|TRADITIONAL CUSTOMS & PRACTCES|
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.