A DIY nourishing, moisturizing shampoo made with lavender castile soap and coconut milk. So as you can tell from my other pictures, I have long hair. It’s curly, course, and thiiiick…like thighs baby:) A few years ago, I started using the No Poo method. It made my hair grow like crazy. I talk about it here. It doesn’t quite moisturize my hair like I would like and sometimes I just want to wash and go. Using NoPoo is a little more involved with the baking soda and vinegar and essential oils with the water. So I started looking for recipes to make shampoo myself. I found several different recipes and settled on one with coconut milk. I knew it would be nourishing for my sometimes unruly hair.
I made a small batch at first to test it out….didn’t want to waste the ingredients if I didn’t like it on my hair.
How to make it:
1 Plastic Squeeze bootle (Got it from my local health food store for less than $2)
1/2 cup Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap (I used the lavender kind. I got a 2 pack from Marshall’s but you can get it from pretty much any store these days)
1/3 cup of Coconut Milk (from Target, but you can use any coconut milk)
1/2 tbsp of Almond oil (Got mine from WholeFoods, but you can use any oil you have on hand…coconut, castor, jojoba)
15 drops each of Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils. (I got both from WholeFoods, just different brands)
Once I mixed all of the ingredients together, I gave the bottle a shake. And voila! My own shampoo.
I shook it up well in the shower and used it just as I would for any other shampoo. It was like silk because of the coconut milk. It lathered well and rinsed out so my hair felt squeaky clean…could literally hear it squeak. The difficult part was combing my hair out. It did leave a little bit of moisture, but not as much as I would have liked. But now two days later, My girls are like boing!
I didn’t like that it left behind some of the oils along my scalp and made my hair difficult to comb, so I tweaked the recipe and added 1/2 a cup of Castile soap instead 1/3 of a cup. Then I used a vinegar rinse to get the last little bit out and my hair. It made my hair feel so amazing! It was just what I needed to complete my hair cleansing routine.
Vinegar Rinse Recipe:
Just use 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 3 Parts warm water and put on your hair as your conditioner. Let it sit just like you would your normal conditioner. Go about the rest of your shower routine and rinse out at the end.
Why You should use it:
The great thing about the ACV rinse is it makes your hair shinier, I didn’t have a hard time combing it out, my scalp feels squeaky clean, and it doesn’t leave the residue on my back like regular conditioner can. My regular conditioner usually gave me bacne. Who wants to trade one problem for another? Nobody! I also had so much less hair fall out while I was washing my hair. I recommend using a vinegar rinse a few times a week anyway. It may smell a little stinky, but once it dries you’ll never know you used it. The only evidence will be your shiny hair. It’s also great for getting the residue off of your scalp.
I hope this recipe works out for some other people. It feels so great being able to control what goes on your hair. You don’t feel like it’s going to fall out because there’s some crazy chemical from your store bought shampoo and conditioner. This was also a pretty affordable recipe. I had most of the ingredients because I use them pretty frequently anyway.
Let me know how it works for you or if you chose other ingredients.