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6 Powerful Ways To Use Shikakai To Boost Hair Growth

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You don't need to be told exactly how useful shikakai can be in hair growth, our mother used it and our grandmom before that! And every single time, it gave enviable results for sure!

Along the way, you might have been lured into using exotic shampoos that promise instant smooth hair, well, we all have. And, frankly it has delivered what it promised, even if it was temporary and with a long-term repercussion.

But, in the end of it all, you know what you need to come back to and that is your roots. And shikakai does more than just reduce hair fall and stimulate growth. It pretty much transforms your hair.

It is packed with vitamins A, C, D and K, which together form a powerful antioxidant. This antioxidant is probably the only thing your hair needs to cleanse the scalp of the sebum buildup, unclog pores, kill infection-causing bacteria and stimulate hair growth.

Not just that, shikakai comes with a chock-full of micronutrients that nourish hair strands and seal in the moisture, leaving your hair soft, silky and smooth.

Now that you know exactly how shikakai can promote hair growth, it's time to learn exactly how shikakai can be used in your hair care routine.


Shikakai Shampoo

Amla in this shampoo gives your hair the added dose of protein. This is the best way you can reduce hair fall.

2 tablespoons of shikakai powder
1 tablespoon of amla powder

In a bowl of hot water, mix amla and shikakai powder in specified quantities.
Mix until all the ingredients combine together and form into a smooth paste.
Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature.
Apply it to your hair. Gently distribute it evenly through your scalp.
Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
Massage and rinse it with plain water.

Note - Pre-treatment oiling is recommended.


Shikakai Hair Pack

Yogurt, in this home remedies for hair growth with shikakai, has lactic acid which keeps flaky dandruff at bay and neem leaves kill the bacteria and help maintain the pH balance of your scalp.

1 tablespoon of shikakai powder
1 tablespoon of yogurt
½ a teaspoon of neem powder

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together into a smooth paste.
Apply it through your wet hair evenly.
Let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes.
Rinse with a clarifying shampoo.


Shikakai Healing Paste

For minor cuts, wounds and boils on the scalp, this salve can come in handy.

A pinch of turmeric
½ a teaspoon of neem powder
1 teaspoon of shikakai powder
5 drops of mint oil

Burn a piece of shikakai in direct fire. Allow it to heat and then grind it into fine powder.
Mix it with turmeric, neem and mint oil. Add water and whisk into a smooth paste.
Apply it directly on to the wound or cut on the scalp.
Wait for 10 minutes and then rinse it clean.
Follow this homemade shikakai hair mask every day until you see the wound heal fully.


Shikakai Hair Wash Powder

Reetha in this pack gives lathering effect. Fenugreek has nicotinic acid that nourishes the hair from the root, and healing properties of tulsi work to keep your scalp cool and also keep pesky dandruff at bay. Curry leaves, on the other hand, are packed with essential antioxidants that prevent greying of hair!

200 g of shikakai powder
100 g of reetha
100 g of fenugreek
Hand full of tulsi leaves
Bunch of curry leaves

Lay all the herbs under the sunlight for drying. In two days, it should be crispy brown.
Grind all the ingredients into fine powder and store this in an air-tight container.
When using it, take a bowl, add a tablespoon of the ground herbs, mix it with the required quantity of water to make it into a smooth paste.
You can also add a few drops of essential oils of your choice for added nourishment.
Apply it through your scalp and hair evenly. Wait for 20 minutes, and then rinse it clean with plain water.
Follow this shikakai treatment for hair growth once every week for best results.


Shikakai Tea Rinse

Quick way to use shikakai in your hair care routine is by using this shikakai tea rinse.

1 used green tea bag
2 tablespoons of shikakai powder

Brew a cup of green tea.
Add in the shikakai powder. Allow it to seep in a low flame for about 5 minutes.
Turn off the flame and let the solution cool in room temperature.
Rinse your hair and scalp with this solution. Tie your hair into a loose bun and wrap it under a shower cap.
Wait for about 20 minutes and then rinse it clean.


Shikakai Hair Oil

Talking about using shikakai for hair growth, and not include it in our hair oil, how can that be? Olive oil has ample amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which when packed with shikakai can take its nutrient quotient a notch up!

½ a cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons of shikakai powder

In a low flame, heat olive oil and shikakai powder.
Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes and then turn down the flame. Let the solution cool.
Transfer the oil into an air-tight container. And let it rest for 3 weeks.
Use the oil to thoroughly massage your scalp and hair.
Let your scalp absorb the therapeutic properties of the oil for an hour or so, and then rinse it with a clarifying shampoo.
Follow this remedy thrice in a week to reduce hair fall with shikakai.

Story first published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 11:30 [IST]
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