HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN NATURAL HAIR CARE SHAMPOO
Many shampoos (even the ones labeled “Natural”) contain synthetic detergents which can cause damage to the hair shaft, irritate scalp and may be attributed to premature hair loss. Using a natural hand made shampoo will gently clean hair and nourish the scalp. A conditioner may not be necessary after using this shampoo, however if your hair is dry or damaged a moisturizing rinse or a simple conditioner could be applied. Always rinse hair thoroughly for an ultimate shine. If your hair has been chemically treated or is light coloured, you may find that you need to use a herbal rinse after shampooing.
The consistency of home made shampoo may not be as thick as the commercial versions. The effectiveness of shampoo is determined by the ingredients not the viscosity. Using shampoo in a liquid form enables you to achieve the medicinal benefits of the herbs. Horsetail, Coltsfoot and Nettle leaf are excellent for hair care as they contain high percentages of Silica and Cystine. These ingredients help build and coat the hair shaft while nourishing the scalp. You can add extra foaming capabilities to your shampoo by adding a herb called Yucca root. Add one to two tablespoons per batch of shampoo.
The following essential oils can benefit the hair and scalp: Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Lavender, Lemon and Tea tree.
1. Infuse 2 tbsp of Shampoo herb blend (Horsetail, Nettle & Coltsfoot) in 2 cups boiling water. Allow to steep for a minimum of 10 minutes.
2. Strain and add 100 grams (or 2 cups) of chopped shampoo soap bar to the herbal infusion. Allow soap and herbal infusion to boil on low in a covered stainless steel pot until all pieces of soap have dissolved.
3. When soap has dissolved remove from heat. Cool shampoo completely before adding any optional ingredients.
Store your shampoo in a dark cool place. For best results, use shampoo within 6 months.
To create a more concentrated shampoo: allow mixture to boil after all shampoo pieces have dissolved, This will reduce the percentage of water. Your shampoo will also become thicker as it cools.
Hair & scalp essential oil suggestions
Use one or a combination of the following drops per 100ml
8 drops Clary sage: Helps to coats hair shaft and improves shine
8 drops Lavender: Balances oily scalp
4 drops Lemon: Helps strip hair of build-up material, excess oils and environmental pollution.
8 drops Rosemary: Contains high amounts of amino acids. Helps to maintain healthy scalp & hair care
4 drops Tea Tree: Helps control dandruff and is a wonderful Lice Tonic
8 drops Ylang Ylang: Protect hair against split ends