Shikakai powder by Hesh, $6.50 Amazon.com
The claim: Dirt buster for your scalp. Shikakai is a natural astringent for the hair and it will clear away any dirt or product build up on the hair and scalp.
Amla powder by Hesh, $6.50 Amazon.com
The claim: Dark and healthy hair naturally. Amla is both a natural astringent and skin toner. The powder promotes black and luxuriant hair and controls hair loss, stimulates the hair roots, and promotes hair growth.
Both boxes direct you to add a little bit of water to make a paste, then massage onto your hair and scalp, and leave it on for 45 minutes. I DID NOT FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS! Instead, I mixed 1 heaping tablespoon on shikakai powder with 2 heaping tablespoons of amla powder together in a tall plastic cup, then I added 8 oz. of hot water to add in the mixing process. After that I added some cold water to help cool it off. I slipped an old knee high over the top of the cup to act as a filter just in case all the powder dissolve properly. Finally I was ready to use my mixture, that somewhat resembled chocolate milk. I headed to the shower and rinsed my hair like normal, allowing my hair to be fully saturated. Then I poured the mixture over my hair and scalp, focusing on the ends of my hair and my scalp. Once I was all out of the mixture I rinsed it out with warm water for a few minutes making sure it was all out and proceeded to condition and deep condition my hair.
Likes: Immediately after rinsing out the mix my hair felt clean, which I really wasn't expecting. Once I was completely done my hair felt soft and strong, just like it normally does. There wasn't a big difference in the feeling of my hair afterwards. However, I lost a lot less strands during the washing process.
Dislikes: I got some in my eye and thought I was going to die! So take special care to not get it in your eyes. A few hours later I cleaned my ears with a q-tip and it was brown! At first I was freaked out, but then I remember the mixture was brown and that's what it was from. So remember to clean it out your ears before heading out the house.
Final word: I will continue to do this and see if it truly makes any difference in my hair.
*Tip: You should use a regular shampoo whether its a shikakai bar or commercial shampoo every 4 weeks if you plan to do this.