For the past year I have scoured various beauty salons, shops, supermarkets, and even online in search of a shampoo that provided an ingredient list that was both non-toxic and also promoted healthy strong hair. Finally, after much research, I decided to come up with my own shampoo/conditioner recipe perfectly designed for me. I am in LOVE with the result and I hope that you will love this recipe as well.
Don’t let the simplicity of the recipe fool you. It is a common misconception that our personal hygiene and beauty products require a long list of ingredients in order to be effective. In fact, the typical long list of ingredients in your shampoo tends to contain toxic and harsh chemicals that will strip the natural oils of your hair. The simplicity of this recipe will allow the natural oils in your hair to become balanced and your hair will flourish.
Because this is a deviation from the chemical soup we have been slathering in our hair for years, there will be an adjustment period when you make the switch. Your hair will require time to balance the natural oils that you are no longer stripping with each wash. For me, this adjustment period was 3-4 days, but I have heard that for some it can take up to 2-3 weeks. It depends on the individual.
On to the fun stuff, lets talk a little bit about some of the ingredients included in this recipe.
Sweet almond oil – Used in ancient Egypt to promote hair growth (yes please) this lovely oil is affordable and can be used in a myriad of beauty products. I use it in this recipe to promote hair growth and to make my hair shiny and beautiful!
Avocado Oil – I add a bit of avocado oil to this recipe to moisturize and nourish the hair. Avocado oil boosts the moisture content of the hair as well as providing vitamins A, E, and D along with minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium, etc.
Peppermint Essential Oil- Helps to normalize the PH balance of your scalp keeping your natural oils in check and stimulates your scalp with tingly goodness promoting hair growth.
Tea Tree Essential Oil- has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities and assists in banishing dandruff (thank you!)
Sandalwood Essential OIl- Has a wonderful smell and moisturizes your hair and scalp.
THE RECIPE – Combine all of the following ingredients in a sterilized airtight container.
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1/2 cup unscented castile soap
- 1 and 1/3 Tbs sweet almond oil
- 1 tsp avocado oil
- 1/4 tsp peppermint essential oil
- 1/4 tsp tea tree essential oil
- 1/8 tsp sandalwood essential oil
If you tend to have an oily hair type, omit the avocado oil and sandalwood and in place of the sandalwood, use lemongrass essential oil.
Lather and tinse as normal. ENJOY and let me know how it goes!