I figured I’d finally share because I’ve been loving this shampoo since summertime and it’s helped me to really love and stop fighting with my hair! It’s far cheaper and better for your hair than any shampoo you could possibly buy, and it’s easy to whip up! I wouldn’t recommend making the full recipe if you are just using it by yourself because it lasts forever and you don’t want any bacteria to form. After the initial transition period of my hair getting used to not being stripped of it’s natural oils I’ve come to a routine of only having to wash my hair every 3-4 days, depending on the weather/hardness of water (my hair gets oily faster at my boyfriend’s house because they have very hard water). I only use about 2 tbsp. of shampoo each time I wash so I would estimate that a single 32 oz. bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (http://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/ROS.htm) at 17$ could last anywhere between 2-3 years depending on length of hair. Extremely cheap! The soaps also come 8 different scents (I’ve only tried Rose) so you can really play with the final scent of your shampoo. Doing a bit of research can help you pick a soap if you really want to tailor it to your hair, such as Tea Tree for dandruff or sensitive skin, Eucalyptus to stimulate hair follicles, etc. Also do some research if pregnant because some herbs need to be avoided as they can cause miscarriages. Aside from being a cheap shampoo, I love this recipe because my hair is now softer, smoother, far less oily and I don’t need to use any styling products! If you’re still unsure whether or not to try it, the soap also comes in a range of sizes, the smallest being 2 oz. for only 3$. Anyway, that’s the end of my speech, here’s the recipe!
Homemade Shampoo Recipe
- 1 cup pure castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)
- 1 cup green tea, brewed for 30 minutes (I like to add in a handful of fresh sage here because it supposedly enhances dark hair. I will list other optional ad-ins at the bottom. If fresh herbs aren’t available, a spoonful of dried herbs may be used)
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. honey (for a vegan shampoo I’m sure this can be left out although I’m not sure what a good alternative might be)
In 1 cup of boiling water, place 1 green tea bag and desired herbs. Leave to steep 30 minutes. Strain and place liquid in appropriately sized shampoo bottle. Add in remaining ingredients and give it a shake. Ready to go! I should mention that this is a very liquidy shampoo so you may desire a spray bottle but I just use a bottle with a very small hole and cup my hand which works equally as well. Because of the castile soap it still soaps up just fine!
Other optional add-ins:
- Yarrow for greasy hair
- Marigold flowers for fair hair
- Nettle leaves and burdock root for dandruff
I’m sure there are more if you do some research! A site I like is http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/, it has a large variety of herbs and essential oils and lists info about each one such as traditional use, properties, benefits, and what it mixes well with.
Thanks for reading and let me know if you try it! :)