Ever looked on the back of your shampoo or conditioner bottle and realized how many ingredients were in that little bottle? And not only that, but how many of those ingredients can you actually pronounce? Many of these ingredients are harsh chemicals that end up doing more damage to not only our hair, but our skin as well. Stop throwing money away on store-bought shampoo conditioner and make your own at home instead.
DIY – Shampoo
Next time you run out of shampoo, hold on to the empty bottle and repurpose it as you create your own shampoo. Making your own shampoo is very simple and only requires a few ingredients.
- Pure liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s)
- Green tea (1 cup, brewed for 30 minutes)
- Olive oil
- Honey, organic
Make your green tea first, allowing it to steep for at least 30 minutes. After the time is up, discard the tea bag and pour the green tea into your bottle. Next, combine 1 cup of the castile soap, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of pure, organic honey into the bottle. Shake it up real well until thoroughly mixed. You can also add some fragrance to your shampoo by adding in your favorite essential oil.
To target your specific hair type or problem, replace the green tea with a handful of fresh herbs (or a spoonful of dried herbs) steeped in boiling water for 30 minutes. Choose your best herb according to the suggestions below:
- For dark hair, add some sage leaves
- For greasy hair, incorporate yarrow
- For fair hair, add marigold flowers
- For dandruff/itchy scalp, add come nettle leaves and burdock root to your shampoo
DIY – Conditioner
Replace your old conditioner with a simple vinegar rinse 2-3 times per week. Not only will this vinegar rinse leave you with tangle-free locks, but also shiny and enviable hair as well. Replace that toxic-laden store-bought brand with your own safe and effective combination.
- Hot water
- Apple cider vinegar
- Your favorite herbal tea, 1 bag (for fragrance)
Place 2 ½ cups of hot water in your chosen container, then combine ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, ¼ sprig of rosemary, and your chosen bag of herbal tea. Place the lid on and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Then, combine well. Use as needed on the days you condition.
DIY – 2-in-1
For a quick and easy 2-in1 combination, combine one lemon, freshly peeled, and one peeled cucumber into your blender and blend. Massage this mixture into your wet hair for a natural shampoo and conditioner combination.
You can easily save yourself money, and save the health of your hair, by making your own shampoo and conditioner at home. Making your own at home, you will know exactly what goes in it, and that none of it is tested on innocent animals. Have fun with it, and enjoy your homemade hair care!