Homemade Coconut Milk Shampoo Recipe
Hair products are big business. People regularly shell out big bucks for shampoos, conditioners, mousses, and gels to improve the look of their hair. But what about all of the chemicals in those products? Try reading the ingredients on the labels. You'd have to be a chemist to understand them. Sodium lauryl sulfate? Ammonium xylene sulfonate?
Skin is the largest organ in the body, so all of the chemicals that we put on our hair get absorbed by our skin, thus entering our bodies. Who knows how they are affecting our health!
If you, too, are concerned with the (financial and health) cost of hair care products, try the following shampoo recipe from OneGoodThingbyJillee.com. It is super quick and easy, not to mention cheap!
Check out my other homemade health and body hubs, too!
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup liquid castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner's lavender soap)
1 tsp olive oil
(10-20 drops essential oil -if you used an unscented soap)
empty container (preferably a squeeze bottle)
*I used Dr. Bronner's bar soap in lavender since it was cheaper than the liquid form and I wasn't sure how much I would need. If you want to save a little money, buy the bar soap. Then grate it using a citrus or cheese grater. Bring 6 cups water close to a boil and stir in 2 cups grated soap. Turn off heat and let mixture cool.
You can use the leftovers as a body wash!
1. Combine all three ingredients and stir.
2. Store in squeeze bottle. Shake well before each use.
This shampoo will not lather as well as commercially made shampoos because it lacks a surfactant (foaming agent). Just use a little more shampoo than you normally would, and you'll get enough of a lather to clean your hair.
Your hair will probably go through a "detox" period, where it may be greasier than normal, as it acclimates to the new ingredients.
Try to stick with it through these days. I'll add some homemade dry shampoo (cornstarch and cocoa powder) or pull back my hair for that day.
The first thing I noticed when I used this shampoo is that my hair had so much more body than normal! I am still 'training' my hair to adapt to this shampoo, but it's worth the effort!
Other Homemade Body Product Hubs
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- Creamy Homemade Deodorant Antiperspirant
Make your own healthy and inexpensive deodorant-antiperspirant in this quick ten minute recipe. Its smooth texture and fresh scent will remind you of a spa.
- Homemade Deodorant-Antiperspirant: Basic, Easy Recipe
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