Shiny, black and beautiful hair is everyone’s dream. We spend a lot of money and time for making our hair attractive. We are ready to apply shampoos, oils or whatever is suggested by doctors and friends for strong and shiny hair. And why not? After all, our good appearance depends much on the shape and health of our hair.
Shikakai is a natural herb that can give bouncy and shiny look to your hair. The botanical name of Shikakai is Acacia Concinna. Shikakai is found in warm areas and is a native herb of south and central India. It was used in ancient India as a shampoo to wash hair. Even today many beauty conscious people use Shikakai pods to clean hair.
For better results, Shikakai is used with the mixture of Amla extract. Shikakai is used by many commercial companies to make shampoo and hair oil. Due to its natural low PH properties, shikakai acts as a mild substance to wash hair tenderly and smoothly. You can use shikakai powder and paste after drying its fruit pods. The leaves and barks of shikakai are equally effective.
Shikakai gives smoothness to hair and there is no need to apply costly conditioners if you are the regular user of shikakai pods. It is very easy to use shikakai pods at home. Mix 250 gram of shikakai pods in equal quantity of Amla. Dip it in two litres of water and keep this mixture tightly covered in a clay container for five to seven days. After that filter this water and apply it on your scalp. You can use this mixture for two months. For silky and black hair wash your hair twice a week with shikakai water. If you don’t have time to wait for 5-7 days, you can soak Shikakai and Amla in water for one night and boil the mixture in the morning. Apply it on your scalp when it gets cool.
Shikakai is also effective in preventing dandruff and hair loss. For treating scalp related problems, herbalists suggest using shikakai with Amla, Reetha and Heena. Shikakai is a pure natural medicine for hair, which has no side effects. It is suggested by experienced old people that in summers shikakai with Amla, Reetha and Heena should be used daily to avoid headache and many brain related problems caused by heat waves. Shikakai is anti-inflammatory in nature and gives cool effect to scalp. Shikakai is also helpful in preventing grey hair.
Shikakai tree is also good for the environment. If you plant a shikakai tree at your home, it is good for the health of the whole family. It protects hair from the ill effects of environment pollution. Very less people know that Shikakai can also be used as a face wash. Dip shiakai pods in water at night and wash your face with this water in the morning. This will help in reducing wrinkles and will give your skin brightness and a young look.