Who would have tought that washing your hair with powder could be so satisf
Voluminous, strenghtened and thickened hair are the main results that I observed since I started using Shikakai powder to wash my hair.
I discovered Shikakai ( also known as ‘fruit for hair’ ) while searching for a natural, organic, mild shampoo, without sulfate and with healing properties for stressed hair.
I learned that this powder has been used traditionally for hair care in the Indian subcontinent since ancient times . It can be used as a traditional shampoo and does not produce the normal amount of lather that a sulfate-containing shampoo would; however it’s a good cleanser, has naturally low pH and doesn’t strip hair of natural oil.
During my first experience with Shikakai I followed the instructions, but then I started to adapt the procedure to my own needs.
This is how I use it: I mix the powder with hot water and leave it like that for about 20 minutes; then I get my hair wet and start to aplly the ‘mush’ to my hair with circular motions ( remember to use gloves if you don’t want to stain your skin ). Then I rinse carefully and then I aplly a bit of natural-organic standard shampoo – I introduced this last step beacuse this powder is lightly coloured and I was afraid that it could have made my blond hair turning into a reddish tone. As Shikakai also acts as a detangler, I don’t need to use a conditioner so at this point I proceed to dry my hair as usual.
To this day I’ve used it ten times, and I’m completely happy with this method, especially because my thin hair are becoming really thick and healthy. The only thing I’m worried about is that, with long term use, my blond hair could possibly starting to change colour (indian powder are known to stain).
Ultimately I strongly suggest you to give this a try, especially if you have straight, thin and stressed hair and you’re looking for something that makes them halthy. In addition if you have dark hair you don’t risk to modify your hair colour and this method will be the pure heaven on earth.