Shikakai is a flowering, climbing shrub found across India, it is credited with possessing a wide range of benefits for hair care, up to and including fighting hair loss. We take a closer look.
Indian medicine has provided a number of treatments for our hair. Many of which are ancient, used for centuries or even millennia, and which have had their efficacy borne out by modern investigative methods. We have identified the basis for their abilities, whether as a source of important nutrients or for their medical value as anti-inflammatory or fungicides. Time after time we establish that the old wives tales that accompany the treatment are based on fact, not fantasy.
Shikakai is one you may not have heard of before but is another of these well-established treatments. The Skikakai plants, also known as Acacia Concinna, to possess a complete suite of properties to help improve the condition of our hair.
It is a climbing shrub, common across India, with simple fern-like leaves, small purple flowers, and brown seed pods. The pods can be crushed down into a powder, which is then mixed with water to produce a brown paste.
How To Use Shikakai
Once you have the Shikakai mixed into a paste it is applied to the scalp, and then to the hair. Leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with water. It should be left on for 30 minutes… so maybe a good time to settle down and watch an episode of your favorite TV program.
Repeating this procedure twice a week is sufficient. You might consider adding some Reetha powder into the mix, Reetha is incredibly high in iron, which the elevated levels of vitamin C in the Shikakai can help absorb.
You will notice that the Shikakai treatment is deliciously cooling, a pleasant experience. So that its claims on efficacy include dealing with frizzy and dull hair or an itchy scalp, it can clear up dandruff and split ends. It is a long list of claims, backed up by medical analysis of its contents. Shikakai is rich in vitamins, with A, C and E all present. It also possesses anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
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Shikakai in powder form is easily available through the web, or quite possibly at your local store. Ayurvedic medicine uses it extensively and has done for a very long time. Maybe its time to jump on this bandwagon and see how it works for you? Click here to see some hints on preparation and usage.
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