The number of shampoos on the market today is staggering. But despite the vast selection, very few all-natural shampoos are available for the discriminating user. Most commercial shampoos, even ones labeled “organic,” are full of harmful chemicals that the savvy consumer will want to avoid.
So how can you find a completely natural, healthy alternative for cleansing your hair? As with many things in life, the best way is to make it yourself. Though this may sound intimidating if you are accustomed to purchasing ready-made products off the shelf, it need not be. Making your homemade shampoos for natural hair can be quick, easy, and inexpensive.
Even if you have unsuccessfully attempted making your own natural shampoos in the past, give one of these easy homemade recipes a try. All three of them are designed to provide enough cleansing power to really get your hair clean, but without the harsh stripping action found in so many commercial shampoos that leaves your hair dry and brittle.
The first easy homemade natural shampoo is based on African Black Soap. African Black Soap is made traditionally in Ghana, and can easily be purchased online. It is made from a secret recipe (each tribe has their own variation), from the ash of various local plants, including cacao, shea, plantain, and palm. This ash is combined with water and local oils such as coconut and palm to create a soap that is renowned for its ability to heal a wide variety of skin ailments.
To make your own African Black Soap shampoo, simply chop or crumble 4 TBSP of the soap into very small pieces, and combine with 2 tsp of glycerin or honey, 3 tsp of grapeseed oil, and 1 cup of very hot distilled water. Put all ingredients into a shampoo bottle or glass jar, and shake well until combined. The mixture should keep well for at least a couple of weeks.
If you have trouble getting your hands on a bar of African Black Soap, or would simply like to try a different recipe, coconut milk shampoo may be right for you. Coconut milk has a number of beneficial properties for hair. When applied directly to the hair, it is reported to boost hair growth, as well as reducing the number of hairs lost. Coconut milk is also said to slow down the graying of hair and control dandruff. It moisturizes the hair as well, making it smooth, soft, and shiny.
Coconut milk alone will probably not provide the cleaning power you require of a shampoo, however, so this recipe will combine coconut milk with liquid castile soap. Liquid castile soap is a pure soap made from saponified olive oil and/or other natural oils, and is readily available in drug stores and health food stores.
To make coconut milk shampoo, simply mix 1/4 cup liquid castile soap with 3 TBSP coconut milk, 1 tsp safflower oil, and 1 tsp distilled water and shake well. This mixture should last a few weeks, and can be followed with a rinse of apple cider vinegar if it seems too drying to the scalp or hair.
Finally, if you have a commercial or homemade shampoo that is too drying, but you don’t want it to go to waste, you can add moisturizing properties that make it usable. Simply mix 1 TBSP of the original shampoo with 1/2 tsp each of melted coconut oil, jojoba oil, and glycerin or honey. Add 1/4 cup distilled water, and shake well.