If you are interested in living a more natural lifestyle, you may want to try using an organic shampoo and conditioner rather than a traditional set of hair care products. And if you are feeling extra ambitious, you can make a simple version of your own organic shampoo at home.
Following are some suggestions and instructions on how to make organic shampoo at home.
How to Make Organic Shampoo at Home
If you want to save money and natural resources, making your own organic shampoo can be a great way to live in a simple manner.
Using natural ingredients to make organic shampoo can be fairly simple, and you can tailor your formula to your own desires and preferences.
Depending on whether your hair is straight or curly, whether you have a dry scalp or oily, organic shampoo that you make can provide an opportunity to customize your hair care regimen.
Organic Shampoo Base
The first thing to do to make organic shampoo is to create a base. Then, different ingredients may be added to the base to create your special formula. A few varieties of the base are available to make, and the best one is simply chosen according to personal preference and taste.
The main ingredients used in making a base are typically a soap or baking soda.
Organic Shampoo Base Recipies
There are two popular organic shampoo base recipes. The first recipe mixes 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 cup water. This simple mix can be applied directly to the hair (shake before each use) and massaged into the hair and scalp.
This mixture cleanses the hair and then it can be rinsed first with apple cider vinegar or white vinegar followed by water, or simply with water.
The other popular base recipe for natural shampoo calls for equal parts liquid Castile soap and water. Mixed thoroughly together, this can be used in the same way as a regular shampoo, about one tablespoon for single time use.
One additional, less common shampoo base recipe uses coconut oil and aloe vera gel as the main ingredients. By mixing these two ingredients in approximately a one-to-one ratio. These can be frozen in ice cube sized trays and kept in the freezer and thawed one cube at a time when ready to use.
This particular base seems to provide a more pH balanced formula than some of the other organic shampoo bases.
Best Organic Shampoo Recipes
Once you have made your base with liquid Castile soap you may determine which natural and organic additions you would like to make. Various herbs and oils have properties which are beneficial to various hair types such as conditioning, smoothing, or anti-itch.
Lavender Flower Organic Shampoo Recipe
Mix dried lavender flowers, dried rosemary, and dried chamomile together and placed into 1 1/2 cups boiling water to steep for 30 minutes. After straining this mixture can be combined with 1 teaspoon jojoba oil, 1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil (or another preferred scent of essential oil), and 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap.
For purposes of freshness, this recipe should be stored in the refrigerator and shaken before each use. A small amount may be kept in the shower for up to a week.
Organic Shampoo Recipe for Dry Hair
Combine ½ cup of liquid castile soap, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon tea tree oil, and 8 tablespoons water.
Mix thoroughly and place in a bottle. Add a few drops of any essential oil if desired, and use as you would any shampoo.
Natural Shampoo for Summer Blondes
Using 4 ounces of Castile flakes mixed with a liter of boiling water and adding ¼ cup Jojoba oil brings the blonde shine out in your hair. It also protects hairs from the sun’s harmful rays and pool’s harmful chlorine.
For extra shine, add two tablespoons Rosemary to the boiling mixture and let it steep for 20 minutes. Strain and add ½ teaspoon Lemon oil for freshness and shine.
Learning how to make organic shampoo may take a bit of time and may require a few ingredients. Some of the ingredients may not found in your kitchen cabinets but can be purchased easily. Once you have them, you can make many batches of organic shampoo for a fraction of the cost of buying it.
Organic products are free from dangerous chemicals and don’t have any side effects.