Ever heard of a soapnut or a soapberry? If not I’m certainly not surprised. Most folks haven’t. Hailing from India, this novel solution for halting hair loss is used in the ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine.
The soapnut is not a nut at all, but rather a fruit that grows on bushes or trees all around the world in warm temperate to tropical regions. The soapnut gets its name from the fact that it dries into a hard shell that resembles a nut.
If you’ve ever eaten a lychee fruit that will give you a good idea of what a soapnut is like. In fact, the soapnut is a member of the lychee family.
Halt hair loss with soapnut shampoo
Unlike the lychee fruit you may be familiar with however, the soapnut isn’t good for eating. But it is terrific for cleaning all kinds of things from your laundry to your hair!
Soapnuts are gentle on the skin and experts say they’re even great for people who suffer with psoriasis, eczema or allergies. But, of course, if you do tend to have allergies checking with your skin doc and doing a simple skin patch test is always a good idea. And speaking of allergies, since the soapnut is NOT actually a nut they’re typically perfectly safe for folks with nut allergies.
It takes a little work to turn soapnuts into a liquid, but it’s easy and well worth the effort. You can then use the liquid to make all kinds of cleaners including a shampoo that many folks swear will put the brakes on hair loss leaving you with stronger thicker hair.
You can buy eco-friendly sustainable soapnuts online, we recommend an organic version if you can find it.
|Basic Soapnuts Liquid|
|Store your soapnut liquid in a jar with a tight fitting lid (or other sterile container) in the refrigerator. It will last for one to two weeks in the fridge before it needs to be replaced. |
Ingredients and equipment:
Simple shampoo leaves you with stronger thicker hair
Now that you have your basic soapnut liquid it’s incredibly easy to make a shampoo. Simply dilute about ½ ounce of your soapnut liquid in around 12 ounces of water. If you prefer a scent a couple of drops of any of your favorite essential oils will do the trick. And then use like you would any other shampoo: Apply, scrub and rinse.
Spent the day sweating at the gym or doing yardwork and want something with a bit more oomph? To boost your soapnut shampoo’s cleaning power you can stir in a teaspoon of baking soda.
There are a few soapnut shampoos on the market. One we like, which has received the Environmental Working Group’s lowest possible hazard rating of 1, is chemical-free NaturOli Soap Nut EXTREME Hair Shampoo. You’ll find it online.
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