Natural Shampoo Recipes

Care For Your Hair

By: - Hair - August 29, 2011
natural shampoo recipes care for your hair

Many people today prefer to use natural remedies and natural ways to solve problems or get things done, especially when it has to do with their bodies. With so many manmade chemicals in products on the market, it really is impossible to know how these products, including soaps and shampoos, are really affecting us. Developing your own natural shampoo recipe can be the perfect way to steer clear of these chemicals and can actually make your hair more beautiful, shiny and strong.

Starting with a natural shampoo recipe that serves as a base is a great way to customize your shampoo. A simple recipe is ¼ cup of distilled water, ¼ cup of unscented Castille soap and ½ teaspoons of jojoba, grape seed, or any kind of light vegetable oil. Simply mix in a bottle, shake gently before using and wash your hair. There are several ways you can alter this natural shampoo recipe.

To energize your scalp and leave your hair smelling great, take the basic recipe and add 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint oil.  If you have dry hair, start with a liquid shampoo or shampoo bar recipe with a basic recipe then add ¼ cup of aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of glycerin and ¼ teaspoon of avocado oil. Is your scalp irritated? Try the basic shampoo bar recipe but substitute the distilled water with distilled water that has been steeped with 6 chamomile tea bags. You should also add 1 ½ teaspoons of glycerin. Even if you have dandruff you can use natural shampoo. Again, use the basic recipe and add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons of natural apple juice and 6 finely ground cloves. This one you should mix in a blender and it will spoil, so make sure you use it within a few days of making it.

For those who many want a bar, there are excellent shampoo bar recipes as well. For a basic shampoo bar, you need 4 ounces of castor oil, 2 ounces jojoba oil, 4 ounces of sunflower oil, 3 ounces of palm oil, 1 ounce cocoa butter 8 ounces of coconut oil, 8 ounces of distilled water and 3 ounces of lye. You will need to heat and pour this into a soap mold. It usually takes 3-4 days to set fully, but once it has set, cut it into pieces and let the pieces cure for about 4 weeks.  Adding trace essential oils can change the scents and benefits of the shampoo bar as well, giving it the exact traits your need.