Healthy Hair

The modern age will one day be known as the Age of DIY. The list of things you can make on your own is increasing every day, with information and tools becoming more and more accessible to the public. 

One of the best things you can make on your own is simple, natural shampoo that will leave your hair feeling stronger and healthier. 

Why DIY Shampoo?

There are many reasons why you may be thinking about making your own shampoo. One of the main reasons people start making their own shampoo is cost. 

All brands markup their prices, because they know how desperate people are to look good. Beauty products are often outrageously priced, so many people turn to creating their own to save money. 

Another thing to consider is the lack of trust between consumer and big companies. With the worry of harmful chemicals being added to products for the sake of saving an extra dime, people are worried they don’t know for what they are paying. 

To avoid the worry, making your own shampoo is a fool-proof way to make sure you know exactly what’s going in your hair. 

Lastly, one of the best reasons to make your own shampoo is that it is much greener. The ingredients to make shampoo are very few, and can help you cut down on how much plastic you’re throwing away, ultimately reducing your carbon footprint. It doesn’t hurt anybody to try and be a little more “zero-waste,” and providing your own beauty products is an easy and fun way to do it.

The Recipe

Essentially, you’re really only looking at two main ingredients for a basic DIY shampoo:

2 Parts Distilled Water

1 Part Liquid Castile Soap

That’s right. That’s all it takes. For a bit of a harsher clean, feel free to increase the ratio of liquid soap to water. 

Ultimately, this may not seem like a lot, and the change may be shocking. Mix the two ingredients well, and you’ll be left with a product that is much thinner than the commercial products you’ve been using. Likewise, it won’t sud as much as other shampoos, but it only takes a palm full to eliminate much of the oil and residue in your hair. Rinse with warm water.

Bonus Steps

Essential Oils

For something extra special, feel free to add up to 7 drops of an essential oil for every cup of shampoo you make. You can also add some to your conditioner as well becase not only do these oils smell delicious and aid with aromatherapy, but oils such as cedarwood can encourage healthy hair growth, resulting in stronger and shinier hair. A reference guide for essential oils can expose you to other uses and precautions. 

For example, it’s important to test certain essential oils on a small portion of skin before adding it to any hair or skin products, to make sure you don’t have an unexpected reaction. 

Vegetable or Avocado Oil

If you have extremely sensitive skin or prefer not to use essential oils, reach for avocado or vegetable oil instead! Adding just a teaspoon to about a cup of your homemade shampoo can thicken the mixture, giving you a richer and deeper clean. People with naturally oily hair may want to skip this step, but it is a great addition for those want more moisture!

Thankfully, DIY shampoos are affordable and accessible to just about anyone. Keep in mind that different hair types may require different ratios and ingredients. Feel free to experiment to figure out your perfect concoction!
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