Shampoos do not have to come in fancy bottles and cost a small fortune. In fact, you can have healthier, shinier, and more manageable hair by combining a few everyday ingredients. You many have some of these around your home and will not need to purchase them. Try these simple homemade shampoo recipes and you may never buy your shampoo at the store again. Your hairdresser will be sure to notice the difference the next time you visit their salon.
Most commercial hair products contain harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. Some of those chemicals are what makes a luxurious lather when you shampoo your hair, but they do not contribute to making your hair any healthier or cleaner. In fact, some of those ingredients strip out the scalp’s natural oils. The body overcompensates and creates even more oil, producing even greasier hair.
One of the least expensive homemade shampoos is also the easiest to make. Pour one cup of water and one tablespoon of baking soda into a plastic squirt bottle. Keep adding those two ingredients in the specified amounts until the bottle is full. Shake the bottle vigorously before use to make sure the baking soda particles have dissolved. Squirt the mixture onto the hair and scalp, massage for a couple minutes, and rinse with clean water.
You can make this shampoo thicker by adding small amounts of oat flour until you reach the desired consistency. Arrowroot powder or cornstarch will also thicken the mixture. Another option is to combine equal parts oatmeal flour and cornstarch and add it to a bottle containing the baking soda and water.
If your hair is oily, add a few drops of sweet orange, lime, or lemon essential oil to the baking soda and water mixture. Every few weeks, treat your hair with an egg yolk mask. Mix two teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice with two egg yolks and apply to the head. Leave it alone to settle for a minute or two, allowing the yolks to bind with the oils. Use warm water to rinse out the egg yolk treatment.
Another natural shampoo recipe starts with one-quarter cup each liquid castile soap and distilled water in a plastic spray bottle. Add two teaspoons avocado oil and a one-eighth teaspoon each tea tree, and peppermint essential oils. Shake well before use. To give the mixture a little body, add one teaspoon of vegetable glycerin. You can also add up to 15 drops of your favorite essential oils for fragrance.
Cucumber contains silicon, calcium, phosphorus, sulphur sodium, and other nutrients critical for healthy hair growth. Lemon is a natural cleanser that can remove build up left by commercial shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. Lemon also aids in healing a dry scalp. To make a nourishing shampoo, place one peeled cucumber and one peeled lemon in a food processor. Mix to a runny paste consistency and apply to hair. Lemon tends to stick to the hair, so be patient and rinse thoroughly.
If you have dry hair, this recipe can restore the shine, and it acts as a shampoo and conditioner all in one. Combine one-quarter cup of water with one cup of organic castile soap in a plastic bottle. Add one tablespoon of tea tree essential oil and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Add whatever essential oils you like best for fragrance.
Avid swimmers always have a tough time during the summer because harsh pool chemicals take their toll on the tresses. To keep hair from turning green, try this recipe containing one-quarter cup almond, olive or avocado oil, four ounces of castile flakes, and approximately one quart of water. Pour boiling water onto the flakes and stir. After the mixture cools, add your choice of oil, and place the mixture in a plastic bottle.
You can follow your favorite natural shampoo treatment with a homemade conditioner that strengthens hair, improves texture, and soothes an irritated scalp. Steep a couple tablespoons of black tea in boiling water for five minutes and strain. Add chopped mint leaves to a couple cups of water and boil the mixture until approximately one cup of liquid is left. Strain the liquid and let it slowly cool. Combine the mint and black tea infused liquids and use it as a rinse after using your shampoo.
You must be patient when switching from commercial hair products to homemade recipes. Your scalp will need time to adjust as it balances out the oil production. You should notice the full results within a couple weeks. When you replace your regular hair products with treatments made with all natural ingredients, you will discover that you do not have to shampoo as often to maintain a healthy, shiny head of hair.