There are times when we don’t want to shampoo our hair, but want to get it clean too. Maybe because we don’t want to ruin a fantastic blow dry, or maybe we don’t want to shampoo with hard water. Whatever the reasons, the rising popularity of dry shampoos shows that many of us are reaching out for them often.
However, there’s dry shampoo that is being used since ages! It has no chemicals, its 100% natural and leaves the hair delicately fragranced. Intrigued??? Can you guess what it is from the picture?
It is sandalwood powder!!! Yup, the same, humble sandalwood powder that has various uses from pujas to face packs!
Most Gujarati families have a tradition whereby a pregnant woman is not allowed to shampoo/wash her hair during pregnancy. She can only wash her hair on the day of the “godh bharai” function. But then, something has to be done to keep the hair clean. Besides, during pregnancy, the women oil their hair regularly, so how do they remove all the excess oil? The answer is sandalwood powder.
I was in school when my cousin sis was pregnant and I saw her rubbing some fragrant brown powder in her scalp. That was the first time that I got to know of this tradition of now washing the hair during pregnancy. Two or three times a week, she would oil her hair and then, the next day, she would rub sandalwood powder into her scalp and hair and brush it out.
Not only did the powder absorb all the oil, it cleaned the scalp too, so that there was no dandruff or dirt or itching. And it also gave a nice delicate fragrance to the hair! (imagine how smelly unwashed hair would otherwise get!)
Of course, if you have oil in your hair, you would need to massage the powder for quite some time to get it all out. But if used on dry (un-oiled) hair, it would clean the hair quite soon leaving it smooth and lustrous.
I got married into a Marwari family and they don’t have this ritual so I didn’t have to do this. But I have used sandalwood powder as a dry shampoo a couple of times and it has worked quite nicely for me.
Does your family have this custom of not washing your hair during pregnancy? Do give this dry sandalwood shampoo a try and let me know how it works for you.