Home Made Shampoo
Home made shampoos have always made me a little leery. I tried the no-poo method… about 2 years ago, at the beginning of my journey to live a healthier, less toxic life, but it didn’t go so well for me. I tried washing my hair with an apple cider vinegar rinse and some baking soda, and I was left with greasy-looking hair. I stuck it out for 3 solid weeks, but I finally had to give it up.
Now, I am not discounting that method. I know a lot of wonderful, beautiful people who are no-poo, who have glorious-looking hair. Little Owl Crunchy Momma has been getting a lot of attention lately for her decision to not use shampoo at all, for 5 years now, and her hair looks great! I admire women who go no-poo. I think it’s awesome. However, just like the Oil Cleansing Method, not every natural recipe is for everyone.
I still wanted to find a healthier home made shampoo that actually worked, so I wouldn’t be completely dependent on commercial brands.
Here is what I came up with!
Home Made Shampoo
- 1/2 cup liquid castille soap
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsp jojoba oil
- 1 tbsp vitamin E oil (optional)
- 30-40 drops essential oils
Combine all ingredients in a re-purposed shampoo bottle, or a soap dispenser. Old dressing bottles also work 🙂 Shake before each use, (because, as you can tell, it will separate) and use as you would regular shampoo.
The essential oils can add wonderful fragrance, as well as healthful benefits for your locks. These are a few of my favorites:
- Carrot Oil: A little goes a long way. Add in 5 drops of this for carotene and anti-oxidants, and to promote hair growth.
- Clary Sage Oil: this helps to promote a healthy ph value, and can be helpful for greasy hair and scalp.
- Bergamot Oil: This helps your hair attain extra shine and promotes hair growth. This can increase photo sensitivity, so be careful to protect your hair from bright sun after using it.
- Lemon Essential Oil: For dry, curly hair, try adding in lemon essential oil. It helps promote oil production to moisturize and create stronger, healthier hair.
- Lavender Essential Oil: Add in lavender essential oil for treating dandruff and for a relaxing, peaceful experience.
If you are new to using essential oils, check out Crunchy Betty’s 21 things you should know about essential oils.
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