A while back I stopped using commercial hair products and started making my own homemade shampoo. My hair smells wonderful and it’s healthier than ever before. So I guess it’s safe to say that I’m probably not going to go back anytime soon.
Why? Homemade shampoo is healthier and safer for our bodies. It’s also pretty easy to make and I love the added comfort that I know EXACTLY what’s going in it. Here’s how to make your own shampoo.
Why should I make homemade shampoo?
There’s a lot of chemicals in commercial shampoos. You’d expect there to be more regulations about what can or can’t be put into your toiletries, but there’s STILL a lot of toxins like parabens that could be giving you cancer. I mean, seriously, can you even name what’s in your shampoo?
It really sucks, because most people don’t know about this.
I made this post for two reasons. One, I want to let people know about the dangers of commercial shampoo. And two, I want to let people know that there is a safer alternative. I’m not saying that all traditional shampoo is bad, BUT a lot of it is and we need to be aware of that.
What do I need?
Before you start, you’re going to want some sort of container to put your shampoo in. I like these from Amazon because they’re BPA free and look fancy in my bathroom. Of course, you can always use an old shampoo bottle.
Making your own homemade shampoo is VERY easy. You only need a few ingredients!
- 13.5 oz – full fat coconut milk (about 1 can)
- 2 tbsp – apple cider vinegar
- 1.5 tbsp – raw liquid honey
- 1 tsp – jojoba oil
- 1 tsp – castor oil
- .5 tsp – peppermint essential oil
The peppermint oil is optional, but it makes your hair smell amazing!
What if it leaves my hair oily or dry?
There’s a natural “detox” that comes from switching from commercial hair care products to all natural. Your hair may feel sticky, oily, or dry for the first few weeks. This is completely normal and WILL go away.
This happens because there’s a ton of synthetic products that go into our commercial shampoos and conditioners. When we use traditional hair care products, we artificially coat our hair with plastic and protein polymers to make it look less damaged. The more damaged our hair is, the more porous it is and the more it will absorb these chemicals.
As your hair grows out and the toxic chemicals are stripped away, your hair will go through that original “detox” mode. If you get over the initial hurdle, it will be well worth the wait.
What if I want a different formula?
The great thing about homemade shampoo is that you can mix and match until you find a recipe that you love! Here are some things that you can try out.
- Add 1 tsp vegetable glycerin to give the shampoo more substance.
- Add a few drops of lavender, cedarwood, rosemary, tea tree, or clary sage essential oils to experiment with different fragrances.
- Do an apple cider vinegar rinse with ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and ¼ cup purified water to get rid of oily hair.
How do I store my natural shampoo?
Because this recipe is made from oil-based products, as opposed to water, it will last longer. I would say roughly 3-6 months, because most carrier oils will go bad after around 6 months. As for storage, make sure to keep in an airtight container in a place where it doesn’t get too much sunlight. Too much sun will lower the potency of the essential oils. Darker bottles, such as the ones that I suggested, will counteract these effects and will help it last longer.
What are the directions?
Making the shampoo is really easy.
- First, I measured out the ingredients and combined them into a mixing bowl. I whisked them until smooth and then poured them into my shampoo bottle.
- I then put a small amount over my head and gently massaged it into my scalp for a few minutes. Once I was done, I rinsed it until I could not longer feel it in my hair.
Congratulations, you’ve just made your own all-natural healthy shampoo!
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