Maybe I’m a little off my rocker, but when I take a shower I think about the chemicals washing over my skin as I rinse my hair. You know that phrase “Ignorance is bliss”? Well, I know exactly what they mean.
The more I know about various topics the more I question and want to change the way we live our lives, the products we consume, the choices we make. I have to take baby steps though. I want to accomplish my goals and make permanent change. Last night I took another step forward. Here goes nothing! I made my own shampoo and conditioner!
I put the shampoo in the pump pictured above and it works great. Remember, stay away from glass bottles. The last thing you need to do is drop one in the shower! You can use the shampoo as is, or depending upon your hair type, add an herbal infusion to replace the green tea in the above recipe. Use a handful of fresh herbs or a spoonful of dried herbs and a cup of boiling water to prepare the infusion, steeping for 30 minutes. Here are some suggestions for different hair types (and predicaments):
- for dark hair: sage leaves
- for greasy hair: yarrow
- for fair hair: marigold flowers
- for dandruff: a mixture of nettle leaves and burdock roots
I didn’t add any of these since I didn’t have any sage leaves on hand. I haven’t accomplished my herb garden goals yet. :) I’m also going to be trying just plain old Baking Soda at some point. I saw some recommendations for that!
For the natural conditioner I used the following recipe:
A fusion of one fresh peeled lemon and one peeled cucumber in your blender can be massaged into your hair and rinsed thoroughly for a rockin’ natural take on the two-in-one. The cucumber acts as a conditioning agent, and the lemon as a cleansing agent – a perfect pair!
The second conditioner option is just plain old coconut oil! I buy this in bulk on Amazon.com. Best prices since I use it for cooking as well! I’ve tried this before. You just take a small amount of coconut oil (dime sized or less) and rub it in you hands. I applied it to my hair. This was nice but use too much and it’ll look like your hair is still wet! I’m not a big fan of this option at all.
Here’s the verdict on the shampoo and conditioner:
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! I really didn’t expect to say that! First, I gave my girls a bath and tried it out on them. They thought the wine bottle was funny. The shampoo created nice suds. My kids are 5 so I’m not sure about the tear-free aspect of this but I’m assuming it wouldn’t be a good idea to get it in the eyes. I know castille soap stings from past experience and since that is in the ingredients I wasn’t about to test it out. The conditioner didn’t feel like much when I applied it and rinsed it but the results were fantastic!!! The girls’ hair came out beautiful and so did mine! I could definitely smell the apple cider vinegar in the shower but once my hair was dried I didn’t smell it anymore. I asked my husband’s opinion as well and he couldn’t smell it. I washed my hair last night since I couldn’t wait to try it and my hair looks so good this morning that I’m not going to wash it again (I usually wash my hair every morning). I’m forever changed! I feel clean, chemical free, and the results were actually good! I’m shocked. Also, you really only need to use the vinegar rinse (conditioner) once every couple of days. Trust me, do it that way.
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