This ancient powder has been used for millennia in the East for its washing and softening properties. Shikakai also works wonders for those who wish to grow their hair faster. 100% natural, this powder is produced by grinding the dried pods of acacia concina which is a subspecies of common acacia, a plant commonly found in central India. This powder, mixed with water, makes a paste rich in natural saponins used to gently wash the hair and bring back shine. Thanks to its composition, it is known to stimulate the scalp, boost hair growth, and cleanse dandruff problems.
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Here's how you can incorporate shikakai into your hair care routine
Shikakai powder is suitable for all hair types. It can be used in several ways:
1. Mix with water
With 1 tablespoon of powder for 2 tablespoons of warm water, you get the basic mixture for all shikakai-based treatments. This simple paste can work wonders on your hair. Leave on the scalp and the lengths for about thirty minutes then rinse by massaging the scalp. You can replace your regular shampoo with shikakai paste.
2. Mix with yoghurt
Adding yoghurt to shikakai paste will increase the nourishing power of the powder. Add one tablespoon of yoghurt to the basic paste then blend to lighten yourhair once it is dry.
3. Mix with honey
Enhance the shine of your hair by adding a tablespoon of honey to the basic mixture. Honey and its regenerating virtues will soften your dry hair and make your hair shine.
4. Mix with egg yolk
Add a nourishing egg yolk to the basic paste. By stimulating the scalp with a massage, you will deeply nourish your hair and help get rid of dandruff.
All these shikakai-based treatments will help grow hair with ingredients that will accentuate the benefits of the powder.