Traditional Beauty Treatment
Shikakai is a nut from a tree. The powder is used to wash hair. It is very effective in removing oil and dirt from hair. The normal practice is to apply oil to hair and scalp and allow it soak for sometime. This will keep the body cool, reducing body heat & also prevent the scalp from getting dry. The powdered shikakai is used as a shampoo to wash off the oil.
Various other items like amla, fenugreek (vendayam), green gram (payaru), curry leaves (karuvaepilai), hibiscus flowers are dried along with the nut and powdered. Amla, vendayam, hibiscus have a cooling effect. and aid in hair growth. Karuvaepilai and amla aid in darkening of hair colour.