DIY: Make Your Own Shampoo

Did you know that up until the 1930’s women never shampooed their hair? True story.

In fact, shampoo as we know it today wasn’t even invented back then, meaning that our grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and great-great-grandmothers actually used good old natural soap and water to clean their hair.

So then why is it that we ladies nowadays feel as though we have to shampoo, condition, pre-condition, and style our hair with different products each step of the way?

Consumerism, my friends, plain and simple.

No longer I say!

Today I put my foot down and teach my fellow shampoo-lovin’ sistahs how to train their tresses to no longer rely on store-bought shampoo just to feel as though their hair is squeaky clean.

Whether your hair is straight or full of curls, I have a DIY solution for all my girls.

But first, ever wonder what your favorite shampoo is really doing to your hair?

The Damaging Effects of Shampoo

Thanks to years of targeted marketing, we have been taught that if we don’t use this shampoo or that conditioner our hair will become a tangled mess of greasy, damaged, frizzed-out dreadlocks.

Well, that’s not entirely true. Actually, it’s the exact opposite.

In reality, store-bought shampoos actually strip your hair of it’s natural oils, or sebum, that our scalps produce.

And get this: these oils are essential to the health of your hair. Meaning you want this sebum, hell, you NEED it!

Especially you girls with curls. Speaking of that….

A Natural Shampoo For Curly Hair

Being that curly hair is usually quite dry, and shampoo only dries it out more, this quick DIY shampoo and rinse will help to restore moisture, shine, and manageability to your locks.

To start, mix 1 litre of boiling water with 1/4 cup of baking soda. Shake your mixture until your baking soda is fully dissolved, and wait for your mixture to be cool to the touch. Then apply your cleansing rinse liberally to your hair, give it a good scrub, and rinse well.

Follow up your cleanser with a mixture of:

–      3/4 cup of water

–      1/4 cup of pure apple cider vinegar

–      2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel

–      1 tablespoon of honey

–      8 drops of peppermint oil

–      8 drops of tea tree oil

Make sure to shake your rinse before squirting it all throughout your hair and scalp. Let it sit in your hair for a few minutes until you feel the ‘tingle’, and then rinse well.

You may notice a faint vinegar smell, but that can be easily covered by adding more peppermint oil to your mixture.

It may take a while to get used to this method, but if you stick to it you should notice your curls looking far less frizzy as well as having a nice healthy sheen to them, not to mention the money you will save!

Of course, not all of us have curls or need to go that extra step.

A Natural Shampoo For Straight Hair

Unlike our curly-haired sistahs, this DIY shampoo only requires one step, meaning you don’t even need to shower! Bonus.

All you need is a small bowl, a clean, dry spice shaker, and:

–      8 – 10 drops of your favourite essential oil

–      2 tablespoons of corn starch

–      2 tablespoons of rice flour

–      2 tablespoons of arrowroot flour

Begin by pouring your ingredients together in a small bowl, and vigorously mixing it together for a few minutes to make sure it is well combined.

Then pour your mixture into your spice shaker and shake it directly onto your roots. If you prefer a more targeted cleaning, shake some into your hands and apply it directly to your scalp, roots, and hair.

Follow that by brushing the powder through your hair to ensure it’s evenly distributed, style as you normally would, and go!

Easy. Cheap. Natural. Does it get any better than that?

So, whether you have curly hair or straight, if you can stay dedicated to your new shampoo and ride out the first few days of greasy hair, you should be able to condition your tresses to no longer depend on chemical-laden shampoo.

Can someone remind me again why I spent all those years throwing away money on store-bought shampoo?

MISS Guest Blogger Vanessa is the chief blogging babe for BesSkincare.com where she blogs and vlogs about all things skincare, including the best microdermabrasion machine, as well as handy DIY tips and tricks such as how to make your own moisturizer. The best part about her job? She gets to help her readers look and feel their very best!

Photo via Flickr: beverlyislike

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