Jul 192020
How To Make Natural Shampoo – Your Guide
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Welcome to my 'How To Make Natural Shampoo' post!

First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on this topic of green living. Are you looking for a natural shampoo recipe that is simple enough to make at home? Well, you have come to the right place.

In this article, you will learn why people are making their shampoo, the benefits, and I will provide you with some simple recipes for you to try yourself.

As a qualified teacher, I am passionate about education and the impact it can have on bettering our future. It is down to us individuals to do our research and make small changes to the way we live our lives. 

These small changes are easy to make and can have a big impact on our health, the health of our family and our environment. This website is designed for everyday people looking to make these changes. Here you will learn a legitimate way to go green. 

Let me be completely transparent with you, I am not here to pitch or sell anything to you. I am here to reveal and to assist you on your journey of going green! 

Concerns Regarding Mainstream Shampoo

Health Concerns

Commercial or conventional shampoos contain chemicals, which can cause dryness in the scalp. When you shampoo your hair, the suds wash over your entire body. The chemicals can disrupt the natural oil-producing glands of your scalp and this eventually leads to dry skin.

Also, the industrial mineral oils and ingredients known as detergents, such as silicone, lead to breakouts on your body. These detergents are the ingredient that creates that rich lather when you shampoo.

Environmental Concerns

The most common concern regarding shampoo and the environment is the number of chemicals being released into our waterways down our drains. Many mainstream shampoos consist of a chemical called Sodium Laureth Sulfate. 

This chemical is very dangerous for animals as it is mutagenic. The animals drink the water containing this chemical which is harmful to them and can lead to mutations.

It takes a long time to remove these chemicals from our waterways and the amount of clean water we have access to is limited. Did you know that only five percent of the world's water is safe for animals and for us to drink?

Many people think that they are one small contributing factor to the issue and cant make a difference. However, the issue exists because many people use these products. Therefore finding an alternative will play a big role. This is especially true if you teach your family to do the same and they pass it on to their families etc.


The Solution: Natural Shampoo

Simply put, natural shampoo products, like their skincare equivalents, use only natural ingredients. Why? With recent advances in science, we are discovering that synthetic chemicals, that are consistently found in mainstream products, are not good for our skin, health, or the health of our environment.

With a growing preference for homemade and handmade products, consumers concerned with their health and the environment are increasingly choosing natural alternatives when it comes to hair care. There are several benefits to making it at home - its cheap, easy, can be adapted to suit your needs, and doing so helps the environment.

Benefits of Natural Shampoo

Health Benefits

Natural shampoos made from plant-based ingredients have many benefits. For example, they nourish your hair, scalp, and hair follicles. They also contribute to shinier and healthier hair. 

Strengthens Fine Hair: Natural essential oils can help improve the hair quality and density, with rosemary and lavender being the main ones used to do this. Research suggests that rosemary oil increases blood circulation, while lavender oil promotes strong hair growth.

Soothes Irritated Scalps: A sensitive scalp may become irritated and flake due to the accumulation of synthetic chemicals. However, natural ingredients, such as tea tree oil, have been shown to have beneficial effects on inflamed skin.

Likewise, rosemary oil is effective against certain fungi and bacteria. To get all the benefits of an oil, gently massage the organic shampoo into the scalp with your fingertips before rinsing.

Reduce Dandruff: By reducing inflammation, you can also reduce dandruff. There is a know one effect that comes into play here. A naturally healthy scalp will be left irritated, moisturized, and ultimately less flakey.

Hydrates Dry Hair: The chemicals that cause the foam in the shampoo can remove your hairs its natural oils and dry it out. This in turn produces frizz and split ends.

Almond and argan oils are famous for their nutritional and hydrating properties. It works by covering the fiber with a layer that seals moisture and gives the hair a healthy shine.

Power the Natural Color: In addition to frequent washing and drying the hair, chemicals can cause hair color to discolor and look dull. Certain natural oils, however, can improve their natural color.

Blondes should opt for chamomile oil, brunettes for sage, and redheads for carrots. Henna is also a popular ingredient for red hair but always consult your local professional beforehand, especially when applying it to already dyed hair.

Environmental Benefits

The stuff you wash down the drain ends up in the ecosystem. Therefore, you need to avoid commercial shampoo products to protect the environment from harmful chemicals.

For that reason, it is better to use plant-based or natural shampoos, which are biodegradable and promote our ecosystems. Natural shampoos play an important role in sustainable living and protecting and repairing our already damaged environment. 

They consist of ingredients that can be found naturally in our environment. Natural ingredients break down easier and are far less likely to contaminate our waterways. 

Are Natural Shampoos Safe?

Although natural shampoos are safer for us to use and better for our environment, it is important to note that some natural shampoos may also include ingredients that can cause skin irritation.

So, if you have sensitive skin, you need to avoid ingredients like mint, tea tree, and citrus essential oils. It is recommended that you test any new product on a small area of your skin and allow time to see if your skin reacts to it.

Most essential oils must always be diluted first and therefore it is important that you do not apply them directly to your skin. There are a few exceptions to the rule, for example, lavender and frankincense. However, do your research first and if you are unsure, dilute as a precaution.

Children are more sensitive to essential oils than adults and different precautions should be taken for children. 


Natural Shampoo Recipe: Aloe Vera

If you want to cope with frizzy and dry hair, then you can use Aloe Vera, which has excellent natural healing properties. 

Ingredients & Utensils Needed

  • ¼ cup Aloe Vera Gel
  • ¼ cup distilled water
  • ¼ cup of liquid soap
  • ½ tablespoon Vitamin E oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
  • 7 drops each of geranium and oil lavender oil
  • Measuring cup
  • Immersion Blender
  • Shampoo Bottle

How To Make Natural Shampoo

Step 1: Mix Aloe Vera gel in distilled water along with Vitamin oil and vegetable glycerin in the given quantities.

Step 2: Use a cup or bowl to mix them. Use the immersion blender to make sure you have mixed well all ingredients. If you do not have a blender a whisk will also work. 

Step 3: Pour in this mixture the measured amount of liquid soap. Then, blend the mixture again. Carefully carry out this step as doing so will help to form a smooth mixture.

Step 4: Add the lavender oil and geranium oil slowly to this mixture and combine it once again.

Step 5: Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the bottle. Your homemade natural shampoo with Aloe Vera is ready for use.

Natural Shampoo Recipe: Honey

Honey is one of the most useful ingredients when it comes to making your hair smooth, silky, and soft. Honey is likewise a mild cleanser.

It has outstanding healing properties, which make it a great ingredient for making a natural shampoo. Moreover, it is a perfect ingredient for managing your frizzy hair.

Ingredients & Utensils Needed

  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 cup of liquid soap
  • A few drops of essential oils
  • Measuring cup
  • Used shampoo bottle

How To Make Natural Shampoo

Step 1: In a glass bowl, you need to pour 1 cup of liquid soap and add ½ cup of water.

Step 2: Add organic money to the mixture and then add some essential oils of your choice.

Step 3: Keep mixing the ingredients gently and once well-mixed, you can pour the mixture into a shampoo bottle.

Natural Shampoo Recipe: Adaptable

One of the most attractive aspects of homemade shampoo is the fact that you can create a recipe to meet your own needs. Below is a video with a really basic recipe which you can adapt by changing the essential oils to meet your needs. 

Just be aware that some oils react with each other. I do my research into oil blending. Alternatively, you can just use one oil instead of mixing them. 

Are you looking for an even more simple and adaptable recipe? Watch this video:

How To Make Natural Shampoo: The Final Verdict!

Natural shampoos contain ingredients that are safer for us to use and protect our environment. There are some risks associated with using essential oils so be sure to do a little research first. Once you have found the recipe that meets your needs you will be able to make it easily whenever you need it. 

They are easy and cost-effective to make. Most of the ingredients can be found already in your home. Although it is easy to follow these simple guidelines on How To Make Natural Shampoo, if you don’t have time, you can always look for natural shampoo brands.

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Reader Comments

  1. Great post, thank you for this. I’ve had a problem with a dry scalp for a couple of years and only when I use a shop bought product. I’ve been using cider vinegar and it works perfectly, no dry skin. That said, the mission to try yours begins, I love Aloe. Any thoughts on cider vinegar?

    1. Hi Steve,
      You are more than welcome, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed reading it. I too have reactions from shop brought products including dryness, dandruff, and itchiness. If you ever have to uses these types of products, I recommend thoroughly washing these products out of your hair to reduce the likeliness of these reactions taking place. Apple cider vinegar has fantastic cleaning properties and can be used in shampoos or as a rinsing agent. Some people have also reported the conditioning effects of vinegar too. I am happy that you will be trying the aloe shampoo.

      All the very best.

    1. Hello Wilson Russell,

      I am sorry to hear that you suffer allergies from many mainstream shampoos. You are not alone, many people have reactions to the unatural chemicals used in these products. I am happy that I have provided you with an alternative solution to try at home tonight.

      All the very best.

  2. Totally awesome recipe who in this world of chemicals that can harm will like to have something that works and is good for you. Thank you for your part in helping make the world more healthy for all of us. Have a nice step by step description and I like that. Not a complicated recipe either. Good Job!

    1. Hello Dan,
      It is easy to get stuck in habits of buying store-bought products when we have busy schedules. I am thrilled to hear you like the sound of how simple it is. This simplicity makes living a greener life more accessible for so many of us who are under so much pressure. Have a great day and thank you for reading.

  3. Wow, I didn’t know it was so easy to make shampoo at home. I am going to try the Honey one for sure.

    My daughter’s hair is always frizzy and dry. The honey would help that.

    Thanks for posting this article.

  4. Really interesting post, I have been thinking about switching for a while now. Can these also be used as a body wash?

  5. This is so great. Making my own soap and shampoo has been on my to-do list for a while, so now I know where to go when I finally have found the time to do it. 🙂
    I wonder, can I use the aleo that is in my garden?

    1. Absolutely, this is a lovely idea! Alow works very well in a variety of beauty products.
      I would strip the skin off and strain it through some cheesecloth or a very fine strainer to remove the fibrous parts of the plant.

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