Homemade, Toxic-Free Shampoo
1 cup warm/hot water
1TBS baking soda
OPTIONAL: 5 drops essential oil of choice: Rosemary boosts hair growth which is what I use and it works, Lavender also promotes hair growth, Chamomile adds shine and softens, Cederwood promotes hair growth and treats thinning hair. There are other essential oils that benefit hair but I don’t want to gum up this post with all of them so I encourage you to do your own research.
Mix together in a glass bottle until baking soda is dissolved. Use a glass bottle with a narrow neck to control water flow. Wet hair. Apply the baking soda/water mixture like you would shampoo. This will take some getting used to because this recipe does not lather. Literally, you are putting water on your hair. Apply the mixture evenly to all parts of the hair, using your hands to “lather” it all in. Let it sit in your hair for a few minutes. Rinse your hair with cold water (not freezing, just as cold as you can stand.) This will put a damper on frizz if you are like me and have curly hair. Dry your hair. I wash my hair once a week. Up to you if you want to do it more.
Conditioner not needed. If you HAVE to use conditioner, do not use any chemicals (AKA store-bought stuff). Use 1/4th cup of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup water. “Lather” into hair and rinse. The vinegar smell will go away once you rinse and dry your hair. Promise. BONUS: Will also clean your bath tub J
If you are skeptical that this recipe works (which is understandable since we’ve been coached our entire lives to be solely reliable on grocery stores and such), then just experiment. It might take you a few tries to get the best results since you are re-training your hair to respond to this new product. For me, I wash my hair once a week. By the end of the week, my hair is super oily and one wash with this recipe completely cleans and softens my hair. It makes my hair so soft it won’t even hold a bun. There are other homemade, chemical-free shampoos you can make if you choose. This recipe is just one I use and swear by. It’s super cheap, super easy, and super works.