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Vitacost - Dosha Elements Shikakai Hair Cleanser - Non-GMO -- 16 oz (454 g)

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Ingredients: Shikakai (Acacia concinna) (pod).
Discontinue use if redness or irritation occurs.  Do not ingest.  Keep out of reach of children.

Vitacost - Dosha Elements Shikakai Hair Cleanser - Non-GMO Description

Switch from sudsy shampoo to a luxurious, cleansing and strengthening Ayurvedic hair care solution.

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
  • Non-GMO


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.


About Vitacost

Vitacost nutritional products are manufactured to high standards of quality, efficacy and safety. Each Vitacost product meets or exceeds the standards and requirements set forth in the FDA’s Code of Federal Regulation (21 CFR, 111) Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).


These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Vitacost - Dosha Elements Shikakai Hair Cleanser - Non-GMO -- 16 oz (454 g) 4.6 5 5 5
feels good I love the way my hair feels after using this product. I just need to figure out a way to use it that doesn't leave so much grit in my hair. April 13, 2015
i like it alot! i was looking for the powder and found this and it's changed my entire idea about how to use the product! i love that my "teas" come out clear and don't require excessive straining. very pleasantly surprised and i'll definitely repurchase! February 17, 2015
Works great! I have been using various "no poo" methods over the last few years. It is working great for me, but I sometimes feel the need for deeper cleansing. I have used powdered Shikakai a few times, and here are my tips: - Be sure to grind it very finely (I use a coffee grinder) for easy rinsing - The powder is extremely volatile and irritating for the lungs, so stay away from the bowl when mixing it (or maybe wear a mask?) - Mix the powder with hot water and let rest for a few minutes. - Keep your eyes shut while using the paste to avoid excruciating pain!! The result is soft, shiny and manageable hair! December 4, 2014
It works I haven't tried it in powder/paste form, but I found a recipe online for a liquid shampoo by soaking in about 3 cups of water a small handful each of this and two other ingredients (amla or Indian gooseberry and reetha, or "soap nuts" - you can use lemon or orange peel in place of amla however - use slightly less amla or peel than the other two ingredients, as it's very astringent), overnight. Next day, boil briefly then let cool. Crush the ingredients in the cooled water, and then strain the liquid into a bottle. Makes about a week's worth of shampoo, depending on your hair length. Massage into scalp and hair, let sit a minute or two, rinse out. Works fabulously, really. No lather whatsoever, though, so that takes getting used to. It really does work, it's gentle and doesn't strip your hair of oils, but still cleans it, it's all natural, and you can do it yourself! November 10, 2014
Good Product I used this as a base for homemade shampoo. First, you may want to blend it into a powder using a high power blender. I liked the results. I have natural curly hair and didn't even need to use a conditioner or detangler which was a first ever in my life. There are many recipes on the internet and on youtube. September 24, 2014
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