New to forum, Shampoo Recipe Needed

Hi all,

I am new to the site, and I would like to go completely CO, but still have a homemade shampoo to clarify occasionally. Any ideas??
3c, color processed with bleach, hair often dry

CG since 04/2005

CO when possible, occasional shampoo with CON
Last trim 04/09

Trying to grow out hair to hang past shoulders, but experiencing a lot of breakage.

I often mix between straightening and wearing curly. Haven't straightened since 08/09.

(pic is from May 09)
Hi Unpolished,

Do you mean you want to make a completely natural and home-made shampoo to clarify. The only natural ingredients that have clarifying properties as far as I know are baking soda, soap nut (shikakai), vinegar and lemon. However, I noticed you have processed and bleached hair, so you should go easy with these ingredients or they could damage your hair.

You can buy ground shikakai for $3 at any east indian market. They also sell rose powder which you can get also for its moisturizing properties (since I find the shikakai can be very drying). Then you can make a paste mixing the shikakai and rose powder with water. This is a completely natural, non sudsing shampoo that will clarify your hair. Make sure to use a moisturizing conditioner after.
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You could try a natural soap/shampoo bar. There are lots of threads on this, if you do a search. (KathyMac sells samples.)
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I started trying an ACV rinse before I co-wash, its so so, but I may need to try it a few more times
3c, color processed with bleach, hair often dry

CG since 04/2005

CO when possible, occasional shampoo with CON
Last trim 04/09

Trying to grow out hair to hang past shoulders, but experiencing a lot of breakage.

I often mix between straightening and wearing curly. Haven't straightened since 08/09.

(pic is from May 09)
I have 3c bleach blonde dry hair. I think I have high porosity but not sure what it means. I had the Big Chop. What does CG mean please? I'm from England so can't afford expensive p&p although some products ARE available here. Why is my hair SO DRY and what products do I need to change it? I do white people's regime. I.e. Washing at lot, not much conditioning or styling products. My scalp is dry and I don't know what to do, please help!!!
Kisscurls, this is quite an old thread, which is probably why you haven't got a reply yet. The CG method is a way of cleansing your hair without using any harsh detergents (so, no shampoos that include sulfates of any kind). Instead of cleansing with sulfates, many CG'ers cleanse with (a silicone-free) conditioner only. (CG'ers do not use silicones, since most of these need a strong detergent to remove them from the hair, and will otherwise lead to build-up.) Your hair is very likely dry from over-shampooing and lack of conditioner use. If you would like to know more about what products are recommended, try searching around the forum. There are plenty of UK folks here, so perhaps one of them could point you in the right direction for some local stuff.
Hi Unpolished,

Do you mean you want to make a completely natural and home-made shampoo to clarify. The only natural ingredients that have clarifying properties as far as I know are baking soda, soap nut (shikakai), vinegar and lemon. However, I noticed you have processed and bleached hair, so you should go easy with these ingredients or they could damage your hair.

You can buy ground shikakai for $3 at any east indian market. They also sell rose powder which you can get also for its moisturizing properties (since I find the shikakai can be very drying). Then you can make a paste mixing the shikakai and rose powder with water. This is a completely natural, non sudsing shampoo that will clarify your hair. Make sure to use a moisturizing conditioner after.
Originally Posted by belasuna
I use shikakai. I use it at the scalp mostly because it is good for nourishing the scalp. But I agree it is drying so I have a moisturizing shampoo bar I got from Etsy i use with it. I also prepoo with Evoo and follow the shampoo with a dc so with all that no dryness. My shikakai poo bar is $3 at indian store.
I have 3c bleach blonde dry hair. I think I have high porosity but not sure what it means. I had the Big Chop. What does CG mean please? I'm from England so can't afford expensive p&p although some products ARE available here. Why is my hair SO DRY and what products do I need to change it? I do white people's regime. I.e. Washing at lot, not much conditioning or styling products. My scalp is dry and I don't know what to do, please help!!!
Originally Posted by kisscurls
Strange. I have never heard of a white people's regimen. Lots of shampooing and not much conditioning?? Sounds like a curly hair disaster. I don't want any part of that. Anyway, High porosity means your hair absorbs moisture quickly. The result is often you feel like you can never put enough moisture in your hair. Think of that plant in Little Shop Of Horrors constantly saying "feed me." chemicals can raise porosity. My hair was like that when relaxed. So bleaching and no moisturizing wouldn't be a good combo.

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