Stop Shampooing Your Hair- Here’s why!

Shampoos were invented only in the 1930s. How do you think people cleaned their hair before that? They did, right? They used natural products. Stuff our grandmother and her grandmother and people even earlier had been using. Let’s see what.

I haven’t used a shampoo for almost a year now. Now that doesn’t mean my hair is greasy and ugh-looking. It is, in fact, shinier and healthier than it ever was when I was shampooing regularly.

Want to know my secret? It’s shikakai. No, don’t make that face. I know your grandmother probably gave up trying to convince you. Believe me, shikakai shampoo is the best option for your hair. Many people before you and me and our great-grandparents have been using shikakai for hair care.


This fruit, also known as the hair fruit, is found in central India and is packed with vitamins A, C, D and K, and also comes loaded with antioxidants.

Here are 5 Shikakai Shampoo benefits to consider when adding it to your hair care regimen:

1. To cleanse your hair

Shikakai is a natural hair cleanser. And it is so mild that it does it without robbing your hair of its natural oils. So you get clean hair without the squeaky cleanness which often feels dry.

2. As a conditioner

Because your hair has the ability to retain its natural oils, you can skip the conditioning by washing your tresses with shikakai. Your hair will stay naturally soft and shine with health.

3. To nourish hair follicles

Shikakai is rich in vitamins that strengthen and nourish hair follicles, leading to better hair growth.

4. To soothe your scalp

Shikakai can soothe an irritated scalp, and restore optimum pH levels. Its antiseptic properties make it the ideal choice for a healthy scalp.

5. To curb hair loss


An unhealthy scalp is often the underlying cause for hair loss. When shikakai slowly and gently restores your scalp health, it reduces and even reverses hair loss.

Instead of turning to readymade shikakai shampoos, why don’t you try making one at home? Here are 3 easy recipes.

1.Shikakai Powder Shampoo

You can make and use shikakai powder for hair with this simple recipe.

You need:

  • Shikakai – 1/2 kg
  • Fenugreek (methi) – 1/4 kg
  • Green gram – 1/4 kg
  • Curry leaves – 1 bunch
  • Tulsi leaves – 1 bunch
  • Reetha – 100gm

Making the shampoo powder:

  1. Dry all the ingredients in the sun for at least 12 hours.
  2. Once fully dry, grind all of them into a fine powder.
  3. Your shampoo powder is ready.
  4. Just add water to as much as you need every time and use it like a shampoo.
  5. You can store the powder for months in an airtight container.
2.Shikakai and Honey Hair Rinse

You can make this nourishing shampoo very easily at home.

You need:

  • 1 tablespoon shikakai powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup filtered water

Making the shampoo:

  1. Bring the water to a boil and add the shikakai powder and oil.
  2. Turn off the heat, put a lid and let the mixture steep for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture, add the honey and put aside to cool.
  4. Use this solution as your regular shampoo.
3. Amla Reetha Shikakai Shampoo

This shampoo includes all the best treats your hair could ask for.

You need:

  • 1 tablespoon of shikakai powder
  • 1 tablespoon of amla powder
  • 1 tablespoon of reetha powder
  • Water, as per need

Making the shampoo:

  1. Add all the powders in a ceramic or wooden bowl.
  2. Add the water, bit by bit until it is slightly runny. Not too much or it won’t stay in your hair.
  3. Section your wet hair and massage the shampoo into the scalp.
  4. Let it stay for 5-6 minutes and then rinse.

While you prepare your shikakai shampoo at home, might we recommend Pantene Pro-V Total Damage Care, a nourishing, mild shampoo for days and months you just can’t make your own shampoos?

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