DIY Natural Shampoo
DIY Natural Shampoo
Have you ever read the back of any shampoos or conditioners bottles? There you will find excessively long words that no one really knows what they are. I was told once that when people or industries wish to keep an ingredient away from the knowing public, they create a complex word so no one has a clue what it is. Unless you work in that industry or have an interest in the subject which would warrant investigation, you will never know what the ingredients are and the possible effects they will have on your body.
‘Avoid the Confusing Words’
When I was growing up, my mother being very health conscious would encourage healthy eating habits naturally enough. She proclaimed for us to avoid eating foods that had an ingredient that was hard to pronounce or hard random numbers beside them. I feel it was solid advice. Over time, it came to light how bad these chemicals really are for us. This advice should really be followed through to the products we use on our bodies also. Shampoos are no different and we are now aware of the implication these household staples have on our health.
So what are the negative implications you say?
Some of the chemicals in shampoo can become carcinogenic when exposed to other agents that are found in most shampoos. Every shampoo contains sulfate which foams up the hair. These can irritate the skin as well as the eyes. Many shampoos also contain the chemical isopropyl alcohol which comes from petrol which effectively strips the hair on its essential oils. Most popular shampoos that contain sulfates strip the natural color of your hair
Benefits of DIY natural shampoo
- Natural products, especially organic ones, bind and nourish the hair follicles and skin cells for hair vitality
- Encourages fast and thick hair growth
- Add essentials oils instead of stripping your hair with fragrances in many popular brands
- super Affordable
- It infuses with the hair and scalp providing nutrients
- Free from parabens which speed up balding and grey hair
- Add your choice of essential oils as a treatment or an issue you may have, balding, thinning, greasiness etc.
The lists goes on and on. You should do some research if your hair is important to you or you are having issues in this area. Even if you don’t, the fact that shampoos found in the supermarkets are hazardous to our health that prohibits healthy hair, all the while promoting that it is vital for smooth, shiny and thick hair should be reason enough to go natural. It’s nonsense and a quick fix, but in the long run, the affects will come to light. Do yourself and your beloved hair a favour and go natural.
Are natural shampoos expensive?
Yes and no. If you have some of the ingredients and components, then not so much, but if you have to buy everything, then it can be a little more expensive. The good news is, most people have some if not most items in the house, especially if you are conscious of health. I think, in the long run, it’s cheaper. This particular recipe can yield a substantial amount which will last you quite some time. Although, I advise to make in smaller batches as it keeps the minerals and nutrients more potent and benefical.
Essential oils you can add to your DIY shampoo to help treat different conditions:
- Rosemary and Cedarwood essential oils are renowned for their ability to stimulate thick regrowth of the hair by improving circulation on the scalp.
- Lavender is brilliant for treating hair prone to dandruff and itchy scalp.
- Patchouli is great for oily haiSage is great for common skin conditions like psoriasis
- Tea Tree is ideal for unclogging the hair follicle which causes hair loss.
So without further ado, let gets get into it. Here are the ingredients you will need for this particular homemade shampoo:
If you continue to use conventional shampoos bought in the supermarket, you are not going to die. You do face the risk over time and considering you most likely used these your whole life, adds to the risk of these low-grade toxins and harmful chemicals affecting your health. Do yourself a favour and go chemical free. The process of making these shampoos is quite satisfying, not to mention the beautiful aromas present when making them. Enjoy, have fun and stay healthy!