How do I make a moisturizing shampoo??

The only shampoo recipes I can find use castile soap but that's too drying and a bit strong. Do you guys have any recipes that have worked for you?
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I use ritha (soap nuts) to make a mild and moisturizing shampoo. I use it daily sometimes depending on my gym schedule, at other times every other day.

I can tell it doesn't strip my hair because now I can't use anything else By comparison even the mildest stuff makes me go eww.

I haven't quite decided if that's a good thing or bad, but I'm going with it

I added a wee bit of dried coconut milk to the mix and this morning, tried it with a wee bit of guar gum and it has incredible slip, and moves like pancake batter.

I've been using Ritha to wash my hair for a little over a month now and I can't think of any drawbacks except for that of preservation.

No matter for me though cause I just make a huge batch, then freeze in small increments. I plan to eventually do something about that though but I haven't yet gotten that far

You can add a light oil to it like grapeseed safflower or olive oil,
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Add some olive oil to castile soap
Originally Posted by taltal
Yes, this works (thank you so much, Taltal!)...

But, because I can't leave anything alone, I added more ingredients...
I took an empty 4-oz bottle and filled it about halfway with Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Oil Castille Soap and added some glycerin, some jojoba oil (even though it already has some, it's not enough), and because I have seborrhea, I also added some aloe vera gel and a couple drops each of neem, chamomile and vitamin E.

Though I don't measure anything (I cook like Julia Child!), it helped my itchy head and it didn't dry out my hair.

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Add some olive oil to castile soap
Originally Posted by taltal
Even before I knew the concept of CG existed, I was using 50/50 oils and castile soap.
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Hair Type - All sorts of 3, High Porosity, Medium Texture but Thin Density, Elastic

Low Poo - Dr.Woods Liquid Castille Soap
CO Wash - Suave Naturals, Tresumme Naturals
Stylers - Jason Curl Cream, FSG, Giovanni Gel, LA Looks Sport

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Waiting to try: KCCC, CJ Leave In Condish, BB FSG

african black soap works really well for me. doesn't dry out my hair or scalp
african black soap works really well for me. doesn't dry out my hair or scalp
Originally Posted by coilynapp
How do you make it a shampoo?

oh btw Camden Grey has a sulfate free shampoo base!
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Originally Posted by subbrock View Post
- don't let everybody elses long straight weave bum you out. don't let other people's big/long natural hair bum you out either. embrace what you have and rock it with confidence, because that's the only way you'll be happy. and whether you realize it or not you are somebody's influence. show them what it truly means to be confident.
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african black soap works really well for me. doesn't dry out my hair or scalp
Originally Posted by coilynapp
How do you make it a shampoo?

oh btw Camden Grey has a sulfate free shampoo base!
Originally Posted by Cali Chik
dilute with distilled water. I usually use a 2-3 oz size of the raw soap
I use ritha (soap nuts) to make a mild and moisturizing shampoo. I use it daily sometimes depending on my gym schedule, at other times every other day.

I can tell it doesn't strip my hair because now I can't use anything else By comparison even the mildest stuff makes me go eww.

I haven't quite decided if that's a good thing or bad, but I'm going with it

I added a wee bit of dried coconut milk to the mix and this morning, tried it with a wee bit of guar gum and it has incredible slip, and moves like pancake batter.

I've been using Ritha to wash my hair for a little over a month now and I can't think of any drawbacks except for that of preservation.

No matter for me though cause I just make a huge batch, then freeze in small increments. I plan to eventually do something about that though but I haven't yet gotten that far
Originally Posted by hookilau
What is Ritha? I have been trying to look for it online but i am having no luck where do u buy yours? Your hair looks amazing by the way.
You can buy good soapnuts here: http://maggiespureland.com/

They make a good laundry detergent too.
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I take chunks of african black soap and chop it down slightly, then I put it in a container with aloe vera gel and pure aloe vera, Once its all dissolved I add in other things that I like, even a little fragrance.
I gotta try soapnuts and the african black soap.
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I gotta try soapnuts and the african black soap.
Originally Posted by Cali Chik
You absolutely have to. I have been using the Dr. Woods castile soap infused with shea butter and African Black Soap - love it! It really helps my curl definition (I read about this on another thread here and tried it to success)
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Thanks for the inspiration ladies. I can't wait to get my oils and other products in the mail soon...I'm ready to start experimenting, seeing as most commercial products have one or more chemicals in it that I just don't care for.

The health food store in my small, country town does not have African soap and I forgot to ask about Castille soap. Where can I find them for a reasonable price? How much?
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Thanks for the inspiration ladies. I can't wait to get my oils and other products in the mail soon...I'm ready to start experimenting, seeing as most commercial products have one or more chemicals in it that I just don't care for.

The health food store in my small, country town does not have African soap and I forgot to ask about Castille soap. Where can I find them for a reasonable price? How much?
Originally Posted by Deekeshay32
vitacost.com has both Dr. Bronner's liquid/bar soaps AND Dr. Wood's liquid soaps (they don't keep a lot in stock, so be prepared to wait). vitacost.com is where I found out about the castile soap from Dr. Wood infused w/shea butter and black soap. I have since discovered that iHerb.com has many of the same soaps, and ships free over a certain amount. If you don't like to order online, check a local health food store or CVS (Dr. Bronner only) or the Vitamin Shoppe (Dr. Bronner only).

I am partial to Dr. Wood's soaps because they are about $8 per 32 oz. as compared to Dr. Bronner's which are about $14 per 32 oz. where I live.
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Fine strands, not as densely-placed as I would like
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i tried the African black soap this morning and it wasn't moisturizing enough. i want to try it again with some oils and extra glycerin added, see if that helps. i'm not giving up yet!

@Deekeshay32, here are a few places where you can get African black soap:
http://www.agbangakarite.com/
http://www.nasabb.com/
http://sheabutterhut.com/blacksoap.html

i also saw some for cheap on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A216LHO9N19DU1

i only have the kind from Nasabb, but i haven't used it yet. i'm still working on a bar that i got a long time ago from someone else.
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Currently using: AO HSR & GPB conditioners, Vatika Oil, SheaMoisture, homemade African Black Soap shampoo & hair lotion.
Thanks sagehen & sunshower...I will definately check those out!
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