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Making Shampoo and Conditioner at Home

Making Shampoo and Conditioner at Home

    Making Shampoo and Conditioner at Home



    How Easy Is It?


    This chapter will prepare you for the art of homemade hair care. It will guide you through a few steps that you need in order to make your own shampoo and conditioner; plus, you can also use some of these hints to enhance your other homemade hair and body products, including masks, soaps, lotions, and potions. You may be wondering whether your time will be compromised when creating your own products at home, but fear not: preparation is simple! Neither your wallet nor your schedule will suffer from your wise decision to treat your hair with kindness.

    Easy and Familiar with a Twist


    Creating your own shampoo or conditioner is not much more complicated than preparing masks. Many of us may have already experimented with face hair masks in the past by using the ingredients in our homes – just explore your pantry to discover what you can utilize. You will have to purchase very few additional items for your organic hair care, namely, the essential oils you choose to use. Start by using products you are familiar with for their nourishing properties. You will feel more ‘at home’ with your ingredients and you’ll already have great confidence in the efficiency of your hair care. So, what can you spot right now in your pantry? Coconut milk? Oranges?Maple syrup? Avocado? Olive oil? Sage? Once you have your essential oils, you’re almost there.

    Homemade Hair Care is Quick and Versatile


    Some people are already familiar with making various cosmetic products, including soaps, body butters and scrubs, lip balms; and even lotions and perfumes. Luckily, shampoo is one of the easiest things to prepare at home –you only have to know the basics and be aware of a few simple combination rules. You should also be mindful of some of the essential properties each ingredient contains in order to use it creatively in a variety of other products, too. The rest is pure pleasure, as you will discover in the following chapters.

    What You Need


    The Right Cleansing Agent and Container


    You will need several ingredients and a good container to store your formulas. You may reuse and recycle an empty, cleaned shampoo bottle or you can also purchase a squeezable plastic bottle from your nearest dollar shop or variety store. Alternatively, you can also place the formula in a glass jar; however, I recommend using a squeezable container, which makes for easier use whilst you are washing your hair.

    So, what else do you need for your shampoo? Just a few simple ingredients:

    • A cleansing agent(as outlined below)

    • Nourishing ingredients of your choice(essential oils, herbal infusions, fresh fruits, etc.)

    • Organic flour(optional, and works best for oily hair–corn, rice or arrowroot flour work well)

    • Carrier oil of your choice(quantity depends on the amount of hydration you desire)


    You have various options when it comes to your cleansing agent:


    Some people use potassium hydroxide, otherwise known as ‘caustic potash’ – a water-soluble compound, a pH adjuster and a versatile cleaning agent – similar in chemical structure to ‘lye’. The process of creating liquid soap with potassium hydroxide involves dissolving the agent in water and mixing it with a very consistent, but nourishing ingredient, like warmed up coconut oil, whilst taking extreme caution not to let this powerful cleaning agent come into direct skin contact (you must wear gloves and/or a filter mask, as it can be corrosive to the skin in its pure form). Some people choose not to use potassium hydroxide for this very reason – the method is slightly more laborious and the compound, even after dilution, may cause some irritation for those with extremely sensitive skin. You may, of course, choose this option if you have no known sensitivities and have some extra time on your hands, as some people enjoy the process. The process involves boiling and mixing everything together until you get a smooth, consistent paste. This will act as the base for your shampoo. You can then combine it with your chosen nourishing and therapeutic ingredients.

    If you want something gentler or prefer to use purer ingredients, another solution to making your shampoo is baking soda, which you may conveniently already have in your pantry at home. Baking soda is a gentle, alkaline ingredient that effectively removes dirt and chemical build-up in your hair. It is mild, yet still powerful enough to cleanse impurities and give your hair extra volume and shine.

    Other people have found great results with the effects of apple cider vinegar. This all-natural ingredient acts as a mild acidic base that can regulate the pH balance of your hair. Use quality, organic vinegar for best results and extra shine. This option is especially recommended for those with oily or tangled hair due to over-styling or having long or curly locks. Apple cider vinegar is just as effective as baking soda, so feel free to try them both to see which option works best for your hair type. You should use one tablespoon of baking soda or apple cider vinegar per one cup of water as a general ratio when preparing your shampoo. Adjust quantities as desired.

    Another simple cleansing agent alternative is liquid soap. Liquid Castile soap, made from 100% plant-based oils (typically olive or coconut oil), is praised as a gentle yet effective cleansing base for shampoo, particularly for those who enjoy a slight foaming effect. This cleansing agent is gentle on the skin making it perfect for those with a dry or sensitive scalp. A little goes a long way.

    Extra Nutrition Through Herbs and Plants


    Although essential oils contain a concentrated quantity of nutrients from theplant or fruit they were extracted from, you may add further nourishment toyour shampoo (or other hair care products) by means ofraw, natural herbs. Just like preparing a tea, you can boil and brew the plants of your choice and use this nutritive, aromatic liquid in your formula.

    Baking soda, apple cider vinegar, or liquid Castile soap willcleanse yourhair; essential oils and carrier oils willdeeply hydrate and nourish your hair; and added herbs, plants or fruits willprovide additional nutrients to thehair and scalp. The perfect combination for healthful hair care, not tomention a pleasure for your senses!

    And what about conditioner?Much like creating shampoo, you will neednourishing plant ingredients and oils of your choice, plus a toning, yet verymild agent such as vinegar or lemon juice. Use essential oils and carrier oilsin moderate quantities, dependent on how oily or dry your hair is.

    So now that you know how easy and enjoyable it is to make your ownnatural hair products, let’s move on to see exactly what ingredients andquantities you need for certain hair types.

     
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