Not long ago I was having a conversation with one of my sisters about shampoo. She has incredibly thick, coarse hair and if left unattended, it gets a little out of hand. And by “a little,” I mean outrageously out of hand.
This got us wondering; is her shampoo to blame? Besides the fact that she rarely styles her hair (how are we related?!) her shampoo is the one product that could possibly be affecting her fro.
A quick run through of the ingredients list had me tossing her current product in the trash. Full of parabens and hair drying added fragrances, it was time to come up with a healthier alternative.
Doing what I do best, I took to the web to find some hair’spiration.
After some serious research and a little trial and error, we narrowed down our field to two requirements: pH balance and some serious moisturizer.
Turns out many of us ignore our scalp and this affects our hair. Since your scalp is skin, we have to be aware of its pH balance.
As you probably know, fluctuations in your pH can cause breakouts and all other sorts of skin issues.
Flaky and dry scalp or even super oily scalps can cause your hair to react in different ways. By tackling the pH problem first, we’re one step closer to infusing your hair with natural goodness that will leave it looking lustrous.
So with all of that being said, allow me to teach you how to make your own natural shampoo, won’t you?
How To Make Your Own Natural Shampoo
Incredibly easy to make and store, you only need two items to make your own natural shampoo that is not only good for your hair, but balances the pH perfectly!
- 1 1/2 cups Full Fat Coconut Milk
- 1 3/4 cups Aloe Vera
And that’s it, just 2 ingredients! I know, it’s awesome…and I’m awesome for creating such a simple shampoo for my sistah! I’m also incredibly humble…as you can tell. *wink*
Once you have your two ingredients, simply:
- Whisk together both of your ingredients before pouring them into a clean ice cube tray
- Place the trays in your freezer and let your shampoo freeze (I know, it sounds wacky, but stick with me!)
- Keep them in the trays or transfer to a tupperware container for future storage
- When ready to use, pull out one cube of shampoo
- Give it time to warm up, then like any other shampoo, use a quarter-sized amount.
This shampoo will not lather, but fun fact; a hearty lather does not mean the shampoo is good. Really rub that shampoo into your scalp and locks (root to tip). Rinse out like usual.
This shampoo isn’t like your typical store bought product. Being natural, it may take some time to get used to, but after a week or so you’ll start to notice all it has to offer.
Honey, My Hair’s Silky Shampoo
Now that we’ve tackled your pH balance, let’s focusing on restoring the moisture in your hair.
Honey is a humectant, which means it locks in moisture. By using raw honey in a shampoo you can infuse your locks with hydration and then lock it in for safekeeping. Here’s how I do it:
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (local, if possible)
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops carrot seed oil
Now that you’ve got those ingredients, just:
- Over very low heat, dissolve your honey then add in the water
- Remove from heat as you continue to stir it all together
- Add in your drops of oil and give it a good whisk
- This may seem a bit watery, but I assure you this is how it’s supposed to be
- In the shower, wet your hair then add half the mixture to your hair and scalp
- Give it a good hearty massage, then rinse
- Because honey and carrot seed oil are especially moisturizing, don’t worry about following up with a conditioner
Converting from toxic shampoo and learning how to make your own natural shampoo will take some time, but your scalp and hair will benefit immensely.
Next time you look in the mirror and aren’t loving what you see, opt for one of these natural shampoo alternatives. Trust me, your hair will love you for it!