Benefits and uses of Shikakai for hair care
Natural herbs are considered most to use in hair care such as hair wash, herbal shampoos, and hair packs etc. One such herb that is commonly used and gives extremely amazing result for hair is Shikakai. Mostly we use Shikakai fruit pods that contain tiny seeds that we throw away.
Shikakai has a number of benefits and its plant’s bark and leaves are also used. You will get Shikakai from the market in powder or dried fruit form. Shikakai may be used as a hair pack; herbal shampoo and hair wash to get rid of different hair related problems.
Shikakai generally does not lather much until it’s mixed with reetha that is also called as soapnut however still Shikakai effectively cleanses the scalp & hair. It may be considered as a mild hair cleanser that is good for dry scalp because it doesn’t take away too much of the natural oils from the scalp.
Shikakai for shine & softness
Shikakai adds shine to the hair and hair appears much softer. Once the Shikakai powder is used as a hair pack or as a hair cleanser, it makes the hair softer that detangles the hair with no trouble. After the wash Shikakai as well add subtle shine to the hair.
Shikakai for Dandruff
Shikakai has anti fungal properties & other nutrients to nourish the scalp. This is why Shikakai assists reducing the dandruff infection from the scalp and nourish the dry itchy scalp at the same time. Daily use of Shikakai will soon help treating dandruff from the scalp.
Using Shikakai as Shampoo
Shikakai may be used to make homemade shampoo. The method of this Shikakai shampoo is very simple. It’s natural and devoid of chemicals. Soak some dried Shikakai pods, a few soapnut and dried amla in water at night and the next day, boil that water until the pods gets softer enough to be mashed with hands. Use the water as shampoo to clean the scalp. You will also take powder of these so that it will not take a lot of time to boil it or keeping it overnight.
Shikakai for Stronger, thicker hair
Shikakai is used to make roots stronger & healthier. Use Shikakai as a mild hair pack, hair cleanser or as infused with the oil. Boil a few dried Shikakai in coconut oil and use that oil to massage the scalp.
Shikakai Hair Pack
Shikakai may be used as a hair pack also. Hair packs with Shikakai are really helpful for the treatment of dandruff and other scalp related problems as we mentioned in the benefits of Shikakai. For the hair pack, you need dried Shikakai or Shikakai powder, fenugreek powder, neem leaves and dried amla. Boil all of them in a cup of water. Boil them for 15 minutes & then let it cool. Mash the contents with hands & strain into the water. Use that water to massage the scalp and hair. Keep it for half-hour and wash with plain water.
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