How to Make Your Own Hair and Body Wash
I'm going to try to make my own 'shampoo and conditioner' with some online help. I'm also going to:
- Add some Tea Tree (or Lavender?) Essential Oil to the shampoo to help with dandruff.
- Use olive oil as an intensive conditioner occasionally.
- Make a homemade mouth wash: Mix a small amount of water with a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, a drop of tea tree oil and a drop of peppermint oil will leave your mouth feeling fresh for a long time. It helps eliminate bad breath as well as kills germs.
TheDoctorsTV.com Conditioner for Normal Hair
Combine these ingredients; coat roots to end of hair and let sit for 15-30 minutes. Then shampoo and condition as usual. In the winter you can do this once a month; summer = every other month.
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp mustard
DIY Shampoo & Conditioner
Here is one excerpt from http://www.ehow.com/how_4476481_own-shampoo.html
- To make shampoo combine 1 Tbsp. baking soda and 1 cup of warm/hot water in a measuring cup. Stir until mixture is crystal clear. It should look exactly like water. Never change the ratio of water to baking soda! Pour mixture into an old bottle of some kind and use immediately. It's really that simple. And it works.
To make the conditioner combine 1 cup water and 1-2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar. Pour into a bottle or container of some kind and use immediately. It detangles the hair and makes the scalp feel like a million bucks.
In the shower get your head wet as you would with normal shampoo and then pour your mixture over the head slowly, paying attention to the scalp rather than the hair. Once your entire scalp has been cleaned, wait 1 minute, then rinse your head well. Expect to have difficulty running your fingers through your hair. I suggest not doing it at all, the water rinses the hair nicely by itself. Now, pour the apple cider vinegar mixture over your head, once again paying attention to coating the scalp rather than the hair(the hair can't help but get done along the way). You can leave it on, or rinse, your choice.
DIY Shampoo for oily and itchy scalp
Excerpt from http://www.buzzle.com/articles/itchy-scalp-shampoo.html
You can make a classic oily itchy scalp shampoo using baking soda. Just take baking soda in a bowl, amount will depend on length of your hair and mix it with water to form a paste. Before you use this apply extra virgin olive oil over your scalp and hair. Leave it for 20-30 minutes. Now use this paste of baking soda to clean your hair and scalp. Apply it thoroughly over your entire scalp and hair length. Now wash off with water. Make sure no traces of this paste are left in your hair. Finish by apply apple cider vinegar and then rinsing it off to have shiny hair and get rid of itchy scalp.
How to No 'Poo
Here is an excerpt from the website http://www.naturemoms.com/no-shampoo-alternative.html
Dissolve about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in just enough water to make a paste. Apply this to your roots only; work it in and let it sit for a minute.
In order to stimulate blood flow, clean your pores and get off built up grime, use your finger tips to scrub your scalp. Start by making a circle on the top of your head in the area you’d wear a crown. Focus on the back of this circle to begin with. Next, fill in the circle. This is where your part will be; grease here affects the way your hair looks. Trace while still scrubbing with your fingertips around the bottom edge of the circle. Keep making scrubbing circles underneath each one, drawing lines in circles around your head.
Lastly, scrub the back of your skull and your temples/sideburns. This will result in less grease and more growth. After doing this, your scalp will feel alive. Many women swear their hair grows faster after a visit to the salon — it does, and this massage method is why.
When scrubbing, you’re actually rubbing your fingers back and forth in short movements. Be gentle; you don’t want to break your hair. Next, pour about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup and add water. (I keep two plastic 12-ounce cups in my shower and just mix when I get in.) After you rinse the baking soda out, pour the apple cider vinegar over the ends of your hair, let it sit for a minute and then rinse it out. That’s all there is to it!
No 'Poo Troubleshooting
Remember, there is a transition period from two weeks to two months depending on the person. Here are a few tips:
• If your hair becomes frizzy, try using less baking soda or leaving it on for a shorter period of time. Adding honey may also help.
• If your hair becomes greasy, try using less apple cider vinegar, switching to lemon or lime juice, leaving out the honey, and/or using a comb instead of a brush. Also, make sure you’re applying the apple cider vinegar just to the ends of your hair.
• If your scalp itches, try the following essential oils; tea tree, lavender, rosemary. If your hair becomes dry, try a tiny bit of oil (any oil, I use olive) smoothed on bottom of hair.
Ready to make the change? Sure! Don’t be afraid to go no 'poo. You know how to do it! Enjoy the journey – you’re on your way to a healthier you!
© Christi Colvin is a certified labor assistant and photographer with one three wonderful children and a stellar husband. http://www.christicolvin.net
- Add 10 drops of flavoring or essential oil to the mix. Essential oils are the best (and all natural) option; however, flavoring oils are less expensive and may suit some budgets better. Popular flavors include peppermint or wintergreen, but you may also want to try clove, anise or tea tree oil as well.
- Add water in small amounts, while stirring, until you reach a paste-like consistency. If you or your family prefer a more gel-like toothpaste, try adding 3-6 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin.