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Today’s review is about Vatika Naturals Indian Acacia (Shikakai) Enriched Hair Oil. I am not going to purchase anything from the brand for the next 365 days (at least); a determined ban as I need to move on to other brand and product reviews.
Price: $2.15 for 100 ml
Our latest hair oil offering, Vatika Indian Acacia Enriched Hair Oil is made with 100% natural oils and is enriched with Indian Acacia (also known as Shikakai in Ayurveda) that has been used for centuries as a natural hair care ingredient in India. Our expertly blended formula is free from any Mineral Oil and Parabens that is better for your hair. It helps you discover younger looking, healthy and well-nurtured hair with regular use. Indian Acacia oil is rich in essential phytonutrients that nourishes hair and helps add youthful shine & strength.
My Take on Vatika Naturals Indian Acacia (Shikakai) Enriched Hair Oil:
Dabur Vatika Shikakai Enriched Hair Oil comes in a transparent plastic bottle with a cap. The packaging carries the tree logo of the brand. The bottle has all the labels and details. The bottle doesn’t have a nozzle inside, which makes the product messy to use. The nozzle would have controlled the amount of hair oil to be dispensed in one go. It is travel-friendly but do ensure to seal it with a packing tape to avoid spillage which can lead to a complete mess in your luggage.
Taking a look at the ingredient list, it has canola and sesamum Indicum seed oil as the main ingredient as they have added shikakai powder to it. I am personally not happy with the formulation as canola oil isn’t the best choice of hair oil. Also, I am not certain of the presence of shikakai powder, how they have dissolved it, and how will it actually nourish hair in such case. The oil is thin and runny in consistency. It is non-viscous and non-sticky but definitely makes hair greasy.
Dabur Vatika Shikakai Enriched Hair Oil is better for the overnight oiling regime as you can’t just apply it and walk to the market or have a coffee meet up with friends with greasy and sticky hair. It rinses in one wash with a decent amount of a good shampoo. It leaves behind silky, soft and easily manageable hair because it tames frizzy hair. Also, it reduces hair breakage by making hair easily detangled. But I haven’t noticed any reduction in hair fall with Dabur Vatika Shikakai Enriched Hair Oil.
It neither weighs down hair nor does it make your scalp oily. Oiling definitely does great help in healing damaged hair but the brand’s claims of “revitalising damaged hair” are not so validated. It has a pleasant fragrance but, again, the brand’s claims that Dabur Vatika Shikakai Enriched Hair Oil will cure greying of hair is not validated as we all know that fragrance accelerates greying of hair. It is free of Parabens, though.
Summing it up in pros and cons:
Pros of Vatika Naturals Indian Acacia (Shikakai) Enriched Hair Oil:
⦁ Infused with Indian Acacia/shikakai powder.
⦁ Formulated to revitalise and repair damaged hair.
⦁ Makes hair soft, shiny and silky.
⦁ Makes hair manageable and easily detangled.
⦁ Controls frizz.
⦁ Reduces hair breakage.
⦁ Low priced and easily available.
⦁ Good for overnight oiling of hair.
⦁ Rinses clean in one wash with a good shampoo.
⦁ Smells wonderful.
⦁ Doesn’t make scalp oily.
⦁ Doesn’t weigh down hair.
Cons of Vatika Naturals Indian Acacia (Shikakai) Enriched Hair Oil:
⦁ The packaging needs improvement.
⦁ Doesn’t do anything to improve thin and damaged hair.
⦁ Doesn’t add volume to limp hair.
⦁ Synthetic fragrance can accelerate greying of hair.
⦁ Doesn’t reduce hair fall.
IMBB Rating: 3/5
Would I Recommend/Repurchase Vatika Naturals Indian Acacia (Shikakai) Enriched Hair Oil?
It is recommended if you are just looking for an overnight oil to moisturise hair and are not expecting much from the product. I will not repurchase and stay with my regular olive oil for hair treatment.
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