How to make natural shampoo at home
Homemade Natural Shampoo
Knowing how to make natural shampoo at home can save households large amounts of money in the long run. Environmentally conscious consumers may also favor natural shampoo over commercialized brands. Overall, however, people that enjoy homemade personal care products are interested in trying to reduce their exposure to artificial ingredients. People can choose different recipes for natural shampoo based on the type of hair that they have. People with very fine hair may need different shampoo recipes than people with very rough and strong hair. Customers can experiment with different recipes in order to find what works for them. There are certain basic recipes that should work for most people.
The preparation of natural shampoo is relatively straightforward. One excellent recipe involves mixing one third of a cup of liquid Castille soap, twenty drops of essential oils, one quarter cup of coconut milk, and a half teaspoon of Vitamin E oil. Ideally, people that are trying to minimize the number of artificial ingredients that they use should choose unrefined brands of coconut oil. Refined varieties of coconut oil have still been treated with bleach and other chemicals, even if it still may contain fewer chemicals than some commercial brands of shampoo. Choosing unrefined and organic coconut oil will allow customers to get as close as possible to using completely natural ingredients.
After mixing all the ingredients together and shaking them, customers should allow the shampoo mixture to stand. It won’t keep as long as processed and commercialized shampoo brands, which often have chemicals that were specifically added to extend their shelf-life, regardless of their health effects. However, this natural shampoo should last for about a month. Customers can keep the necessary ingredients on hand so they will be able to create new shampoo batches whenever necessary.
People can modify the shampoo recipe somewhat if they have problems with dry hair. Adding a half teaspoon of almond oil or olive oil can make all the difference. The oils can effectively moisturize a person’s hair. However, since the oils are mixed in with the other ingredients, they won’t make a person’s hair feel greasier in the process, which would be the case for a person that tried directly treating his or her hair with olive oil. Some people also add honey to the recipe as well, which may also serve as an effective moisturizer.
There is some debate about whether the essential oils that people use in homemade shampoo make a difference. Some people use lavender, rosemary, lemon, and melaleuca oils in their shampoo if they’re trying to treat or prevent dandruff or problems with dry scalps. There are some customers that say that adding clary sage to natural shampoo recipes can help strengthen brittle hair. Some customers use a combination of peppermint, lavender, rosemary, and cedarwood essential oils for addressing problems with hair loss. Other people like to choose from a wide variety of essential oils in order to find an appropriately pleasing scent. Customers will all have different preferences and results when it comes to therapeutic natural shampoo.