Etheric Shikakai powder is made from Shikakai pods of the Trees of mountains and is sun-dried. The most common use of the Shikakai Powder are -
* Shine and softness - Shikakai adds shine to the hair and hair looks much softer. When the shikakai powder is used as a hair pack or as a hair cleanser, it makes the hair softer, which detangles the hair easily. After the wash shikakai also adds subtle shine to the hair.
* Anti Dandruff - Shikakai has anti-fungal properties and other nutrients to nourish the scalp. This is why shikakai helps to reduce the dandruff infection from the scalp and nourish the dry itchy scalp simultaneously. Regular use of shikakai will soon help to treat dandruff from the scalp.
* Stronger, thicker hair -Shikakai is also used to make hair roots stronger and healthier. Use shikakai as a mild hair cleanser, hair pack or as infused with the oil. Boil some dried shikakai in coconut oil and use that oil to massage the scalp. This is a good remedy to strengthen the hair.
Use of Shikakai as Shampoo
Shikakai can be used to make Homemade shikakai shampoo. It is natural and devoid of chemicals.Soak some Etheric Shikakai powder, some Eteric Reetha (soapnut) and Etheric amla powder ( all available separately) in water for about one hour, Use the water as a shampoo to clean the scalp. It may not lather like the store bought shampoos but is mild and very natural.
Use of Shikakai as Hair Pack
Shikakai as hair pack is extremely beneficial for the treatment of dandruff and other scalp related problems. For the hair pack, you take Etheric shikakai powder, neem leaves, fenugreek powder and some dried amla (All available separately). Boil all of them in a cup of water. Boil them for 15 minutes and then let it cool. Mash the contents with hands and strain the water. Use that water to massage the scalp and hair. Keep it for 30 minutes and rinse off with plain water.
Shikakai is indeed great way to achieve beautiful, stronger, healthier hair.