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After a month of experiments, I am happy to share another change towards chemical free living, the homemade formulations for hair wash.

No beating about the bush, here are the few recipes to choose from to have a hair wash, with a personal name for each, please bear with my lack of creativity here 🙂

A. Black Sunshine Hairwash

Ingredients: Reetha (Soapnut), Shikakai, Amla dried pieces, Tap water

Quantity: One wistful of each


  1. Separate the reetha shells from its inner seeds.
  2. Soak all the ingredients in a small vessel with enough water, approx 300-400 ml, use an iron vessel if u desire extra black shine for your hairs.
  3. Keep it soaked overnight.
  4. Boil the preparation next day.
  5. Allow it to cool, leave it overnight again.
  6. Next day squeeze it well so as to extract maximum pulp using a soft cloth, or bare hands are equally good.
  7. Filter this liquid through the cloth or sieve.
  8. Preserve in a bottle.
  9. This mixture lasts for two washes if you have long hairs.

Usage: Wet your hair, if your hairs are dry in nature, a light oil massage before a few hours from taking a hair wash may be a good idea. Use as you use a shampoo.

Results: If only I could show you the pictures :). The scalp and hairs are cleaned well, it gives volume to straight hair.

In case you have curly hairs, use as my friend Diksha from Bangalore does: Reduce the portion of reeth and shikakai, to half fist and equally increase the quantity of amla.

Preserves the natural moisture of the hairs, does not dry up like normal shampoos, and has treated my scalp dandruff too.

If you want me to ask, does it give the same look like the shampoo with foams and chemicals, hoax herbal products, No it doesn’t, because it’s better not to have that superficial effect which reduces the hair strength and quality 🙂

B. White shine hairwash

Ingredients: Urud dal, water

Quantity: 2 tablespoon urud dal, 1 -2 cup water


  1. Soak the udad dal in water until it softens, best is to soak overnight, but 1 hour is also fine if you are in a hurry, I have tried that and it works just fine.
  2. Grind the dal with the water, until it becomes very frothy.
  3. The liquid is ready, store in a fridge if you want to.

Usage: Wet your hair and use this liquid as you use a shampoo.

Results: The scalp and hairs are cleaned well. Do not worry if you find some tiny white particles in your hairs, it’s the tiny granule of the dal. It goes once you let your hairs dry and comb them. The result is equally satisfying.

C. Golden sunshine Hairwash

Ingredients: Dried meethi dana, water

Quantity: 2 tablespoon meethi dana, 1 -2 cup water


  1. Soak the meethi dana in water for 2 days for best results.
  2. Grind the meethi dana with the water, to a fine paste.
  3. A slimy paste, golden yellow in color is ready.
  4. Store in fridge, and it lasts for 2-3 washes.

Usage: Wet your hair and use paste as per your requirement. Scrub in your scalp well, rinse and your ready to shine.

Results: A clean scalp and clean hairs. Meethi has deep conditioning effect and a very cooling one too. Very good in the summer time.

This recipe was prepared and share by my friend Bindu, jointly used by both of us.

References: A Holistic Approach to Hair Care

I prefer the first one, from all the three, as it does not require grinding and i don’t want to use a fridge, also one can avoid heating also, soaking and keeping in sun(if desired) may serve the purpose.