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  • OATMEAL: What does it do, and why do we use it?

    At ShiKai, we use oatmeal that has been ground to a fine powder and then suspended in water. The pulverized oats actually absorb water, turning it slightly milky and thick. When added to a bath, the hydrated granules help moisturize, soothe and relieve minor skin irritations.The real benefits of...
  • SHIKAKAI: "Fruit for the Hair"

    Shikakai, or Acacia Concinna, is a small shrub-like tree, which grows in the warm, dry plains of central India. For centuries the people who have had access to this tree have used its pod-like fruit to clean their hair. They collect, dry and grind this pod into a powder, which is considered a su...
  • HENNA: What is it, and what does it do?

    Henna is the name given to the dried and powdered leaves of lawsonia enermis, a plant that grows in Egypt, India and parts of the Middle East. For thousands of years it has been used as a colorant to stain human hair, nails or skin a bright fire-engine red color. In literature, this orange-red c...