Homemade Amla, Shikakai & Reetha Shampoo

“Promotes hair growth and gives shinny touch to your hair!”

We all know that big brands make big promises to make our hair shiny and strong but have you ever read the ingredient list? I am very skeptical regarding long chemical list these shampoos contain.

Because of that and because of my problems with damages and broken hair I searched for the cure and I think I might have found it in this homemade Amla, Reetha and Shikakai shampoo, that doesn’t only nourishes your hair but also protects it from damage.


Shikakai or Acacia concinna is a climbing shrub native to central and south India. It literally means “fruit for hair. Trough centuries it has been used as a hair cleanser in the Indian sub-continent since ancient times.

It’s an excellent cleanser that doesn’t strip your natural oils from your hair, and respects the Ph balance of your hair. As well it makes hair smooth and soft and maintains the health of both scalp and hair.  It is high in vitamins A, C, K, and D, along with other antioxidants that are important for hair growth.


In traditional Indian cultures, amla or Indian gooseberry, is considered a valuable hair tonic and forms a regular part of hair care ritual. The antimicrobial and antioxidant properties help to maintain a healthy scalp. Amla is known to strength hair roots, encourage hair growth, and address premature greying.


Reetha is a very effective cleansing agent that keeps the scalp gentle and removes any microorganism that may cause infections. Its natural cleansing agents are more beneficial than other chemical cleansing agents as they cause no irritation to the scalp.


What you will need?

  • 10 grams  shikakai powder
  • 5 gram of reetha powder
  • 5 gram amla powder
  • few droops of rose water

You can mix these powders with plain water, which I often do, or sometimes I willl use a bit of rose water, which helps soothe the scalp.

How to use it? Use as normal shampoo. Wet hair, then massage the homemade  shampoo on the scalp, and move towards the ends of your hair. Let it sit of couple of minutes and then rinse.


Within a few days, you will begin to see the results. Your hair will be soft, shiny and moisturized and you will notice that the amount of hair that you normally lose while washing it is significantly reduced.

Give this homemade shampoo a try and let me know your experience!

With love,

Vanesa S.


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