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Homemade Shampoo - Make Your Own Shampoo or Go No Poo

Homemade shampoo is trending! Many people want to know how to make your own shampoo, while others are going no poo. Video instructions and recipe for making castile shampoo and a baking soda cleaner.

Tips for Properly Shampooing Your Hair

  • Wash your hair every 5-7 days. As your body adjusts, the oil levels it secrets will as well, saving you time, money, and making your hair healthier.
  • Do not wash your hair in super-hot or super-cold water. Make sure your hair is completely wet before applying your shampoo.
  • Use only a quarter sized amount of shampoo (conventional; slightly more if using this castile shampoo recipe). A second "rinse and repeat" is not necessary.
  • Apply shampoo directly to the scalp. That is the point of shampoo; to clean the scalp.
  • Skip the dryer and opt for a towel instead to keep your hair more healthy.
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    Homemade Shampoo Recipe

    First, we'll make castile shampoo. This is the recipe for shampoo that I personally use. You'll need:
  • 1 c Liquid Castile Soap
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¾ tbsp. Almond Oil
  • ¼ c Water
  • 10-15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Recycled Shampoo Bottle or Spray Bottle
  • Pour the castile soap into a bowl. Add the water, apple cider vinegar, and almond oil. Stir. Add in the essential oil. I use tea tree for my body care products, but you can use any essential oil that you are fond of. Pour into a recycled shampoo bottle. Shake before using.

    This homemade shampoo is very thin and runny compared to your typical store bought shampoo, though you will experience that "squeaky clean" feeling while shampooing. You may feel as though your hair is a slightly greasier after drying, but this is healthier. Conventional products strip the natural oils out of your hair, drying it out. This causes the scalp to produce more oils to compensate, which is why you might have greasy hair if you skip shampooing for a day or two.

    Now, with the addition of the castile soap, you might be wondering just how this homemade shampoo recipe is frugal, right? Well, it comes down to knowing what you're putting on your head. The detergents and cleansers in commercial shampoos have been questioned recently, as many moms feel that they may not be healthy for us or our children. Many moms, therefore, pay several dollars a bottle for shampoos that are detergent free, and this recipe will save you money over that.

    But for those who are looking for even more savings, and who typically purchase inexpensive $1 shampoos, OR for those "green" moms looking for an even more environmentally friendly homemade shampoo, I challenge you to go "no poo".

    What is No Poo?

    Quite frankly, it's going without shampooing your hair at all. Ever. You just rinse and comb. It's all the rage right now, among moms who dislike unknown toxins as well as those in the know in beauty circles. But there is a period of adjustment for your body. You'll want to start out by washing your hair with a baking soda mix (followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse) to take away some of the excess oil while your body adjusts to producing the right amount of oil that your hair will need to keep healthy. This could take anywhere from a few days to a few months.

    No Poo Recipe

    To make your own shampoo - er, no poo- you'll need:
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 c hot water
  • Spray bottle
  • Put your hot water into a bowl. Add the baking soda and stir until dissolved. Funnel into a spray bottle and shake well.

    To use, wet your hair well, and spray a generous amount of no poo into your hair. You will not get any sort of bubbles. Scrub well. Rinse, and follow by homemade conditioner or rinse.

    More tips on no pooing can be found here: http://no-poo.livejournal.com

    If you get a white residue in your hair, you may be using a little too much baking soda. Everyone's body is different, so try using less baking soda in your next batch. Or, put a handful of baking soda in your hand and make a paste in the shower, rubbing it directly into your scalp. I've tried this in the past, but I always manage to get more baking soda wet than I intend to.

    If you decide to go no poo, your hair will need to detox for a couple weeks, as your body adjusts to producing the right amount of oils. Your hair may feel grimy and greasy during this time, but push through and you should be rewarded with shinier, healthier hair.

    Will you be giving no pooing a try? Why or why not?

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