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Product Description

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. Never will I go without my Shikakai. LOVE this stuff!

    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!

  2. What I expected

    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



  4. No Other Cleanser Can Compare

    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!!!

  5. I use it as my regular Shampoo

    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.

  6. So Far So Good

    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.

  7. Excellent sift

    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.

  8. great!

    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!

  9. great product

    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.

  10. Hooked on Henna Sooq

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Apr 2013

    I will never be without this company, ever again.

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