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One of the first beauty products that I made myself was shampoo but it has taken me almost 6 months to post about it because I tried so many different kinds. I had seen a lot of people posting about using baking soda shampoo in place of store bought shampoo because it didn’t have the chemicals and toxins that ordinary shampoos have. I was interested, so I tried it….for 3 long weeks. Every post said that there was an adjustment period where your hair will be a little more oily than usual. This is because your scalp is used to over producing oil due to the harsh chemicals in regular shampoo that stripes your hair. After the “adjustment period” your hair is supposed to be back to normal. The baking soda shampoo method did not work for me, my hair was so oily that the weight of it gave me a headache! So, I had to try something different.
I found a bunch of recipes for shampoo using castile soap and tried a lot of them, like 5 or 6 of them, each for about 2-3 weeks at a time. One had honey in it, one had coconut milk, but this recipe is the one that I finally found worked for me.
- 1 c boiling water
- 1-2 tbsp herbs (see list below)
- ¼ c Castile Soap
- 1/2 tsp Grapeseed Oil
- 15-20 drops of essential oils (see list below)
Put the herbs in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Cover and let sit for several hours. Strain out herbs and mix with all remaining ingredients gently then pour into a squeeze bottle. Let the shampoo sit for several hours before use. I like to use the squeeze bottles because the shampoo is watery and the bottle makes it easier to apply. Just spray some shampoo on, lather and rinse. You will be surprised at how much it lathers up!
You can follow this up with an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. Mix 1 c water with 2 tbsps of apple cider vinegar and apply after shampooing then rinse. You can adjust the ratio depending on your hair type more vinegar for dry hair, less for oily hair but just apply it to the ends of your hair. I use the rinse every other day because my hair is oily and it works great. There was an adjustment period for this shampoo method also, but for me it was only a few days before my hair started to feel normal again.
Suggested herbs to use for different hair types:
Normal hair: Basil, Calendula, Chamomile, Horsetail, Lavender, Linden flowers, Nettle, Parsley leaf, Rosemary, Sage, Watercress.
Dry hair and scalp: Burdock root, Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey leaf, Elder flowers, Horsetail, Lavender, Marshmallow root, Nettle, Parsley leaf, Sage.
Oily hair and scalp: Bay leaf, Burdock root, Calendula, Chamomile, Horsetail, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Lemon peel, Lemongrass, Nettle, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Witch Hazel bark, Yarrow leaf and flower.
Scalp conditions (dandruff, sensitive skin, inflammation, itchiness, dermatitis): Burdock root, Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey leaf, Eucalyptus, Horsetail, Lavender, Marshmallow root, Nettle, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.
Hair loss/thinning: Basil, Nettle, Rosemary, Sage.
Golden highlights: Calendula, Chamomile, Lemon, Sunflower petals.
Dark highlights: Black Tea, Black Walnut hulls (crushed or chopped), Comfrey root, Nettle, Rosemary, Sage.
Red highlights: Calendula, Henna, Hibiscus flowers, Red Clover flowers, Rose hips, Red Rose petals.
Suggested essential oils to use by hair type:
Normal hair: Carrot seed, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Thyme, Ylang Ylang.
Dry hair: Carrot seed, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Orange, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.
Oily Hair: Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tea Tree, Thyme, Ylang Ylang.
Scalp conditions (dandruff, sensitive skin, itchiness, inflammation, dermatitis): Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang.
Hair loss/thinning: Basil, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Ylang Ylang.
I used non-scented castile soap, peppermint essential oils and rosemary infused water. I love it and I will never go back to using store bought shampoo again!
UPDATE: A few times I’ve run out of shampoo and didn’t have time to steep the herbs, so I used essential oils instead. I use about 30 drops of essential oils in total, so the amount of each depends on how many different oils I’m adding to the shampoo. For example, I normally use 15 drops of rosemary and 15 drops of peppermint. If I wanted to add lavender also, I would only use 10 drops of each oil. So far, this method has worked great, if not better!