Shikakai, also known as Acacia concinna, is a small shrub-like tree that grows in India. The fruit pods of the tree contain a natural cleanser that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional hair care practices.
Shikakai is a popular ingredient in hair care products because it has natural cleansing and conditioning properties. It is particularly effective in removing dirt and oil from the hair without stripping away its natural oils, which helps to maintain healthy and nourished hair. Shikakai also helps to detangle the hair and reduce frizz, making it easier to manage.
In addition to its cleansing and conditioning properties, shikakai is also believed to promote hair growth, strengthen hair follicles, and prevent dandruff and other scalp issues. It is rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish the hair and scalp, including vitamin C, vitamin A, and antioxidants.
Shikakai is often used as a natural alternative to harsh chemical shampoos and conditioners. It can be used as a powder or in a liquid form and is typically mixed with water to form a paste or a liquid solution. Shikakai is also used in combination with other natural ingredients such as henna, amla, and neem for added benefits.