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Our Favorite Homemade Shampoo Recipes

People choose to make their own shampoo for a range of reasons. Some people have allergic reactions or irritations to common ingredients in store bought shampoos. Others simply prefer to know what they are putting in their body or want all natural ingredients. Although there are many homemade shampoo recipes available online, our favorites are all natural and include ingredients which provide specific benefits.

Castile Soap and Olive Oil

This shampoo is incredibly simple to make because it only requires a cup of liquid castile soap, a quarter cup of olive oil and an eighth a cup of honey. It can be used as a body wash as well as a shampoo. Additionally, the olive oil can help encourage hair growth, fight dandruff and soften skin and hair all at the same time.

Castile Soap and Essential Oils

To make it combine a cup of water and a cup of liquid Castile soap. Then add in two teaspoons of either grape seed oil or jojoba oil. If you have dry hair, add in an eighth of a cup of aloe vera gel and if your hair is oily, add five drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil. You can also add in any other essential oil of your choice. The ability to pick the essential oils lets you customize the shampoo specifically for your hair type.

Besides the inherent benefits of essential oils, most have a wonderful fragrance. Used individually or combined, you can create a wonderful aroma. Some of our favorites are lavender, grapefruit (citrus), rosemary and mint (menthol). Here is some more information of using essential oils in hair products.

Coconut Milk

Many homemade shampoos that use coconut oil milk will make hair shafts feel a bit heavy at the end. This does include a store bought product, but the rest is all natural and in fact, this combination is easier to make for those mixing homemade shampoo for the first time. Combine a quarter cup of coconut milk, a third cup of an organic baby shampoo, a teaspoon of either almond oil, olive oil or vitamin E oil and between 10 and 20 drops of essential oils. This is completely customizable so you can choose oils that are best for your hair type.

If You Have Long Locks

This shampoo is specifically designed for those with longer hair although it can work well for all lengths. One thing to keep in mind is that if you want to lighten your strands a bit, you should select chamomile tea. To make this one, combine a gallon of either a brewed tea of your choice or water with a half cup of baking soda, a quarter cup of castile soap, three teaspoons of xanthan gum and about 30 drops of your favorite essential oils.

Curly Hair

One of the most popular and simplest options is frequently referred to as the “no-poo” method and instead of using shampoo it involves mixing a quart of water and a quarter cup of baking soda. This makes our list because it can produce amazing results and is very affordable but there is a long period of adjustment in which the hair is greasy. Eventually, however, this shampoo works well and doesn’t add any chemicals.

Other Oils

After you have a base shampoo mix you like and have blended a fragrance (or non-fragrance), consider using one of several oils used in high-end hair products. Though used in more expensive brands, these oils can be bought and mixed for relatively low cost. So, what should you consider??...

  • Argan Oil - Derived from plants, Argan Oil is very good for improving shine. If your hair has dulled or has been recently treated (coloring, perm, straightened, etc), adding a tablespoon to a gallon recipe will really bring out the sheen. Argan Oil is also very good for smoothing-out frizz and helping repair damage.
  • Jojoba Oil - Again, plant derived, Jojoba Oil behaves similarly to our own oils in the hair and scalp. It is very good for increasing moisture and has a "dislodging" effect relative to build-up, dirt, grease, and residue.
  • Emu Oil - Emu Oil is derived from the fatty back of the Emu bird indigenous to Australia. This is a by-product oil as Emu's are raised similar to pork or beef. The oil itself is widely used in all parts of the East Indian Ocean region, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. The oil is a natural moisturizer with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It's commonly used for skin care treatment of wounds, burns and cuts. In the past two decades it has become very popular in shampoos and conditioners for moisturizing and helping treat sensitive scalp, scalp problems, and damaged hair. Though quite expensive (for Grade A), you'll be amazed how soft and smooth your hair will be. Read about some of the benefits.

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