Here is something I never thought I’d try. Homemade Shampoo.
But there I was hunting around for some knitting projects to work on when we go on a long trip this week, and I stumbled upon homemade deodorant at Angry Chicken. Not that I particularly wanted to make homemade deodorant, because frankly I’m lazy when it comes to making anything with ingredients that I have to go to the health food store to buy, but I was curious as to just how you would make homemade deodorant.
And in there I found this link for homemade shampoo. It intrigued me since it said it only consisted of using baking soda and water with an apple cider vinegar rinse.
I could do that. I have baking soda and vinegar in the house. And I had used vinegar for years to make my hair shinier.
So on a whim I decided to wash my hair with a Tablespoon of baking soda mixed with water. I did however skip the vinegar rinse because it was going to be raining that day and I know from past experience that if your hair gets wet after using an apple cider vinegar rinse you will smell a bit like vinegar. My hubby hates the smell of vinegar.
For a rinse I decided to try green tea instead. Why green tea? Because I had it in the house and thought it sounded healthy and all natural.
At this point my husband and son had weird looks on their faces as to why I was bringing baking soda and a cup of tea in the shower with me, but they know better, and didn’t even bother to ask.
Well, that was a week ago and I have been using it ever since….it really works. And the bonus is that it keeps my very oily hair cleaner longer than commercial shampoo. Generally I would have to wash my hair every 24 hours, and by then my hair would look dirty, now it stays clean that whole time.
I don’t always use a rinse because I don’t always feel like making a cup of tea, but the baking soda alone works great. . I am thinking of checking out some different teas that are said to have different effects on your hair..
Next I’m going to try it on Makenna’s thick, dry hair to see the results. I won’t try it on Jarod. I can’t imagine my boy letting my put something you bake with on his head.
So my hair is shinier and softer, I’m saving some money and we’ll be helping the environment too. Yeah.
Here are some other links to homemade shampoo.
Craftbits. A good listing of hair types and what herbs work best for them.