What Are the Best Tips for Homemade Shampoo?

Misty Amber Brighton

Making homemade shampoo can be an inexpensive way to experiment with different beauty treatments. When making homemade hair products, only a few ingredients are typically needed, and these are often purchased online or at a drugstore. Different essential oils can be used, and each one has unique benefits to consider. It is important to mix and store this shampoo properly for best results. The method of application may differ because these hair products normally do not lather as many commercial brands do.

Distilled water is commonly used to make homemade shampoo.
Distilled water is commonly used to make homemade shampoo.

One of the typical basic ingredients in homemade shampoo is castile soap. This type of soap is derived from olive oil, rather than animal fat, and contains all natural substances. The oil does not build up on the hair when used to wash it, but rather serves as a cleansing agent. Plain soap could be used, or a scented variety that contains lavender or rose fragrance.

An old, thoroughly cleaned shampoo bottle can be used to hold homemade shampoo.
An old, thoroughly cleaned shampoo bottle can be used to hold homemade shampoo.

Distilled water and herbs or essential oils are typically added to castile soap to make homemade shampoo. This type of water is preferred over tap water because it usually does not have a high mineral content that is likely to reduce the effectiveness of the shampoo. Some believe rosemary may be helpful for thinning hair, while chamomile might be used to lighten the color naturally. Tea tree oil may be effective in treating a number of scalp conditions, so using this ingredient could be a good choice for those who have dandruff or eczema.

When making homemade shampoo, the ingredients can be mixed in a clean 12 to 16 ounce (0.35 to 0.47 l) bottle; even an old shampoo bottle that has been thoroughly cleaned is acceptable. It is important to mix the ingredients well by shaking the bottle vigorously until they are evenly distributed. These hair products should be covered when not in use and then stored in a warm area, as the product may become thick and difficult to use if exposed to very cold temperatures.

It can be easy to use too much homemade shampoo because this type is normally thinner than other brands of shampoo are. To avoid wasting the shampoo, apply just a few drops of homemade shampoo. It can also be placed in a spray bottle and then misted onto the hair, and this can help the shampoo become evenly distributed over the entire scalp. With trial and error, most people are able to discover the right amount of shampoo to use so that they are not wasteful.

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