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Shikakai a is a small shrub-like tree which grows in India. It's pod-like fruit is collected, dried and then ground into a fine powder. Our shikakai powder is organically certified.

Shikakai powder is used to:

  • to cleanse hair
  • for promoting hair growth
  • preventing dandruff
  • strengthening the hair from its roots

Due to these benefits, this powder was named shikakai which means "fruit for the hair".

Traditionally, no conditioner is used since shikakai also acts as a detangler. This ancient product is probably the world's original pH balanced hair cleanser and used as a an herbal shampoo. 

Do note everyone's hair is very individual and should you need to, please use a conditioner, ACV rinse or moisture rich leave in or oil for best results. 

Quantity 100 grams


You can take your shikakai powder and mix it with warm to hot distilled water and make a paste which is worked through the hair. It lathers moderately and cleanses hair beautifully. It has a natural low pH, is extremely mild and doesn't strip hair of its natural oils. Do note some hair types may require balancing with our cleansing CoWash or an ACV rinse or leave in conditioner or oil. Use as needed based on your hair needs and focus.

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  • 5

    Posted by Chantal on 5th Dec 2016

    I mixed 2 tablespoon of soapnut powder, 1 tablespoon of shikakai, 1 tablespoon of amla and 2 full cups of hot water, let it cool and then wash my hair with this. Leave on the scalp for 3-5 minutes and then rince my ends with a mix of apple cider vinegar and water. My hair is SOOOOOO soft. I'm never going back to commercial shampoos ever again. I hope this will help with my hair loss. I LOVE HENNASOOQ!!!!!!!!!

  • 5
    Best hair wash ever!

    Posted by Unknown on 26th May 2015

    Amla, shikakai, areetha (soapnut) and Brahmi powder combined is an excellent hair wash. I was skeptical at first but was amazed by the results. The hair after washing is soft and manageable. No greasiness at all but it does not strip your scalp or hair off of the inherent oil. I made a hair oil with the same powder (without the soap nuts). I feel, finally, I'm doing something good for myself :)

  • 5
    Love it.

    Posted by Unknown on 22nd May 2015

    Found a product that cleans my hair well, is chemical free, natural, and easy to use.

  • 5
    Happily Surprised

    Posted by Jill on 18th May 2015

    I used the shikakai, amla and soap nuts to make a natural shampoo. Firstly I used the cocoveda hair oil and left it in overnight then used the above concoction to wash it out. I was really skeptical about this, but it washed off the oil, detangled my hair near perfectly(no combing when wet)and left it so soft that I didn't need any conditioner. Next time I will add methi as well. This is definitely my new hair care routine. It's the best thing I've done for my hair.

  • 5
    Best thing I've ever tried

    Posted by Unknown on 6th Nov 2013

    I have mild seborrheic dermatitis combined with dry wavy/curly hair, and I've tried every OTC medicated shampoo, but all they did was dry out my hair. After switching to shikakai, my scalp is no longer itchy or flaky, nor does it fall out in the shower like it used to. My hair gets clean without drying out. I stir about 3/4 tablespoon into 2 cups of hot water, stir and let it sit for a few minutes, then apply in the shower to wet hair, massage into my scalp, and leave on for a minute or two. It does have a little bit of grit in it, but I find that it rinses out pretty easily. (For a nicer scent I mix in about half a teaspoon of ground cloves - makes it smell like mulled wine! Great for the holidays ;))

  • 5
    Best hair treatment

    Posted by Unknown on 9th May 2013

    This is the most ideal way to wash hair. It is chemical free, doesn't strip the hair of it's oil while still ridding excessive grease, and leaves the hair smooth, soft, shiny and helps to keep frizzy, fly away, or recessive hair controlled.