7 Amazing Benefits & Uses Of Shikakai
Gorgeous, lustrous hair is a dream of many and we do whatever possible for achieving the dream. Trying so many products, spending bombs at salons, but often we forget that the solution to all our hair problems is just easier and definitely way cheaper than those. The solution is ShikaKai.
Shikakai has been used since time innumerable as a natural cleanser and conditioner and is considered the best natural product to keep hair healthy and beautiful.
Let see what this herb does for us.
It is a natural alternative to other shampoos and detergents. So instead of using chemically treated shampoos that can actually damage hair over time, it is good to make your own shampoo that not only cleanses but also nourishes your hair. Moreover, being a mild cleanser, it doesn’t strip the scalp of its natural oils.
It has a low pH and acts as a natural hair detangler and conditioner. It conditions as it cleanses.
- Prevents hair loss
Shikakai is a guaranteed way to strengthen the roots and prevent hair loss, no wonder it is one of the main ingredients of all herbal and Ayurvedic cosmetic and beauty products.
- Promotes re-growth of hair
Not only does shikakai reduces hair loss, but it also promotes re growth of hair.
- Treats Dandruffs
This herb contains loads of Vitamins that combats fungal infection and reduces dandruff.
- Eliminates Lice
Mix a few drops of lemon to your skikakai puree and wash your hair with that to eliminate lice.
- Adds shine and bounciness to your hair
Shikakai is very effective to bring life back to your hair, is effective in adding the much needed shine and bounciness.
Some quick DIY recipes
Grind/ powder some shikakai and keep in a jar. Use it whenever you want.
Soak shikakai and reetha overnight in a bowl of water. In the morning place the bowl containing the shikakai and reetha in direct sunlight for about 3-4 hours. This will naturally heat up the ingredients. Blend them well. Make sure you remove the seeds of reetha before blending. You can add amla too if you want. Don’t add to much water, it should have a yogurt like consistency. Apply it to your scalp and through the length of the hair, massage gently. It won’t lather as much as shampoos. Wash and repeat
- Moisturizing pack
Soak shikakai overnight. In the morning put it in a blender and blend well. Don’t add any water. In that paste add 2 tbsp of curd, 1tbsp of honey and a few drops of lemon. Mix well. Apply on scalp and hair. Bun your hair up or clip it up with a pin and leave it on for 30min-1hr and rinse. Don’t use shampoo until next day. If possible avoid shampooing in the next 2 days.
- Dandruff or Itchy scalp
Make a paste of fresh neem leaves with overnight soaked shikakai and amla powder. Add 3-4 tsp of lemon. Use this as a pack on hair and scalp and wash off after 30 minutes to one hour.
- Hair growth
Sun dry methi seeds, crush and make a fine powder of it. Soak 5-6 tbsp of methi powder with equal amounts of shikakai and amla powder in lukewarm water overnight. Use it as a hair pack next day. Apply on scalp and hair and keep it for an hour. Rinse.
Do you use shikakai in your hair care regimes?
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