I decided to make my own shampoo 1) to save money and 2) to reduce the amounts of chemicals in my personal care products. I already use shampoos that are SLS-free, but they are pretty expensive and I’m not completely sure about all the other unpronounceable things in the ingredient list.
So, I used this recipe to make my own homemade shampoo, which is partly based on a recipe my friend Kris told me she uses, but with the addition of the grapeseed oil and essential oil.
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup liquid castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s). Here’s a how-to to make your own liquid Castile soap.
1/2 cup of distilled water. Make your own distilled water too.
1 tsp grapeseed oil
essential oil (your choice. I used Rosewood and used about 10 drops)
I did find this recipe to leave my hair a little too oily, so I made it again and left out the grapeseed oil (shoulda listened to Kris in the 1st place). I have been adding a little jojoba oil or vitamin E oil to my ends as needed instead. I can see where someone with thick, coarse hair (the complete opposite of mine) might need the added oil in the original recipe. I suggest making smaller batches of each and see which one works better for you. I’ve also been using a vinegar and water rinse as a conditioner and detangler. The whole process leaves my hair shiny, smooth, less frizzy and with more body than OTC shampoos.
Please make sure to use distilled water as using tap water may introduce bacteria. Additionally, I suggest keeping this mixture in the fridge, as the coconut milk will go bad, and using a small travel shampoo bottle that you can fill up whenever you wash your hair.