Well as promised here’s my review about Shikikai Shampoo!
I started washing my hair with Shikikai Powder a few weeks ago. My commitment to using natural products is very important to me, as is the discovery of better and more effective natural ingredients to use. I was immediately intrigued when I read about Shikikai Powder because of it’s multiple benefits to both the hair and skin. Firstly, it is a completely natural product that comes from the Acaia fruit tree. The bonus to using this natural ingredient as a shampoo instead of the combination of baking soda and apple cider vinegar that I was using previously, is that you get an actual lather from the shikikai paste (made up using a combination of shikikai powder and water), it cleans the hair excellently so doesn’t strip the hair of it’s natural oils and it can be used as a body wash aswell as a hair shampoo. Shikikai is very high in Vitamins A, D, E, and K, antioxidants which are essential for healthy and rapid hair growth. The hair grows strong and healthy as a result. Using Shikikai as a shampoo also eliminates dandruff and helps with detangling.
So what did I think of it? – Well I would agree with the claim that it cleans well and doesn’t strip the hair of it’s natural oils but personally I couldn’t get the powder to create a paste even when I added more powder to the mixture. Also, it was very messy to use: the powder is brown and very fine so it literally went everywhere – it went all over the sink and when I washed it out it went all over the bath. Applying it was okay, considering it was almost completely in liquid form, and it didn’t drip much, but it looked very unsightly (it seems odd washing your hair with brown liquid when dirty hair is usually the same colour!). It was also a bit of a task cleaning it up afterwards. But I think the main thing about using Shikikai Powder that almost completely put me off using it was the smell. It was..curry like. Not only did it LOOK like curry but it SMELT like curry too, and I did NOT want to smell like curry powder as a result of washing my hair thank you very much!
I was concerned about the curry odour (which funnily enough nobody had mentioned in the various posts I’d read about using this as a shampoo!), so I asked my boyfriend what he thought about it. My hope was that the smell was temporary and would dissipate once I’d washed it out but he said that he could smell it and it did smell of curry and needless to say he was none too keen. Hmpff!
I do like the fact that it cleans well, keeps my hair conditioned, healthy and growing fast but I don’t like the messy element of using it. I don’t like the smell or the fact that it doesn’t seem to turn into a paste and lather up like has been claimed SO I have decided to just purchase Dr Bronners Shikikai Soap instead, which can be used as both a body wash, face wash AND shampoo.
It comes in a pump dispenser bottle and just needs to be diluted (not mixed) with water in order for it to work effectively. What I also like about this particular product is that aswell as the magic ingredient: Shikikai, it is made using a combination of wonderful 100% natural or organic ingredients including: Coconut Oil, Hemp Oil, Jojoba Oil and Olive Oil to mention just a few. I don’t mind making my own bath and body products to use but it can be a little time consuming when I’m having to make my own hair spray, body cream, hair oil, shampoo and conditioner, so I think that this would be a happy medium. It also means that I will no longer have to use skin drying soaps to wash with as I’ll be able to use this instead. The scent is supposed to be Tea Tree which I’ll admit isn’t my favourite smell but it’s better then curry. For sure!!
I haven’t bought it yet so I’ll probably have to do one more wash with my homemade shikikai powder mixture but from then on I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’ll be using Dr Bronner’s Shikikai Soap.