Shikakai is an Indian herb which has many benefits. Shikakai is used in soaps and detergents because of its foaming properties. Shikakai can be applied directly on hair by adding water and making a paste, it can be mixed with other herbs as well. Shikakai removes hair oil and also strengthens hair roots, also helpful in getting rid of dandruff. Shikakai is a great hair cleanser and conditioner.Do not get confused with the hardness of the packing .This product comes in a vacuum packing which appears to be hard or wet but once you open the pack you will find the original powder form only .Vacuum packing increases the shelf life of the product by protecting it from external air and temperature .