Finding a good shampoo can be challenging, especially if you want to mix your own AND you have dry strands. While some store-bought shampoos can be stripping, many homemade shampoos do not seem to do enough cleansing. However, the following recipes may provide that cleansing power without leaving your strands very dry:
1. African Black Soap Shampoo
African black soap is created from palm leaves, cocoa pod ash, plantain skin ash, palm kernel oil, and sometimes fewer or more ingredients (e.g., shea butter). Combine this soap with glycerin or honey (both of which are humectants), grapeseed oil (helps to lock in moisture), and distilled water to create a cleansing, non-stripping shampoo.
Ingredients:4 tbsp African black soap (crumbled into pieces) 1 cup hot distilled water 2 tsp glycerin (or pure honey) 3 tsp grapeseed oil
Instructions:1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bottle. Shake the bottle well and allow the mixture to cool before using. 2. Save the remainder in a closed bottle for future use (up to a few weeks).
2. Coconut Milk Shampoo
Liquid castile soap is generally made from olive oil (and/or other oils) and water. Though some naturals have shied away from it with all the talk of pH, the reality is that other naturals have faired fine using it in their shampoo recipes. If you are interested in giving liquid castile soap a try, the following mixture involves the addition of organic coconut milk (for dilution and additional lathering), distilled water (for further dilution), and safflower oil (for moisture).
Ingredients:1/4 cup liquid castile soap 3 tbsp organic coconut milk 1 tsp distilled water 1 tsp safflower oil (add more if you desire)
Instructions:1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bottle. Shake the bottle well before use. 2. Save the remainder in a closed bottle for future use (up to a few weeks). 3. Follow up with an apple cider vinegar rinse (if necessary) for pH balance.
3. Enhanced Shampoo
If you have a shampoo in your cabinet that is a bit drying, then here is one way to make it usable. Mix in some glycerin (humectant), jojoba oil (lock in moisture), melted coconut oil (lubrication and moisture), and distilled water (for dilution) in a separate bottle.
Ingredients:1 tbsp shampoo (preferably a shampoo you want to use up) 1/2 tsp glycerin 1/2 tsp jojoba oil 1/2 tsp melted coconut oil 1/4 cup distilled water
Instructions:1. Swirl all the ingredients together in a nozzle bottle.
2. Use the remainder to clean your hair tools, etc.