I have been on a mission this year to toss out as many chemicals as I can from the house for more than one reason. Early in 2015, we realized that part of the chronic pain that I had suffered from for years was a result of a home filled with chemicals that I am overly sensitive to. That led us to stop buying over 30 different products and to start making them ourselves. It has been a year since we started removing the chemicals from our home and at this point, I am almost 100% pain free. One of the products that we’ve made the change to is that we are now making our own shampoo. Yes. You heard me correctly. This Homemade Coconut Shampoo is natural which means you know exactly what is in it, tweak the ingredients to create the perfect scent for you and your family or the perfect healing shampoo for your hair type.
Now before you go and make your own jar of this stuff, keep in mind that it won’t suds up like you’re used to. Sulfates are what causes commercial shampoos to do that and since this is sulfate-free, it won’t. That’s okay because the sulfates aren’t what gets your hair clean. In fact, they really serve no purpose. What this homemade shampoo will do though is clean your hair, leave it smelling fresh and leave it conditioned just the way you want it to be. This diy shampoo is just one of the items that we make homemade these days. It gets included in with our homemade shave cream, homemade aftershave (that I make for my hubby), homemade liquid hand soap, and the homemade healing lotion I make to help moisturize my (very) dry skin. It helps that a lot of them all use the same ingredients so I’m able to whip them all up very quickly each week.
Homemade Coconut Shampoo
If you have a specific hair issue like dry hair or split ends, keep reading. At the end of the post I will give you combinations to use when you make your own shampoo to help you treat those specific problems. I often change the oil combinations that I use when I make it as I make up each batch based on what my hair currently is doing. I’ve had some people ask whether there is an adjustment period for your hair when you start to use this homemade version and the best thing that I can tell you is this: I did not have any issues switching, however everyone has different hair. I have naturally curly and very dry and frizzy hair normally. What I would suggest is if you’re concerned about an adjustment period to use it the first time over the weekend. That will give your hair a bit of time to calm down if needed.
You will Need:
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ⅔ cup unscented Castile soap (or make your own homemade Liquid Castile soap)
- 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
- 1 tsp. Jojoba oil
- 15-20 drops essential oil of your choice
In a quart sized mason jar, combine all of the ingredients except your essential oils and stir gently to combine. If you have an empty shampoo bottle or two, you can mix it up in them instead. Doing it that way can make it easier to use in the shower.
Add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (or use one of the combinations below) and stir gently again to mix the oils well into the mixture. Seal with a lid and ring and use the next time you shampoo your hair! If you’re giving this as a gift, add a pretty ribbon and gift tag and you’re done!
If after making your homemade coconut shampoo, you find that it is too thin, you can thicken it by making a salt water solution. Add .5 oz regular table salt to 1.5oz warm distilled water and stir until it is dissolved. Then, in very small amounts (1 ml or less), add to your soap and stir. Continue adding the salt water solution to your soap until you’ve got the consistency that you want.
To use, apply a generous amount to your hair beginning at the ends and work your way up to the roots. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes then rinse away completely. For an added shine and extra conditioning boost, rinse with apple cider vinegar after shampooing. Apple cider vinegar is useful for a lot of different health and beauty uses and conditioning and adding shine to hair is one of them.
Have a specific hair issue you need to solve? Use these essential oil combos in your shampoo when you mix it up: As always, be careful with essential oils if you’re pregnant. Some are not safe for use by pregnant women. To mix these up, you’ll take the 15-20 drops mentioned above and split them between each oil. I’ve listed the counts below but you can always mix it up if you would like. If you’re new to essential oils, I personally use NOW Foods brand essential oils. They’re a high quality oil but they’re a lot more affordable than the more expensive ones. I have tested them side by side and they are just as high quality.
- 6 drops Lavender
- 6 drops Rosemary
- 6 drops Geranium
- 5 drops Rosemary
- 5 drops Peppermint
- 5 drops Cypress
- 5 drops Basil
- 5 drops Rosemary
- 5 drops Clary Sage
- 5 drops Tea Tree
- 5 drops Lemon Lavender
To Add Shine:
- 10 drops Rosemary
- 10 drops Chamomile
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