Making my own goodies is a joy for me and I’m excited to present my first tutorial on this blog: DIY shampoo! Why make your own shampoo? Of course, it is more natural and sustainable than buying over-the-counter shampoo. In most commercial shampoos there are ingredients such as surfactants and detergent. Those ingredients cause the shampoo to foam up and helps remove the mess, dirt, and oils from your hair and makes it feel clean. However, your hair is being stripped of natural oils and the shampoo is drying out your hair and it is causing you to use more products than needed to make up for the lack of moisture.
There are a lot of healthy and clean shampoos on the market and I’m not against using them and testing them out. However, DIY’s is my way my way of living a healthy life and some of the ingredients I used are Fair Trade certified (Dr. Bronner’s Castile oil soap I got at the buck session!). This DIY shampoo only has 6 ingredients. These ingredients can be bought at Target, natural grocery stores, Amazon, and really anywhere.
There is a downside to using DIY shampoo and it will take some time for your hair to get used to it. If DIY shampoo is something you want to be committed to using, try a hair rinse with water and lemon (1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon with eight ounces of water. Shake in a spray bottle and use after shampooing). Your hair will feel different but it is detoxing from on the chemicals its been observing for years. Give it time, your hair will get used to it.
This tutorial is my own spin on a recipe I got from a DIY book I got as a gift: The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty by Sunny Subramanian and Chrystle Fiedler. My first time trying out the recipe I did follow it step-by-step. It did work well for my hair but I was annoyed the shampoo was watery and thought of different ways to make it more thick and gel-like so I decided to change a few things.
This is the original version down below from the book! They called it Peppermint Pow! Stimulating Shampoo.
- 1/2 cup of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Oil Liquid Soap (I get the mild baby soap because it’s gentle and I can add scents to it later)
- 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil (got mine from Trader Joe’s but most natural grocery stores it)
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
- 60 drops of peppermint essential oils
- 20 drops of lavender essential oils
- Water to match your preferred consistency
In a measuring cup, I mix in the aloe vera gel and jojoba oil and I added enough to the 1/4 cup line.
After mixing the oil and gel, I mix in the liquid soap
I put in the essential oils
I mix a little water to make it a whole eight ounces
With my small funnel, I poured the shampoo into my glass bottle
Did I reach my goal of creating a thicker, gel-like shampoo? No. It is still watery and I realize liquid soap is like that and the shampoo is half liquid soap. My hair however felt clean and soft and I didn’t feel the need to use conditioner the first time using it. I’m also realizing we live in a society where foam means cleans and that is not actually true. Like I said earlier, some of the ingredients in commercial shampoo foams up and is over drying your hair. I’m getting us to the new way I am washing hair and what works for me 🙂