Herbal Hair Conditioning Powder

herbal conditioning powder

The Herbal Hair Conditioning powder is an elusive product but thanks to a lovely friend (Thanks Emma!) I was able to get my hands on it.  The package indicates the product is manufactured in northern India. This mix contains an impressive 18 herbs that are a mixture of strengthening, conditioning and cleansing. I really loved that the ingredients are named both in English and Latin which makes it much easier to look up the plants.  For the unfamiliar herbs it was easy to look them up quickly before using the product just to make sure there are no risks. 80% of the ingredients I have come across before and therefore I could tell how my hair would respond to this mix.

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Amla Cassia Strengthener

In the summer I found it better to space out the mud treatments to once every three weeks.  Also, because of a hectic schedule and wanting to make the most out of summer I didn’t do much exploring. I basically just repeated most of the mud treatments I have done before.

Life slows down a lot for me in the fall/winter so it’s  the best time to pick up on my interests. I combined two of my favorite strengthening herbs; Amla and Cassia.  Both muds are legendary when it comes to strengthening hair roots. Most of the documentation from Ayurvedic reference books indicates the muds have to be used consistently and left in the hair for at least an hour in order to have a notable impact. Even though most claims on these herbal powders are hard support, I can certainly verify that Amla does add texture because it’s observable on my post rinsed hair.

cassia and amla for hair

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Shea Butter Water Soluble

Most of the time when I want to add an oil (liquid or solid) to my formulations I am forced to use an emulsifier to bind the oil and water. The result is a cream, which I really love as a moisturizer and even styler. For other products like the water-based leave-in conditioner (see video here) my preference is lower viscosity (think of it as thickness) but at the same time I would like the conditioner to have as much beneficial ingredients as possible.

Attempting to add an oil to my water based leave-in conditioner has always required an emulsifier, which in return increases the viscosity too much. To keep the conditioner as viscous as water, I discovered Shea Water Soluble also referred to as Shea Water Miscible or Shea Water Dispersible. This is Shea Butter that dissolves in water. The patented formulation is 50-50 water to Shea Butter.

Shea Butter Water Soluble

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