No matter you have volume lustrous hair or you start concerning your thinning hair, try this natural soapnut shampoo. I just begin replacing my other homemade shampoo with this soapnut extract. I can already feel the change of the texture of my hair after first-time use. Soapnuts have a natural surfactant, Saponin, within the shells. It cleans effectively and gently. Soapnuts have a rich natural source of vitamin A, E and iron.
In Ayurveda practises soapnuts are used as an ingredient in shampoos and different skincare cleansers. They help maintaining healthy hair by treating headlice, dandruff and hair-loss. In Ayurvedic beauty remedies, they can relieve mild to moderate skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, eliminate fine lines and freckles and heal cracked skin.
LET’S MAKE SOAPNUT EXTRACT
For About 200ml Extract We would need:
– Soapnuts 10 pieces / Soapnuts powder 10 teaspoons*
– Water 1 cup
– Tea Tree/ Rosemary/ Lemon Oil 20-30 drops as a preservatives
Step 1: Cut soapnuts into small pieces. You can reuse the small soapnut pieces again until it doesn’t release brown liquid anymore. * You can also make your own soapnut powder by blending soapnuts in a food processor. Soapnut powder takes less time to release the cleansing agent from within, Saponin.
Step 2: Pour water slowly in the pot with soapnut pieces inside. See the bubbles? The Saponin is coming out.
Cover the pot with the lid and adjust to low fire. Boil the mixture for 15 minutes. When the extract turns brown, the darker the more dense it is. Don’t get the lid off the pot and let it set until it cools down to room temperature.
Step 3: Strain the mixture into a container. Add 10 drops of Tea Tree/ Rosemary/ Lemon oil as a preservatives. Tea Tree are Rosemary oil are known with their anti-figual and anti-bacterial properties treating headlice and dandruff. Mix it well.
Here is your 100% homemade shampoo and body wash. It will definitely more condensed if the soapnuts are first ground into powder. If you want it a bit thicker, simply put less water.
HOW TO USE
The extract is completely different than commercial shampoos. It is comparatively watery and it really hurts if it gets into your eyes. Anyway, it is worth using it when you use it wisely and see the result it gives to your hair.
POUR 1/3 CUP OF EXTRACT IN A PLASTIC BOTTLE. SHAKE IT UP UNTIL IT REACHES A VERY THICK AND RICH LATHER THAT CAN STAY ON YOUR HANDS. APPLY THE LATHER DIRECTLY ON DRY HAIR AND MASSAGE YOUR HAIR AND SCALP. WAIT FOR 5 MINUTES AND USE THE REST OF THE EXTRACT AS BODY WASH WHILE WAITING. AFTER ALL. RINSE YOUR HAIR AND YOUR WHOLE BODY.
SUGAR SOAPNUT FACE CLEANSER
Add brown sugar to the soapnut extract to make a thick paste which works great as a face scrub removing dead skin cells and impurities on you face.