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Niche Topics (Beauty and Wellness) is all about a natural approach to healthy skin,
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Casually pick up a bottle of shampoo from the shelf of your local drugstore, and
you are likely to see a whole flock of strange unpronounceable names printed on its
ingredient label. Many of these seemingly harmless tongue-twisters – diethanolamine,
phthalates, and diazolidinyl urea – can have potentially dangerous effects on your
health, ranging from hair loss to severe skin irritation and cancer.
Let’s take sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) for example. This synthetic substance, commonly
found in a wide variety of commercially prepared shampoos as well as shaving creams,
liquid soaps and bubble baths, works as a foaming agent to give your favorite shampoo
a rich, foamy lather that makes you feel ultra clean.
However, the trouble with sodium lauryl sulfate is it can do more harm than good.
According to FDA reports, the health risks associated with long term use of SLS can
include irritation of the eyes and scalp, swelling of the hands, face and arms, scalp
rashes, dandruff and hair loss.
If that doesn’t scare you, how about this – reduced male fertility, and breast cancer.
When SLS is absorbed through the skin into the body, it can mimic estrogen (female
hormones) and play serious havoc with endocrine glands that release your hormones,
which can trigger off the mentioned health problems.
The best thing you can do to avoid harsh chemicals and irritating additives is switch
to a sulfate-free shampoo (often has coco glucoside and gylcerine) or an organic
and natural shampoo made with safe ingredients such as sunflower or olive oil, or
If you don’t want to dole out more cash for big brands like Jonathan Product Sulfate
Free Infinite Volume Shampoo, Inova Professional Silk Keratin Smooth Protection Sulfate
Free Shampoo, or John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo, here’s the frugal
alternative – make your own shampoo at home using natural things that won’t put a
strain on both your health and wallet.
Chamomile flowers, hibiscus leaves, aloe vera, honey and eggs are good examples of
natural ingredients that you can use to create homemade organic shampoos and conditioners.
If you have an annoying dandruff problem or looking to stop hair loss, ginger as
well as apple cider vinegar will help solve your hair dilemma.
What I have here to share are 3 simple homemade hair shampoo recipes that my children
and I absolutely love. Not only are they super quick and easy to make on the weekends,
they also contain remarkable restorative properties that leave dull frizzy hair feeling
really soft and smooth as silk with a lingering hint of fragrance.
What’s more, the natural homemade shampoos will boost your scalp health in the long
run, which in turn improves the texture and strength of your mane so it stays in
its best condition – divinely glossy, voluminous and free of split ends.
Another lovely plus about them is you can change the recipes around to address your
current hair situation, or if you don’t like what I have suggested here. For instance,
you can use lavender, rosemary, sandalwood or geranium as essential oils instead
of avocado oil for dry hair.
Cedarwood, thyme and clary sage essential oils are ideal for normal hair while hair
that gets oily quickly will greatly benefit from the cleansing and clarifying properties
of lemon, peppermint and cypress essential oils.
If you are wondering whether you can use only castile soap and leave out the remaining
ingredients, the answer is “yes”. Simply take an old shampoo bottle, fill it halfway
with castile soap and finally top up with water. Try Dr. Bronner’s castile soap.
It is non-irritating, incredibly mild and gentle enough for babies too.
For those having a hard time getting hold of castile soap, then check out this exceedingly
simple-to-create, no-lather shampoo and conditioner. Get these ready – 1 teaspoon
baking soda and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar – and place them into 2 separate
Add ¼ cup water to baking soda cup. Wet your hair as usual, and gently work the mixture
through hair thoroughly for 1-2 minutes. Rinse well.
Then pour the same amount of water into the cup that has vinegar. Apply to hair ends,
and then wash off completely. Hair will be left squeaky clean and totally free from
DIY Shampoo Recipes
Homemade Herbal Shampoo for Normal Hair
4 cups distilled water
5 tablespoons chamomile flowers
4 ounces unscented castile soap flakes
Place chamomile flowers in a pot. Pour in boiling distilled water. Cover and let
it steep for 20-30 minutes. Strain and add castile soap flakes.
Transfer the shampoo to either a glass or plastic bottle and use it to wash your
hair every day. This herbal shampoo recipe makes about 1 quart of shampoo.
Other recommended herbs for normal hair: horsetail, red clover, marigold, or lavender.
Homemade Natural Rosemary Shampoo for Oily Hair
1 cup distilled water
2 tablespoons sage
2 tablespoons rosemary
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
⅓ cup liquid castile soap
Place sage and rosemary in a pot. Pour boiling distilled water. Cover and let it
steep for 25-45 minutes. Add castile soap and jojoba oil into the herbal infusion.
Transfer shampoo to a resealable container and store in a cool place.
Other recommended herbs for oily hair: nettle, peppermint, tea tree, orris root and
Organic Aloe Vera Shampoo Recipe for Dry Hair
¼ cup liquid castile soap
¼ cup organic aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon pure vegetable glycerin
¼ teaspoon organic avocado oil
Place all the ingredients in a pot. Mix well to combine. Transfer shampoo to a plastic
bottle. Shake well before using.
Other recommended herbs for dry hair: comfrey root, red clover, lavender, elder flowers,
Apply about 1 tablespoon homemade organic shampoo on wet hair, and allow to sit for
a couple of minutes. Then rinse thoroughly in lukewarm water. The shelf life of homemade
natural shampoo is about 2 weeks after making.
Note: You can find the ingredients to make homemade shampoo in most drugstores, locally