There are many ways to keep your hair looking healthy and beautiful, but one of the most basic ways is to keep it clean. People spend tons of money on commercial shampoos. While they can certainly be effective in removing dirt, dust, dead skin cells and other unwanted particles, they can be quite expensive. If you shampoo your hair every day or even every-other day the costs can really add up. That’s especially true when you factor in the cost of conditioner as well.
Another major issue about store-bought shampoos is that they usually contain harsh manmade chemicals. This can result in various problems including your hair losing color, getting weaker, or even falling out. The good news is that you can actually make homemade shampoos. The costs of the ingredients tend to be low, and they’ll also be easier on your locks, which is another plus.
Bake Up a Great Shampoo
Baking soda isn’t just for baking and keeping areas smelling fresh, but can also be used as shampoo. It’s a cheap household product that you can easily buy in huge bags at stores such as Costco. You can use the product for a wide variety of purposes including shampoo.
The main benefit of baking soda shampoo is that it can help to get rid of a buildup of particles that settle on the scalp from store-bought haircare products. Baking soda can help to remove the buildup. However, keep in mind that you should use rinse with vinegar if you use this recipe, as will help to keep your hair feeling light as well as fluffy. If you just use baking soda it could dry out your locks.
First, mix ½ cup of baking soda and 3 cups of water. This will be enough for many applications. Store the shampoo in plastic/glass containers. Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 cup water (warm). Then when you’re ready to use the shampoo, just shake up the container and add it to your scalp. Make sure to scrub it in.
After you’re done scrubbing the scalp using the baking soda, use ½ cup apple cider vinegar. If you want to have a less strong smell you can use standard white vinegar. You can also make a lighter mix by using 1 tablespoon vinegar mixed up with 1 cup of water.
Just Soap and Oil
One of the big benefits of homemade shampoos is that they don’t have to contain a lot of fancy ingredients. In fact, many effective shampoos just include 2 or 3 ingredients. This one is like that because the main recipe is Castile soap, and also includes a few other basic ingredients.
For this recipe you’ll need:
- ¼ cup of water
- ¼ cup of liquid Castile soap (this soap can be found at various sites including Amazon, is also available in an organic form)
- ½ teaspoon oil (this could be olive, grapeseed, jojoba, etc.)
Another key benefit of this homemade shampoo is that it’s a cinch to make. Just put all the ingredients into a glass or plastic bottle then mix them up. You’ll then be ready to shampoo your hair. It’s important to note that while many people have had positive results with this shampoo, some people claim that it results in a film being left on your hair. Some key factors in determining how effective this shampoo will be is the water type you use and your hair type. These are both key factors.
Coconut Milk for Your Coconut
For this recipe you’ll need:
- ¼ cup of Coconut milk (it’s advisable to use organic and also BP-free in order to make sure it’s as natural as possible)
- ¼ cup of Liquid Castile soap
- 20 drops essential oils (this can include rosemary, peppermint, orange, or lavender)
- You could also add ½ teaspoon live/almond oil (optional) for hair that’s dry
Combine all of the ingredients in a jar or shampoo bottle. You could even use a pump dispenser or foaming dispenser. If you use a foam dispenser you should add ¼ cup distilled water. The next step is to shake the container well in order to mix all the ingredients.
Use this mixture for up to one month in order to shampoo your hair. Make sure to shake the bottle before you use it each time. Also, use about 1 teaspoon of the homemade shampoo. When using a foaming dispenser, you can also use the shampoo as a shaving cream. Just make sure to use ¼ cup of distilled water in order to dilute the mixture.
Another Aloe Vera Recipe
This recipe requires:
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 ¾ cups of aloe vera gel (pure)
- Essential oils
First, use a wire whisk to mix up the ingredients after putting them in a bowl. Then pour the mixture into ice-cube trays. Put the ice cube trays into a freezer, then wait a couple of hours. You can then transfer them to a bag or container.
Keep an ice cube when you’re ready to use it in a small container or bowl in the refrigerator just before showering. Shampoo from the scalp to the ends of hair strands. Let it set 30 seconds then rinse thoroughly.
Soap, Oil, and … Glycerin?
This is another all-natural shampoo recipe that can help your hair look cleaner, shinier, and healthier. You’ll need these ingredients:
- ½ cup of distilled water
- ¼ cup of castile soap (soap)
- 2 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1/8 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
- 1/8 teaspoon tea tree essential oil
- 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin (for more body)
- 15 drops essential oils ( for scent)
First, put all of the ingredients in the list into a bottle. You can even use a used shampoo bottle. Shake the mixture well before you use it each time. Put a little shampoo on your head, then lather it up good. Massage gently into the scalp for 1-2 minutes. Then rinse out the shampoo totally.
One great feature of this recipe is that you can double or even triple it. However, make sure you use a large bottle. You can find all of the ingredients for his homemade shampoo at health food stores, or online.
Keeping your hair clean is one of the easiest ways to keep it beautiful. The above-mentioned recipes are some of the best ones to make your hair as healthy as it is clean.