Make Your Own Shampoo
Judging by the ingredients list on a bottle of shampoo, I expected it to be difficult or impossible to make your own shampoo. However, a quick Google search promptly made me realize that, yet again, store-bought items are full of too many unnecessary chemicals, especially beauty products. All you really need for homemade shampoo is some liquid castile soap, with apple cider vinegar for the rinse. Castile soap is made with only vegetable oils, and it is very mild. It is a really great item to have on hand; I use it to clean the kitchen floor (3 tablespoons in a gallon hot water), store-bought produce (half water and half soap), and my baby (3/4 water to ¼ soap)! I also use it as hand soap in the bathrooms, and dish soap when my regular stuff unexpectedly runs out.
The apple cider vinegar softens your hair, helps balance its pH (which can help fight dandruff and itchy scalp), and is a natural detangler. As a woman with curly hair, those are all very important issues for me. I have seen recipes that dilute it a lot and some not at all. Personally, I like to use about 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water, but you can play around with it and decide what is best for your hair.
It’s been almost two years since I’ve purchased shampoo, and my hair is softer, healthier, less frizzy, and much more manageable. I encourage everyone to at least give it a try, regardless of hair type!
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon oil (optional; I use olive oil)
- 4-5 drops essential oil (optional)
Combine all ingredients. Shake before each use.
For the homemade rinse:
Apple cider vinegar
Essential oil (optional)
Dried herbs/flowers (optional)
Combine the water and vinegar (and oils, if using). Store in a small spray bottle.
If using dried herbs or flowers, you will need to make an infusion. Measure out your desired amount of water into a saucepan and add the dried herbs. I made a double batch for my husband and I using 2 cups of water, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary and 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers. Set the pan over medium heat and bring to a light simmer. Cover and let steep for 30-45 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain out the herbs/flowers and combine with the vinegar (I used 1 cup). Some say you will need to store infused water in the fridge, but I keep mine in the shower with no issues. Do whatever you feel comfortable with.
Use this shampoo just like any other. Squirt a small amount onto your head, lather and rinse. Then spray some of the vinegar solution onto your hair, massage, comb through (if you have curly or thick hair), let it soak for a few minutes if you wish, then rinse. Some people don't rinse the vinegar, as it can act as a leave-in conditioner. (The vinegar smell should dissipate after a few minutes.) Enjoy!
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Would you ever try and make your own shampoo?
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