|Shikakai Sheabutter Henna - DIY natural hair care recipes - indian hair care - ayurvedic medicine plants|
I hope you all had a blessed week and enjoyed the snow, build a snow man or watched a lovely movie! We just had the most wonderful snowy weekend! Comes snow comes dry hair for me though haha. I have not incorporated Shikakai in my weekly deep conditioning treatments yet so I came up with this simple and wonderful recipe that I want to share with you guys! You can switch up the ingredients to your usual liking as always.
- Acacia concinna is the name of the plant and grows in central and south india.
- the fruit is named shikakai and one of the ajurvedic plants.
- it does not lather but still cleanses, has a low ph which is great!
- it is a natural conditioner and detangler
- has anti-dandruff benefits
If you have never worked with Henna or Shikakai I want to give you a little heads up first :
- this might get messy. Do it on your free weekend when you are not in a hurry and in nobodies way
-secondly you might want to do it when your significant other is not around ^^ Most men don't get it why we put a muddy mass on our hair. Of course they do not have to know that we do not wake up looking like we do. Let's keep the illusion and magic :o)
So here we go,
Shikakai - Sheabutter and Henna Treatment
Note: I used colourless ''Henna" which is basically not Henna but Cassia. If you have black hair you can use ''black henna'' = indigo or simple red henna for a slight red colour tint. If you have super light hair you might want to skip the henna part altogether.
- 3 tablespoons of shikakai powder
- 2 tablespoons of cassia powder
- 1 tablespoon of sheabutter
- 50 ml hot boiling water
Mix until it has a smooth texture just like yoghurt, let it cool down to room temperature and apply especially to your ends and dry spots on damp hair. Rinse after 15 min.
Et voila - lots of volume, shine and thanks to sheabutter smoother hair!
Where to get shikakai? Have a look at Khadi's website. You can order sheabutter at behave, which is a great online resource for oils and butters and essential oils as well as herbal extracts. As for henna, indigo, cassia - check your local health food store or oriental shop for very affordable good quality henna (turkish, indian or arabic). Try to not buy anything with picramate in it.
|Shikakai natural hair care recipe for very long hair!|
What do you think about alma and shikakai? Messy or worth the hassle? I love the indian cleaning herbs so much!