Find the right hair cleanser by making your own with these simple DIY recipes.
Whether you’re a low-poo, co-washing, or regular wash-and-go kind of girl, you'll need something to clarify and remove products and excess oils that build up in your hair. Finding the right one, however, can prove to be challenging. You might find one that cleanses well but dries your hair out or you may have found one that is gentler but leaves your curls limp. One solution to finding the best hair cleanser is to make your own! You’ll know exactly what goes in into your homemade hair cleanser and control the amount of ingredients your hair needs.
Castile soap comes in a variety of mixtures, some from olive oil and others from jojoba oils. Whatever your preference, you’ll need about 5 tbsp of chamomile flowers, which you’ll add to a pot and cover with about 4 cups of boiling, distilled water. Cover the pot and let the flowers steep for about half an hour. Strain the flowers, preserving the water, and pour in 1/4 cup of Castile flakes into the water. After the mixture cools, pour it into a plastic container and keep it in the shower.
If your hair is on the dry side, mix together 1/4 cup of the Castile mixture, 1/4 cup aloe vera gel, 1/4 tsp avocado oil and 1 tsp vegetable glycerin. Store this mixture in a plastic container so it’s handy in the shower.
Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile soap is useful for a variety of things. If you’ve been into natural cleaners for any amount of time, you may have used some of his soaps for anything from house cleaning to washing cloth diapers. (Peppermint scent is my favorite for cloth diapers!) But, did you know you could use Dr. Bronner’s Castile for your hair too? Lindsay, from Passionate Homemaking, has developed a great homemade hair cleanser using Dr. Bronner’s and a few other ingredients. Just mix together 1 cup Dr. Bronner’s (in your favorite scent), 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 3/4 tsp tea tree oil, and 1/4 cup water.
Alternatively, you can mix in 1 cup green tea, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp honey with your Dr.Bronner’s soap. Either way, stir it up really well and store in a spray bottle so you can spritz it on your hair for cleansing.
If mixing up a new shampoo sounds overwhelming to you, just add some baking soda to your current shampoo. This will help remove product buildup, especially hair gels and holding sprays.
What successes have you had with homemade hair cleansers?
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