Have you ever heard of the non-shampoo-shampoo? Maybe you’ve heard the term No-Poo, basically meaning that the ingredients in your shampoo contain “No-crap.” I loved the idea of having an all-natural shampoo, but I had also heard horror stories of the detox your hair goes through when you make the switch. I honestly didn’t think I could handle weeks of greasy, untamed hair. I decided to give it a shot despite my fears, and have now been using my homemade shampoo for over a month and I love it! It’s so nice knowing that I am no longer stripping my hair of it’s natural oils and drying it out.
The cycle of modern shampoo and conditioning is so crazy. Until I started using the No-Poo, I was washing my hair every single time I showered. That means that most times, I was washing my hair twice per day and my hair was still greasy! If I dared go one day without washing it, I looked like I took a bath in olive oil. It was gross. The reason behind that is that every time you wash your hair with modern shampoos, you are stripping away the natural oils that your scalp creates. The catch-22 is, the more you wash your hair and strip it of it’s natural oils, the more oil your scalp creates in retaliation. This is why the bottom of your hair can be dry and coarse, but the roots are crazy oily. Store-bought shampoos make your hair dry, brittle, and very easily breakable. So what do we do to fix the dryness? Condition it! We put a nice layer of store bought oil on it as if what our body creates isn’t good enough. Conditioner essentially fills in all the pieces of protein missing to make your hair fuller and shinier.
I’m telling y’all, if I can go natural in the shampoo department, anyone can! I went 4 days without washing my hair this week! 4DAYS! I have never been able to even come close to that before. I got my recipe for my homemade shampoo from http://www.thankyourbody.com/all-natural-shampoo/
Here’s some detailed instructions on making your own!
First, you need all the ingredients: I quadruple the recipe to make enough for my whole family
½ cup Distilled Water
¼ cup liquid Castile Soap- she recommended Dr. Bronner’s brand and that’s what I used (unscented)
1/8 tsp Tea Tree essential oil
1/8 tsp Peppermint essential oil
2 tsp Avocado oil
1 tsp vegetable glycerin (to thicken the mixture-entirely optional)
10-15 drops of any other essential oil for scent (I just use more peppermint because it makes me smell like a candy cane)
Mix it all together and use a funnel to pour it into bottles to disperse to your various bathrooms so everyone can enjoy. I like to use pump top bottles because this mixture, even with the glycerin, is still pretty runny. I like to just hold the bottle over my head and pump it directly onto my scalp. It makes a great foam once you start working it in.
I don’t condition my hair at all! It stays very moisturized from my own natural oils since this shampoo doesn’t strip them away. My husband says my hair is way less frizzy since making the switch as well. I hope y’all enjoy!