I would like to share my DIY shampoo experience for the past nine months with you today. Some people think it’s weird, some of them think it’s cool, the others think I am a Hippies, but this is just one of my little steps for trying to get closer to mother nature and doing things that benefit both myself and the Earth God has been provided us.
And the story started with my old favorite section in the groceries stores……
Shampoo and Conditioner Section!!!!
I liked trying different brands and types of shampoos and conditioners, and my dream was having shiny and silky hair!!!!
I liked the FOAM! The foam from the shampoo made me feel refreshing and clean, and seems like they suck up the oil from my hair and make it silky and shiny.
But the TRUTH is…NO!
FOAM is not as refreshing and as clean as we think. Most of the hair products contain a lot of chemicals and most of the brands tested on animals…FOAM is produced by different kinds of chemicals.
So in conclusion…Silky and shiny image doesn’t equal to truly healthy hair.
Chemicals in shampoos control the produce of hair oil and make your hair rely on the shampoo and conditioner.
Our hair and scalp can produce and balance the oil by themselves!
By using natural products, hair will have the natural glow and health!
After knowing about these, I decided to make some changes on my choice on shampoo and conditioner.
I was introduced to the idea of going poo-less…
The idea of no foam made me wondered, but there’s always no harm for trying new stuff, especially if it’s NATURAL and CHEAP!
There are many different ways to make your DIY shampoo, some people make it with Castille Soap so that they can still enjoy the foam, and some people make it as powder dry wash.
I have tried 3 different ways of making my own “Shampoo + conditioner solution” and I am doing it in a very CHEAP and EASY way.
All you need is Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar/ Lemon juice/ Vinegar.
Recipe of the Shampoo:
1 table spoon of baking soda + 1 cup of water, shake well (some people found that using hot water is better)
I knew Arm and Hammer is the most common brand for baking soda, but just a heads up that Arm and Hammer is tested on animals. I used Red Bob mills baking soda because it is aluminum free and not tested on animals, but I switched to Whole Food brand because it’s cheaper, it’s also not tested on animals, but not aluminum free.
Some people use it all at once, but for lazy people like me…I keep it in a used toner bottle (and some people use ketchup and mustard squirt bottles) and this solution can be used for 2-4 times. (For people with short hair, I am sure they can use it for a longer time).
I heard that there’s a different between using hard water and soft water, since hard water contains minerals and minerals might remains in the hair, so people suggest using distilled water. But this is not my concern since I am using soft water at home.
I tried to add some scent into the shampoo solution but I found that the scent doesn’t really remain on the hair. I will let you know how to make your hair smell good later.
Recipe of the Conditioner
1 table spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar/ Lemon Juice + 1 cup of water
¼ cup of vinegar
I tried both and I think it really depends on your hair condition. I found that Vinegar or Lemon juice works better than Apple cider vinegar for me. Since Apple Cider Vinegar makes my hair feel heavier.
1. Add the baking soda solution onto wet hair, rub it into hair and message the scalp, rinse it.
2. Apply conditioner solution (I tried to use spray bottle and sometimes I just pour the solution onto my hair), rub it into the hair and message the scalp, rinse it.
*and please avoid getting the solution into your eyes*
I can tell you it will cause eyes burn…even I didn’t take any test on neither animals nor human
3.1 I usually will apply a penny size of oil (it can be coconut oil, avocado oil, almond oil or any kind of oil) onto my wet hair after washing my hair, and especially on the tip on the hair to give it extra moist and prevent spite-ends.
Remember don’t be too greedy, cause extra oil can make your hair greasy!
If you are afraid that apply oil on washed hair will cause greasiness, here is another option for getting SILKY HAIR!
3.2 DO IT BEFORE YOU ARE PLANNING TO TAKE SHOWER OR WASH YOUR HAIR.
Apply a quarter size of oil onto your hair 15-30 mins before you wash your hair.
Wash it normally with step 1 and 2, but skip step 3.1
So…You want to know how to make your hair smells good and how to keep the scent in your hair?
Just a little trick on step 3!
I added a drop of essential oil of my choice (usually lavender) into the quarter size of oil!
4. You can either let the hair to dry naturally or blow dry it. I found that my hair feels lighter after blow drying.
Your hair might be heavier than before or having dandruff, it takes around a week for our hair to adjust to this natural solution. My hair was a bit heavier and thicker than before in the first week but I didn’t have dandruff problem, it really depends on each person’s hair condition.
I am now very satisfied with my baking soda + vinegar shampoo and conditioner solution because my hair is healthy, silky and I know they are happy because they don’t have to deal with chemicals anymore!!!!