Today I would like to share with you my recent experience with natural alternatives for shampoo and conditioner. I must admit I have known about these magical ways of taking care of your hair for quite some time now but never have I thought of washing my hair with these on a regular basis until about three weeks or so…
During the cold season I have noticed that my hair has been shedding and thinning a bit more than what I am used to around this time of the year. So I did a little research on products and treatments to fight back this process and help with hair strengthening and growth. I felt like learning more about natural remedies for hair loss and as I mentioned I did have a clue about some Indian herbs with miraculous properties for your hair.
Amla, cassia, bhringraj, henna and brahmi I have used in various hair masks with wonderful results. To my amazement it turned out that some of these herbs are extremely good substitutes for shampoo and conditioner. So I gave them a try! At least there is nothing harmful in putting a ton of herbs on your head :)
The new herb I discovered was shikakai (Acacia concinna), known and used since ancient times for hair care. With its remarkable cleansing properties shikakai is commonly referred to as a natural shampoo. Although this traditional shampoo does not produce the normal amount of lather that a sulfate-containing shampoo would, it washes hair excellently. It is mild, having a naturally low pH, and doesn’t strip hair of natural oils. On top of that, in case used frequently, it restores a healthy scalp balance (anti-dandruff remedy) and stimulates hair growth. It could be used alone or combined with other herbs to enhance the nourishing properties of a hair washing blend.
For my hair I combine shikakai with amla (Emblica officinalis). Amla compliments the hair leaving it silky soft, detangled and with healthy shine – it is a natural conditioner that has been also tested through hundreds of years. It works wonderfully in hair treatments restoring the vigorous look and feel of the hair.
The way I make my hair washing blend is combining two table spoons of shikakai powder, two table spoons of amla powder and enough hot water to make a runny mixture. These proportions are enough to cover a medium length hair. Let it sit for a minute or so until it cools down a bit. I use my fingers to apply it on a slightly damp hair focusing mainly on the roots and distributing what is left through the lengths of my hair. Put it in a bun and leave it like this for 5-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
You will be amazed at the result! :)