When you are living naturally, and love making your own products it is really important to find the right recipe for the job. This is the best, easiest, and healthiest homemade shampoo recipe I have discovered. And it saves you money!
No, it's not Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar. That is the biggest travesty you can do to your hair. "It's natural, it's cheap, I read it on the internet." Once again the Wal-Mart mentality is rubbing off. Let me tell you a little bit about hair and why baking soda dilluted with water, then followed with apple cider vinegar is a serious no no for your head. First of all, your hairs pH and the acid mantle (sebum production on your scalp) falls in between 4.5-5.5 on the pH scale. Water is neutral at a 7. When you add water to baking soda, test the pH, you are at 8.5 - 9 on the pH scale. This is alkaline, and weakens hair from the inside out. How? When your hair is wet, and you apply an alkaline solution to it, this causes your hair to open up (think of shingles on your house and the wind pushing them up). It then goes inside the hairs internal structure, and weakens the disulfide bonds. This is the softening that so many "no pooers" get excited about. Little do they know that they are seriously damaging their hair. This is how hair colors and permanents work. The alkaline opens up the hair and therefore the perm or color can deposit on to your internal hair strand, then a clarifying shampoo is used to "close" the hair. A clarifying shampoo is in the acidic range on the pH scale. This is to "close" the hair back down (return it to the normal pH) so no more damage can be done. Well the same process goes with the "no pooing". First the alkaline (baking soda), and then the acidic (apple cider vinegar). When your hair is exposed to alkaline treatments breakage, frizziness, and dryness occur. Your hair jumping up to alkaline range and then back to acidic range is also not good for your hair or scalp.
Now, I am guilty of doing the no poo routine as well. I didn't like it. So it left me frustrated, it just seemed so logical that something natural had to be out there for hair care. Something that was simple, and had stood the test of time. Every recipe seemed to be either baking soda with apple cider vinegar, or using Bronner's liquid soap (still too alkaline for hair). And low and behold I found it. The shampoo recipe that dosen't strip your hair of oils, dosen't dry it out, dosen't damage it, but promotes growth, adds shine and moisture, easy to make, and all ingredients are readily available and inexpensive. Ready? : )
Aloe and Coconut Milk Shampoo
3 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel (Lily of the Desert, brand)
1/4 Cup Coconut Milk (So Delicious Unsweetened, brand)
1 drop - 1 Tablespoon Nutrient Oil: Jojoba, Almond, Vitamin E (the amount depends on your hair type)
Essential Oils (for scent and other properties)
Yields: Approximately 3 uses
Combine ingredients, shake well. Pour mixture into small spray bottle. When hair is wet, apply to scalp. Massage in circular motions, this stimulates blood flow and thus stimulates growth. Leave on for up to 30 minutes. I typically apply when I first get into the shower, finish washing, then rinse it out. Rinse well, massage in circular motions. I don't follow with a conditioner, there is no need. Store remaining shampoo in refrigerator, shelf life depends on the coconut milk. I buy a half gallon, pour into ice cube trays and freeze. This makes it so easy and economical. I have not had any problems or issues with this shampoo. Plus our entire family uses it, since it is pH balanced I don't fear it on my 2 year olds beautiful hair or her soft scalp.
Why Aloe is good for the hair:
"Aloe Vera is a good way to treat hair loss. Many people use
various products that contain Aloe Vera for maintaining thick
and healthy hair.
One can apply Aloe Vera gel on the whole scalp and hair so as
to treat hair loss.
Actually, Aloe Vera includes the enzyme which is beneficial in
stimulating new hair production.
It has properties of anti-inflammatory which are helpful in
fighting against Androgenetic Alopecia.
Aloe Vera protects the hair and scalp from many types of hair
problems. A number of people consider that there is no such
type of item that can be very useful to prevent hair.People
pay a large amount of money on many hair items and all the
items offer no amazing results and have some side effects.
Therefore, Aloe Vera is used like the magic material for the
production of hairs.This herb is contained in many hair products
such as conditioners, hair shampoos and hair oils. An individual
can use hair conditioner and shampoo on the whole scalp and
then massage it gently and leave it for a few minutes. At last,
wash off carefully the hair.Regular use of Aloe Vera hair
conditioner and shampoo prevents the hair loss. Massaging Aloe
Vera shampoos on the complete scalp will improve the blood
circulation and prevents excess stress and mental labor.
Caribbean’s, Aloe Vera Indians and Native Americans have been
using this herb from the ages for the endorsement of strong hair.
Aloe Vera gel that contains coconut milk with a little quantity
of wheat germ oil and then it is utilized like a shampoo and
gives amazing results.
Aloe Vera conditioners and shampoos include the best mixture of
herbal extracts, natural oils, vitamins and shea butter. These
Aloe Vera items are perfect for all different forms of hair
such as oily, dry, thin and normal.
Every conditioner and shampoo is pH balanced and is prepared
without alcohol or petroleum based ingredients. Aloe Vera
jojoba shampoo nourishes and cleans the hair and offers healthy
and soft shiny hairs.
Therefore, Aloe Vera is beneficial for the production of hairs
and provides softness and shine to the hair and prevents hair
loss and other hair related conditions."
I hope you try this, and share with all your "no pooing" friends! Here is a great video tutorial explaining the science of our hair and why baking soda is very harmful to our hair and scalp. Also the 5th video is a bonus video showing the pH levels of lemon juice with water, apple cider vinegar with water, baking soda with water, and Bronner's liquid soap with water. Science dosen't lie!
This is the video of the original shampoo recipe, the woman is amazing please check out her other great homemade recipes!