Monday, December 7, 2009

Natural Shampoo Recipes

If you have ever watched a shampoo commercial (think Pantene Pro V or Herbal Essence) you will notice that all of the models have beautiful, thick,and glossy hair. All you have to do is use the shampoo they are advertising and you too will have beautiful hair like the models, right? What they don't tell you is that the models never use the shampoo they are advertising, why would they. Most if not all of the shampoos advertised have harsh chemicals that make your hair fall out and dry out your hair. Years ago I made the switch from Brand Shampoos to Organic, natural shampoos (chemical free). My favorite shampoo and conditioner products are by Aubreys-organics.

You can order their products online or find them at your local Whole Foods. They also sell chemical free makeup made from natural products. (A bit pricey, but well worth it!) Below is an article I found on making your own shampoo. I sometimes use Organic goats soap on my hair and afterward my hair feels fresh and clean.
If any of these recipes seem too complicated, remember you can always use baking soda, Apple Cider vinegar and honey. For more information visit

As a side note, for those of you with dry hair apply extra virgin coconut oil on your hair at bedtime and rinse it out in the morning. Not only does it cure hair lose, it makes your hair grow back thicker, softer and shiner.

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Manufacturers are constantly using toxic chemicals in their skin and hair products and disregard their toxic effects on your body. This is easily seen in the list of chemicals that they use. Here are a few of these chemicals found in many product labels:

1 propylene glycol or glycol– a petrochemical used because it is cheap
2 cetearyl alcohol – emulsifier that can be synthetic or natural
3 methylparaben or propylparaben – typical synthetic preservatives
4 distearate – this is polyethylene glycol or polypropylene glycol which are petrochemicals
5 isopropyl alcohol – used as a cheap solvent to carry synthetic oils.
Here is a natural shampoo that you can make. This formulation is something that I have been using for many years. First collect the following items:
4 oz of castile soap with any scent is that available – plain, peppermint, eucalyptus. ½ oz of rosemary - stimulates the hair follicles and helps to prevent premature baldness ½ oz of sage – has antioxidants and keeps things from spoiling and is antibacterial ½ oz of nettles – acts as a blood purifier, blood stimulator, contains a large source of nutrients for hair growth
½ of lavender – controls the production of sebaceous gland oil and reduces itchy and flaky scalp conditions
2000 mg of MSM – provides organic sulfur to your scalp, which improves the health and strength of your hair. It also helps to drive herbal nutrient into the skin and follicles where they can do the most good.

one empty 8 oz plastic bottle, or any other empty shampoo or soap bottle.
Mix the herbs in a mason jar, which has a lid. Boil 2 cups of distilled water. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of the mixed herbs into the boiling water. Pull the boiling water and herbs off the stove. Let the herb mixture sit for 30 – 40 minutes. Put the 2000mg of MSM into the herb mixture after 30 minutes of cooling. After 40 minutes and the MSM is melted, strain the herbal mixture into a bowl.
Pour 2 to 2 1/2 oz of strained herbal tea into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Now, pour the 4 oz of castile soap into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Cap the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.
The shampoo is now finished and ready for use. Use this as a base for all of the shampoos you make. You can add different herbs as you learn what these herbs do and how they help your hair. You can vary the ingredients according to your taste. But now you have a shampoo that has no additives that can harm you.
Homemade Recipes For Dry Hair
Many women struggle with dry, hard to manage hair. This can be cause naturally by genetics or improper care such as using harsh chemicals (relaxers, color) or by hot styling products (blow dryer, heat iron). The good news is that some beauty recipes can help restore or re-hydrate your hair leaving it softer and shinier than ever.
• Mix 1 tablespoon Honey and any type of vegetable oil. Distribute mixture evenly all over the hair.
• Coat dry hair with mayonnaise, once finished cover with a plastic shower cap and leave on for 10-20 minutes.
• Apply olive oil all over your hair. Cover with a plastic bag and let it stay for 20 minutes. For extra conditioning take a warm shower while waiting. The heat will help the oil work to its maximum potential.
• Beat one egg, add 3 tablespoons of water and apply to scalp and hair.
This applies to all recipes: Once you are done waiting for the natural ingredients to work their magic wash, rinse, and style hair as usual.

“Homemade Shampoo Recipes”
Mix 1 cup distilled water and a 1/4 cup Cider Vinegar, and pour over your hair, gently massaging the scalp and rinse well. Cut off a piece of the root and peel the brown off of the root until you have exposed the white root inside. Once clean take a hammer, smash the Yucca root until it breaks in pieces. Wet the Yucca root, while holding the root over a basin of warm water, rub the root like a bar of soap to get mounds of lather from it. Wash your hair with the lather for a few minutes and then rinse well.

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