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Post by Divinebeauty87 on 6th December 2009, 3:16 pm

I was searching youtube (as usual) and saw someone using shikakai, aritha, amla, and brahmi mix to cleanse their hair. I'm thinking about trying this but I am unsure. Does anyone else do this? Should I "pre-poo"? What were your results?
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Post by mojitochica on 6th December 2009, 3:44 pm

I use water with shikakai, neem, and henna to cleanse my hair, and I do not prepoo. I've been doing this biweekly for six months or so. Sometimes I'll add amla. This routine is the only thing that consistently clears up my dandruff.
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Post by Divinebeauty87 on 7th December 2009, 8:17 pm

I just bought a few today....I'll see how this works for me [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Post by CurlyMo on 10th January 2010, 9:13 pm

ya just add some water make a paste and leave it in for about an hr
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Post by Divinebeauty87 on 10th January 2010, 10:56 pm

I think I kept it in too long because I didn't like my results...my hair felt dry
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Post by CurlyMo on 10th January 2010, 11:09 pm

How long did you keep it in?

It does come off dry because it acts as a natural astringent cleaning your scalp for any dandruff and dirt accumulated on your scalp. its also a natural conditioner strenthen's your root and promotes hair growth

You should DC after but your hair is left feeling VERY STRONG!!!
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Post by Divinebeauty87 on 10th January 2010, 11:15 pm

@curlymo Thanks, I definitely will try ur tips the next time I try this
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Post by CurlyMo on 10th January 2010, 11:22 pm

Sure thing! You may want to try the Brahmi and Amla Powder as well i like them better 2...

I like the Shikkakai Soap Shampoo Bar
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Post by Intelligentbeauty on 11th January 2010, 4:40 am

I use amla and shikkakai powder on my hair as well. I mix 50gms of each with rose water and a little EVOO(for ease of application).
I leave it on for 45 mins. Then apply my deep condish like a perm (generous and thick) and leave on for 45 minutes then rinse out.

LOVE IT!!!!
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Post by mojitochica on 11th January 2010, 10:27 am

Divine, you need to mix neem with a moisturizing ayurvedic powder such as amla, brahmi, or maka, or you could just add the neem powder directly to whatever conditioner/DC you use.
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Post by BreezyBaby on 12th January 2010, 2:03 am

I heat up coconut milk on low in a saucepan, add in indian powders and stir. I then transfer the mixture into a cup and pour it over my head.

After I put a plastic cap on, I leave it in for 30-45 min and gently rinse.
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Post by Intelligentbeauty on 12th January 2010, 2:38 am

That sounds mositurizing and easy Breezybaby. I will have to try that. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Post by CurlyMo on 12th January 2010, 3:42 pm

That does sound good im going to have to try that as well...Thanks Breezybaby!
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Post by jlowman1 on 12th January 2010, 6:58 pm

I want to try amla, henna has been loosening my curls in the top of my head! I love the way it makes my hair feel as far as strength and conditioning but loosening my curl is not the business!
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Post by CurlyMo on 12th January 2010, 7:19 pm

jlowman1 Try Bentonite Clay
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Post by jlowman1 on 12th January 2010, 7:26 pm

@curlymo...Where can I find it? I've heard about that as well.
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Post by CurlyMo on 12th January 2010, 7:32 pm

Try Vitamine Shoppe its about $7 for the Aztec Secret....You'll get the treatment with some AWESOME curls!!!
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Post by CurlyMo on 12th January 2010, 7:33 pm

Vitamin Shoppe sorry!
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Post by jlowman1 on 12th January 2010, 7:34 pm

@curlymo...Thanks so much, I'm definitely gonna try this!
Also how do I use it? Do I mix it with something or??? Im clueless. lol
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Post by CurlyMo on 12th January 2010, 7:54 pm

I mixed it with coconut milk water and ACV to make a paste then I applied it just like you would your henna or relaxer.

Some curlies just use water or just ACV....The jar says ACV but I got my mix from another curlie sister...

Hit me back if you need anything...
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Post by jlowman1 on 12th January 2010, 8:10 pm

Cool, thanks again!
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Post by Divinebeauty87 on 14th January 2010, 1:52 am

I used amla and brahmi in my 1st shikakai mixture but I think my mistake was doing a different treatment afterwards (I henna'ed). I think all of this combined was too drying for my hair. I am looking forward to trying this again with everyone's suggestions.

For the curlies who have tried this, what was the most beneficial result of using shikakai or other herbs?
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Post by ChrsLvsBks on 14th January 2010, 10:46 am

Divinebeauty87 wrote:I used amla and brahmi in my 1st shikakai mixture but I think my mistake was doing a different treatment afterwards (I henna'ed). I think all of this combined was too drying for my hair. I am looking forward to trying this again with everyone's suggestions.

For the curlies who have tried this, what was the most beneficial result of using shikakai or other herbs?
Shikakai is an astringent so using it with brahmi and amla was a good thing. The dryness was likely due to shikakai’s properties and then using henna. How long did you wait before you applied the henna?



I noticed less shedding using ayurvedic powders. I documented my hair loss after my first amla treatment and a couple of others treatments. I was impressed and have been using them ever since. I am hoping my hair stays dark. Many of the powders are known to darken hair. Because it is getting colder, I think I shed more. I am hoping continued use of the powders will help.



I have used the following powders-amla, shikakai, neem, brahmi, maka, kapoor kalchi and kalpi tone.



BreezyBaby, I am going to try mixing mine with coconut milk. I need to incorporate light protein in my regimen, and this sounds like a great way to do it.
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Post by Divinebeauty87 on 15th January 2010, 10:32 pm

@ChrsLvsBks I henna'ed shortly after using the shikakai, amla, brahmi mixture (about 3 hrs later). I hope the shikakai will help with my winter shedding as well. It definitely seems as if I shed more during cold weather too, which seems backwards to me???
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Post by Moni on 17th January 2010, 4:47 pm

How fine or coarse are the ayurvedic powders? I would like to try washing with them, but right now my hair is in a set of twists that I would like to leave in for a while. Is the powder finely ground enough (like clay) that I can rinse it out of twists or will it get stuck in my hair?
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