I remember my grandmother using soapnut to wash her nine-yard silk saris that she would then fastidiously hang on the clothesline. I also remember weekly oil baths with a robust hair wash made of shikakai (acacia concinna). Coconut shells with besan (gram or chickpea flour) would be kept handy to be used as soap in the bathroom where a wood-fired copper drum yielded piping hot water.
Those memories and practices were elbowed out by detergents in colourful packaging, shampoos and conditioners that promised me Rapunzel hair, and geysers. Funny, I was now back at a workshop after all those years trying to relearn what my grandmom already knew and practised.Read more
Source web page::The Hindu