Soap nuts and Acacia concinna, also called as reetha and shikakai are natural hair cleansers and are long known for their detergent deep cleansing and hair conditioning properties.

Herbal shampoos are all over the market but they do contain toxic surfactants and detergents in them. Did you know that you can make your own foaming shampoo using soapnuts and shikakai? Below is a recipe you need to try today!


Soap nuts – It helps to naturally washing away all the impurities and dirt thoroughly and treat any hair problems.  It helps in the healthy growth of the hair by providing nourishment to your luscious locks.

Shikakai – It is an amazing hair care ingredient that conditions that hair and promotes hair growth. Shikakai is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that make your hair shiny. 

READ MORE – HOW TO MAKE PURE ORGANIC COCONUT OIL Free of Preservatives and Chemicals

Things you need-

  • 4 cups of Filtered water
  • Handful soap nuts (natural cleanser)
  • 2-3 pods of shikakai (natural conditioner)
  • Citrus peels (cleansing properties and fragrance)


In a saucepan, add water and put it on low flame. Add in soap nuts and shikakai. Add in citrus peels and let it simmer until the soap nuts and shikakai get mushy.

Turn off the flame and let the solution cool down. Separate seeds from soap nuts and shikakai and squeeze out all the extract. Strain

Store the shampoo in a bottle in refrigerator. Use it just like any other shampoo. To reduce cooking time, you can soak the ingredients in water overnight before cooking. READ MORE – OVERNIGHT CHARCOAL SKIN PURIFYING GEL


Note: The shampoo does not foam like regular commercial shampoos but thoroughly cleanses your hair and scalp.