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Homemade Natural Shampoo Recipes



By Tiffany Moore


Casually pick up a bottle of shampoo from the shelf of your local drugstore, and you are likely to see a whole flock of strange unpronounceable names printed on its ingredient label. Many of these seemingly harmless tongue-twisters – diethanolamine, phthalates, and diazolidinyl urea – can have potentially dangerous effects on your health, ranging from hair loss to severe skin irritation and cancer.



Let’s take sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) for example. This synthetic substance, commonly found in a wide variety of commercially prepared shampoos as well as shaving creams, liquid soaps and bubble baths, works as a foaming agent to give your favorite shampoo a rich, foamy lather that makes you feel ultra clean.



However, the trouble with sodium lauryl sulfate is it can do more harm than good. According to FDA reports, the health risks associated with long term use of SLS can include irritation of the eyes and scalp, swelling of the hands, face and arms, scalp rashes, dandruff and hair loss.



If that doesn’t scare you, how about this – reduced male fertility, and breast cancer. When SLS is absorbed through the skin into the body, it can mimic estrogen (female hormones) and play serious havoc with endocrine glands that release your hormones, which can trigger off the mentioned health problems.



The best thing you can do to avoid harsh chemicals and irritating additives is switch to a sulfate-free shampoo (often has coco glucoside and gylcerine) or an organic and natural shampoo made with safe ingredients such as sunflower or olive oil, or goat’s milk.



If you don’t want to dole out more cash for big brands like Jonathan Product Sulfate Free Infinite Volume Shampoo, Inova Professional Silk Keratin Smooth Protection Sulfate Free Shampoo, or John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo, here’s the frugal alternative – make your own shampoo at home using natural things that won’t put a strain on both your health and wallet.



Chamomile flowers, hibiscus leaves, aloe vera, honey and eggs are good examples of natural ingredients that you can use to create homemade organic shampoos and conditioners.



If you have an annoying dandruff problem or looking to stop hair loss, ginger as well as apple cider vinegar will help solve your hair dilemma.



What I have here to share are 3 simple homemade hair shampoo recipes that my children and I absolutely love. Not only are they super quick and easy to make on the weekends, they also contain remarkable restorative properties that leave dull frizzy hair feeling really soft and smooth as silk with a lingering hint of fragrance.



What’s more, the natural homemade shampoos will boost your scalp health in the long run, which in turn improves the texture and strength of your mane so it stays in its best condition –  divinely glossy, voluminous and free of split ends.



Another lovely plus about them is you can change the recipes around to address your current hair situation, or if you don’t like what I have suggested here. For instance, you can use lavender, rosemary, sandalwood or geranium as essential oils instead of avocado oil for dry hair.



Cedarwood, thyme and clary sage essential oils are ideal for normal hair while hair that gets oily quickly will greatly benefit from the cleansing and clarifying properties of  lemon, peppermint and cypress essential oils.



If you are wondering whether you can use only castile soap and leave out the remaining ingredients, the answer is “yes”. Simply take an old shampoo bottle, fill it halfway with castile soap and finally top up with water. Try Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. It is non-irritating, incredibly mild and gentle enough for babies too.



For those having a hard time getting hold of castile soap, then check out this exceedingly simple-to-create, no-lather shampoo and conditioner. Get these ready – 1 teaspoon baking soda and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar – and place them into 2 separate cups.



Add ¼ cup water to baking soda cup. Wet your hair as usual, and gently work the mixture through hair thoroughly for 1-2 minutes. Rinse well.



Then pour the same amount of water into the cup that has vinegar. Apply to hair ends, and then wash off completely. Hair will be left squeaky clean and totally free from product buildup.





DIY Shampoo Recipes



Homemade Herbal Shampoo for Normal Hair






Place chamomile flowers in a pot. Pour in boiling distilled water. Cover and let it steep for 20-30 minutes. Strain and add castile soap flakes.


Transfer the shampoo to either a glass or plastic bottle and use it to wash your hair every day. This herbal shampoo recipe makes about 1 quart of shampoo.


Other recommended herbs for normal hair: horsetail, red clover, marigold, or lavender.





Homemade Natural Rosemary Shampoo for Oily Hair






Place sage and rosemary in a pot. Pour boiling distilled water. Cover and let it steep for 25-45 minutes. Add castile soap and jojoba oil into the herbal infusion.


Transfer shampoo to a resealable container and store in a cool place.


Other recommended herbs for oily hair: nettle, peppermint, tea tree, orris root and lemongrass.





Organic Aloe Vera Shampoo Recipe for Dry Hair






Place all the ingredients in a pot. Mix well to combine. Transfer shampoo to a plastic bottle. Shake well before using.



Other recommended herbs for dry hair: comfrey root, red clover, lavender, elder flowers, and marigold.



Apply about 1 tablespoon homemade organic shampoo on wet hair, and allow to sit for a couple of minutes. Then rinse thoroughly in lukewarm water. The shelf life of homemade natural shampoo is about 2 weeks after making.





Note: You can find the ingredients to make homemade shampoo in most drugstores, locally or online.


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