DIY Natural’s mission is to help people create their own natural products. It has a lot of benefits and it’s more often than not, easy to do. This is why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to teach as many people as we can what we know. Our lesson today is how to create your very own natural shampoo.
Why should we be making our own shampoo?
Do you think companies that manufacture shampoo care about your hair, or your money? Maybe they don’t. Maybe they do. However, nobody cares more about both your hair and your money than you. Because of this, we’ll teach you how to make your own products, so you can save money, and have the health of your hair rest in your hands.
How do we go about making shampoo?
You’ll only need two ingredients to create your own shampoo – a tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of water.
Baking soda is often bought in bulk because it’s very often used and it’s very affordable. It’s also known as sodium hydrogen carbonate, or sodium bicarbonate.
What we do is mix the water and baking soda in a clean, empty shampoo bottle. We just add both in equal proportions until we fill the container.
How do we use it?
Shake the container well before squirting and applying on your head. Massage the scalp and hair for one to two minutes before rinsing.
It is ideal that you use our homemade conditioning rinse, which restores the pH of your hair as it smoothens the cuticles. Our homemade conditioning rinse also keeps the hair from being greasy or sticky after using our homemade shampoo.
It’s also important to know that our homemade shampoo works best with soft water.
How much is the homemade shampoo?
On an average, it costs around six cents per ounce. Not bad right?
If you’re using a sixteen ounce container, each container will cost less than a dollar. That’s great savings right there.
If an average bottle of shampoo is a 16 ounce bottle this shampoo will cost you less than a dollar. Not too shabby.
Is it safe for any kind of hair?
Unlike a lot of shampoos you find in department stores, our homemade shampoo does not take away the natural oils of your hair. It’s completely safe for any kind of hair.
On that note, always ask how safe are the products you purchase, and how safe are their ingredients.
How do we control hair static?
You’ll experience a bit of static when you heat style your hair, especially when it’s cold. Here are some helpful tips to fix this.
- Trim your ends every six to eight weeks. The less split ends you have, the less static you’ll experience.
- Shampoo with less frequency. Try once every two days, or three time a week.
- Don’t use heat-based devices such as blow dryers and irons too much.
- Massage a tablespoon of olive oil once a week on your hair and scalp. Rinse after.
- Melt a smidgen of coconut oil and use your hands to rub it on the ends of your hair. Don’t touch the scalp.
- Mix and apply avocado with lemon juice on your hair. Wait half an hour before rinsing.
How do we control oily hair?
- Mix two egg yolks and two teaspoons of either lemon juice or vinegar. Apply this on your hair. Wait a few minutes before rinsing. Do this on occasion.
- Mix six to eight drops of citrus (sweet orange, lime or lemon) essential oil with the shampoo. This mixture can control oil.
- Always shake your shampoo container well so you can be sure the baking soda is dissolved completely.
- Gently massage the homemade shampoo on your scalp for two minutes.
- Remember that it may take two to three weeks for your hair to get used to the shampoo.
How do we make shampoo thicker?
- Use a blender to blend whole oats before mixing it with baking soda and water. You can reach your thickness of choice by adding oat flour. Do it slowly though.
- Add cornstarch and arrowroot (powdered) into the baking soda and water mixture. More cornstarch and powdered arrowroot means a thicker shampoo.
- Try mixing a cup of warm water, a tablespoon of baking soda, and three-fourths tablespoon each of oatmeal flour and cornstarch to help thicken the shampoo.