Hair care recipes: How to make a natural homemade shampoo

How to make a simple homemade shampoo using common ingredients.

Homemade shampoos are surprisingly easy to make, as well as economical in most cases. Making your own shampoo can ensure that you have shampoo perfectly designed for your own hair type; some favorite shampoo “recipes” are listed below:

Chamomile Shampoo

Ingredients needed for this shampoo are:

• 4 bags of Chamomile tea, or 1 handful of fresh chamomile flowers

• 4 tablespoons pure soap flakes

• 1-1/2 tablespoons glycerin

To make chamomile shampoo:

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Hair care recipes: How to make a natural homemade shampoo

• Steep the tea bags in 1-1/2 cups of boiled water for 10 minutes.

• Remove the tea bags from the boiled water

• Add the soap flakes to the boiled water

• Let the soap & tea mixture stand until it the soap softens.

• Stir in the glycerin and continue stirring until the mixture is blended well.

• Pour into a bottle, and keep in a dark, cool place.

Soapwart Shampoo

To make this shampoo you will need:

• 2 cups of distilled water

• 1-1/2 tablespoons dried soapwart root (can be found in most health food stores)

• 2 teaspoons lemon verbena or 2 teaspoons catnip

How to make soapwart shampoo:

• Bring the distilled water to a boil

• Add the dried soapwart root to the boiled water.

• Cover and simmer, for about 20 minutes.

• Remove from heat.

• Add either the lemon verbena or catnip, whichever you choose.

• Let the mixture cool.

• Strain the mixture, keeping the liquid.

• Store in a bottle in a cool dark place.

This recipe makes enough for 6-7 shampoos and must be used within 8-10 days. It is suitable for all hair types. Soapwart contains saponins, which lather when agitated, similar to soap. Add lemon verbena to the shampoo for a citrus fragrance, or catnip to encourage healthy hair growth.

Yucca Shampoo

To make your own version of yucca shampoo, you will need to first select fresh young yucca plants.

Then cut off a piece of the root, peeling off the brown of the root until the white root inside is exposed.

Once this white root section is clean, smash the yucca root with a hammer until it breaks into pieces.

Wet the yucca root.

Next, hold the yucca root over a bowl of warm water, and rub the root like a bar of soap. This will produce mounds of lather.

Use this lather to wash your hair, gently massaging your scalp.

Be sure to rinse your hair very well in warm water, to make sure that no little pieces of yucca root are leftover in your hair.

This shampoo will keep for approximately one week.

Egg Shampoo

To make egg shampoo, you will need:

• 1 egg

• 1 teaspoon olive oil

• 1 teaspoon lemon juice

• 1 tablespoon mild unscented shampoo or castile soap

• ½ cup water

Instructions for egg shampoo:

• Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and whip until smooth.

• Use immediately.

• Be sure to rinse your hair well.

• Save leftover shampoo in your refrigerator.

The protein from the egg in this shampoo has a wonderful ability to repair damaged, brittle hair.

Dry Shampoo Recipe

Simply sprinkle ½ cup of cornstarch in your hair, let it set for a few minutes to absorb the excess oils, and brush it out. This is a fantastic recipe if you’re in a pinch, or perhaps camping!

No matter which shampoo recipe you choose to make, you can be assured that you are taking excellent care of your hair, without the heavy chemicals found in most store-bought shampoos.

Enjoy!

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