Not all beauty products are good for the body, due to their chemical components. If you have very sensitive skin, for example, they probably cause irritation, inflammation, redness, etc. In regards to shampoo, you need to be very careful because the scalp is just as, if not more, delicate than the skin on the face, and it is exposed to a lot of harmful agents every day.
What should I know about “organic” shampoos?
In the first place, you need to remember what the purpose of shampoo is: to clean hair and eliminate dandruff, oil, etc. You could also say that it should strengthen the natural qualities of your hair and scalp. This doesn’t always happen, however. The reason? — the chemical components that are used to create these shampoos.
Have you ever noticed that as soon as you stop using your anti-dandruff shampoo that it comes right back? Or that after you run out of hair cream your hair looks dull again? This could be because, according to specialists, the ingredients that are used to create these products. They don’t “attack” the problem, they just “cover it up” for some time. In order to be able to enjoy healthy hair year round, an excellent idea would be to create your own hygiene products, like shampoo. Using natural ingredients, you can make organic products that don’t damage your hair nor your skin, and you’re even doing good by the environment by not throwing chemicals down the drain.
Some advice for washing your hair:
- Wash your hair every other day.
- Do not use too much product, it’s best to dump a little bit in your hand and then spread it around.
- Take advantage of this time to give your scalp a gentle massage when applying your shampoo.
- Don’t use water that is too hot, and lastly, rinse with cold water.
The following homemade natural shampoo recipes are truly great for your hair. They will far exceed their functions, and slowly your hair and skin will start looking beautiful and healthy. You need to keep in mind that during the first few days, you might feel a lot of itching or dandruff, but don’t worry. This is all part of the process in which your scalp goes “back to normal”. If this lasts for more than 15 days, consult a dermatologist, although we doubt this would happen.
- Orange and soap shampoo: you’ll need half a liter of soap infusion, two tablespoons of orange juice and two Egg yolks. Beat the yolks and add the other two ingredients. Store in a jar in the refrigerator. Use as you normally would to wash your hair, this will leave it very silky.
- Sandalwood shampoo: use 25 grams of dry chamomile flowers, 25 grams of diced saponaria root, 250 mL of hot water and 20 drops of organic sandalwood oil. Place the flowers and root in a bowl and pour the hot water over them. Stir and let set over night. The next day, add the sandalwood oil.
- Lavender shampoo: this is perfect for blondes. You’ll need juice from two lemons, two tablespoon of lavender water, and two eggs. Mix all ingredients and apply to your hair with a gentle massage. Rinse and repeat. Let act for 15 minutes. Rinse well and then use Conditioner.
- Rose water shampoo: for brown or black hair. Use two tablespoons of vinegar, two tablespoons of rose water and two eggs. Mix everything together and apply by massaging the scalp. Rinse and repeat. Let set for 15 minutes, then rinse well and condition as always, or use some other homemade condition for even better results.
- Nettle and rosemary shampoo: this is perfect for people suffering from hair loss and brittle hair. In a stainless steel pan, place two handful’s of saponaria and one and a half cups of water. Boil and let set for 10 minutes over heat. Cover and allow to cool. Strain the liquid and place in a capped bottle. Then make an infusion with half a tablespoon of fresh Rosemary and one handful of nettle in one cup of boiling water. Let set for half an hour, stir and pour into the bottle with saponaria. Mix well and apply to your hair as a rinse or as shampoo.
- Coconut and egg shampoo: this is for dry hair. The beginning of the recipe starts out just like the prior recipe with saponaria. Then, melt two tablespoons of coconut oil in a double boil, and add to the mixture along with the egg yolk and 3 drops of brandy. Stir constantly. Let cool and apply to the scalp after being moistened. Let act for five minutes then rinse with plenty of warm water.
- Herbal shampoo: another option for dry or damaged hair. Boil 15 grams of fennel root and 15 grams of elder or clover in one cup of water, for 10 minutes. Strain and add half a cup of neutral soap, grated. Allow to cool and store in a closed container. Apply like traditional shampoo.
- Papaya and aloe vera shampoo: Peel one large papaya and cut it into slices. Then blend it in the blender. Add one tablespoon of aloe vera gel, half a cup of children’s shampoo, half a tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Use as normal to was your hair every other day.