Finding a good, mild shampoo is not that easy as it may sounds. Especially if you want it to be sulfate free, silicone free and even alcohol free. That’s why i am super excited to show you one of my all time favorite, all-natural shampoos: the amazing, ayurvedic shampoo: khadi amla shampoo. I have been testing this shampoo for a while now (well actually for over 2 years) and i am still in love with it. It boosts fine hair, adds a brilliant shine and gives long lasting volume. The recipe is very mild and it only contains natural ingredients. I feel like khadi approaches haircare in a more holisitc way. It cleans very gentle and smells quite unique.
Amazing ingridients for amazing hair!
I have been looking for good, natural beauty-products for over 2 years now and there are still few products that I totally fall for. The Khadi Amla Shampoo was one of the firsts all-natural shampoos i bought. I was researching ingredients and this shampoo has great ones. Just to name a few highlights:
- Pure herbal infusions/decoctions
- Mild coconut based cleansers
- Rich proteins to repair hair
- Zinc to prevent dandruff
- Neem oil to purify scalp
- Rice Bran oil for emolliency
- Aloe Vera to moisturize
- Essential oils to tone scalp
- sulfate free
- no alkohol
- silicone free
- parraffin + mineral oil free
- no perfume
- not tested on animals
INCI: Aqua • Coco Glucoside • Lauryl Glucoside • Glycerin • Sodium PCA • Emblica Officinalis (Amla) • Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi) • Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate • Eclipta Alba (Bhringaraj) • Lawsonia Inermis • Bacopa Monniera (Brahmi) • Sapindus Mukurossi • Acacia Concinna (Shikakai) • Azadirachta Indica (Neem) • Aloe Barbadensis Gel (Aloe Vera) • Cananga Odorata Essential Oil (Ylang Ylang) • Coco Glucoside & Glyceryl Oleate • Citric Acid • Oryza Sativa Oil • Hydrolysed Sweet Almond Protein • Hydrolysed Wheat Protein • Xanthan Gum • Zinc PCA • Sodium Levulinate & Potassium Sorbate •Azadirachta Indica Seed Oil • Benzyl Alcohol*, Eugenol*, Iso Eugenol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*, Farnesol*,Linalool*,Benzyl Benzoate*
*from natural organic oils
The pH value of the shampoo is 4,5. That means that it is quite acidic. You probably heard of acidic rinses / vinegar rinses for hair before. They are supposed to smooth the hair shaft and add a lot of shine to your hair. This shampoo does the same thing.
Packaging, consistency & smell
The Khadi Amla Shampoo comes in a red packaging. (As of 2016) The shampoo itself is a rather dark gel. The consistency is totally different than conventional shampoo. Not bad, but definitely unusual. It smells like Ylang Ylang, a beautiful indian aroma. It is said to boost self-confidence and remove tension and stress. The aroma itself can be lovely to some, while strange to others. If you are not used to indian herbs and smells, the aroma might be irritating at first. I personally love the smell. Whenever i use this shampoo, i automatically relax and calm down.
How to apply the Khadi Amla Shampoo
The Khadi Amla Shampoo is applied like every other shampoo, but there are some differences i noticed. The shampoo itself produces just a little amount of foam. It lacks a lot of chemical ingredients like sulfate. That’s why it naturally doesn’t produce voluminous foam. The lack of foam does not mean that it isn’t cleaning the hair, but it means that you have to distribute the shampoo more carefully. I always apply the shampoo on wet hair and distribute it well with my fingers.
At first it can be kind of difficult, but with some practice it will work just fine. On the packaging it says, that it is mild enough for daily use. But i would not recommend washing your hair every single day. Also it might not be useful to use the same shampoo every time you wash your hair. Mixing up my hair routine always helped me improving my hair-quality.
Tip: Don’t wash your hair while showering. Wash it separately with your head bending over the bathtub or shower. This way you can take all the time you need to distribute the shampoo well. Plus: You also might safe some water.
My results and experience with the Khadi Amla Shampoo
The Khadi Amla Shampoo is really something different. It doesn’t feel, smell or look like a normal shampoo. Even the application feels different. At first it might seem like a lot of extra effort, but i really think it is worth it.
I used this shampoo the first time when my hair was heavily damaged by bleaching and straightening. It was dry, frizzy and brittle. This shampoo wasn’t making my hair healthy over night (no hair product can), but it did made my hair look amazing! The shampoo added a lot of shine and volume. In combination with the khadi Amla Hair Oil it really transformed my hair! Since then I have been using the shampoo whenever i feel like it.
I like to change up my hair routine a lot, since i noticed, that staying with one shampoo for to long, makes my hair look bad. But i always seem to come back to this shampoo from time to time. It is very mild, sulfate-free, silicone-free and does a really good job. There might be better alternatives, if you really need deep cleansing, but i would definitely recommend trying it, if you are looking for a very mild and natural shampoo.