from the ShiKai website :
Natural skin and hair care
The Story of ShiKai begins in 1975 when Dr. Dennis T. Sepp, a PhD in organic chemistry, was teaching and conducting research at the University of Minnesota. While doing his research, he became intrigued by hair & skin care and the unique properties and capabilities of a number of plants which grow in the Far East. He experimented first with the powdered fruit of the shikakai plant. This fruit has been used for centuries as a natural, low pH "shampoo" for hair. It was (and continues to be) valued for its ability to leave hair exceptionally shiny without stripping away the oils which are so important to healthy hair and scalp. "ShiKai" extract became the soap and detergent-free basis for the first line of shampoos and the name of a new company.
Dr. Sepp expanded his ShiKai line to include a conditioner based on an oil which is extracted from the the amla berry. Amla has been prized for centuries for its ability to leave hair shiny, soft and very healthy. Today it is considered possibly the world's oldest and most effective natural conditioner for hair. It is the name of and the key ingredient in our best selling Everyday Conditioner.
Continuing his focus on natural hair care, Dr. Sepp studied the beneficial effects of henna. Not only is henna a natural coloring agent, but it also acts as a conditioner, leaving hair with a brilliant shine and increased body. The company developed a special, neutral (non-coloring) extract from henna leaves which is used in our popular ShiKai Highlighting Shampoo & Conditioner.
ShiKai has grown since its modest beginnings. We now produce a line of Hand & Body Lotions and Moisturizing Bath & Shower Gels which are rich in organic and natural ingredients. Our Color Enhancing products are high quality, professional natural Color Enhancing Shampoos, Conditioners and Styling aids. These are all based on natural extracts which really work to accomplish the intended results.
Our Facial Care line is an "anti-aging" facial care system utilizing Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Borage Oil. It is designed to prevent and actually reverse the signs of aging by stimulating the production of collagen in skin. Dr. Sepp researched this project for 1-1/2 years before beginning development of this innovative line of skin care.
Our most recent line, Borage Dry Skin Therapy, marks a departure from our traditional hair and beauty products and entry into the therapeutic skin care category. Based on borage oil, these products are clinically tested and proven to help seriously dry skin.