Who doesn’t love a freshly washed head of hair? We do, which is why we’ve set out on a quest to come up with the best options for caring for your hair and cleaning it naturally. With just a few simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry, you’ll be on your way to beautiful clean locks in no time with our homemade hair shampoo recipes!
What’s Wrong with “Regular” Shampoo?
We, like many of you, have had our favorite “regular” shampoos that we “couldn’t live without.” But, when it comes down to it, shampoo is just as toxic as any other product we may be using in our homes, and why would we want to put those toxins on our scalps?
There are two basic problems with most shampoos: (1.) shampoo is a detergent and (2.) it contains chemicals. As a detergent, shampoo strips the hair of the healthy oil it produces. Likewise, shampoo contains an array of unpronounceable chemicals that may leach into the skin and bloodstream with regular use.
Should I Try “No-Poo” First?
If you’ve done any research on natural hygiene, you’ve probably come across the “no-poo” trend that literally involves using no shampoo. While this approach works for some, it doesn’t for others, which is why we’re offering you our favorite natural shampoo options.
How Do I Make Natural Shampoo?
Making natural shampoo is typically fairly easy. Read below for a few of our recipe suggestions and to see what natural shampoo you may want to try first.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is great for removing buildup, treating dandruff, and absorbing excess oil. All you have to do is mix a tablespoon of baking soda with 1-2 cups of water and use the mixture as you would a normal shampoo.
2. Lemon and Cucumber
This shampoo naturally cleanses and nourishes even the driest hair and scalp. To make it, peel a lemon and cucumber, toss them into a food processor, and let them form a smooth paste. Use the paste as you would a typical shampoo but be sure to rinse very well to eliminate any remnants of lemon.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV alone helps get rid of buildup, oil, and any other hair issues. If you mix it with 1 egg, fresh lemon juice, and olive oil, though, it’ll be even more effective.
Whether you have an “old favorite” or are looking for something new that works, try one of these three natural shampoos and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your favorite DIY shampoo recipe!
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