NEW! Vitacost® Dosha Elements™ -- Ancient wisdom. Holistic health.
Pure shikakai for holistic hair care
Used for centuries in India to cleanse & beautify hair
Nourishing and strengthening
Once ground, mix with water for a simple cleansing paste
Combine with other herbal powders for added benefits
Long before colorful gels and iridescent creams were staples for sudsing away dirt and sweetly scenting hair, women around the world relied on natural resources as shampoos for their tresses.
In India, an herbal solution known as shikakai—which translates to “hair fruit” or “fruit for hair”—has been used since ancient times for its cleansing, strengthening and beautifying benefits. From the ground fruit pods of a shrub-like tree (Acacia concinna), shikakai is blended with water or tea to make a paste, then applied to wet hair as a cleanser.
Unlike other hair cleansing powders, shikakai lightly lathers up into a shampoo-like foam, thanks to compounds called saponins found naturally in the pods. Dirt is gently removed, leaving hair’s natural oils intact, while phytonutrients nourish and protect strands for health and shine.
How to use it:
Shampoo: Combine ground shikakai with water and stir to form a paste. Apply mixture to hair, massaging into scalp, and let sit 2 minutes before rinsing clean.
Deep-cleansing treatment: Prepare paste in same way as for shampoo. Apply mixture to hair, massing into scalp, and let sit 30 minutes before rinsing clean.
Nourishing-oil treatment: In a small bottle or jar, combine 1 tablespoon of shikakai powder with ½ cup of coconut, almond or avocado oil; shake well. Store mixture in cool, dry place for about 3 weeks, shaking occasionally. Use mixture for a hair oil treatment or body oil as desired.
Vitacost® Dosha Elements™
~ An Ayurvedic approach to wellness ~
The ancient, Eastern practice of Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to health, garnering the powers of nature to promote energy and peace within the body, mind and soul. Dosha Elements™ was developed by an Ayurvedic practitioner, blending together time-tested herbs and plants to offer balance and wellbeing to the modern health seeker.
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