I have a confession to make…I don’t use regular shampoo.
I don’t like all the ingredients in there, like surfectants, detergents, sls. Don’t even get me started on the foaming agents! The chemicals in the common shampoo are not good for your body at all. Since your skin (scalp) is the largest organ of your body, and it absorbs whatever you put on it, why would you do that?
Of course, you could give the argument that you rinse it out quickly and that the absorption is minimal. But, even minimal is too much for me. Yeah, I’m crunchy that way.
Besides, the chemicals also strip your hair of natural oils and your body works twice as hard to keep up, and thus hair gets greasier if you don’t wash it every day.
There is also the argument of less trash. Reusing bottles and having ingredients that you already use for other stuff? Totally green! I have reused the same shampoo bottle for about 3 years now.
When I tried the baking soda/ACV method,
I could never get the vinegar rinsed out completely and always smelled like someone was coloring eggs or something. So, I gave that up. Then, I found out how to make my own homemade shampoo!
This recipe took my hair about 3 weeks to really adjust and not be all “dry and fly-away” and NOT be overly greasy. My normally wavy, frizzy, dry, fine hair is now much easier to manage.
So, here’s my homemade shampoo recipe:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup castile soap
- 1 tsp peppermint essential oil
- 1 tsp rosemary oil
- 1/4 tsp almond oil
Pour all ingredients into a bottle, and gently swish to mix. Use 1-2 Tablespoons each time.
I don’t use conditioner, as my baby fine hair would get weighed down.
Just a touch of coconut oil on the ends once or twice a week is good. And, of course, I never brush my hair when wet, just gently comb. You don’t want to stretch or pull your hair when it’s wet, as it’ll break much easier. (learned that one in beauty school!)
Do you make homemade shampoo? What do you put in yours? Be sure to pin this for later!
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.
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