As I've embarked on a zero waste journey over the past several months, I’ve really enjoyed making natural and non-toxic alternatives to most of our household and toiletry products. You might recall my previous blog on zero waste toothpaste, and since that time I have also made homemade laundry detergent, homemade dish soap, all natural facial cleanser, non-toxic facial moisturizing serum, organic hand and body lotion, etc. You might say that I have almost reached "DIY Diva" status. But, homemade shampoo was by far the toughest.
I tried the “no-poo” method, which has great results for some, but did not work on me at all. If you have coarse hair that isn’t naturally oily, this method may be great for you! But, I have thin, baby-fine hair and it just didn't go well!
I also missed the foaming aspect of shampoo (yes… the “foam” in regular shampoo is made by chemicals and detergents, hence the DIY mission).
I tried plain liquid castile soap, which left a tangled mess, and I tried a bunch of homemade recipes that didn’t work well at all.
After much trial and error and a lot of research, I’ve finally found a recipe that I’m happy with and that doesn’t leave my hair tangled, oily or both.
It’s such an easy recipe and I am so excited to all have the ingredients on hand in my kitchen, as follows:
- ¼ cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
- 1/4 cup Liquid castile Soap
- 20 drops of Essential Oils of choice
- For dry hair: add ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional)
2. Shake well to mix.
3. Keep in shower for up to a month.
4. Shake before each use.
5. Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
Note: Some people find that a 50:50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water used as a rinse helps get hair cleaner and increases shine.
Don’t want to make it?
When I’m traveling or don’t have time to make my own, I’ve used a few package-free shampoo bars that worked really well. My favorites were by:
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Ever made your own shampoo? Gone “no-poo?” How’d it go for you? Will you try this recipe? Share below!....and let me know if you would like recipes to any of the other aforementioned DIY products, as well.