There is a lot of controversy with natural shampoos. Some on the market I find still have a lot of junk in them. They are still full of fragrances and lots of additives. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good ones on the market but when it comes to things like shampoo. There are much better ways we can clean our hair that will help with both hair health, hair growth, hair strength, split ends and even things unrelated to hair. Your overall health may improve as well. ( With the exception of lifestyle obviously.)
When I was looking for healthier ways to wash my hair I looked to a few different places for ideas. Well known Herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar offers a few good recipes for shampoo and apple cider vinegar rinses. Not only does she offer the recipes but she also offers a lot of wonderful information on natural hair care and using different herbal rinses for different purposes.
I have been using her natural shampoo recipes as inspiration to make my own and I must say. At first, I was really hating the transition period. My hair was soo used to the regular market shampoos that transitioning to something more simple and clean was really difficult at first. Then I realized that, I should probably not just jump into it. So for at least a month I washed my hair every three days and transitioned between the regular market shampoo and the home made shampoo. I did this for about a month until I went full blast natural shampoo, but I needed something to help me with those oily days. I was not about to use a dry shampoo due to all of the harsh chemicals in that power packed little bottle. So, I did what I try and do best.. look for an alternative.
And so I experimented! I heard that cornstarch was a great alternative to help remove moisture, but we didn’t use that in our house, instead we used arrowroot starch, so I gave it a try! To my surprise, it worked fabulously!!!
Now, you can fancy up a container of arrowroot starch to your liking, adding some essential oils for scent, but I got lazy and just used it right out of the jar I purchased it from. (Not the same one I used for cooking). On another note, the shampooing was working great, but what about conditioner?!?
I looked everywhere for a natural conditioner recipe, but I couldn’t not find anything good, but then I stumbled across the apple cider vinegar rinses again. The findings for improvements after using apple cider vinegar were amazing. So, what did I do? I gave it a try!!!
I have now been using my Natural Shampoo recipe for about 5 months now and I use an herbal infused vinegar for hair rinse about two or three times a month..and ill tell you what type of improvements I have experienced.
-My hair has grown significantly faster
-My hair feels stronger
-No more split ends
-My hair has amazing shine
-My hair is much softer
-My hair has lightened (Due to the hair lightening herbs I have used)
and best of all.. My hair no longer sheds!!! So let me share with you the recipe I have been using for the shampoo.
For the Shampoo ingredients I am using:
Distilled water, Organic Castile Soap with organic hemp oil, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Rosemary Essential oil, Dried Calendula, Dried Comfrey and Dried Chamomile.
For the Apple Cider Vinegar I am using:
Brags Apple Cider Vinegar, Dried Calendula, Dried Comfrey and Dried Chamomile.
When you do your vinegar rinses, you don’t HAVE to infuse it with herbs, it works just fine by itself if your really looking to do something quickly. However, if you do decide to infuse the apple cider vinegar you must give it sometime to steep and infuse. By doing this you can take a pint size mason jar fill it half way with your herbs of choice and then cover it with apple cider vinegar, stir and then put a lid on it. Put it in a sunny window for 4-6 weeks and shake when you remember.
When you use your vinegar rinse, I dilute it 1/4 cup vinegar to 3/4 cup water for oily hair. (For dry hair 50:50).
When you make your shampoo, start by bringing 1 1/4 cup of water to a boil.
Place your herbs in a mason jar or measuring cup.
When your water has come to a boil, pour your hot water over the herbs and let it steep for about 30 minutes.
Your castile soap to water or “Tea” ratio should but 1:4
So you should have 1/4 cup of castile and 3/4 cup water or “tea” when you mix. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil and about 1-2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel.
Strain your herbs from the tea, add the water to your castile soap along with the essential oils and aloe gel.
Now although the texture of this shampoo takes some getting used to, you might go through it quickly as it is thinner than regular shampoo, but the good thing is, its easy to make. After using it for a while you wont even know the difference because you will be aweing over your new hair (;
I swear a natural shampoo is the way to go, I don’t think I will ever go back to the “regular” stuff..