subscribe: Posts | Comments | Email

How To Use Shikakai Powder To Promote Hair Growth And Cleanse


Here are some simple recipes for mixing your natural hair products. Please visit and as you will find a wealth of information, along with techniques and various recipes. You can even ask questions on their forum!
Please remember when using any new hair product it is always recommended that you do hair strand tests first!
We also encourage you to add orange blossom water, rose water or essential oils to your pastes and mud, to leave your hair smelling great!

Important: Please keep in mind that everyone has their own unique hair texture. Herbal treatments can be drying for some, and it is recommended that you add hair oil to your recipe, or deep condition your hair afterwards. We recommend that everyone keep an open mind when using henna and natural herbs on their hair, and use the recipe that works best for you!

Shikakai, also known as acacia concinna

Mixing shikakai for promoting hair growth and deep cleansing:

-For best results, add at least 1 tbsp of shikakai powder to 25 grams of your henna or cassia powder mixture. OR

-Mix powder (desired quantity) with warm to hot water. Let it cool.

-Apply shikakai paste or mixed herbal blended paste, by sections starting from the back and moving forward.

-Wrap your hair and allow to sit for 1-6 hours.

-Rinse or wash paste out.

How to store your powder: fridge or cool dark place.

How to store your shikakai and paste: freezer

  1. Hi khadi,

    Thank you for the reply,Long time back I use to use henna,amla but not using now.can please suggest me how to proceed further to promote hair growth.

  2. Siri you could use a combination of those herbs especially henna, amla, brahmi and bhrinraj. Just mix equal proportions of each, and use as directed. Our instructions will come with your order. :)
    Make sure to also moisture. You can use our Organic Amla oil for overnight deep treatments.

  3. All ve contributed their part. Here is my bit, herbs ll not give shampoo’s effect of lather and fragrance. SHikakai & Reetha ll naturally remove excess oil on any surface, be it, skin or hair. Remember, hair & skin requires some percentage of oil as moisturiser after washing, hence after using the herbs, some percentage of oil is retained on the surface, this is nature. In addition, men ve larger advantage, because of short hair, they can rinse easily. With long hair, if the powder is coarse like a scrubber, it is easier to rinse. I ve read in an article, men are using these herbal powders instead of shampoo to remove natural oil secreated by skin pores which attracts dust on the skin & hair. So, these herbs are used for regular bathing and after oil massage. GO Green… Love nature, lastly the water used for bathing can be re-used for watering plants.

  4. tinni bhattacharya says:

    i am 35 years (F) and my hair is completely damaged… can henna,amla and skikakai,as instructed above, improve my hair (in case of texture and volume) and also help lengthen my hair?

  5. Hi Tinni. I’d really recommend our Sukesh Ayurveda for completely damaged hair as it’ll be everything you need all in one and not too drying. You may want to try overnight oiling treatments with our Cocoveda hair oil or Organic amla oil for hair growth.

  6. Sir i am having some dandruff and there was more hair loss 3 months before but then i used olive oil ,lemon and egg white and there is relief from dandruff and hair fall but as i have short trimm my hair.can i also add shikakai powder to above said solution for good growth of hair .and with this can it help for regrowth of hair that i have lost.

  7. I realize this us an old post but perhaps someone can help? I tried the cassia on my hair last month (mixed with warm tap water, applied immediately & rinsed after 1hr). It turned my light blonde hair (neutral/ash tone) a dark, honey color. Not very happy with the color change but it did make my hair much thicker and shinier. It has not rinsed out either and I am not sure how to return my hair to normal color. Is there a natural/plant product that I can use for my hair that will NOT change the color (at all) but provide the wonderful conditioning, shine and thickening benefits of cassia????

    Years ago, I used to use a product called “hennalucent” in neutral that provided these benefits with zero color change. Unfortunately, it was discontinued and I do not know what organics were used in the product. I thought cassia would be a good substitute but it’s color change on light hair was pretty drastic. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!!!

  8. Waseem, our Sukesh Ayurveda would work really perfectly for you. Please try this at

  9. Hello J. Thanks for your post. Cassia will color really light toned hair and it sounds like it did yours. Your hair must be very porous and healthy. It might be difficult to avoid coloring with the herbs if your hair takes the color so easily. It is possible though if you mix and use immediately and with honey added, it shouldn’t deposit much of any color and only leave it on for 30-60 mins. You may also want to try our Sukesh Ayurveda.

  10. hello, with all the above said, does it really work. I am skeptical.

  11. Also how frequently do you use

  12. Hi Jay. Yes it does work really well as a cleanser. You’ll really like it. You can use this every few days if your hair likes that or once a week as a deep cleansing treatment. It depends on how your hair likes the shikakai and take to it.

  13. Kumaresh mohan says:

    Is it good to leave shikai paste on hair for 6hrs ? dosen’t it affect the scalp and make it dry ? which again creates dandruff

  14. It’s not necessary to leave shikakai powder in for that long. We don’t recommend that. Please leave this in for only 60 minutes.

  15. Kumaresh mohan says:

    Thanks a lot for your idea ..

  16. I have been using the hair colour dye for years now would want to switch to using natural one like yours what are your thoughts? Can you help wit suggestions how do I go about it. Thanks for your time.

  17. Malini, sure we can help. What color are you trying to achieve?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *