If you have been following my blog posts, you may have noticed that I love making my own eco-beauty products like body lotions, scrubs, soaps and massage oils. Not only because it is a fun process, but the main reason is to stay as far as possible from toxic chemicals and animal testing.
They are not only responsible for severe damage to your body but they harm nature as well. Commercial shampoos and conditioners, and of course all other cosmetics as well, for vibrant, soft and beautiful locks are loaded with harsh chemicals and will damage your hair and scalp in the long term.
Many commercial shampoos contain a lot of questionable ingredients such as carcinogens, but there are many more reasons to make the switch and start making your own natural, eco-friendly shampoos safe for the whole family. Yes including your kids. But watch out for their eyes as those recipes aren’t tear-free.
5 Reasons To Make The Switch Today
- They’ll save you a lot of money. Like many of those homemade cosmetics, they are so much cheaper than the store bought alternatives. On top of that, they keep your pipes in a better condition, which saves expensive plumbing costs.
- Better for you and your family. Most of us don’t have a clue of what’s in their daily care products. There are no regulations by the FDA of what companies may or may not put in their products. Most of the bigger and well-known brands have been linked with the use of chemicals that may induce cancer, immunotoxicity, allergies and many other diseases.
- Stops greasy hair. Most commercial shampoos strip your scalp of its natural, protective oils. Our body reacts on this by producing more oil to keep itself in balance. This translates in hair that gets greasy really quick and needs to be washed every day.
- Eco-friendly, as you only flush natural compounds through your drain. You’re doing a big favor to nature by stop adding more chemical to our waterways.
- Animal-friendly, none of the used items are tested on animals, which can’t be said of most of the commercial shampoos on the market.
‘No Poo’ Didn’t Work For Me
Some people swear by using ‘no poo’, but that simply doesn’t work for my hair, even when using rainwater which is not hard, it still didn’t look good. There are many recipes out there for you to try, but those are some we really like and always use to keep our hair in a perfect, soft and shiny condition.
There are many natural shampoo recipes out there for you to try. Below you’ll find the ones we really like and always use to keep our hair in a perfect, soft, and shiny condition.
Since I’ve started to use those natural shampoo recipes, I don’t have to wash my hair daily, only 2 to 3 times a week. Keep in mind that we are all unique creatures so this can be different for each person and also the water in your shower can make the difference. At home, we use rainwater for the shower and toilets. Rainwater is much better for your hair and makes it more soft and vibrant.
Another thing to mention before diving into these natural shampoo recipes is to give your body and especially your scalp the time to adjust to these new hair care products. In the beginning, your hair may feel a little bit greasier but that’s normal as your body is trying to restore its natural oily balance. Give it at least a week or two the time before you decide to turn back to the harsh commercial alternatives.
Homemade Natural Coconut Shampoo
- ¼ cup coconut milk (preferably organic or homemade as they show better results depending on your hair type, but if not possible the normal canned stuff will do the trick)
- ⅓ cup liquid Castille Soap, like Dr. Bronner’s unscented baby mild (castile soap is a natural olive based product)
- ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil or several capsules
(optional, effective antioxidant, repairs split ends, damaged hair and deeply conditions your hair)
- 20 drops of essential oils of your choice.
- ½ tablespoon sweet almond oil (optional for dry hair)
- Combine all ingredients in a plastic jar (no glass, can be dangerous when it slips out of your hands in the shower). An old, thoroughly rinsed, a bottle of shampoo is an excellent way of recycling. If you want to use a foaming dispenser, which is possible, add ¼ cup distilled water.
- Shake thoroughly to mix all ingredients. And that’s how simple and cheap making your own shampoo is.
- Use approximately 1 teaspoon, depending on the length of your hair of course.
- Massage, gently, into your scalp for 1 to 2 minutes and rinse completely.
- The shampoo keeps in the shower for up to 1 month. Always shake before use.
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Homemade Tea Tree-Peppermint Shampoo
Not too fond of the coconut milk, then try this natural shampoo recipe.
- ¼ cup liquid Castille Soap, like Dr. Bronner’s unscented baby mild
- ½ cup distilled water
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- ⅛ tablespoon peppermint essential oil
- ⅛ tablespoon tea tree essential oil
- 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin (to give your shampoo a bit more body)
- Other essential oils to your liking (optional)
- ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil or several capsules
Same method as described above. Combine all ingredients and thoroughly shake.
All Natural Green Tea Shampoo
- 1 cup pure liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s
- 1 cup green tea (a spoonful of dried green tea leaves, steeped for 30 minutes in 1 cup of boiling water)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
Again the same method. Pour all ingredients into a plastic jar and shake well. You may want to use other herbal tea infusion depending on your hair type. Steep a handful fresh leaves or a spoonful dried leaves for 30 minutes in 1 cup boiling water. Sage leaves are excellent for dark hair, yarrow works well for greasy hair and marigold flower is your option for fair hair. For dandruff use a mixture of nettle leaves and burdock roots.
All Natural Conditioner
This is a simple vinegar rinse. Use this as a conditioner up to 2 to 3 times a week for shiny and detangled locks.
- 2 ½ cups hot water
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ sprig of rosemary
- 1 spoonful or bag of a herbal tea of your liking, just for a great smell or add some essential oil to your liking.
- Pour the water into a plastic container and add all other ingredients.
- Shake and allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes.
- Shake the mixture before use.
- Use ¾ of a cup and rinse thoroughly after each time you condition.
Blend 1 lemon and 1 cucumber until smooth. Massage the mixture into your hair and rinse thoroughly. The cucumber acts as a conditioner and the lemon takes care of the cleansing.
Did you try my recipes or do you have other experiences with DIY hair care products please leave your comment below.
Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.