I have not used commercial shampoo and conditioner since October 28. Has anyone noticed? Not yet! I do not have any before and after pictures because frankly there isn’t much visually to see. But I do have my experience, results and recipe to share on how to make homemade shampoo and conditioner.
I became interested in the “no poo” or “no shampoo” movement after evaluating the hair and beauty products I use on a daily basis. As part of my efforts to live green, I’ve been one-by-one eliminating store-bought products in exchange for homemade ones.
How to Make Homemade Shampoo
Prior to trying my own homemade shampoo and conditioner, I had been using Paul Mitchell products. I had selected these products not because they were green, but because they were “the best.” The brand name denoted high-quality to me as a consumer.
I first had to finish up what was left of Paul, as I hate letting anything go to waste if I can avoid it. That brought me to the end of October when I began researching recipes online on how to make homemade shampoo and conditioner.
Many of them are very similar. Some people have tried different amounts of the products to create the perfect formula. I actually haven’t changed the amounts since I started using this recipe but I have adjusted how often I shampoo.
How to Make Homemade Shampoo
Tip: Purchase and use a shampoo brush when applying the baking soda mix for the best results.
How Does the Process Work?
I start by rinsing my hair with water. Then I use my fingers to apply the baking soda paste into all areas of my scalp. Then I use the shampoo brush to gently massage my entire head. I know some people just use their fingers or nails but I really like the impact of the shampoo brush. It also helps break loose any sebum, dry skin or debris that might be on your scalp. Then I rinse with water.
Then I apply the conditioner by squeezing a bit of the vinegar mixture throughout my scalp using the no-leak bottle. I use my hands to gently massage it in and distribute the liquid throughout the ends of my hair. Please Note: Try tipping your head back during this as to be careful not to get the vinegar in your eyes. Then I let the vinegar solution soak on my head while I shower. At the end of my shower I rinse the vinegar solution out. I comb, brush and style my hair as normal.
What Are the Results?
Initially I had to get used to the new routine but now it’s super simple and doesn’t take up more time than normal shampoo and conditioner would. I make up a batch of product maybe once every three to four weeks. The containers I have are small, but large enough to hold several applications. I just store them in the shower like I would bottled shampoo and conditioner.
The first week was probably the hardest. I don’t have super greasy hair as some do, but I did have some flaking on my scalp. From what I have read commercial shampoo strips all of the natural oils from the scalp, leading to an over-production of oil. The natural shampoo method allows the scalp to adjust to a more normal state, but takes time to adjust. The flaking wasn’t a nightmare. It didn’t prevent me from going to work or going out in public. Like I said at the beginning of the post – nobody has noticed a difference. Initially the vinegar rinse made my hair feel extra springy. It had bounce. Following regular use I haven’t noticed as much bounce now.
Some people wonder if the “feeling” of sudsy shampoo is missed when using the “no poo” method. I honestly haven’t missed it. Maybe a little bit the first week but now I don’t mind. I feel better knowing what I’m using on my head, instead of some product full of 30 chemicals I can’t pronounce.
What is your hair type and how often do you do this?
I would best describe my hair type as mostly normal, sometimes dry and sometimes greasy. My scalp is more dry in the winter and greasier in the summer. If I work out a lot it tends to be worse so I shampoo more often. This is also what led me to cut all my hair off when I started running, although now I’m growing it out again. Go figure!
Currently I use the homemade shampoo and conditioner two to three times per week. On the other days I rinse my hair with water. So far this process has worked well for me and allows my hair a few days to produce more natural oils again before washing. During those in between days I’m more likely to wear my hair up but it’s not totally necessary. I still flat iron my hair periodically and curl my hair.
If you have any questions on this process, please let me know and I’ll try to help.