Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner
By leahmsilverman on August 13, 2012
Please read my homemade disclaimer.
Okay, so… really this isn’t so much homemade shampoo and conditioner as it is hair rinsing agents. But the truth is, that is all we need. When I first heard about this concept I thought it was nuts, trust me. But the more research I did on the idea, the more sense it makes. The shampoo and conditioners that we generally use these days strip our hair and scalps of oils. All oils, including the ones that our scalps are meant to produce for the health of our heads and hair. We wash that away. And because we consistently wash it away, our scalps start over producing those oils. And then we are required to wash it away more often. It is a vicious cycle.
Enter the homemade rinsing. With this method you are cleaning your hair and scalp in a gentle way that leaves it capable of conditioning itself. And then second rinse does some conditioning as well.
And you guys. Seriously. Not only is it so easy, it is so, so, SO cheap. You KNOW I love cheap.
Homemade Hair Cleaning:
Rinse 1 (shampoo-ish): 1 C water, 1 TBS Baking Soda
Rinse 2 (conditioner-ish): 1 C water, 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
Two squirty type bottles for use.
Oh yes. That is it.
When I was doing research for this, I read a lot about how it can be kind of rough at first. Your scalp is used to over production of oil, and when you aren’t stripping it as much, the end result is oily hair. At least at first. Everyone said to give it a month or so, and things will even out. Lots of people who do this say that they only need to wash their hair a couple of times a week after everything evens out.
I’m gonna admit that hasn’t been my experience. I’ve been doing it for a couple of months now. For awhile I really tried to just do at least every other day, but by the end of the second day I can feel the oil texture taking over my hair. I don’t know if I just have an oilier head, of if it is just taking a long time for the oils to normalize, but I find I get the best results just doing it every day. And best results they are. My hair is soft and shiney and awesome. I can’t believe how great it is. Better than the best shampoos I’ve ever used.
I have considered, but haven’t tried yet, increasing the amount of baking soda in the first rinse. Some people with greasier hair, or even just in the first few weeks when oiliness can be a problem, have had great success with that. You can also, just FYI, decrease the amount of baking soda if you end up with lots of fly always with this method. You can also increase the apple cider vinegar for the same problem. Every head is different, so you just need to play around with the blend to get the best results for you.
Like I said, I haven’t messed with the formula any. Mostly because washing every day with it as is has been awesome.
And, please, even if I did this twice a day and to mix up a new batch once a week… 1 TBS baking soda and 1 TBS apple cider vinegar? Yeah. This is cheaper than buying V05, if you know what I’m saying.
Husband, for the record, has been doing this about twice as long as I have, and he washes his hair twice a week with great results. We also watch the Things’ hair with this method, and even just once a week is fine.
I’ve also played around with adding some essential oils (just a drop per cup of water, less is more in this case) to the blend, which is fun. There are several that areespecially good for hair, depending on what you’re going for. If you are treating something specific, make sure you have theraputic grade oils. If you’re just trying to make is smell nice, anything is fine. But with the vinegar, you should know it is pretty always going to smell like vinegar. Your hair, however, will not smell like vinegar once it dries. I promise. If you add essential oils, you have to make sure you rinse it out thoroughly, or you will end up with oily feeling hair no matter what.
Try it. You won’t be sorry.