As with many other cleansers we use on our bodies, shampoo can become addictive for your hair: the more you use it, the more your hair comes to rely on it to stay healthy. Plus, whatever you use to wash your hair is being absorbed into your hair and skin on a regular basis, and that could be scary if you can't trust your shampoo ingredients. You can check the health of your beauty products on the Cosmetics Database safety review... you'd be surprised at how unsafe some greenwashed "all-natural" brands of body products are!
Aside from all that health stuff, making my own shampoo is cheaper than buying it. That's good enough for me!
Here's a simple recipe for home made shampoo that actually works:
Shake up the baking soda, water, and herbs together in the bottle... and that's it! I added the mint and lavender for a nice scented shower experience, but they're not necessary. I'd also like to try rosemary or lemon rinds.
- 1 T baking soda
- 1 C water
- clippings of mint and lavender from the garden for fragrance
- an old shampoo bottle to mix and store it in
Because the bubbling of the baking soda is part of the cleaning power, some people recommend making one-time-use servings while you're heating up the water before your shower. I made about 3 servings at one time and so far it seems to be working fine. This is also a good idea for travel shampoo to take in your carry-on bag during this airplane liquids ban: Just pack a container of baking soda and mix it with water when you get to your hotel!
As a complementary home made conditioner, you can just use diluted apple cider vinegar. The vinegar works off of the baking soda to shine and detangle hair, and it actually leaves no smell after it's washed out.Lavender photo by LpstkLibrarian // Used under Creative Commons License