I love a good do-it-yourself project that makes something either 1) cheaper or 2) more natural. The best is when it does both!
I had recently debated going the no-shampoo route, using apple cider vinegar and baking soda (I had heard about this from a couple different people). However, I had a couple big reservations:
- People who go the no-shampoo route say it takes 4-6 weeks for your hair to acclimate. 4-6 weeks of greasy hair?
- My sister tried it and wasn’t pleased with her results. We have identical hair.
Instead, I found a recipe for coconut milk shampoo. I liked this because it still used real soap (natural castile soap) but also had coconut milk and a little oil, so I figured my hair wouldn’t get dried out either. After I finally used up the last of my old shampoo, I mixed up a batch:
- 1/4c. coconut milk (not light)
- 1/3c. liquid castile soap (I bought the unscented because I had planned on adding essential oils. In the future I’ll buy the lavender.)
- 1t. olive oil
You have the option of adding essential oils (10-20 drops), which I was planning on doing. And then I priced out essential oils and saw how expensive they were, so that got tabled.
I poured it into my old shampoo bottle and shook it up. I make sure to shake the bottle before I use it, to keep it mixed. I love this shampoo. My hair feels and smells clean. It also feels lighter than it did before. It styles as usual, so far isn’t frizzy (we’ll see as the summer progresses), and looks normal. My hair has no volume to speak of, so I can’t vouch if it makes hair flat or not. But I’ll definitely be keeping this recipe and using this as our shampoo from here on out. Dave also uses it and likes it.
Next week I want to do an update post on all our past d.i.y. projects – if we still do them, how we like them, which we’ve ditched!
What shampoo do you use?