Krya Kids Hair Wash Classic : natural kids shampoo for oily hair


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The Krya Kids Hair wash- Classic variant is a gentle, wholesome , toxin free and safe alternative to harsh synthetic kids shampoos. This product is formulated for children with normal – oily scalp and is an effective oil balancing and cleansing natural shampoo powder. Unlike synthetic surfactant , paraben and fragrances based children’s shampoos, this is a whole herb + lentil based safe and effective ayurvedic formulation. The product is made according to time tested ayurvedic principles and uses a combination of highly effective hair cleansing , pitta balancing and rasayana ayurvedic herbs.

Each herb is processed from scratch individually, starting from its whole, raw form at the Krya factory and blended by the Krya team in house. Every formulation is developed in house after extensive research and testing.

This is a 29 herb formula with Soapberry, Desert Date, Khadira, Vetiver, Triphala, Nimba and other herbs. The Krya Kids Hair Wash – Classic is formulated with pitta balancing, gently cleansing, natural shine imporving and conditioning herbs along with rasayana herbs. It gently yet effectively cleanses the scalp, balances sebum secretions, balances Pitta in the head, and improves hair and scalp condition.

The product, like all Krya ayurvedic hair wash powders is in Choornam / blended herb powder format. This has to be made into a paste and used on the hair. The product is low foam, gentle, and harmonious and wholesome on hair and scalp.

This is a 100 gm pack. Like All Krya choornams, the Krya Kids Hairwash – Classic variant is biodegradable, compostable, and safe for RWH systems, soil and ground water. The product is vegan and cruelty free and does NOT contain any synthetic or animal origin ingredients.

This is a unisex formulation and can be used for children above the age of 3 years. For children with dry / curly hair please choose the Krya Kids Hairwash – Conditioning variant. 

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Are you looking for a safe, completely natural kids shampoo that suits oily hair / scalp? Many synthetic kids’ shampoos confuse well-meaning parents by pretending to be truly natural and safe for children’s tender scalp, hair and eyes, without actually being any of this. The synthetic products we use on ourselves and on our children contain many suspect chemicals, possible carcinogens and irritant ingredients knowingly or unknowingly. About 10,100 ingredients now form the master list of ingredients that go into the stuff we use to bathe, shampoo, condition and cleanse ourselves and our kids.  90% of these ingredients have never been examined, tested or even evaluated by any manner of competent authority.

Kids shampoo and other products:  not as mild and safe as you would think

Children’s bath products like soaps, bodywash and shampoos are often marketed as safe and gentle on skin. The same is the case with baby care products where clever advertising misleads parents into believing that these products are milder, safer and gentler on skin. In fact, many adults use baby and kids personal care products in the mistaken impression that as it is gentler it is probably safer.

kid's shampoo: children's personal care products are misleading - they are very harsh

However, research into the nature of personal care products and the chemicals they contain throws up very different, potentially frightening information. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that children’s bath products in the U.S have a widespread contamination of both 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde. According to the U.S EPA, 1,4-Dioxane is a probable carcinogen. This appears in many personal care products as a by product of a chemical processing technique where cosmetic ingredients are processed with ethylene oxide. It is possible to remove some part of this toxic by product by adding an additional step to the manufacturing process, but many companies do not do so, as they are not required by low to ensure that the final product does not contain 1,4-dioxane as a by-product.

Another toxic by product of the manufacturing process in synthetic cosmetics and personal care products is Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is also listed as a probable carcinogen. It also triggers conditions like atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis in sensitive children and adults. Quarternium-15 is a common thickener and preservative used in many leave on products like moisturizing lotions. This ingredient slowly releases trace amounts of formaldehyde over time in the container in which the product is stored. In the CSC report, 61% of children’s products tested contained both 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde.

These 2 chemicals are only the toxic by-products in the manufacturing process. Besides these 2 accidental chemicals, kid’s shampoos and bath products contain plenty of known villains like SLS and SLeS, parabens, phthalates, MEA, TEA and DEA, fragrances, etc.

The new crop of SLS free and Sulphate free kids shampoos: not as safe as we think

Many new age surfactants and other chemical additives are now being marketed as a “gentle”, “non toxic” replacement to more familiar villains like SLS, SLeS, parabens and phthaltes. However, these formulations are no less suspect, and could potentially have much higher hazards.

Sodium Lauryol Sarcossinate: used as a substitute to SLS and SLeS. Chemical surfactant derived from Sarcosine which has been linked to severe allergic contact dermatitis. It is of lower concern than SLS and SLeS, but it has its own concerns. Under certain conditions it can break down and release nitrosamines which are carcinogenic. It is considered a penetration enhancer, so when it is used with certain colours and fragrances that are harmful for internal absorption, it can increase their likelihood of getting transdermally absorbed. It is not recommended for use in Japan as a part of their Cosmetics Safety protocol. It can only be used in limited concentrations of up to 5% in leave on products and up to 15% in wash off products, provided other risky colours, fragrances or any such ingredients are not used in the formulation.

It forms a part of many modern brands that market safe, gentle or toxin free baby and kids shampoos. It is touted often as a replacement to SLS and SLeS and marketed as a “coconut-based plant cleaner”, but it is far from being natural, harmless, or innocuous.

Cocamidopropyl betaine: is similar in chemistry to other related amidopropyl betaines like Lauramidopropyl Betaine. 2 manufacturing by products that can occur when these betaines are processed are (3,3-dimethylaminopropylamine [DMAPA] and  amidopropyl dimethylamine [amidoamine]), a fatty acid. Both DMAPA and amidoamine are skin allergens. So there is a continuous focus while manufacturing amidopropyl betaines to keep the concentration of DMAPA and amidoamine low. However, this does not seem to be entirely successful. In fact there is an increasing sensitization to cocamidopropyl betaine, possibly due to the presence of these contaminants resulting in occupational contact allergy. Certain classes of people like hairdressers who regularly handle shampoos containing this chemical do demonstrate higher degree of contact allergy.

Caution is hence advised when this chemical is used in products meant for children and babies as they are much more vulnerable and sensitive to any such adverse reaction.

Coco glucoside, Lauryl glucoside, Decyl glucoside: These are all examples of surfactants from the alkyl glucoside family. They are used in baby products, bath products, kid’s shampoos, skin care products, eye make-up and hair colours and baby wipes and baby cleansers. Alkyl Glucosides have been increasingly used from the 1990s as they are considered gentler in nature compared to surfactants like SLS, SLeS, etc. They are frequently marketed as hypoallergenic of great for sensitive skin. The North American Contact dermatitis group declared Alkyl Glucosides as the “contact allergen of the year” in  2017 to sensitise customers to the rising cases of contact allergy triggered by this class of chemicals. It is wise to completely avoid products containing these chemicals.

kids shampoos - even so called gentle shampooos have other chemicals of concern

If your child has developed allergic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis or simply has sensitive skin that is itchy / dry in certain seasons, the skin and hair care products you use and the home care products that your child is exposed to could be an important trigger for these conditions. Please read our eBook on sensitive skin and also read our blog post on how to handle different kinds of dermatitis in children .

The Ayurvedic approach to formulating children’s haircare: multifaceted, holistic and safe

The Ayurvedic texts state that the first 7 years of a child’s life is characterized by a very high degree of mental growth. The foundation for learning, memory and intelligence and application in this stage can be developed well by taking certain judicious measures. The proper ahara (diet), right Dinacharya and Ritucharya (daily and seasonal regimen), right visual, auditory and mental stimuli helps properly develop the child’s manasa and sharira (mind and body).

ayurvedic approach: support children's mental and physical growth through correct herbs and products

The external products we use on children like the hair oil, shampoo, skin cleansers, skin moisturizing oils and abhyanga products can all help support this mental and physical growth by building and retaining immunity, skin and hair health, etc. The Ayurvedic hair care routine aims to support the child’s brain development. As the brain grows and is excited by stimulus, the pitta emanating from the scalp and eyes is constantly kept in check, and medhya and Rasayana herbs are used in the child’s hair oils and hair care products to support the activity of the scalp.

This is a critical part of formulating a natural children’s shampoo or a natural children’s hair oil designed to deliver nourishment to a child’s scalp. We must use pitta balancing, and medhya enhancing and Rasayana herbs in the formulation. We have discussed more on this in our blog post on natural children’s shampoos.

The Krya Kids Hair wash (Classic): a natural kid’s ayurvedic shampoo powder for normal – oily hair

The Krya Kids Hair Wash (classic) is a 29 ayurvedic whole herb, completely natural, toxic free, ayurvedic shampoo powder. This product is FREE from all chemical additives and uses whole ayurvedic herbs and whole organic grains processed separately and then harmoniously blended together to make this ayurvedic kid’s shampoo powder.

All Krya hair wash products are made in this Ayurvedic Choornam (powder) format. By following the Choornam format and not adding water to make a liquid shampoo, we are also able to completely avoid the use of synthetic preservatives like parabens. This format also allows us to completely skip synthetic surfactants like SLS and SLeS, thickeners, foaming boosters, thickeners like MEA, TEA and DEA, fragrances, etc.

All our natural shampoo powders are gentle on scalp and hair, stimulate healthy hair growth. They cleanse without stripping the scalp’s natural sebum layer and do not irritate / aggravate the scalp / hair in any way. By using plant-based surfactants like Shikakai, Soapberry, Desert date and plant based conditioning herbs like Hibiscus, Liquorice, Fenugreek and other anti-bacterial, astringent and hair growth promoting herbs, we are able to make a highly potent, yet extremely gentle natural kid’s shampoo. Hair and scalp are healthier, cleaner and growth is much better when you switch out of synthetic shampoos to our natural shampoo powder.

Krya ayurvedic hair wash powders - excellent alternative to synthetic shampoo

The Krya Kids Hair wash contains a carefully chosen set of natural ayurvedic herbs. The product uses gentle natural plant surfactants like Arishtaka, Desert Date which cleanse without irritating the scalp. The Hair wash also contains natural conditioning herbs like Japa flower, Japa leaf, Fenugreek. To balance Pitta, and gentle cleanse a scalp that is oil prone, we use Pitta balancing herbs like Mushta, Vetiver, Khadira. Natural shine enhancing and conditioning herbs like Japa flower, hibiscus leaf, curry leaf, etc, are used. Finally, we add the Medhya and Rasayana herbs as suggested in Ayurveda like Brahmi, Guduchi, Mulethi.

Krya declares 100 % of the ingredients used in our products as a part of our Radical Transparency value. Please go through the ingredients tab to see what goes into this product.

Who can use the Krya Kids Hair wash Classic?

The Krya Kids’ hair wash Classic can be used by children with fine, silky, wavy to straight hair with normal – oily scalp. Active children whose hair becomes greasy / dirty with high outdoor activity can also use this product. If your child has normal – dry scalp, or curly hair, or hair that tends to be slightly dry, please use the Krya Kids Hair wash (conditioning) product.

The Complete Children’s Hair care regimen

Head oiling is a key Dinacharya in Ayurveda. It offers various benefits for the body besides clarifying the scalp and improving hair growth. Head oiling is an important practice to initiate in children from babies and toddlers to kids. Hair and scalp must be oiled regularly (atleast 3 – 4 times a week). Before every hairwash also, hair and scalp must be generously oiled – this prevents hair damage due to hard water, and ensures that hair does not go dry.

For babies, we recommend the Krya baby hair oil and the Krya baby hairwash. Toddlers (between 1-3) can use the Krya baby hair oil along with the Krya toddler hair wash. For Kids, we have 2 hair oil variants: the Krya Kids Classic hair oil (for normal -oily hair) and the Krya Kids Conditioning hair oil (for dry or curly hair).

In addition a regular Body Abhyanga is extremely useful for children. Just like in adults, a regular Abhyanga helps re-set all 3 doshas, improves nutrient absorption, balances all 3 doshas, reduces growing pains and fatigue and improves bone strength and muscle tone. We suggest a once / twice weekly abhyanga for children using the Krya traditional baby massage oil along with the Krya Kids Ubtan Boy or the Krya Kids Ubtan girl. IF your child plays active sports and has dominant Vata dosha, he / she would also benefit from regular pada abhyanga. For this, the same Krya traditional baby massage oil can be used.

Using the Krya hairwash is going to be challenging and may test your patience, especially if you have not used a choornam based hair product in a long while. Even for those of us who are used to this format from childhood, reverting to it after a decade + of using smooth, highly lathering liquid shampoos can be frustrating.

You may question the need for this product.

BUT, using a herb and grain based Choornam for cleaning scalp and hair is FAR superior to the most expensive shampoo, conditioner shampoo bar that you can ever use. In time with regular use, you will find that scalp is more balanced, fungal outbreaks are less and that hair is smoother, and stronger with better growth.


Krya ayurvedic hair wash powders - excellent alternative to synthetic shampoo

Why are Krya’s ayurvedic hair wash powders better for hair and scalp?

1. The Krya ayurvedic hair wash powders are mildly acidic and close to hair’s natural pH
2. The plants used that add cleansing properties DO NOT work like SLS , SLES and Lye – which means that they do not denature protein which is found on the scalp and hair and are NOT persistent. SLS and SLeS are BOTH persistent on scalp – traces remain for more than a week after you shampoo – so they sit and continue to denature the scalp. Krya’s plant surfactants are mild and gentle on scalp

Krya ayurevdic hair wash powders - with gentle plant surfactants
3. The Plant based choornam conserves your microbial colony which is CRITICAL in all times especially in Cororna times like the period we are going through. Your microbiome is what gives you immunity. If you use harsh detergents and alkaline compounds like soap to cleanse skin, you wipe away your microbiome making it easier for dangerous micro organisms to penetrate your body.
4. By wiping out your microbiome and denaturing your scalp and skin, synthetic shampoos make your body vulnerable and open to invasion.
5. Persistent use of shampoos because of their denaturing effects thin down hair, accelerate greying. A herb based choornam like our Hairwashes, on the other hand, actually WORK on your scalp balancing pitta + vata by using scalp healing and hair growth promoting herbs

Krya ayurevdic hair wash powder - uses scalp healing and growth promoting herbs

With the use of our Hair wash products, hair and scalp is cleansed gently, scalp is subject to the action of many herbs designed to balance the doshas. Hair’s external structure is intact – the cuticular structure is NOT damaged, so hair is stronger and more able to handle tugging, brushing, washing etc.

But, with all these benefits, the Choornam is still difficult to use. So here is how you can use it – this is basis my experience and many Krya customers who have struggled and figured out how to use the choornams effectively.

Method 1 : use the Krya hair wash powder like a Mask

  • De-tangle & section hair into 6 – 7 sections. Ensure that each section is straight and that the scalp is well exposed as you section out hair
  • Take the requisite quantity of Krya hair wash and mix into a thick paste, similar to pancake batter using cool water. Product should not be very drippy
  • Massage the paste well into the scalp first, along with each section.
  • Then coat each hair section well with the paste before rolling up onto the head.
  • Do this for each section. Finally, use the remaining paste to hold the hair together on the head
  • Put on a shower cap and leave the natural shampoo paste on for 30 minutes or so.
  • Rinse off the product thoroughly with clean, cool water. Towel dry.

Method 2: Use the Krya hair wash powder like a shampoo

1. Make a mildly thick paste with the Krya hairwash – it should look like runny dosa batter and should drip from your hand.
2. Wet your hair extremely well. Takes 3 – 4 mugs of water to do this for shoulder length hair. Synthetic shampoos containing wetting agents, so you can actually use the shampoo almost directly on hair without too much wetting. With a natural hairwash like ours, the hair has to be completely wet – hair tends to swell when fully wet, which makes efficient washing easier.
3. Apply the paste in sections all over the scalp first. Once you have covered the whole scalp concentrate on the hair length. It is not important to thoroughly scrub hair length but it is important to cover scalp and head well as this is the source of dirt, oil and dandruff.
4. If you have oiled your hair, the paste will not have any foam the first time. The product foams only when excess oil and dirt have been removed from your scalp and hair. If you have oiled your hair heavily, please use the product twice. If you have cleaned well the first time, you should see foam during the second application – you can make the paste much more runny for the second time.
5. If you have over washed hair, your hair will squeak when being rinsed. Remember when hair squeaks, it is over-washed – remember to control this the next time you wash.
6. Rinse well in cool water (as cold as you can manage). This seals the hair shaft well – hot water breaks open the hair shaft and fries it (hair is a protein like an egg, so heat cooks it). Use your hand shower or your hands to gently guide the product from your scalp / head down the length of your hair and out. At this stage, unlike a synthetic shampoo, your hair will NOT feel thick, conditioned or synthetically smooth.
7. Towel / air dry your hair. Do not rub vigorously. Do not comb when wet.

8. Once dry, your hair should feel light, clean, without any static. Your scalp should feel soothed and not itchy. as mentioned, your hair should still feel clean 1 / 2 days after washing -and your need to wash should reduce.


Issues you could face when using the Krya ayurvedic hair wash powders

1. The product residue is still in my hair: If you do not rinse thoroughly, you may have some product residue in the hair. This falls out during combing / drying and will do no harm to your hair.
  • Why this occurs: We have a few constraints when designing our hairwash. we use whole powdered herbs as traditional medicine (and our experience) tells that that this conserves the nutrient properties of the herbs extremely well. But this means that this is a non-dissolving product, which means that there will be some amount of residue still left over if not rinsed out properly. This rinsing process is a habit – it takes a few tries and usually our consumers get the hang of it over 4 – 5 washes.
  • How to overcome this: Rinse thoroughly. It helps to partition your hair while in the shower, and rinse each section well, so that no residue is stuck in your hair.
2. My hair is feeling slightly rough and dry, not smooth & silky as it used to with my synthetic-shampoo + synthetic conditioner
  • Why this occurs: Synthetic shampoos are designed with hair coating agents like silicones to mask the damage done to the cuticular structure. The SLS / SLeS in the shampoo tends to break the cuticular scales -so if you examine shampooed hair under a microscope it will have a serrated edge and not a smooth appearance. This weakens hair structure and causes it to break easily and go dry. The silicone “conditioning” agents in the shampoo add a thin layer on top of this broken cuticular structure – so when you run your hand through hair it appears to be smooth. However, this silicone does not penetrate or repair hair – it simply adds a layer on top of hair, so the hair is still structurally weak.
  • How to overcome this: With consistent hair oiling with Krya’s hair oils, use of our Hair masks and our natural shampoo, you will see a visible difference in hair texture, strength and growth. Hair takes some time to heal, but you will see the difference for yourself with persistence. Truly Healthy hair has a remarkably better texture compared to damaged hair which is masked by the use of synthetic shampoo + synthetic conditioner.
3. My hair feels different after a Krya hairwash – not bad, but different from when I shampoo with a synthetic shampoo
  • Some differences you can see after washing your hair with our All Natural Hair wash powders:
    • Hair feels clean, light, not weighed down, without static when combed.
    • Scalp feels clean, cool, soothed & non itchy
    • Hair does not get greasy quickly after a wash – you can go longer without having to re-wash your hair . This is a sign that the hair’s sebum ecosystem is in balance.
4. The product is not foaming at all – how will my hair get clean?
  • Why this occurs: Krya uses a mixture of cleansing agents to create the Krya range of all natural hairwash powder. Of these different cleansing agents, only a few generate foam. Even the foam they generate is of very less quantity compared to synthetic surfactants. This is because we use whole plant surfactants like Acacia Concinna (Shikakai), Sapindus trifoliatus (Soapbnerry) etc. The volume of surfactants in this herbs are around 15% of the weight of the plant part. So the foam this plant will generate will be MUCH less compared to a synthetic shampoo where a large volume of the product is synthetic surfactants, foam boosters and lather generators. If there is oil remaining on your hair this product will not foam – which is an indicator of whether there is still excess oil on your hair or not.
  • How can I overcome this: Lather is not the only sign of cleansing. All of us are too used to lather in different products and have come to equate lather with cleansing. As you get used to all our all natural hair wash powder, you will begin to distinguish dirty hair from clean hair, without relying on lather as a cue. Remember, this excessive lather is NOT good for your scalp – it strips hair of much-needed sebum and leaves scalp dry and stunts hair growth

100% declaration of ALL Ingredients in product:


Green Gram, Manjishta green gram, Rajmudi rice, Amla, Fenugreek seed, Moringa leaf, Vana Tulasi, Ram Tulasi

Forest collected:

Soapberry (mukorossi), Soapberry (trifoliatus), Hingot, Albizia, Badam gond, Babool gond, Nutgrass, White Bhringaraj, Vetiver, Khadira, Brahmi, Mulethi, Bala, Guduchi, Hibiscus leaf, hibiscus flower, Hibiscus flower roselle, Curry leaf, Sweet flag, Neem, Triphala

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      Thanks so much for this – glad your child is enjoying this product.

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