The reason why we should make shampoo by ourselves is that we can use all-natural ingredients, avoid all of the fillers and irritants commercial makers use, scent it any way you want, and customize it to suit your hair’s needs.
Before we go any further, let’s look at what an effective shampoo should do.
Cleanse the hair: Shampoo helps to remove dirt and soil from the hair and scalp. Sebum, dust and styling products build up on hair over time, and shampoo is needed to remove them, without being too harsh and removing beneficial lipids on the hair.
Close the cuticle: The cuticle is the outermost layer of the hair and resembles roof tiles. If the tiles are nicely closed or laid down, they protect the underneath surface. A good shampoo will make sure that cells of the cuticle are laid flat, thus protecting the underneath layers from damage.
Balance pH of hair: Hair needs a slightly acidic pH in order for the cuticle to be closed down, and to decrease the static electricity which causes tangles and damage to the hair.
When we assess whether natural DIY shampoo recipes are any good, we’ll consider if they’ll help with these three things: cleansing the hair, closing the cuticle and balancing the pH level.
Keep reading to learn how to make your shampoo at home!
Basic Shampoo Ingredients:
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup castile vegetable-based liquid soap
- 1 teaspoon light vegetable oil or glycerine (omit if you have oily hair)
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Combine ingredients, mix well, and put in a recycled shampoo bottle. Use a palm-full of the shampoo or less to lather once, and then rinse with warm water. This homemade shampoo is thinner than commercial shampoo and it won’t suds as much — but it will eliminate oil and grime just as well as the over-the-counter stuff.