Since my childhood, I have seen my mother make her own natural shampoo using Shikakai, Reetha (soap nut) and Amla. I had never tried it until I moved to college. But as I used it for treating dandruff, little did I know I am going to fall in love with this homemade treatment.
This homemade shampoo had made my hair amazingly long, soft and shiny. And my scalp felt better and the itch had gone away. Moreover, my hair did pretty fine without the need for filtered water.
How to make?
Shampoo Ingredients: Shikakai, Reetha and Amla
You will need:
This is the basic ratio, you can adjust the ingredients as desired.
1- Take all ingredients in a pan, add water and let them soak for about 8 hours.
2- Heat the mix till it starts to boil, reduce the flame slightly and let it boil for 5-15 minutes. The longer you cook, the more concentrated it will become. (Add more water if you wish)
3- Remove from the heat, cover and let it cool. When it comes to the room temperature, crush the reetha, shikakai, and amla with your hand.
4- Strain before use.
How to use?
Use as you would your normal shampoo.Wet hair, then massage the shampoo on the scalp, and move towards the ends of your hair. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse. This mix hardly lathers. But it cleans your hair well.
No more conditioner: After shampooing with this you will not need to follow with any conditioner. Following shampoo, pat dry your hair, take a small amount of coconut oil or almond oil and rub through the lower third of your hair, avoiding the scalp, and leave-in. The result is soft, shiny hair.
Suits all hair types: This shampoo is suitable for all hair types and will not strip the natural oils from your hair.
Note: If you have never used these herbs before, do a patch test to see if you are allergic to any ingredient.
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