Acacia Concinna is also known as Shikakai and means "fruit for hair" on account of its wholesome superior qualities.
This shrub is native to the warm, plains of central and south India. Acacia concinna has been used for hair care in India for centuries, It is found to be growing in abundance in the hot, dry climates of Central Asia and the Far East. In extracts, when the plant is hydrolyzed it yields lupeol and spinasterol and acacic acid lactone, and the sugars glucose, arabinose and rhamnose.
The leaves have an acidic taste and contain oxalic, tartaric, citric, succinic and ascorbic acids, as well as two alkaloids, calyctomine and nicotine. Ground pods are used in anti-dandruff preparations and various skin diseases.
The fruit pods of Acacia Concinna are dried & powdered. It has a natural low pH, is extremely mild, and doesn't strip hair of natural oils. Usually no rinse or conditioner is required as shikakai also acts as a detangler. It is also used to combat dandruff. Shikakai Powder acts as a natural astringent for hair enhancing its binding properties. It clears dandruff and cleans the dirt accumulated on the scalp. Being a natural conditioner for hair, Shikakai strengthens hair roots and promotes luxuriant growth. Acacia Concinna is mild and has a low pH. Besides cleansing Acacia Concinna simultaneously serve as excellent conditioners and detangler. It removes oil and dirt from the hair, promotes hair growth besides leaving the head hair free of fungal infections. Use of Shikakai keeps the scalp moist.
Shikakai is the natural astringent for the hair giving it necessary bounce and vigor.
Shikakai Powder has the following advantages:
- Provides new life to hair strands
- Strengthens hair roots
- Increases bounciness and silkiness of hair
- Clears dandruff
- Keeps the scalp clean and cool