Wouldn’t life be sweeter if we all knew how to make our own products that we use daily? I’m talking about dish soap, hair products, and shampoo, shoot even car cleaner. I’m pretty sure there are people who do this! So, now it’s time for us to hop on the band wagon. Let's start with knowing what DIY means. It’s an acronym for “Do It Yourself.” Learning how to make everything yourself is actually not a bad idea. If you think about it, do you really know what you’re putting on your skin? Or even inside your body? That answer is probably going to be a hard no. Especially, our shampoos, we really don’t know. They’re so many different kinds for many different types of hair. Being able to make it yourself allows you to have full control over what you’re putting in your hair. So, keep reading below, and we’ll go over a couple of recipes to get you started!
1st Recipe Ingredients- Coconut Milk DIY Shampoo• ¼ cup coconut milk (homemade or canned) • ¼ cup liquid castile soap • 20 drops of your favorite 100% essential oils (peppermint, lavender, rosemary, etc.) • For dry hair, you can add ½ tsp of extra virgin olive oil or almond oil Once you get all of your ingredients together, get yourself either an old shampoo bottle or even a pump bottle if you choose, and combine them all together. Close the lid and make sure you shake the bottle really well. Giving it a good shake will ensure all products are blended well. Then, store your DIY Shampoo in the shower or somewhere in your bathroom. Keep in mind this recipe is only good for 30 days, so try not to double the amount unless you use a lot of product while washing your hair.
Benefits of this RecipeThere are many benefits to this shampoo recipe because of its various ingredients. Lets learn the benefits of the various key ingredients.
Coconut MilkAs I mentioned earlier, it’s great to make your own products because you know exactly what you’re using. There are far too many ingredients that we don’t know about and far too many chemicals that are being put in things we use every day. Now, there’s no more guessing. In this recipe, we used coconut milk. It has an amazing source of protein and natural oils, which of course keeps your hair shiny and moisturized. This product would essentially take the place of ‘sulfate’ in your regular shampoo. Sulfate, is an ingredient that’s in about 80% of shampoos if it’s not all natural. Sulfate does nothing but dries out your hair and skin. The sulfate-free formula also isn’t good. It does the same damage but not as much. So stick with coconut milk or any other base you may be able to find that’s natural.
Castile SoapCastile soap is very alkaline. Which means using too much, can mess up your hair’s pH balance. So stick to the measurement that’s listed in the recipe. However, when used correctly, castile cleanses the hair and scalp very well and adds super shine all throughout.
100% Essential OilsThere are well over 100 different types of 100% essential oils which all have different benefits. The ones that were included in this recipe were a great mixture of benefits but if you want to use another type of oil feels free!
Peppermint OilThe most important benefit of this oil is that it can naturally allow the hair to become thicker. This is great for those who may be experiencing any loss of hair or thinning. It also stimulates hair growth by causing the blood to circulate while being massaged while you are washing your hair. It nourishes damaged hair by repairing the hair follicles. Also, when you purchase these oils, they should come in a droplet tube, making it easy to add the 20 drops.
Lavender OilThis oil is one of the best; it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. So even if there may be some kind of hair problem that you’re facing or don’t know you’re facing, you’re able to help fix it and help keep your hair healthy, the natural way.
Rosemary OilThis oil can actually be found in popular brand shampoos. Its biggest feature is that it helps nourish the scalp. Anyone who deals with dryness or a flaky scalp will benefit greatly. So as you’re massaging (washing) your scalp you’re cleansing it by removing all dead follicles. For the optional step of adding extra virgin olive oil, for anyone who normally has dry or oily hair, this oil is a natural conditioner! No need to shop a high-end beauty store searching for a good conditioner, just head to your local supermarket to pick it up. It has an abundance of antioxidants, which leaves the scalp super healthy and shiny! That was all the benefits of your very first DIY Shampoo. Remember, you can always use other 100% essential oils in your mixture. By adding additional oils, you’re feeding your hair more nutrients. Now, the next DIY Shampoo recipe literally has two ingredients, and it’s also my favorite. It’s super fast to prepare and has great benefits.
2nd Recipe- Apple Cinder Vinegar Cleanse• 1 Part apple cinder vinegar • 1 Part cool water When preparing for this recipe, there is no exact measurement. If you want just a half bottle, then that’s what you make. It’s best to pour ingredients into a spray bottle, for easy application. Always remember to use cool water, too. Using hot water will burn your scalp. (Even when rinsing out, don’t use hot water). Pour the ACV into the bottle, and wherever you stopped at, you want to double that with water. For example, if you did want a half bottle, pour ACV to the middle of the bottle, then the water line would be filled to the top since that’s double the amount. Lastly, give the bottle a good shake and spray directly on your scalp, and then spray on hair. Bonus tip: When rinsing hair, follow up with your favorite conditioner to remove any excess smells of the vinegar.
BenefitsApple cider vinegar is one of the oldest multitasked products out there. ACV is high in acetic acid with a high pH level. Although you can use this product whenever you need to, it’s really great for the winter months. For a lot of us, those bitter months can have a big effect on your hair, causing excessive dryness. Using ACV will clear up all cases of dandruff and dryness within minutes. As you can see, not everything has to be bought from a store anymore. You’re able to recreate your favorite everyday products right from your home. The greatest thing about the DIY shampoo is that you know you’re giving your hair the best ingredients it needs. There’s no more guessing the meanings of those big words on the back of the bottles. Your product is now 100% natural. Lets us know if you try any of these DIY shampoo recipes or if you have any of your own. Leave a comment and share the knowledge with us. Hope to hear from you guys!
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