When I started researching homemade shampoo I was too nervous to try it out, there are ALL KINDS of recipes and conflicting information. I’d just bulked up on shampoo that would last me for about five months, (since my hair is short and I only wash it twice a week), so I didn’t have incentive to work on the shampoo problem when so many other things had my attention. Now my shampoo stash is dwindled, and it’s time to buy more… or find a Do It Yourself Shampoo solution! And keeping in mind that chemicals are expensive, cleanser is not, I’m determined to find a natural cleanser that works for my hair.
I have thick oily hair that sometime has dandruff if I use regular cheap shampoo, so for years I’ve been using a heavily chemical dandruff shampoo. Over the months that I’ve researched alternates to shampoo, enthusiastic yet too afraid to actually attempt anything, I’ve come across these various ideas in books and blogs:
♥ Baking Soda & Apple Cider Vinegar
♥ Honey and Apple cider mixture http://nuannaarpoq.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/toss-the-poo/
♥ Corn Starch and Baking Soda http://blog.freepeople.com/2012/10/diy-dry-shampoo-dark-light-hair/
♥ Corn Starch and Oatmeal http://beautifulbasics.onsugar.com/DIY-Natural-Dry-Shampoo-24744129
♥ Corn Starch and Cocoa Powder http://www.defrumpme.com/2012/02/diy-dry-shampoo-for-dark-hair.html
♥ Castile Soap http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/hair_shampoo.html
♥ Herbs and Castile Soap Flakes http://voices.yahoo.com/how-own-herbal-shampoo-1755879.html?cat=69
♥ Dried Herbs and Essential Oils http://www.healthyrootshappysoul.com/2013/04/toxic-free-diy-mini-series-herbal.html
♥ Tea Bags and Castile Soap http://voices.yahoo.com/make-own-shampoo-6649152.html?cat=69
♥ Soap Nuts http://cheerfullyimperfect.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/diy-soap-nut-shampoo-works/
♥ Sugar and Honey http://backtocurly.com/2010/10/brown-sugar-honey-scalp-scrub/
♥ Egg Yolk and Honey http://www.hairboutique.com/blogs_p/index.php/2012/12/30/di/
♥ Rain Water http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/hair_shampoo2.html
♥ Borax (NOT Boric Acid) http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/hair_shampoo.html
♥ Fresh lemons http://www.loving-it-raw.com/homemade-shampoo.html
♥ “Lemon and Cucumber Shampoothie” http://www.loving-it-raw.com/homemade-shampoo.html
♥ Using Water Only, with a boar bristle brush:
I hope having all that info in one list of links helps you in your search for keeping chemicals out of your hair and body. For myself, after reading all that information, and all the comments beneath the posts, I was a little dizzy, however, thru Ockham’s Razor, the simplest answer is the one to try first and is often correct, so I’ve decided to try Water Only. If that doesn’t work, I may try using Castile Soap, or perhaps the Baking Soda method. I realize that I’ll have to go through a tough stage between shampoo to no shampoo, so I’ll do an update post about DIY Shampoo in a month or so! Wish me luck!
07/08/2013 UPDATE! See the updated Post here: DIY Shampoo – Update!