Has anyone ever used Aritha powder (soapnut) as a shampoo? If so, what was your experience? Does it really clean your hair?
Here's what From Nature With Love says about it:
Aritha powder, also known as Soapnut, comes from the fruit of the Soapnut tree. The pulp of the fruit contains a high level of saponins that act as natural foaming agents. This powder can be used to wash delicate fabrics as well as to wash sensitive skin and hair. Add the powder to a facial mix of milk powder and clay to provide delicate cleansing of the skin. Add aritha powder to salt scrubs to add cleansing action.
As a hair and body wash, aritha powder is best used in a tea. Add 1 tablespoon of aritha powder to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Cool and strain the tea for use as a hair wash or mild cleanser. Aritha can also be combined with amla, neem & shikakai powders for a more nutritive hair wash. Steep all of the herbs in water, and strain the tea. The tea should be kept refrigerated and used within 4 days or preserved with an anti-bacterial preservative.
So I'm white with thin straight hair, and I'm looking for better ways to use aritha. I used it for the first time the other day. It didn't feel like it was going to work. i had just let my hair get very oily and had added oil treatments to the ends, so I didn't think this powder that was really hard to distribute all over my hair, would do anything, and that I'd have to shampoo again. But no, it worked great! My highlights got shinier and my natural color got deeper and my hair dried with a bit of wave, which is weird, and totally gone in a day, but I've had good hairday since that. Today I'm going to use Brahmi and Amla to condition too. Oh I also used a vinegar rinse after aritha. Not sure that works for curly hair.
So I guess you could use it as a tea. But next I'm going to try to mix aritha in heated water, and let it soak for 45 minutes, as was directed somewhere for amla. So maybe it'll be smoother and nicer to use.