If you’ve been on Pinterest, or any number of other social for a while, you’ve probably seen “no ‘poo” methods pop up here and there.
I once went for an entire month washing my hair with nothing but baking soda and vinegar, and unfortunately, couldn’t seem to get rid of the build up on my scalp with it.
So I went back to Pantene, which made me sad because… well, you’ve seen the long list of ingredients on shampoo bottles. Shudder.
Our scalps absorb a lot of what we put on them, so it’s important to be careful what you’re washing your hair with. But it can be hard.
The oil glands in your scalp get kicked into overdrive by the properties in shampoo that dry your hair out, and it takes a while for them to calm down and accept when you stop using commercial shampoo, which means that there’s an adjustment period that can feel pretty icky.
When I switched from Pantene to homemade shampoo with essential oils, I went from washing every two days, to washing every day or going crazy, so I quickly gave up and ordered natural shampoo from Young Living instead. I had the same greasy hair reaction, but greatly reduce for about three weeks, and that’s when I realized that Young Living’s shampoo is a fantastic transitioning agent!
It seems to be somewhere in between homemade shampoo and Pantene on the grease-stripping scale, and I’m using it to slowly transition completely to homemade shampoo, which, by the way, unlike no ‘poo, does a pretty great job of keeping the scalp clean.
So even though I’ll probably never be a no ‘poo person, I hope to be a long term homemade shampoo person. 🙂
Homemade Shampoo With Essential Oils
- 1/2 cup liquid soap*
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil – optional)
- 40 – 50 drops of essential oils**
- *We are NOT talking about your average chemical-filled liquid soap here. You can make your own liquid soap using homemade bar soap, or use liquid castile soap.
- **I decided to use a mixture of lavender, Cypress, and Tea Tree oil in mine. Visit this link for an idea of what you should use for your hair type.
- Mix all ingredients together in a tight-lidded container, and shake until combined.
- This recipe makes 3 of the two-ounce bottles pictured (two-ounce was the only sized squirt bottle I had!).
- To use: Shake well, and use as you would any other shampoo.
- This recipe will keep at room temperature for a week or so, or you can store it in the refrigerator much longer.
Recipes everyone can make!
Nourish your body with ingredients you already have in your kitchen!