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If you’ve been around DIY Natural long then you’re aware of our mission to help you make more of your own natural products. It’s often easy and beneficial on many levels, which is why we’re dedicated to doing it and to teaching others to do the same. Today we’ll learn how to make homemade natural shampoo that works, is inexpensive, and so easy you won’t believe it! (Don’t want to make your own? Check out a hair care line we trust here.)
Why Make Shampoo?
Do shampoo manufacturers have your best interest at heart? Perhaps you believe they do, but since you’re here reading this article we’ll assume you’re at least becoming skeptical.
It’s simple. No one cares more about your pocket book or your hair than you. That’s why you’re here. That’s why you want to make your own shampoo. And that’s why you want to make more of your own products. So do we!
How to Make Homemade Shampoo
To make this shampoo, commonly referred to as “no-poo,” you will only need 2 ingredients. Never mistake simplicity for ineffectiveness. I double dog dare you to make, use, and compare this shampoo. After you’re convinced I want you to share the information with every one you know.
- 1 Tbsp baking soda – We buy baking soda in bulk because we use a ton and it saves even more money. (Baking soda is also referred to as sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate.)
- 1 cup water – Like I said, one of the ingredients is free. Use whatever kind of water you wish – we use tap which is English for “out of the sink.”
We mix ours in double batches into a clean, repurposed shampoo bottle. Feel free to use whatever container you like, doubling up on ingredients until it’s full.
How to use
Simply shake the bottle before each use and squirt directly onto scalp and hair. Gently massage into the scalp hair for a minute or two and rinse well.
For best results, follow with homemade conditioning rinse. The homemade conditioning rinse is imperative for restoring the pH of your hair and smoothing the hair cuticle. It will also keep your hair from feeling greasy/sticky after using homemade shampoos.
UPDATE: This shampoo is not intended for daily use, as the baking soda can potentially be drying to hair and scalp. We recommend using it as a clarifying shampoo. It’s perfect for those times when you got a little carried away with hair products and need to remove some buildup, or when you’re first switching over to homemade shampoos and need to remove some of the buildup commercial shampoos can leave behind.
This homemade shampoo will give best results when used with soft water.
How much does it cost?
I’m glad you asked… it’s one of my favorite parts.
- Cost = approximately $0.06/ounce depending on how much you pay for your baking soda.
If an average bottle of shampoo is a 16 ounce bottle this shampoo will cost you less than a dollar. Not too shabby.
Safe for all hair types
This shampoo is completely safe for all hair types and will not strip your hair of its natural oils, unlike most commercial shampoo.
Be sure to question the safety of store-bought shampoos, along with any other products you buy – and always understand the ingredients of the products you use. (If you don’t want to make your own shampoo, here is a brand we absolutely love – made with VERY pure, natural ingredients.)
If you have questions read the comments below or ask anew… and share this recipe with everyone you know!
Tips for controlling static
Especially if you’re heat styling, you may notice some static when using this shampoo in the colder months. You can troubleshoot the static by trying some of the following tips:
- Be sure you’re trimming your ends every 6-8 weeks, less split ends = less static.
- Try shampooing less often (every other day or 3x/week).
- Use less heating elements (blow dryers, flat/curling irons, etc.).
- Try massaging in a Tbsp of olive oil once/week then rinsing.
- Melt a small amount of coconut oil in your hands and rub through the ends of your hair, avoiding your scalp.
- Another treatment to try is avocado w/lemon juice – mix, smash into hair, let sit 30 mins and rinse.
Tips for controlling oily hair
- Do occasionally – mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar. Work it into hair and let set a few minutes while showering. The egg binds with oils in the hair. Rinse with lukewarm water.
- Add 6-8 drops of a citrus essential oil to your shampoo. Try lemon, lime, or sweet orange for controlling oil. (Find 100% pure essential oils here.)
- Be sure to shake your homemade shampoo vigorously to ensure the baking soda is completely dissolved into the water.
- Massage baking soda shampoo into your scalp for at least 2 minutes.
- Give your hair a few weeks to adjust to the change (could take 2-3 weeks or more).
Tips for thickening shampoo
- Blend up some whole oats in a good blender (like a Vitamix) then mix with baking soda and water. Different people prefer different consistencies so add oat flour slowly until desired thickness is reached.
- Mix cornstarch or arrowroot powder with the baking soda and water (add enough for desired thickness).
- Use both oats and cornstarch. Try this mixture: 1 cup warm water, 1 tablespoon baking soda, and equal parts cornstarch and oatmeal flour to thicken (approx. ¾ tablespoon of each).
References and Resources
- Proper Names for Baking Soda on U.S. Department of Energy’s, Ask A Scientist