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Summer DIY: Natural, Homemade Shampoo & Conditioner

You may have noticed a not-so-new trend toward making all sorts of concoctions, from soaps and shampoos to house cleaning supplies, from scratch using natural ingredients familiar to most households. Most people make their own not only as a money saving technique, but to control what goes into our products and what additives and chemicals we’re exposed to in our own homes. I recently came across a recipe for homemade shampoo that promises lustrous, shiny locks using minimal ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.

Crunchy Betty turned me on to this, although I’ve seen similar stories and formulas in books and on the internet since women decided it might be a good idea to ditch their shampoo bottles.

This formula makes a single serving, depending of course on how much hair you have, and how thick it is – mine is thin and fine, requiring hardly a squirt the size of a dime. This should be good for the average head of locks, but judge for yourself. If you want to make a bigger batch, Betty suggests stashing it in the fridge for a week or so.

In a small jar, gently shake together 1 tsp coconut milk and 1 Tbsp castile soap (available at most health food or soap supply stores). A baby food jar is perfect for this.

Use it to wash your hair.

For conditioner, add 1/2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar to 3 cups of water, swish it around, and use it to rinse your hair, after you’ve rinsed out your shampoo. For real. That’s it. Again, this is something you could probably make a bigger batch of, but I found it easy to fill a 1 L container about 3/4 full in the shower, add a splash of vinegar and rinse. (This also comes in handy when you find yourself out of conditioner.)

That’s it. Really.

Here’s to happy, healthy summer hair!

Photo credit: adapted from stock.xchng

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