This easy, DIY shampoo is free of toxic ingredients and promotes healthy, strong hair.
My journey to natural hair care began 5 years ago, after the birth of my 3rd child.
I had just discovered I was gluten-intolerant, and it sparked a “get rid of all the junk in my life” phase. As I was cleaning out my kitchen cabinets of gluten, refined/prepackaged foods, and pretty much anything with ingredients I couldn’t pronounce, I decided to give the bathroom cabinets a good going-through, too.
My normal shampoo was whatever happened to be the cheapest (usually Suave) or Costco’s version of Head & Shoulders for the dry winter months. But reading the back of my shampoo bottle was almost enough to give me a newbie health-nerd heart attack!
Just look at the ingredients in this common brand’s shampoo:
“Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Distearate, Dimethiconol, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Carbomer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Citric Acid, PPG-9, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, PEG-45M, Prunus Amygdalus Dulc
is (Sweet Almond) Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (19140).”
Not only could I only pronounce 3-4 of the ingredients, and I wasn’t sure shampoo needed more than 3-4 ingredients! And food coloring, in shampoo? Seriously?
I threw it away.
In the years following, I went through phases of washing my hair with different “no-poo” methods. For the most part, I stuck with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. But after moving to the south a few years ago my hair changed for the worst. It not only became an awful, oily mess, but it was simultaneously brittle! And after another pregnancy, all the hair around my scalp fell out, leaving short, stubby hairs that were awful to manage and took forever to grow.
I’m not sure if it was the change in atmosphere, the difference in the water, the fact that I’m getting older (aka hormone changes), or a combination of it all, but no-poo was not working for me anymore.
So I set out to try to make my own shampoo. And after about a year, and a few trials with coconut oil and coconut milk (which make my hair greasier), I finally settled on a gentle one using castile soap and essential oils.
If you’re frustrated with slow-growing hair, or struggle with an oily mess, give this shampoo a try! It uses a combo of essential oils that are helpful for promoting healthy hair:
Lemon and melaleuca (tea tree) are great for dealing with oily hair (melaleuca has also been known to strengthen hair). Rosemary and peppermint may stimulate blood flow to the scalp and help your hair grow strong and healthy.
DIY shampoo is a great option for most people as you can easily change the essential oils used to fit your hair type and needs!
DIY Shampoo for Healthy Hair
- 15 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 25 drops melaleuca essential oil
- 1/2 cup castile soap
- 1 cup filtered water
- Combine all ingredients in a liquid measuring cup.
- Pour mixture into a 16 oz. bottle with a squirt-lid and store in the shower.
- Makes 12 ounces.
- Can easily be halved if you can't find a 16 oz bottle.