What Are Soap Nuts?
Soap nuts are natures best-kept secret. Although they have been around for centuries they originate from India and have only recently become available in South Africa. When it comes to healthy lifestyle habits soap nuts deserves a spot within our daily routines. It is great in the washing machine with our laundry, it can be used to make a great body wash, but also gives many people incredible results as a hair wash method.
What It Really Takes To Go Natural With Your Hair
When deciding to transition to natural hair wash methods choosing the best DIY natural product alternative for your hair can be quite daunting. Understanding how to identify if your hair needs moisture or protein and what porosity hair you have is like entering a whole new world!
Before you opt to move to natural hair wash methods make sure you understand what you are in for. It’s an incredibly rewarding process in the end but it is an investment of time and requires lots of trial and error. All you need to know is in our Blog and Natural Recipes. Make sure you read up on what it is really like to use natural organic products on your hair and why it’s important. We also go into depth about our experience with a natural hair lifestyle, divulging plenty of useful tips and tricks as well as our top natural hair wash methods. Soap nuts is definitely part of these tricks and options.
Including Soap Nuts In Your Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Soap nuts are the berries from a specific shrub family called sapindus. Mainly grown in India, they have only recently become available in South Africa. Soap nuts are amazing for all sorts of cleansing activities! Our personal favourite is using them to create a hair wash foam that leaves your hair shiny, soft and full of volume!
How To Make A Soap Nuts Hair Wash …
- Boil 2 soap nuts in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool (preferably overnight).
- Squash soap nuts with a potato masher or fork to get as much of the juices out as possible
- Strain the liquid and leave soapnuts to dry again for use in your next batch of hair wash
- Beat the liquid with a hand blender
- Wet your hair and apply half of the foam to your hair as evenly as possible and rub as normal
- Leave the foam in your hair for 5-10 minutes
- Rinse out and apply the rest of foam and remaining soap nuts liquid.
- Rinse your hair and allow to air dry
Tips To Ensure Soap Nuts Fits Your Healthy Lifestyle Habits
- To save time we recommend scaling up the recipe and freezing the excess in ice trays for ease of use for your next wash. It may not be necessary to split the wash into two parts. Play around, everyone’s hair is different.
- Depending on your hair you may find the soap nuts drying. You can combat this rubbing small amounts of coconut oil on your hands and running your hands through the dryer ends of your hair (not the roots). You can also rinse with a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar in the same way you do with the baking soda hair wash method.
- Do not get the soap nuts liquid in your eyes. It burns like chilies! For that reason, we don’t recommend using it on small kids.
- It is not necessary to whizz the liquid into foam. Skipping this step won’t change the results significantly. It just helps to maximise the amount of liquid that goes on and stays on your head, rather than running off down the drain. It also helps to prevent the liquid running into your eyes.
- Because soap nuts can be drying we recommend alternating it with another wash method. We found using soap nuts more than once a week very drying, but then everyone’s hair is different. See what works for you.
Our Personal Experience
I recently stumbled upon soap nuts and my life is forever changed, for the better! I love what it does to my hair and I am looking forward to incorporating it into my routine on a regular and permanent basis!