It’s amazing how simple it is to achieve the seemingly-elusive results you’ve always been after if you trade in the can’t-even-pronounce ingredients for just a couple of household items that provide nature’s answer to a head of gorgeous hair. Having strong, beautiful hair doesn’t require exotic hair treatments, or cost a fortune. Simple, homemade shampoo and conditioner products can keep your hair healthy, bouncy and full of shine—and they’re easier to make than a pot of soup.Hair-care products, such as shampoos, conditioners and rinses, all perform specific functions that keep your hair looking and feeling its best. Shampoo cleans the scalp first and hair second by loosening dirt and oils. Conditioners protect the hair from drying out and becoming too brittle, which can result in breakage. Rinses clean the hair thoroughly and help to remove any hair-product traces.
Put an old shampoo bottle to good recycled use by mixing the following ingredients together for your very own shampoo.
- 1 cup pure liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronners)
- 1 cup green tea (brewed for 30 minutes)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
Use as is, or depending upon your hair type, add an herbal infusion to replace the green tea in the above recipe. Use a handful of fresh herbs or a spoonful of dried herbs and a cup of boiling water to prepare the infusion, steeping for 30 minutes. Here are some suggestions for different hair types (and predicaments):
- for dark hair: sage leaves
- for greasy hair: yarrow
- for fair hair: marigold flowers
- for dandruff: a mixture of nettle leaves and burdock roots
- Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)
- Shake well to mix.
- Keep in shower for up to a month.
- Shake before each use.
- Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
- If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!
Use a simple vinegar rinse as a conditioner 2-3 times a week, and not only will you be truly surprised at the results – both shiny and detangled locks – you’ll wonder how you ever bought into the whole high-priced, toxic conditioner notion in the first place.
What you’ll need:
- 2.5 cups of hot water
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 sprig of rosemary
- 1 bag of your favorite herbal tea, for fragrance
To make your vinegar rinse, place the water in a container of your choice (old conditioner bottle). Then, add the rest of the ingredients. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. Use about 3/4 of a cup of the rinse each time you condition, shaking up the bottle prior.