use the correct recipe for bouncy, shiny hair. Those herbs don't add volume. We recommend you use amla powder for volume and bounce. Yoghurt may have been too heavy for your hair as well since you were left feeling greasy and your hair was not happy. Please omit the yoghurt, and just use water. Please also follow the directions we send with our products for best results. This isn't one of our recommended recipes- Khadija

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

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