You can make your own gentle shampoo in your own kitchen, using ingredients found on your cupboard shelves and setting in your refrigerator. If you like a shampoo that lathers, use liquid Castile soap. Castile is a gentle foaming soap. Just remember, shampoo does not have to foam to be effective.
Cleaning the hair consists of removing any dirt and debris from the hair, along with some of the oils that your scalp adds daily. Often, when you use a commercial shampoo, it will leave a residue on the hair shaft and on the scalp. This residue can cause itching and flaking of the scalp, as well as dandruff. Residue that accumulates on the hair shaft can make your hair lay flat and look oily, instead of making it bouncy and shiny; hence the need for clarifying shampoo. However, when you don’t use a commercial shampoo, there will be no residue to stick to the scalp or the hair. Your scalp is cleaner, free from irritation, and both scalp and hair will be healthier.
“No-poo” shampoo is gaining in popularity. This shampoo consists of substances that do not foam up to clean the hair. In its simplest form, some people just wash their hair with water, although I have never had success with that method. It just depends on your hair!!!
Mind you, I do have a warning if you color your hair: you run the risk of your color fading or even being removed when you use these homemade products. Before you use any of these on colored hair, you’ll want to test them on some hair that is relatively hidden.
- Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Cleanser
Apple cider vinegar may smell like you are putting salad dressing on your hair, but trust me, when it dries there will be no smell. Vinegar is a great pH balancer and will do wonders for your scalp, including the removal of flakes and dandruff. This is a no-poo formula that will not foam.
To use this solution place two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and add one and a half cups of water. Turn the spray nozzle on and spray in sections from root to tip. Massage this into both scalp and hair, then wait about three to five minutes before rinsing it out. Yes, you will smell like salad, but that will fade as your hair dries. Within 30 minutes your hair will be odor-free.
- Black Tea And Sage Shampoo
Only use this shampoo if you have dark hair, because it will stain your hair. Sage is known for keeping gray hair at bay and black tea does the staining. I know an older woman who swore her hair had only a touch of gray, simply because she used sage, rosemary, or thyme on her hair. When she passed away, at the age of 92, only the slightest wisp of gray hair was visible at her temples; the rest was a dark brown.
To conjure up this shampoo, brew one cup of strong black tea for about 60 minutes, along with one teaspoon dried sage leaves or three fresh sage leaves. Use a tea bag to contain the sage. Remove the solids and combine the tea into one cup of liquid Castile soap, in a bottle. Add a few drops of an essential oil, if desired. Shake the bottle before each use.
Coconut Milk Foaming Wash
Coconut milk adds many nutrients to the hair shaft; although hair is actually dead, it can still benefit from the right nutrition. This recipe will restore moisture to dry hair.
Take a can of coconut milk and mix it in a glass bowl with three quarters of a cup of liquid Castile soap and one teaspoon of olive oil. Melt one teaspoon of coconut oil and add it in, whisking the liquid until frothy.
Pour this concoction into a plastic bottle and apply it to wet hair. You only need a little bit on the top of your head. Don’t overdo it, or you’ll end up with greasy hair. A dot the size of a quarter should be enough. Comb it through your hair to the ends and rinse it well.