Shikakai comes from the Acacia concinna, a shrub-like tree that grows in the tropical rainforests of southern Asia. It grows long ridged fruit that look like dark brown pea pods. When dry, these pods are ground into a fine powder similar in color and texture to ground cinnamon. While not abundant in Western hair and skincare products, Shikakai powder has been used as natural soap in traditional Indian hair and body care products for millennia. The word “Shikakai” itself literally translates to “hair-fruit” or “fruit for hair.”
Shikakai has a natural low pH, is extremely mild, and does not strip hair or skin of natural oils.