You probably have all the ingredients already at home, then why not just try it 😉 So easy and so cheap and no chemicals. Did you know that shampoo is actually not good for your hair but not good for your health also. Read more about no-poo method here or just google it 😉 But still haircare can be so individual and some say this method is not working for than and it makes hair dry and brittle and other are very satisfied with this and have to use it only once or twice a week. So google and read more if you are thinking of trying this and then decide. Right now it works for me and I don’t have to wash that often, I wash 2-3 times a week, before with regular shampoo I had to wash every day and at the end of the day my hair felt already dirty.
How Toxins Affect Our Health
You know that “just-showered” smell that lingers in the air? That is the work of a chemical called phthalates. In personal care products, phthalates are a scent fixative. In other words, they make smells last longer. The problem is that phthalates are a synthetic estrogen or xenoestrogen and mimic estrogen in the body. That means that particular class of chemicals affects every system in the body that uses estrogen – which is a lot.
This chemical is linked to thyroid dysfunction, early breast development in girls, and an increased risk of breast cancer. It’s also in the category of obeseogen because it is so closely linked to abdominal fat, insulin resistance, and decreased testosterone. It has also been tied to behavioral problems in kids. Phthalates are usually hidden as “fragrance” in your products. It was in EVERY one of my daily routine products.
What else should you be looking for?
As you may have guessed phthalates aren’t the only chemical toxin that impacts our health that we need to watch out for in personal products. Others include: parabens, triclosan, sodium laurel or laureth sulfate, mineral oil, propylene glycol (PEG), DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine), just to name a few. I won’t go into each one of these here but as you can imagine each one comes with it’s own set of warnings.
I have so many things I want to try and share with you- homemade lip balm, body wash and body butter, body and face mask etc. I found amazing Estonian website http://www.balscand.ee/htdocs. There I can order all the natural base oils, butters and essential oils for making my own beauty products. Also I can order containers and bottles to store and there is written thorough exlpination about every product and what they are good for. So I exited I cant wait my first order to arriwe. I think homemade body butters are perfect for gifts 😉
Making your own completely natural shampoo couldn’t be easier or more fun. There are many benefits to making shampoo yourself, it costs less, you can customize each shampoo to your specific hair needs, and most importantly, you will have a product that does not contain the list of toxins that store bought brands include. Making shampoo that is chemical and toxin free is not only beneficial for us, but for the planet as well.
As is the case with store bought products, there will be some trial and error before you find the exact combination of ingredients that suits your individual needs. In addition to the experimentation process, some people find that their hair takes awhile to adjust to the new, chemical free shampoo, mostly due to the fact that your hair is actually purging all the nasty build up that has been accumulating there for the last couple decades. I am a big fan of using baking soda to clarify the hair and start the process of ridding your hair of the years of chemical build up. And for eliminating residue and restoring hair to its natural ph, nothing can beat an apple cider vinegar rinse. I noticed a difference right away when I made the switch to my homemade shampoo, but it can take some people more time. So be patient, try different herbs and enjoy the rewards of going chemical free!
Do not expect homemade shampoo to lather like commercial brands. Almost all commercial products contain lathering agents, surfactants, like sodium laryl sulfate. We have become accustomed to think that suds equals clean, but that simply is not true. While your homemade shampoo may not make a head full of bubbles, it will clean, moisturize and protect better than its bubbly counterpart.
Another thing to consider with homemade shampoo is- it is a natural product and therefore does not have an indefinite shelf life. Just like food without preservatives, the shelf life is shorter than a chemical laden product. Homemade shampoo can last for almost a year if stored properly in an airtight container, preferably glass. You can keep the majority of your shampoo in a mason jar with a lid and then keep a small amount in an old shampoo bottle for use in the shower, since glass isn’t recommended in a wet, slippery place! Store shampoo in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight. If these conditions can’t be met, discard after 6 months.
To restore hair to it’s naturally acidic state, it is recommended to use a vinegar rinse after washing your hair with any shampoo, but especially homemade ones. You can read more about vinegar rinses below.
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda
- 1 cup water
This shampoo is completely safe for all hair types and will not strip your hair of its natural oils, unlike most commercial shampoo. This homemade shampoo will give best results when used with soft water.
Mix in double batches into a clean, repurposed shampoo bottle. Feel free to use whatever container you like, doubling up on ingredients until it’s full. Simply shake the bottle before each use and squirt directly onto scalp and hair. Gently massage into the scalp hair for a minute or two and rinse well.
For best results, follow with homemade conditioning rinse. The homemade conditioning rinse is imperative for restoring the pH of your hair and smoothing the hair cuticle. It will also keep your hair from feeling greasy/sticky after using homemade shampoos.
Add 6-8 drops of a citrus essential oil to your shampoo. Try lemon, lime, or sweet orange for controlling oil.
Be sure to shake your homemade shampoo vigorously to ensure the baking soda is completely dissolved into the water.
Massage baking soda shampoo into your scalp for at least 2 minutes.
Give your hair a few weeks to adjust to the change (like 2-3 weeks or more).
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
This conditioner is the best option for use after a homemade shampoo. Whether you are making a castile soap-based shampoo, or a baking soda-based shampoo, the vinegar rinse will smooth the hair and eliminate the greasy, sticky feeling some of these homemade shampoos may leave.
The apple cider vinegar in this conditioner smoothes the hair cuticle and balances the PH of your scalp and hair. This conditioner is safe for all hair types and gently conditions without coating your hair and scalp with waxy chemicals, unlike most commercial conditioners. After drying, your hair will not smell like vinegar. You can benefit your specific hair type and add lovely fragrance to your homemade conditioner by using herbs or essential oils.
For greasy or oily hair/scalp: add 6-8 drops of an essential oil such as bergamot, lavender, lemon, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, or ylang ylang.
For dry scalp and dandruff: add 6-8 drops of essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, sage, or rosemary.
Essential oils are concentrated liquids containing aroma compounds from plants. They have been used for centuries for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Essential oils can be used in place of herbs or to add fragrance to your shampoo. Almond, vanilla, and lemon oils can be used as long as they are not the type intended for baking. Check this page here for different uses and properties of essential olis.