2.05.2008

Shikakai + Amla Powder = Great Hair




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.

12 two cents:

charlottegirl913 said...

I am in the process of going natural and have been doing a lot of research on natural shampoos, conditioners and various hair care products. Part of my research has included both Shikakai and Amla Powder. So your blog was perfect for me.

More than half of my hair is still relaxed. Is this product recommended for people in transition (from relaxed to natural)? Also, where did you purchase your products from? Do you have any other recommendations for products for black hair? Thanks for this information, it is really helpful!

The Anti Hair Slave said...

Charlotte Girl, all of my hair is relaxed/texlaxed. I think you can still use these products to clean natural hair. The shikakai is the cleanser while the amla is for making the hair soft. I got my indian products from my local indian grocery store, if you don't have one check out the link for my amazon store, its there.

Anonymous said...

I mix dry shekakai,amla & ritha in iron bowl of hot water and keep it aside for one day and wash hair next day. It helps my hair to grow longer,stronger and my dark brown hair is now shiny black. while washing - brittle hair falls off. so do not disappoint. use hair oil if you feel dryness. Use glove to avoid staining of hands while hair wash with this black solution.
be patient to get excellent result

Anonymous said...

Hai. My hair is really dropping and I've tried all sorts of thining hair shampoo, expensive ones but still no difference till i read ur postings on shikakai and amla.Could anyone advise me on these traditional products? Tks

Anonymous said...

Ive been using shikakai and amla powder and oils for the past year and have had amazing results. My hair is longer, softer, and just overall better quality. I would say, however, that the products are a bit difficult to find and some online stores sell it for ridiculous prices. I buy mine from www.theindianfoodstore.com. I also try to find it locally if I can, but most places just dont have it.

catalinasps said...

I am interested in using amla for my hair, and I was thinking about mixing it with some cassia henna. But my hair is very very light brown. Will amla turn my hair black?

Anonymous said...

Yes Catalina, your brown hair will become BLACK. That't the only challenge to beautiful, strong and long hair, you must want BLACK hair to use the Alma....

In the future, try to google the question so that you will have an answer available to you immediately. Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

hey, is it ok to wash hair with amla everyday rather than using regular shampoo?

The Anti Hair Slave said...

I would NOT use this product on a daily basis, I think it's overkill

Yanna said...

Amla will not turn your hair black - but it is often used to make henna "cooler", usually in combination with indigo powder.

Shikakai, amla and henna powder are all available at the Indian supermarket here but to color my hair brown/black, I've had to get indigo powder online.

There are free ebooks about how to use henna, amla, cassia, shikakai and indigo for hair care and coloring at www.mehandi.com - the webmistress is completing a Ph.D. dissertation about the use of henna and has great information.

Anonymous said...

I am 55 yrs old, with very fine, somewhat thinning gray hair. Do you feel that Shikakai and Amla work for such hair, or would it accentuate the thinness of it. And would the gray be BLACK or a bit lighter?

Amelina said...

I have hair loss problem and now it's greying even. Maybe I've been using too many chemicals on my hair. I'm trying to use natural products instead these days. I've just started using Franch Oil-Amla, it's suppose to help. I'm not sure where to find the items you mentioned tho... Anyway, thanks for the advice!