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It's easy to make shampoo at home with natural ingredients. Photo: Lifealth

Many commercial shampoo and conditioner products contain ingredients such as sulfates, silicones and certain alcohols such as isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) for example that are not very nice to your hair: they can dry out and damage it over time. If you want healthy, shiny hair without harmful chemicals added you can create your own shampoo using inexpensive ingredients.

Learn how to make a shampoo with natural ingredients.

Let’s look at what an effective shampoo should do!

Cleanse the hair: Shampoo helps to remove dirt and soil from the hair and scalp. Sebum, dust and styling products build up on hair over time, and shampoo is needed to remove them, without being too harsh and removing beneficial lipids on the hair.

Close the cuticle: The cuticle is the outermost layer of the hair and resembles roof tiles. If the tiles are nicely closed or laid down, they protect the underneath surface. A good shampoo will make sure that the cells of the cuticle are laid flat, thus protecting the underneath layers from damage.

Balance pH of hair: Hair needs a slightly acidic pH in order for the cuticle to be closed down, and to decrease the static electricity which causes tangles and damage to the hair.

Recipe #1: Basic Shampoo

This shampoo is great for normal hair, or as a base to add your own scents.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup distilled water

1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap

1/2 teaspoon jojoba, grapeseed, or other light vegetable oil

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Instructions:

Flip Cap Bottles or Foaming Bottles to dispense

Mix together all the ingredients. Store in a bottle. Shake before use.

This mixture isn't as thick as commercial shampoos - you'll need to just tilt the bottle over your head to get it out.

Recipe #2: Stimulate Shampoo

To wake up your scalp and your senses, try tea tree and peppermint oil!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup distilled water

1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap

1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil

1/8 tsp peppermint essential oil

1/8 tsp tea tree essential oil

Instructions:

Flip Cap Bottles or Foaming Bottles to dispense

Mix all ingredients, then store in a bottle. Use as you would any shampoo, rinse well.

This shampoo is best for dry hair!

Recipe #3: Soothe Shampoo

Ingredients:

Chamomile makes this shampoo a calming treat. Chamomile also has natural lightening properties, so combine this with lemon juice if you want to lighten your hair!

1 cup distilled water

1 cup Castille soap- try Lavender!

6 chamomile tea bags

1 1/2 tablespoons glycerin

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Instructions:

Flip Cap Bottles or Foaming Bottles to dispense

Steep the teabags in 1 cup of boiled water for 20 minutes. Remove the tea bags and discard them. Add Castille soap to the tea. Stir in glycerin until well blended. Keep in a dark, cool place in a sealed bottle.

Recipe #4: Dandruff Shampoo

Dandruff can affect people in every age group. Dandruff can manifest as either a very dry and flaky scalp or a very oily scalp with flakes. Contrary to popular belief, dandruff is not caused by a dry scalp or improper hair care. It can be caused by increased oil production, hormonal fluctuations, stress, and illness.

To banish a flaky scalp, try this DIY shampoo!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup distilled water

1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap

1/2 teaspoon jojoba, grapeseed, or other light vegetable oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons apple juice

6 finely ground cloves

Instructions:

Flip Cap Bottles or Foaming Bottles to dispense

In a small grinder or blender, mix all ingredients on low for 30 seconds.

Wet the hair with warm water and shampoo the mixture into the hair well. Rinse with warm water.

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