Who doesn’t want to flaunt shiny, great-looking hair? Having dull hair can be very frustrating, and many women and men are always on the lookout for the best shampoos available. Unfortunately, there are numerous brands on the market, however, one can never be too sure which ones do not contain toxic ingredients. It is time to stop buying the shampoos and hair products and make your own shampoos that are all natural and most importantly chemical free.
Why use homemade shampoo?
The shampoo is usually made of various ingredients many of which are quite harsh and strip the hair of its natural oils which leaves it dry and dull. Many of the elements in the shampoos on the market today affect the hair follicles by reducing their size, cause irritation and drying of the scalp leading to the development of dandruff. If you aim to limit your exposure to potentially toxic ingredients, especially if you are carrying a child and, nevertheless, want to look amazing. Then learning how to make shampoo and conditioner for yourself is the way to go. Homemade shampoo is made using readily available natural ingredients and is cheap.
Ingredients to avoid in shampoo
In recent times, people are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle by ensuring to take a healthy balanced diet and working out. What many are not aware of is that something they use in their everyday life such as shampoo or conditioner can turn out to be harmful to them. Some of the ingredients to avoid hair products include:
- Parabens – They are present in cosmetics as well as shampoos to prevent the growth of bacteria. They have been associated with breast cancer.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) – Like many other detergents, SLS provides the foam that we dearly love. Sulfates help wash oils from your hair hence the reason why they are present in many commercial shampoos and conditioners. Unfortunately, they leave your hair dry.
- Ammonium lauryl sulfates – Robs the hair’s natural oils and damages hair making it weak. They can also irritate people whose skin is sensitive.
- Triclosan – It is an antibacterial agent suspected to cause cancer in humans because it belongs to the chemical group known as chlorophenol. Triclosan also causes neurodevelopmental disorders as well as congenital disabilities.
- Formaldehyde – It is a known carcinogen making it even scarier. Research indicates that formaldehyde is taken in through the skin.
- Sodium chloride – Present in beauty products to make them have a thicker consistency. It causes dryness and irritation of the scalp which in the end may result in hair loss.
- Dimethicone – It is another form of silicone which makes the hair look shiny but also causes the product to build up causing the hair to feel greasy.
- Fragrances – Many cosmetic companies use this term as a way of preventing copycats by not disclosing some ingredients which might be harmful.
- Diethanolamine, monoethanolamine, and triethanolamine – They function as emulsifiers and foaming agents in shampoos. The use of DEA, MEA, and TEA causes skin irritation, dermatitis, cancer, and allergic reactions.
Ingredients that are safe to use
You don’t need to spend a fortune to make your hair look clean and shiny. The best organic shampoos are safe to use because they contain natural ingredients. Include the following safe ingredients in your homemade natural shampoo and conditioner:
- Lauryl glucoside – Can be used as a surfactant instead of the sulfates. It is derived from sugars and lipids making it a natural product. It is excellent for those with sensitive skin.
- Herbs – They add a scent to shampoo, and one can use them either when fresh or dry.
- Vegetable oils – They nurture and make your hair look glossy and shiny. Some of the best natural shampoos contain coconut, olive, palm, and jojoba oil.
- Essential oils – They add an excellent fragrance to your shampoo. Essential oils have an added benefit of reducing dandruff and are excellent for hair growth.
- Water – You will have to dilute your DIY shampoo before use.
Recipes to use for your homemade shampoo
Rosemary stimulates hair growth and prevents premature balding.
- Pour ½ cup of boiling water on to ½ a cup of fresh rosemary leaves
- Steep for about 15 minutes
- Combine with other shampoo ingredients like castile soap, xantham gum, lemon up, and jojoba oil.
The result is great if you know how to make slime with shampoo.
Olive oil shampoo
Olive oil is an excellent natural shampoo and conditioner. Adding the olive oil to hair makes it silky soft, shiny and also repairs damaged hair.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive in the microwave for 30 seconds
- Massage the oil to your scalp and hair every day.
Using coconut milk for hair can increase its thickness by adding body to it. It is also a great DIY hair conditioner. It keeps the scalp pH balanced.
- Mix 1 teaspoonful of honey to 1 cup of coconut milk in a bowl
- Add 4 – 5 teaspoons of castile soap and stir
- Once incorporated well, the shampoo is ready to use
Aloe vera shampoo
It combines aloe vera gel with castile soap. Aloe vera is excellent for cleansing and promoting hair growth and is a natural shampoo.
- Combine liquid castile soap with aloe vera gel, almond oil along with vitamin E in a bowl.
Baking soda shampoo
Washing hair with baking soda is the easiest way to get that shiny hair you want. It is used as a clarifying agent. It prevents product build up.
- Mix one tablespoonful of baking soda with 2 cups of water
- Massage on scalp and hair.
Storing your shampoo
You have learned how to make your own shampoo and now have your natural homemade hair conditioner. All you need now is a way to preserve and increase its shelf life because you cannot always be creating the product whenever you need it. Some simple ways you can use for preservation include; refrigeration, freezing, store in clean containers, or add essential oils such as lemon and rosemary.
Many DIY shampoo and homemade conditioner recipes exist online that promise results but do not work. Differentiating the ones that will work for you and those that won’t is a must-do. When choosing a particular recipe, one has to understand their hair type and what their scalp needs.