Homemade hair wash: the "no poo" shampoo experiment...
Ok, I am going to be honest here. I do not wash my hair a lot, let alone shower every single day... (*gasp!) But come on, especially a lot of my fellow moms out there; lets be real. I mean, with the routine I have at home with my two little ones starting around 5:30/6a.m., some days I don't have time, or rather, I feel like that short chunk of time I would spend under the spray is better spent doing something else...like sitting for 5 minutes with a coffee or tea and no kids hanging off of me. I am getting better at getting it done but even then I only wash my hair maybe once a week.
Now, if you read my latest bog about personal care items you will know that I am doing a healthy overhaul of my personal care products. My goal is to replace my commercial chemical based ones with either homemade or high quality natural ones.
Today I decided was the day I would experiment with making some homemade hair wash. This no sham-"poo" concoction can be easily whipped up and is very budget friendly. However, calling it the "no poo" method kind of weirds me out so I am simply going to call it my homemade shampoo.
1 TBSP baking soda
2 tsp Lavender Pure Castile Soap
1 1/2cup water
This mixture does not lather up that much but it smells amazing; I love lavender. Shake well before using. You could use a different castile soap and add your favourite essential oil. (I would start with maybe 10 drops and then increase as desired). I squirted the mixture on my wet hair in the shower and massaged it into my scalp for a minute or two and then rinsed. Pretty simple, eh?
I do have shorter hair so it did not take too much mixture. However, if you have longer hair I suggest focus the mixture on your scalp. This is where your sebaceous/oil glands are and where the mix will do its magic.
So far so good. My hair smells nice and it is actually very soft and shiny.
I will check back in let you know how this does with regular use.
*Last night I used my homemade shampoo on the kids at bath time. I felt good about using a product on them that was natural and homemade. Plus, it costs pennies to make. There was no complaints from them and this morning now that their hair is dry I can see how shiny and soft it is.
Now I need to make an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Stay tuned.
Don't know where to get my key secret ingredient? Here is what I used for my no-poo hair wash; I love Dr. Bronner's Castile soaps...
Here is a gratuitous shot of my shiny hair.
Here are the basic ingredients: baking soda and Dr. Bronner's castile soap.