I often get asked queries on hair care especially how to maintain your hair, make them grow faster, what to do to control hairfall etc. I have already reviewed my trusted hair oil Cantharidine Hair Oil which I have been using for more than 26 yrs now and absolutely love it and cannot imagine my life without it.
These days we often hear about people wanting to try to all natural products and products without harmful chemical and silicons for our hair. So today I am going to share a way to cleanse your hair naturally without using any shampoo or conditioner using all natural products. I have been using this way to wash my hair ever since my school days, in between college I did switch to using shampoos and conditioners mainly coz of lack of time and my laziness but these days I am back using this method and totally loving it!
So without any further delays lets get started. For making this all natural hair shampoo or cleanser you will need Reetha also known as Soapnut and Shikakai also known as Acacia concinna. I am sure most of you the benefits of these two but still let me write down a few of them
Shikakai- The word Shikakai literally means “fruit for hair”. Acacia concinna or Shikakai has been used traditionally for hair care in the Indian Subcontinent since ancient times. It is one of the Ayurvedic medicinal plants. The fruit is known in India as shikakai “fruit for hair” in its use as a traditional shampoo. In order to prepare it the fruit pods, leaves and bark of the plant are dried, ground into a powder, then made into a paste. While this traditional shampoo does not produce the normal amount of lather that a sulfate-containing shampoo would, it is considered a good cleanser. It is mild, having a naturally low pH, and doesn’t strip hair of natural oils. Usually no conditioner is needed, for shikakai also acts as a detangler
Reetha (Soapnuts)- Soapnuts, such as those of Sapindus mukorossi, are used in Ayurveda. They are a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic shampoos and cleansers.They are used in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and for removing freckles. Soapnuts have gentle insecticidal properties and are traditionally used for removing lice from the scalp. Soap nuts have become increasingly popular as a nontoxic laundry detergent
So lets get started with the procedure now that we have introduced both the main ingredients
1) For my waist length hair I take about 15 – 20 reethas and 5 to 10 shikakai, this would depend upon the potency of reethas and shikakai, sometimes the reethas are not strong enough so you may need more. Reetha basically are fabulous cleansers but tends to dry out the hair so we add shikakai to it as shikakai is known for its natural conditioning and hair softening properties. Remove the seeds from reethas and soak both of them in a pot of water overnight. This will soften them to some extent.
3) Below you can see the amount of foam is produced. Once the reethas and shikaki are tender you can either strain the mixture and use this water to wash your hair or the way I do it is to crush all reethas and shikakai together to remove their pulp and juice..add more water if required and then strain this mixture and store it in a bottle. This water can then be used to wash your hair. You can even store this in fridge for about a week.
How to use it
-> First wash your hair gently by just using plain water.
-> Now use the soap liquid we prepared and rinse your hair gently, remember no foam will be created until and unless the hair is clean. So you may need to repeat this procedure for atleast 2 to 3 times. I usually do it 3 times since I oil my hair before washing. YES it removes oil from hair too.
-> Since reetha are cleansers they also have tendency to dry out your hair and get them tangled, shikakai helps in certain extent to make the hair soft and manageable but I highly suggest using a conditioner after this. If you have normal hair you probably wont need conditioners but if your hair is dry do use a conditioner.
-> Its completely natural so free of chemicals
-> Both the ingredients are known for their beneficial properties for hair.
-> Reetha are known cleansers and helps to remove dirt from hair very effectively.
-> Shikakai makes hair soft and manageable
-> Hair loss is very less as compared to when using normal shampoos
-> This is the only way I achieve frizz free hair! Yes it controls frizz to a great extent
-> Improves hair texture and makes them stronger – I have felt this myself that after washing my hair using this liquid my hair feels stronger from roots!
-> Helps with dandruff
-> Makes my hair appear super straight! Love it
-> Promotes hair growth in long run
-> Shikakai is very mild and PH balanced so wont strip off natural oils from scalp
The problem with this method is that its quite a bit messy and time consuming but since the benefits are so high I dont mind going that extra mile.
Also this procedure is very versatile, you can add shikakai powder, amla powder, hibiscus powder etc and make changes suiting your hair 🙂
Hope this was helpful to you all, if you have any questions do post them below and I will try to answer them to best of my knowledge 🙂
So until tomorrow . tc and stay beautiful! 🙂
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