Why and How to Use Amla, Reetha & Shikakai for Hair?


Our findings say that Amla, Reetha, Shikakai, these three herbal fruits might coax you to break up with chemical infused hair care products. That your hair’s been dating for a long time. We think you should give a fair chance to our suggested trio of

  • Amla Reetha Shikakai Oil
  • Amla Reetha Shikakai Shampoo
  • Amla Reetha Shikakai Powder Hair Pack.

Just the way, you have given a chance to the advertisement-driven products that you are using right now.  Don’t you think so? If there’s nothing like homemade food, then there’s also nothing like made-at-home, Gooseberry, Soapnut, and Acacia Concinna – hair shampoo, hair oil and hair pack. This might sound exaggerated but we have a valid reason behind saying this…

Why use Amla Reetha Shikakai for Hair?

Here’s why you should apply the rich combination of Amla, Reetha, and Shikakai on your hair:

1) Amla

Though there are many benefits of using Amla for hair but the most important benefit of all is that-

Amla (Gooseberry in English) is said to be one of the berries that contain the highest amount of antioxidants.

Antioxidants can repair your damaged hair cells and can protect your existing hair cells from further damages. Taking care of hair cells is important because from growing hair to graying hair, everything depends upon how your hair cells function. Hence it is important to keep your hair cells healthy and protected.

Even for hair loss/hair baldness treatment through Stem Cells Therapy, the diminishing numbers of hair cells are increased, by injecting stem cells into our head. But why spend so much of money on such treatments, when we are telling you a natural, easy and economical way of increasing the life of your hair cells

2) Reetha

Whereas, Reetha (Soapnut in English) is known to be filled with Iron. You must know that antioxidants are found in three forms. They are:

  • Antioxidant Enzymes
  • Antioxidant Nutrients
  • Antioxidant Phytochemicals

Reetha is known to contain antioxidant enzymes. And for catalyzing the effect of the blessing antioxidant enzymes on hair, iron plays an important role.

3) Shikakai

For the absorption of Iron from Reetha, you will need Vitamin C. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant nutrient. That is found in large quantities inside the hair benefiting from Shikakai (Acacia Concinna in English).

Speaking about Antioxidant Phytochemicals, they are present in all three herbal fruits. This shows that we didn’t randomly pair up Amla, Reetha, and Shikakai together. Hence we suggested this combination to you, for a reason.

How to use Amla Reetha Shikakai on hair?

For performing the 3 crucial stages of hair care, i.e. Oiling, Shampooing, and Conditioning, you should use these 3 herbals fruits, the following way. But before this, know that-

In Indian market you will find Amla (gooseberry), Reetha (Soapnut) and Shikakai (Acacia Concinna) in the following forms:

  • Dried Fruit form: The sun-dried fruits of Amla, reetha, and shikakai are usually soaked overnight for making its pulp. This step is commonly adopted while making Amla reetha shikakai shampoo at home, whose recipe has been given here. Otherwise, the same dried fruits are crushed and ground into powder form.
  • Powder form:

How to use Amla Reetha Shikakai Powder on Hair?

Amla Reetha Shikakai Powder is commonly mixed into a paste, by mixing it with water, rose water, and milk, etc. To ensure that you optimally derive Amla Reetha Shikakai powder benefits, we will tell which liquid/oil you should mix, while making their pack as per your hair type.

How to Apply Amla, Reetha and Shikakai Powder on Hair?

For its even application, you should try using a hair coloring brush.

Since Amla is edible, Amla Juice can be easily bought. However, till now there’s no such thing a reetha juice and shikakai juice.

Let’s start…


Suppose we say that use:

Amla Juice + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Camphor Powder + Rose Water

In Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : ½ : 2

This means,

For 1 tbsp of Amla reetha and shikakai powder, add 1tbsp of amla juice, 1tbsp of reetha powder, 1tbsp of shikakai powder,  ½ tbsp of camphor powder and 2 tbsp of rose water. Keep on adding all the ingredients in a bowl until you get sufficient amount of the mixture as per your hair’s length and volume.

Stage 1: Amla Reetha Shikakai Hair Tonic Oil


Suitable for: All hair types

Things Needed: Deseeded Dry Amla Fruit + Dry Reetha Fruit + Dry Shikakai Fruit + Coconut Oil

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : 2

Steps to follow:

  • Take a large saucepan and fill its half with water. Let the water heat first in medium flame.
  • Then take a small saucepan fill it with coconut oil.
  • Drop dried fruits of Amla, reetha, and shikakai inside it. Then carefully place the small saucepan inside the large pan.
  • Heat the oil and other ingredients in low flame. This is called ‘double boiling’ method.
  • Keep on stirring at regular intervals. Heat the mixture for up to 10-15 minutes, until you see bubbles on the oil.
  • After that turn off the gas and leave the mixture alone, for the next 24 hours.
  • The next day strain it and preferably store the mixture inside a glass/ceramic jar, to maintain its freshness for a long time.

How often to use? On a night before shampooing, always massage your scalp and hair with this oil mixture. Even on non-shampoo days, you should oil your hair a bit.

Stage 2: Amla Reetha Shikakai Hair Shampoo/Cleanser


Suitable for: All hair types

Things Needed: Deseeded Dry Amla Fruit + Dry Reetha Fruit + Dry Shikakai Fruit Pods

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1

Steps to follow:

  • Soak dried fruits of Amla, Reetha, and Shikakai in water, at night.
  • Since the fruits are dried, they will be lightweight too. Hence some of them might even float on water. Your job is to see that, all the fruits are completely dipped in the water.
  • The fruits must be kept soaked, for at least 8 hours.
  • Then in the morning, heat the solution for up to 20 minutes.
  • Pour all the solution into a blender and then run it at its minimum speed.
  • We need a pulpy texture, so don’t blend it for a long time.
  • Strain the solution now. Press the remnants to extract its juice.
  • Then wash your hair with it.

How often to use?Use it on Wednesdays and Sundays. We mean, use it whenever you plan to wash your hair.

Stage 3: Amla Reetha Shikakai Hair Masques

Hair masks must always be applied after shampooing. We have listed different types of Amla Reetha Shikakai hair seals as per different hair types and hair problems.

1) For Hair Fall


Things Needed: Amla Powder + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Camphor Powder + Rose Water

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : ½ : 2

Steps to follow:

  • Using mortar & pestle you can crush camphor pills to make its powder.
  • Mix all the ingredients in the required proportion
  • Mix up all things. Then apply the paste firstly on your scalp. And then on your hair.
  • Leave it for half an hour. Then rinse it properly with water. Otherwise, camphor’s strong smell won’t go away from your hair.

How often to use? Twice in a week

2) For Making Hair Strong


Things Needed: Amla Juice + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Brahmi Powder + Olive Oil

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 2

Steps to follow:

  • You can even use Amla powder, in case you don’t have Amla juice. We just thought its juice would be a better option than water.
  • At first, on low flame heat Amla Juice and Olive oil together in a pan for up to 10 minutes.
  • Add reetha, shikakai, and Brahmi powder in the same. See that you get a semi-solid sticky texture after mixing. Stir and heat the mixture for another 5 minutes.
  • Let it cool. Apply it on your scalp. Leave it in your hair for 30 minutes, then rinse it with water.

How often to use? Thrice a week

3) For Dandruff Flakes


Things Needed: Amla Powder + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Fenugreek Powder + Ghee

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 2

Steps to follow:

  • Go for Desi ghee instead of Vanaspati
  • You need a semi-solid sticky paste, so keeping that in mind mix all the things mentioned above.
  • After that apply the paste by massaging your scalp.
  • Let it remain on your scalp for up to 40-50 minutes.
  • Then wash your head with plain water.

How often to use? Two times a week

4) For Split Ends


Things Needed: Amla Powder + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Coconut Oil + Milk

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : 2 : 1

Steps to follow:

  • Try using the un-boiled milk, if you can. Because non-skimmed milk has milk fat dissolved in it, which is hair moisturizing.
  • Pour and stir all the ingredients well in a bowl.
  • Apply the paste on your head and hair, on your hair ends (tips) especially.
  • Keep your hair unwashed for up to 30 minutes. Then rinse it water.

How often to use? Two times a week  

Related Article: Fenugreek for Hair: 10 Benefits & 6 Ways to Use it

5) For Hair Greying and/or Whitening


Things Needed: Amla Powder + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Henna Powder + Hibiscus Flower Powder

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 1

Steps to follow:

  • When using henna powder, hibiscus powder and Amla reetha shikakai for gray hair and/or for white hair. See that you get a semi-liquid, sticky texture after mixing it with water.
  • One word of caution, if this is the first time you are using henna on hair. Then instead of 1 tbsp use ½ tbsp of henna.
  • If you won’t find hibiscus flower powder anywhere in the shops nearby you. You can even buy it online, don’t worry about that.
  • Apply the mixture fully on your hair and leave it for 60-90 minutes.
  • Rinse it with water then.

How often to use? Once a week would suffice

6) For Dry Brittle Hair


Things Needed: Amla Powder + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Cocoa Powder + Aloe Vera Juice

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 2

Steps to follow:

  • Instead of the juice, you can even use Aloe Vera Gel, but that is a less economic medium to use.
  • After pouring all the ingredients above, see that on mixing you get a semi-solid like mixture.
  • Apply the same on your scalp and hair.
  • Then after 60 minutes, wash your head with water.

How often to use? Thrice a week would do

7) For Sticky Oily Hair


Things Needed: Amla Powder + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Multani Mitti (Fuller’s Earth) + Curd

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 1

Steps to follow:

  • You can also make use of Amla reetha shikakai powder with curd, That’s no problem. But Multani Mitti is known to have good absorbent properties, this is why we recommend you to use it.
  • See that no lumps are formed. Mix until you get semi-liquid, lumps free mixture.
  • Massage your scalp with the mixture. After this let the mixture remain on your hair for 40 minutes.
  • Then wash your head nicely with water.

How often to use? Three times in a week

8) For Hair’s Shine


Things Needed: Amla Powder + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Orange fruit peel powder + Glycerin + Rose Water

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : ½ : 1

Steps to follow:

  • In summer, when we get oranges to eat. You yourself can make orange’s peel powder. By drying it under the sun and then grinding it into a powder form.
  • Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl, in the stated proportion.
  • The hair pack should have semi-liquid, sticky texture. So, see that you don’t add an excess of rose water.
  • Apply the same on your scalp and hair. Then leave it alone for 30 minutes.
  • After completion of the stipulated time, you can wash your hair with water.

How often to use? Thrice a week

9) For Thick Growing Hair


Things Needed: Amla Powder + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Aloe Vera Juice + Sesame Oil

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 2

Steps to follow:

  • While using Aloe vera juice and Amla reetha shikakai powder for hair re-growth; instead of Sesame Oil, you can even use Coconut Oil.
  • Mix together all the ingredients into a paste.
  • Apply it on your Amla Reetha Shikakai shampoo cleansed scalp.
  • Leave it unattended for 40-50 minutes.
  • Then simply rinse it with water.

How often to use? Two times a week

10) For Soft & Silky Hair


Things Needed: Amla Powder + Reetha Powder + Shikakai Powder + Honey + Egg Whites

Ratio= 1 : 1 : 1 : ½ : 1

Steps to follow:

  • If you don’t like the strong smell of eggs, then you can use egg-made mayonnaise. See that you don’t buy an eggless mayonnaise.
  • Mix all the things together for getting a smooth semi-solid texture.
  • Apply it on both your hair and scalp.
  • Leave it as it is, for the next 60 minutes.
  • If you don’t want the eggy smell coming from your hair, then squeeze one lemon in a mug full of water. Wash your hair with it. Then use plain water.

How often to use? Two times in a week

Maybe you don’t, but we know very well that you are better off without the chemical infused hair products. Still, we don’t understand why you love buying those chemicals who doesn’t even love back your hair. If this is not true, then tell us why you seem to have certain complaints with your hair. Perhaps that’s why your hair seems unhappy or should we say you seem unhappy with your hair, almost all the time. The nature-made Gooseberry, Soapnut, and Acacia Concinna can provide you nearly all the valuable nutrients that laboratory-made ingredients cannot.  Though you can read what we just said above but you wouldn’t be able to understand anything until and unless you start using Amla Reetha Shikakai at home.

We want to know if you have ever congratulated someone with a bouquet, made of artificial plastic flowers. No, that would be insane right. You even need fresh fruits and fresh veggies for your good health. Then why don’t you need freshly made Amla Reetha Shikakai hair oil, hair shampoo, and hair masques, for your hair’s good health? Now it seems like you want to thank us for telling you all the DIY Amla Reetha Shikakai hair recipes, above. That’s ok, we are happy to help.

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45 Replies to “Why and How to Use Amla, Reetha & Shikakai for Hair?

  1. for Amla Reetha Shikakai Hair Tonic Oil -why we have to heat the mixture of amla , reetha , shikakaki and coconet oil ???? can we not use it without heating just by mixing and applying it ???

    1. Hi Ishant,

      Heating all of them will improve their mixability, which will benefit in over all mixture.

      If you want to use it without mixing it, then you can use that too.

  2. I’ve been using the above mentioned herbs for my hair and I love the way my hair is blossoming. Thanks for the information and recipes. I’ve also been using fermented rice water for hair growth. the herbal shampoo and herbal hair masques with amla, brahmi, neem, fenugreek, and henna are amazing.

    1. Hi Keer,

      It depends on your hair health and your current situation.

      I think you should first try it for 1-2 months, then if you see any visible signs then you should continue it.

      And it will take around 4-6 months to really reach your goals.

      1. Thank you so much for your reply. It has been two months since the time I have used it. I can feel new roots and can also feel the thickness. It actually works.

    1. Hi Ramya,

      Sorry, but there is no single pack for 2 problems, that’s why i has given several options to choose from.

      If you want solution for both problems, you can try them in alternate time.

      Like first use hair loss pack and then hair pack for dry and brittle. This option can give you results for both.

      Hope it helps.

  3. Does the combination of all these three products lead to darkening of hair as well? I mean will it make the hair color more black or dark?
    As I have hair color so I want to avoid that!

    1. Yes, the combination of these 3 will definitely improve your hair’s health and it will definitely improve your hair’s color also.

  4. Hi Jyoti, I read ur article, it’s wonderful n comprehensive.
    My hair are strong and healthy, no problem at all but now getting started grey.
    I was thinking about some hair color n found da answer n solution in ur article, please can u tell me whether I can use tea also along with henna powder? As I saw some videos on YouTube suggesting to use tea for coloring da hair.

  5. Hi Jyoti,

    I have hair fall issue since past 4 years..I tried so many things but nothing worked..Now I am left only with 10% of my hair. I really got a ray of hope by reading your article. After use of how long, I can see the differences?


  6. This is an amazing process as I have been using this all my childhood .. just have a quick query – Can we make the pulp of all 3 ingredients and store for a week ? As this is a lengthy process and especially if you are working women gets difficult. If storing is possible shampoos can be avoided completed evening during washing on weekdays 🙂
    Initially my mom use to take all the trouble but now after me being married have to manage all by self.

  7. Hi,
    I m facing hair loss for 7 years resulting frontal decline and weak hair. Tried many things but no result ….what should I use from above ….plz suggest

  8. Hi,
    I’ve made the shampoo as instructed. I’d like to know how can I store it for future use. Should it be refrigerated? Or kept outside? Also, should I apply the hair masque immediately after shampooing the hair? Thank you.

    1. Hi Safina,

      As, if you living in place that is cold then you can store in a room temperature.

      And yes, hair masque should immediately be applied after shampooing the hair.

  9. Hi,
    I am suffering from massive hair fall and I am from Bangladesh..in my country shikakai is rare to be found..can I swipe any other harb with shikakai?
    if I can?then which herb that could be?
    please help me..

    1. Hi Poushi,

      Shikakai is also available in powdered form. You can buy it from any online store from your country or you can ask in some general store near your home.

  10. Hi Jyoti,
    I read your article and loved it. Planning to try it. But I have Amla, Reetha and Shikakai in powder form, How much proportion should I take each of them if I need to make hair tonic oil and shampoo from these powders. If you can tell me the measurment in tablespoon and cup it will be a great favor.
    Thank you for sharing this useful information with us.

    1. Hi Asra,

      If you don’t have these 3 in fruit pod form, then you can use them in powdered form.

      Talking about quantity and proportion, use can take 2-3 tablespoons of each of them.

      As, you will be using it for first time, test whether this quantity is sufficient for your hair or not?

      Hope it will help.

  11. Hi,
    First of all I’m really grateful for your remedies. I made the tonic, shampoo and the mask and I’ve been using it for nearly one month. I have can feel the new hairs growing. However, I have dry scalp problem and my scalp feels little soar. It becomes itchy after a day of shampooing. Is there any particular mask for that?
    For mask I used Amla, Reetha, shikakai, Brahmi and aloe vera. What Can I add/remove to make a mask suitable for my scalp?
    Thank you in advance!!

      1. Hi Jyoti,
        I don’t like to use Ghee or any diary products in making the mask. Can you suggest me some alternative to ghee for dry scalp?
        Thank you.

  12. For Hair greying/white hair, you have mentioned to use Heena. Is it really necessary to use Heena ? I personally dont like color of hair after applying heena, i want black hair. can I use only tea instrad of Heena. Is mixure of Amla, reetha and shikakai itself soaked in iron vessel is not sufficient to solve this problem?

  13. I have the problem of hair loss and dandruff flakes I consulted the doctor as well but it is of no use as all the treatment is temporary. My friend asked me to boil in meduiu heat the powder of amla retha and sekhakai it will help in curing flakes of dandruff. So my question is will it be good to reduce my dandruff and itch. ???

    1. Hi Sunny,

      The only option you have is to try it out, As all of them are natural herbs, so it won’t give you any side effects.

      You can try it out the see the difference yourself.,

  14. I tried it 1 time yet the good thing about my hair is that whatever i apply on them they show sudden results from the first wash they look soft there is a change and now i will wash today for second time . I took i litre mustard oil heat it up and then made a powder of amla retha sekakai at home and mixed all these into oil cooked for several minutes when the powder became black i strain it and put the oil in to bottle for use after it came on room temperature
    Will share more changes if i observed or felt. 🙂

  15. Hello , I just read the article and it seems very informative. However, before coming through this I had already heard about the above ingredients so since a week I am using it on alternate days. I’ve taken Amla, Reetha, shikakai (all powdered forms) kalonji, vitamin E capsules , coconut and caster oil with water. And made a mixture of all above.

    Shouldn’t be a problem using it this way? Or it has to be used in the specific forms as you explained?

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