Does anyone regularly use ritha to wash their hair?

hookilauhookilau Registered Users Posts: 269
If you do, I'd like to compare notes :icon_smile:

I made a Ritha 'shampoo' infused with hibiscus/sorrel flowers and whole amla fruit last week.

I've been using it to clean my scalp and hair every other day or so, occasionally, if I sweat a lot at the gym, every day.

At first, my hair felt squeaky while washing with it ...then about the middle of the week, I'd used a low poo and realized that my hair felt faaar more squeaky with it than with my Ritha mix.

The Ritha X actually made the length feel moisturized by comparison. Now it's all I will use...I think I'll keep my TJTTT low poo for clarifying if I need it in the future, but I think I love this stuff.

Anyone have similar or differing results?
Following CG
fine, medium-low density :confused5:
protein loving, porous, elasticity ?

Co-wash: Tresemme Perfectly Undone
LI/RO: GVP Conditioning Balm, Jane Carter Solutions Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner
Stylers: KCCC, AG recoil, CurlKeeper, As I am curling pudding
Protein treatments: Aphogee's Keratin 2 minute reconstructor, and Colorful neutral protein filler

Loves: aloe, glycerin & polyquats even in neg dews


  • goobernutgoobernut Registered Users Posts: 2,317
    Just another plea for input :) I've been thinking about doing this, sorta decided that it wouldn't be cleansing enough. Yet, I'm still on the fence about it.
    Grand Goobah Caedran, Aqueous Infusion of Demulcents, Order of the Curly Crusaders

    Fia 2cFi, fine texture, med porosity CG 5-29-09 * My hair loves protein! Currently using : DermOrganics Shampoo and IHM, G2B Kinkier Mousse, Re:Coil VMM, Anything Spiral Solutions! MO Sealing. Coconut Oil Pre-Poo, once a month Hard Water shampoo. Avoiding Glycerin in finishing products.
  • AmericanWomanAmericanWoman Registered Users Posts: 46
    I use Hesh Heenara Hair wash. I just bought the Hesh Aritha and I like it . I mixed it with amla and a couple spoonfuls of Amla and the Heenara, shook til it foamed. I know the Heenara cleans well, it has a sandalwood smell and the smell lasts for days. I just wet my hair and apply, leave it on for 8-10 minutes. Leaves it silky and tangle free. I make a tea, not a paste. I don't know how the Aritha would do by itself,but it has no fragrance so I added the Heenara and other stuff. Should work fine by itself, but I definatly can recommend the Heenara. My hair is still wet, but it feels very,very nice.
  • kayesbekayesbe Registered Users Posts: 52
    I tried the powdered herbs for a little while, although not exclusively, so I don't know how they would do on their own in the long term.

    I mixed ritha, shikakai, and methi a few times, and amla with the cleansing herbs once, I think (it was a little while ago, before I moved and got rid of all that stuff) and made a paste. I really liked it with the methi, because the mucilage made it so much easier to distribute and rinse out, and I think it made my hair feel softer than when I used the others without it, but I think it is supposed to build up if you use it all the time.

    I don't know if this is what you mean by ritha shampoo, or if you actually boiled the soap nuts in water and used the liquid. I'd be a little tempted to try that. I really don't like the smell of the whole nuts, but I don't know if the liquid would have the same smell.

    I don't think I'd be a huge help as far as comparisons, though, since this is all I've tried...
  • hookilauhookilau Registered Users Posts: 269
    I actually did boil whole Ritha, along with Sorrel (hibiscus calyces) and whole frozen Amla fruit in about 6 Cups of water. The result was a cranberry colored herbal no-poo.

    It smelled ever so faintly like ACV in my hair but the smell dissipates by the time I'm done with my shower.

    I added my favorite blend of EO to the mix and all that is left after a shower is the scent blend.

    I use the powdered herbs for hair packs but didn't want to use them in this infusion because I wanted a gentle daily/frequent use (I go to the gym a lot) something I could wash my hair with.

    It doesn't lather and feels similar to washing with water but it makes my hair shiny and leaves my scalp clean.

    I kinda pour it on like a rinse (first my scalp, then the length) and then use the pads of my fingertips to massage/scrub my scalp. Then I rinse it out, condition and detangle, then apply my product. I don't have any problem with build up. I guess it's the combination of water soluble products and the Ritha (outer shell is high in saponins so I can't imagine why it wouldn't clean).

    When I co-washed only, my scalp was itchy, dry, flaky and terribly uncomfortable. So much so, I low poo'd every other day (TJTTT). With the Ritha infusion, even though I washed daily, sometimes twice a day, my scalp issues went away:glasses11:

    After using it for a few weeks, I went to get a hair cut with a CG stylist. The shampoo girl scrubbed and scrubbed and there was bubbles everywhere, she did it twice!

    It's been about 2-3 wks since the hair cut. My scalp hasn't been the same since :sad10: It soooo freaked out that it's only now settling down.

    Next hair cut (slated for May) I'm going to come in with freshly Ritha washed and thoroughly conditioned hair and ask them to just wet and cut. Which was what I had a mind to do the last time but felt kind of stupid. Had I realized it would've made that much of a difference to my head, I would have.:confused3:

    Anyhow, I'm happy with the way this combination is working. I'd really like to get my hands on some litmus paper:glasses11:
    Following CG
    fine, medium-low density :confused5:
    protein loving, porous, elasticity ?

    Co-wash: Tresemme Perfectly Undone
    LI/RO: GVP Conditioning Balm, Jane Carter Solutions Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner
    Stylers: KCCC, AG recoil, CurlKeeper, As I am curling pudding
    Protein treatments: Aphogee's Keratin 2 minute reconstructor, and Colorful neutral protein filler

    Loves: aloe, glycerin & polyquats even in neg dews
  • kayesbekayesbe Registered Users Posts: 52
    Yeah, the powders are not good for taking with you since I mixed them right before, or an hour before I used them, and they are a little messy :P

    I'll definitely give that a try. It will be nice to have an alternative to cleansing conditioners.
  • taltaltaltal Registered Users Posts: 614
    I've been using soap nuts for a while, I just boil them in a pot of water and use the liquid as a shampoo. I started using the soap nuts powder (hesh aritha) a while ago. The first time I used it, I used too much aritha powder - 4 tbsp mixed with a bit of hot water to a thick paste, it left my hair very very dry, I had to DC for about 2 days.
    Now when I use the powder I mix 2 teaspoons of aritha powder with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 cup of water. This way it doesn't dry my hair, but I find it isn't as cleansing as I would like. Today I used a neem powder paste. I made a runny paste with two tbsp of neem powder and about 3 tbsp of water and left on for about half an hour.
    I like the result, it cleansed well and didn't dry my hair.
  • bunniee23bunniee23 Registered Users Posts: 228
    I like the idea of using whole ritha and amla, the powders leave a residue even if I strain the liquid.

    I made an herbal shampoo by boiling soapwort, yucca root, flaxseed, and hibiscus flowers in water. This works great as a mild cleanser for my dry hair & scalp.
    Type 2b. Wash: WEN pomegranate or fig. Leave-in conditioner: Alaffia beautiful curls for wavy hair, Spiral Solutions Protein spray. Style: Curls In A Bottle, Ecostyler, or KCCC.
  • socknitstersocknitster Registered Users Posts: 8
    This discussion is really interesting!

    I'm curious where you find these products? I found soap nuts on amazon, sounds like they are very perishable? Where can I find neem powder?

    I have very dry hair and seborheic dermatitis (bad dandruff). This is caused by the scalp over-reacting to the natural yeasts we all have on our scalp. I had to give up the typical treatment--medicated shampoos because my hair was turning to straw.

    So, now I take good conditioners and put in anti-yeast herbal extracts like tea tree and lavender and just CO wash, with extra emphasis on gently cleaning my scalp. That works pretty well, but I'm always on the lookout for new ideas to switch things up! I think neem might be anti-yeast. I'd have to do some research on that. I'm very, very curious about the soapnuts too!
  • socknitstersocknitster Registered Users Posts: 8
    Oh, yeah, I forgot to ask, what is amla?
  • Little RedLittle Red Registered Users Posts: 103
    I wasn't able to find ritha powder the last time I went to the Indian grocery store but I'll definitely have to try this out.
    Curl Type: 2b/2c
    Porosity: Normal
    Elasticity: Normal (I get breakage when I pre-poo and then when I shampoo it all out and then some more over the course of the next 24 hours.)
    Texture: Medium

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