This year I decided I wanted to move towards a more natural beauty routine. So often when I've looked at the ingredient list on shampoo and conditioner bottles I've been at a loss as to what all of those ingredients are. Much like processed foods, you don't really know what crap you're putting into your body. Eventually I would like to also use the baking soda method for cleaning my hair but this is good place to start. I have so much hair that the lather of this homemade shampoo makes me feel like I'm getting squeaky clean without all the chemicals of store bought shampoo. The conditioning rinse is also very simple to make and easy to use. Using these homemade hair products will also cost you a fraction of the price of store bought shampoo and conditioner.
For the shampoo I used an old shampoo bottle that I cleaned and removed the label from. I filled it just below halfway with the pure-castille soap (Dr. Bronner's) and then nearly full with filtered water. I added 5 drops of tea trea oil and 5 drops of peppermint oil as well as half of a teaspoon of olive oil. I screwed the cap back on and shook it all together. The shampoo is very thin in consistency but still lathers up very well. You can use any essential oil you choose. You can see in the photo the amount of the pure-castille soap I used and the amount of shampoo I used. That bottle of soap is going to last me at least a year. Talk about savings! All you have to do is squeeze some onto the top of your head and lather up the way you normally would with shampoo. I let mine sit for a minute before rinsing.
The apple cider vinegar rinse is super simple. I recommend a squeeze bottle like the one in the photo for this. It makes it very easy to use in the shower. Fill the squeeze bottle 1/4 full with the vinegar and then fill nearly full with water. Add 5 drops of essential oil. The oil is a great way to hide the vinegar smell. I love the calming scent of lavender so that's what I went with but again, you can choose whatever essential oil you prefer. I went through about half a bottle but you might end up using more or less depending on the length of your hair. To use, squeeze some of the mixture onto your scalp working your way down to the ends of your hair. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with cold water. Make sure to warm yourself up again after the cold water rinse!
You can likely find all of these ingredients at your local organic market. In Canada you can order them online at well.ca or in America on Amazon.
Would you try homemade shampoo and conditioner? If you try this, let me know how it goes for you!