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Ever since C’s health problems began two years ago, I have been on a mission to rid our home of chemicals. That has meant going organic in our food consumption, making my own cleaning products, and creating my own diaper cream and laundry detergent. I was taking a shower one morning and looked at Hubster’s bottle of shampoo. That was what I wanted to tackle next. We were spending over $6 per bottle on a dry scalp shampoo that was filled with ingredients that I didn’t want seeping into his skin. I started making this homemade healthy scalp shampoo.
Hubster has short hair and this works very well for him. I have tried multiple homemade shampoo recipes on my very thick, long, curly hair and have not found anything that doesn’t weigh down my curls and leave me feeling unclean. If you have long, thick, or curly hair, this may not work for you. There is a debate as to whether or not castile soap is safe for color-treated hair, but I tend to err on the side of caution and agree with this post from Lisa Bronner.
Note: there is usually a period of detoxing your scalp and hair from conventional hair products; so if you want to really give natural shampoo a try, then you might want to wait that out.
Without further ado, here is what you will need to make Homemade Healthy Scalp Shampoo:
- 1 empty bottle that can hold at least 27 ounces. (Smaller bottle? Cut this recipe in half!)
- 1 glass bowl for mixing
- 1 funnel
- 1 can (13 ounces) coconut milk
- 13 ounces unscented castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s, found on Amazon or Thrive Market)
- 2 Tbsp glycerin
- 40 drops Lavender essential oil
- 40 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 40 drops Lush essential oil blend
I add all the ingredients to a glass bowl and mix with a spoon. The glycerin helps create a lathering effect to the shampoo and can be omitted if you don’t need your shampoo to get that bubbly, soapy effect. Once your ingredients are mixed, use the funnel to pour the shampoo into the bottle. Shake before each use!
This Homemade Healthy Scalp Shampoo does a better job of keeping my husband’s scalp moisturized and healthy than that $6/bottle chemical-laden shampoo that we used to buy at the store. Bonus: I know my husband isn’t using cancer-causing chemicals on his head each day!
If you have a homemade shampoo recipe to share, please add it to the comments below!
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