Shikakai is a small shrub native to Asia, commonly found in India. It is known for its small, brown, and slightly curved fruit pods that contain seeds which are used to make various hair and skincare products. The name "Shikakai" means "fruit for hair" in Hindi.
Shikakai is a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine and is known for its hair care benefits. It is believed to be a natural hair cleanser and conditioner that can help promote hair growth, strengthen hair roots, and prevent dandruff and other scalp conditions.
To use Shikakai for hair care, the fruit pods are typically soaked in water to soften them and then ground into a paste. The paste can be used as a natural shampoo and conditioner that cleanses and conditions the hair without stripping it of its natural oils.
In addition to its hair care benefits, Shikakai is also used in skin care products and is believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties. It is often used in face masks and body scrubs to exfoliate and cleanse the skin.