Thursday, 21 November 2013

Where have you been all my life: Dr Bronner's Shikakai Conditioning Rinse

I'd like you to meet a friend of mine, a close associate of my hair. This is Dr Bronner's Shikakai Conditioning Rinse.

Is there any natural soap more iconic and purposeful than Dr. Bronner's? With it's entertaining and insightful ranting labels, bright wrappers and pure effectiveness, the brand has been around longer than I have, and is a great role model for soap everywhere.

I love the rose liquid soap, and consistently buy the tea tree bar for my dude-mate, Mr LaCasse. I've used the peppermint soap as toothpaste in moments of desperation (actually not too bad and quite foamy). But the Dr. Bronner's Shikakai Conditioning Rinse is my fave. This gem is not often found in the endless rows of the Bronner line up at health food stores - a little more searching is necessary. When I begin to get low, I get panicky, and start popping into every health food store I pass, in case my local doesn't have it when I finally use the last drop.

So, what is it? It's a conditioning rinse. It's not a conditioner in the typical sense: one is to take a capful of the brown, citrusy sludge (don't be put off, it's a bit of an acquired taste), mix with water in a cup and pour over one's head. It smells woodsy and citrusy and interestingly, combs through tangles with ease. (I gently use a wide tooth comb in the shower as to avoid a fight with my mane once the towel comes off my head).
Shikakai is a herb popular in india and mainly (mane-ly) used for  cleansing the hair without stripping it of natural oils. It is great for shine, manageability and natural health of the hair. The citrus in this rinse is cleansing and vitalizing, and the product is USDA certified organic. It's a real treat and a fun product to use as it takes you, like most of Dr. Bronner's products, out of your comfort zone and into what feels like a magical cleansing hippie dream. Even if only for 2 minutes of shower time.

Request at your local health food store or visit Dr. Bronner's.

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