Making your own shampoo can give your hair a break from your normal routine and from chemicals that often strip away the shine.
Shampoos can contain ingredients, like sulfates, that are responsible for creating a luxurious lather but can also be damaging to hair. Many also include synthetic fragrances that can smell good but are actually harsh on hair.
Homemade shampoo recipes can be altered to suit any hair type, and using it in place of regular brands saves money and gives your scalp and hair a moisture packed treat.
One common misconception about cleaning the hair is that is has to get full of suds to remove dirt. While this does get rid of dirt, it also removes oils that are necessary for a glossy coat. Many do it yourself shampoos will not produce a lather, but will clean hair without stripping natural oils.
When switching from store bought products, hair sometimes needs a transition period to adjust from a soap based cleanser to one that doesn’t lather up. Hair may at first appear a little oily or feel coated, but this should pass as hair responds to the new washing procedure. Once hair becomes accustomed to natural products it can actually balance itself out and neutralize. The texture of the hair will feel less dry over time and will become enhanced with a natural shine.
Homemade shampoos can be complicated, or extremely simple.
This honey shampoo procedure uses only 2 supplies, raw honey that is not processed with corn syrup and purified water. Honey provides a gentle base that won’t strip the scalp or hair of natural oils. It is recommended for dry and frizzy hair as the honey moisturizes and softens hair. Honey is also a natural anti-fungal, making it a good treatment for scalp issues like dry scalp and flaking.
Many recipes use liquid castile soap, which works well with most hair types but may leave some tangled. This vegan recipe uses jojoba or grapeseed oil with cosmetic grade aloe vera gel for extra conditioning.
A homemade shampoo base can be created by mixing together brewed, cooled herbal teas or water with baking soda, xanthan gum and castile soap. A small amount of cornstarch can be added to thicken the mixture.
Wellness Mama has a lavish feeling but frugal recipe using coconut milk, vitamin E and almond or olive oils for dry hair. She recommends using a foaming dispenser if a mousse consistency is preferred, and also suggests using it as a natural shaving cream.
For an alternative to bottled shampoos try a shampoo bar. Rich oils like coconut, olive and jojoba along with moisture packed shea and cocoa butters will condition hair. After curing until set, it can be cut and used as needed.
This dry shampoo uses unsweetened cocoa powder and cornstarch for a brush out that naturally absorbs oil and freshens up the hair and scalp.
Essential oils can be dropped into any of these recipes for an added scent. Mix and match combinations like mint, rosemary, lavender or citrus for an aromatic infusion.
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