DIY Natural Shampoo Recipes For Oily And Naturally Curly Hair

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I often discuss the value of switching out normal shampoo or conditioner for a herbal alternative. If you’re serious about the quality, strength and overall health of your hair and you’ve gone as far as reaching this article – then you must have some inclination about the many reasons why you could, should or would switch to a herbal shampoo.

The idea of treating our hair with natural, organic and raw ingredients or products is not something new. Even though the novelty may have only recently come back into style. The ‘no-poo’ movement (short for ‘no shampoo’) is one that dates back to the later half of the 20th century and has largely been the progenitor of a lot of changes in traditional shampoo recipes.

Nonetheless, most of these products and hair treatments still contain a wide variety of chemical additives. These may have serious adverse effects on the quality, strength and health of your hair, as well as your health in general. Being able to make a few, simple changes to your everyday haircare routine and see a huge difference in the results is something that should appeal to most of us.

So if you’re interested in understanding more about the traditional shampoo you’re currently using and the effects it may have on your hair, or if you’re interested in learning how to make your very own selection of DIY natural shampoo products, then keep reading!

The Importance Of Using Natural Shampoo

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Natural shampoo is definitely the first step to  towards a cleaner, healthier head of hair.

There are a wide variety of reasons why you should stay away from regular shampoos and hair products, but one of the main reasons is because they contain loads of harmful ingredients that can have seriously negative effects on your hair’s health over time – and sometimes even in a shorter space of time, if you have a naturally sensitive scalp.

Some of the more common elements found in traditional shampoo formulas are a wide variety of Sulfates (including Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate and Mureth Sulfate) as well as Propylene Glycerol, Deodorized Kerosene and a wide variety of Parabens amongst others. These chemicals are often not listed as directly as this and are generally labelled under terms such as ‘Fragrance’ or with acronyms that generally require a bit of research to decipher.

The problem with most traditional shampoos is that they would not be very effective without these ingredients, so often when they claim that they are free of one or another of these ingredients, they generally contain all the others – a typical marketing gimmick to help them seem healthier. Unfortunately, even including natural extracts in their recipes doesn’t do much to help alleviate the harmful effects that come with the chemical additives – yet another clever marketing trick they use to persuade consumers that they are natural products and that they’re healthy for you and your hair.

The truth about sulfates, for instance, is that they often strip your hair of the natural oils and proteins that keep them moisturized and healthy – one of the main causes of dry, frizzy hair and split ends. Sulfates are included in the formulas to help separate the dirt in your hair from the oils and thus keep your hair clean and moist – but the use of so many so often has the opposite effect!

The parabens used in traditional shampoo formulas are to help strengthen and bind the ingredients as well as to promote the shelf-life of the shampoo because they act as a preservative. However, they’ve been linked to the formation of molecules known as ‘free-radicals’ in our body – which can be very harmful not only to our hair, but also to our health in general. Little is known about these molecules, and what causes them to react within our body, but what is known is already quite alarming.

The free-radicals enter our bloodstream and bond with the cells in our body – including our DNA. Once triggered, they cause chain-reaction damage to our body similar to that of cancer cells and have even been linked to the formation of cancer in our body. They can seriously damage our bodies on a cellular level and even cause cell degeneration, leading to increased effects in the aging process.

So, preventing them from entering our bodies is imperative to maintaining good health and slowing the aging process. This is why you should stay away from traditional shampoos and hair care treatments as parabens are in nearly all of them. What can you do to help make the shift? Well, DIY natural shampoo and herbal shampoos are definitely the first and easiest step you can make towards a cleaner, healthier head of hair and life in general.

Why Is DIY Natural Shampoo The Best Choice You’ll Ever Make?

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After using a herbal shampoo or your own homemade shampoo for a month – you’ll never look back!

The answer to this is really simple – because they don’t contain any of the harmful chemicals I mentioned above. But it doesn’t stop there. DIY Natural shampoo is generally considered a non-irritant product, and is safe to use on a variety of different hair types and across all ages. It won’t burn, dry or make you scalp itch and It’ll help to stimulate your hair in ways that would never be possible with chemical shampoos.

They penetrate beneath the surface of your scalp and help to stimulate the flow of nutrients to your hair, allowing for the hair follicles to be nourished from within, as well as encouraging hair growth. But this is really just the beginning when it comes to using natural and DIY natural shampoo. They’re cheaper, safer and better for your hair and overall health. After using a herbal shampoo or your own homemade shampoo for a month – you’ll never look back!

What Is Dry Shampoo?

Dry shampoo is just that – shampoo in a dry form. They can come in the form of powders, aerosol spray cans or even in liquid form not unlike a hand sanitizer you might have seen in a bathroom or at your local supermarket. They have been around for a while and are generally used in situations where there isn’t much regular access to clean water (such as camping or hiking) or to help lengthen the period of time between washes.

The problem with most dry shampoos is that they generally strip your hair of their natural oils, and leave your hair feeling dry and irritable. This is because they contain chemicals that help to remove the oils from your hair – such as the sulfates and parabens as I mentioned earlier.

They are largely designed to do this and are often very damaging on sensitive scalps and lighter hair types. Many people have also complained that using dry shampoo regularly leads to a buildup of a white residue in your scalp which can leave a lasting stain or discoloration on the surface of your hair or scalp.

Thankfully, there are natural alternatives, herbal recipes and DIY methods that you can utilize as a replacement for these chemical products. They’re usually more cost-effective in the long run, or even cheaper (if you go the DIY route) and can really help to keep your hair healthy and pristine when you don’t have the time to wash and treat your hair, or you simply don’t have the facilities. Keep reading for some helpful tips to get you started.

Dry DIY Natural Shampoo Recipe

Making your own organic, fully natural dry shampoo at home couldn’t be easier and shouldn’t take you more than an afternoon – or less for that matter. It’s a really easy process to follow and will help you to retain healthier, stronger and more balanced hair without the downside of having to get it wet regularly or use harmful chemicals. This means that you can retain your hair’s natural body and color for a longer period of time. What you will need:

  • ¼ cup of cornstarch.
  • 2 Tablespoons of organic cocoa powder.
  • 5 to 8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.
  • 5 drops of either Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Bergamot, Rose, Lemon, Orange or Almond oil.
  • 1 makeup brush.

The process is really simple and straightforward. As long as you get your measurements right, it’s really just a process of mixing, adding and blending. Simply mix all the powdered ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk or a spoon. Then add the essential oils whilst stirring to ensure that they cover the rest of the mixture.

Voila – it couldn’t be easier! To apply the powder to your hair, make sure your hair is dry. Then simply put the brush in the powder to ensure that it’s coated and gently pat it into your hair. If there is excess powder in your hair, simply rub it off gently with a clean towel. You can store the powder in an airtight glass or plastic container. It should last for up to 3 months – so long as the container is airtight and kept in a cool, dry cupboard out of direct sunlight.

DIY Natural Shampoo Recipe For Curly Hair

Every skin and hair type are different and require treatments specifically suited to them. I think this is why most common shampoos leave our hair feeling dry after extensive use, and can eventually lead to split ends and damaged hair – it’s because they’re made for the masses. General hair treatment is totally different to specific hair care products – and these often cost a small fortune and require you to try a variety of different products until you find one that really works for you.

The beauty of using natural products in your hair is that a recipe for a specific hair type can be easily formulated without having to spend much cash, and the ingredients are incredibly good for your hair health in general. They will help to balance the oils in your hair – and not simply wash them out, as well as nourish your hair follicles stimulating both hair growth and stronger hair overall.

When it comes to treating curly hair types, there’s often a balancing act of keeping the hair moisturized, but not allowing for a buildup of excess oil. Curly hair types generally fall anywhere in between being too oily or lacking enough sebum oil to keep them moisturized (the curls often prevent the oil from fully coating the hair strands). So using a shampoo to help find this balance is essential to keeping your hair fresh and curly, while not stripping it of the oils it needs to stay healthy.

This is a really simple recipe and shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to make. However, it does not store well, so you’ll be able to double the recipe and refrigerate it for about 2-3 washes a week, and then make another batch for the following week. But it’s affordable and very effective, so it’s not much of a sacrifice when you compare the price and negative aspects of traditional hair care treatments. You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel (can be substituted with the same amount of coconut oil – although Aloe Vera is highly recommended).
  • ½ a cup of Distilled Water.
  • 1 tablespoon of Almond Oil.
  • 5 to 8 drops of either Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Lavender or Frankincense oil.

Simply mix the water with the aloe vera gel and stir well. Then add the essential oils whilst stirring to ensure that they fill out the rest of the mixture. Once this is done, you can store the shampoo in a clean glass or plastic container and refrigerate it. It’s best to use the shampoo on damp hair.

Once you’ve applied the shampoo, allow to seep in for about 5 minutes, then rinse it out with a normal herbal conditioner. It’s important to note that you should never brush your hair when it’s wet if you have naturally curly hair. Wait for it to dry completely before brushing – an important part of allowing the oils to coat your hair follicles and keep them moisturized and healthy for longer.

DIY Natural Shampoo Recipe For Oily Hair Types

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I have naturally oily hair and skin – and I know how much of a nuisance it can be.

I for one have naturally oily hair and skin – and personally know how much of a nuisance it can be if you don’t manage or treat it carefully and on a regular basis. For a while, I found that using a traditional shampoo was quite effective in getting rid of the excess oil in my hair, making my hair lighter and more controllable.

But overtime (and with extended use) I noticed that shampoo was drying my hair out and removing the natural lustre it used to have. I needed a shampoo that would cut through and remove the excess oil from my hair and scalp, but not remove it completely.

So I decided to try a homemade, DIY natural shampoo recipe first and see what kind of results I got before moving on to other options. Traditional treatments were definitely out of the window at this point. So when I stumbled upon this recipe I was really glad. Firstly, because it’s a really easy and cheap one to follow and has amazing effects after the first week of use. So give it a try and see if it works for you, as it has for me. For this you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
  • 1 cup of distilled water (you can boil ordinary tap water and leave it to cool).
  • 10 drops of Almond Oil.
  • 5 drops of either Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint or Eucalyptus oil.
  • 2 drops of lemon juice.

Add the baking soda to the water and stir to help the ingredients mix well. Then add the essential oils and lastly the lemon juice whilst stirring. Once that’s done, store the mixture in a clean plastic or glass container and store in a cool dry place (out of direct sunlight) or even in your refrigerator. Always be sure to shake the bottle well before use, to ensure that the ingredients are well blended before applying it to your hair.

You can use this mixture like you would any normal shampoo. Massage it into your scalp once you’ve wet your hair and keep your hair out of water for at least 2 minutes while it goes to work on your scalp and hair follicles. If it means wearing a shower cap or dodging the water – then so be it. One the time has elapsed, rinse it out with a normal herbal conditioner and you’re good to go. I would recommend using the shampoo 2-3 times a week, not too often, as it can dry your hair out with excessive use.

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So far,  DIY natural shampoo recipes have worked very well for me in my hair care routine and if someone asked me if I would ever go back to traditional shampoos, my answer would simply be ‘no’. The difference in your hair is noticeable almost after the first wash, and over time your hair won’t lose its color and sheen like it normally does with chemical formulas. So the more you use natural product or DIY natural shampoo, the more convinced you’ll be that you’ve made the right decision.

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As they say, the proof is in the pudding and trying out natural products, herbal and homemade shampoo recipes is the only way you’ll ever really know what kind of effect they have on your hair. The bottom line is that they’re better for your hair and overall health in general, but can also save you loads of money in the long run, giving you more to spend on other natural products to help keep you healthy. So it’s the easiest step you can make towards living a healthier more holistic lifestyle. As the saying goes, even the longest of journeys starts with a single step, so why not make this your first step.