Herbs for hair
There are two different edible powders (called lalo/laalo in Wolof) made from the West African Baobob tree (Adansonia digitata), one from the dried green leaves and one from the dried sap of the tree. Water added to baobab dry ground leaf powder and dry baobab sap powder produces very different consistencies. Used especially for millet couscous recipes. The color of the millet couscous indicates which Baobab lalo powder was used.
Shikakai- Acacia concinna or Shikakai has been used traditionally for hair care in the Indian Subcontinent since ancient times. It is one of the Ayurvedic medicinal plants. In order to prepare it the fruit pods, leaves and bark of the plant are dried, ground into a powder, then made into a paste. It is mild, having a naturally low pH, and doesn’t strip hair of natural oils. Usually no conditioner is needed, for shikakai also acts as a detangler
Aritha Powder (Sapindus trifoliatus), Soapnut Contains a high level of saponins and used as a natural eco-friendly cleansing agent. Helps to cleanse the pores and improve skin texture. Ideal as a natural shampoo for oily hair, aritha powder is also used in hand washing silk and cleaning utensils. None.