d.i.y. · health

d.i.y. shampoo

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?


7 thoughts on “d.i.y. shampoo

  1. Exactly the kind of thing I’m looking for! I also tried the apple cider vinegar, baking soda route, and my hair did some really not good things. So I’ve just been using regular shampoo until I work up the nerve to try something else new. I’ll definitely be trying this! So the coconut milk you use, it is just the stuff in the can?

    I would love to see a d.i.y. round up!

  2. Cool! Do you know the benefits of this shampoo? I know all about the baking soda stuff because that is why I do it…let me know if you have some info on this shampoo because I would love to try it someday!!!!!

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