I made Shampoo Bars with Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Palm Oil, Jojoba Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. I added Henna Powder, Citric Acid and Panthenol, Rosemary EO, Tea Tree EO and Peppermint EO.
I made the mistake of trying to cut them way, way to early so they are going to rest for a few days. I consistently make harder soaps that can be cut the next morning so I wasn’t even thinking about how soft this was going to be until the knife was already in the soap. The rest got almost a week of sitting before I cut them. I used a brand new mold with better insulation and got a bit of overheating in some of these bars, luckily these are just for family.
For shampoo bars most people forgo the use of fragrance oils and colorants. I decided to do the same. The addition of Rosemary, Tea Tree and Peppermint essential oils are more beneficial to hair than a fragrance oil could ever be.
Yucca Root Hair Wash
2 tbs Dried Yucca Root
2-3 cups Water
2 ml Nettle Extract
2 oz Aloe Vera Juice
In a sauce pan add water and yucca root and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and steep until water is luke warm then strain out the root and add the nettle and aloe vera.
This is a soapy feeling liquid due to the high content of saponins in the yucca root that will foam when shaken up but will not lather when applied to your hair. I don’t really notice any smell from it, perhaps a faint earthy desert smell, I notice the smell of aloe vera more. It might be bothersome but You can add 1-2 drops of essential oil. Lavender, Rosemary or Tea Tree are all great for hair and scalp.
I used about 3/4 of a cup in my hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes then rinsed it out. I followed up with a peppermint, rosemary, tea tree ACV tea rinse. My hair is much softer and exceptionally tangle free. Since there is no preservative to keep this from going bad I froze the remaining liquid in an ice cube tray for later.
I tend to get oily buildup in my hair, and seriously dry skin. The same with the skin on my face. This lead me to one day throw out my face wash and I started using natural kitchen ingredients like banana and honey and the oil cleaning method and my problem went away so I thought… is shampoo any different than face wash so I decided to stop using it and see where that would take me. I learned that shampoo as we know it is a fairly modern thing, less than 100 years old so what did people do before that? Whatever it was obviously worked for people I am sure. So I started investigating and reading here and there when I would find articles. I gave up face wash for something better, before that I gave up deodorant with little to no problem(aside from adjusting to the 12 hour thing) so I have some determination to see this through but with hair it is a lot more difficult, modern shampoo strips all of the oil from your scalp, it makes your body over produce oil. Once you stop using it your scalp still over produces oil for some time because it’s probably been doing so your whole life until it realizes it doesn’t have to anymore, once you get past that phase and your scalp stops freaking out and adjusts to a normal amount of oil production things are much easier but that transition phase is no fun at all, especially if you have near waist long hair like me.
I Knew I wanted to use kitchen ingredients instead of spending money on different products and I decided early on I honestly don’t want to deal with baking soda in my hair, it’s the most common alternative but it is harsh and it’s just not an experiment I want to try so I’ve been using other methods and I was successfully shampoo free for about a month, I was getting really frustrated from time to time and had been relying on dry shampoo that I made with cornstarch and a little bit of cocoa powder and only using a drop of shampoo about every 5 days.
About two weeks in I used henna which I left in for about 4 hours and the lemon juice and the henna cleaned away all the oil and build up. After that I gave up shampoo entirely and have been using conditioner only, an herbal vinegar rinse and dry shampoo and a boar bristle brush. I am still struggling to find out what works and fighting past the transition. I noticed the ends of my hair getting very dry and was becoming static charged when brushed. It was also still very oily on the top and I made the terrible decision to moisturize with coconut oil. This resulted in having to wash my hair, twice! With shampoo(my bf’s harsh dandruff shampoo) to remove all of the oil.
That was yesterday. I am wondering if I need to adjust how I use my dry shampoo and just use corn starch only, I also have arrowrroot powder which I haven’t used yet, I probably need to adjust when and how I use it… which was quite often to deal with the transition. It was drying the length and loosing the battle with the transition.
I will certainly be using oil free hair masks from now on!
I mixed up some coconut milk, aloe vera juice and eucalyptus essential oil and I am going to go back to this method, you freeze it into cubes in an ice tray and dethaw what is needed, I like this because I can further adapt the recipe for the day by adding ingredients just before washing. I get the idea that I will need to change my method depending on how my hair is feeling that day, much like I do with washing my face.
I have quite a road of trial and error ahead of me. I also have some herbal tea sea salt washes in mind as well as honey and clarifying lemon and clay recipes.
I’ve been avoiding shampoo alternative recipes because everyone seems to have a story about their long and arduous journey to find what works for them. It seems to be the common theme among blogs I have visited. Maybe I’ll have better luck I am telling myself…
After some reading I have decided I do not want to even try baking soda in my hair due to the possible damage it causes so there is one off of my list. I just got a bottle of Aloe Vera so I started with this recipe.
I added a little bit of jojoba oil and vitamin e. (too much in hindsight)
I mixed this up per the recipe, poured into ice cube tray to freeze, I refrigerated half the remainder and massaged the other half into my hair and took a relaxing bath where I enjoyed my last bath bomb. It may be my skin overproducing oil or it might be that I made the mistake of rinsing my hair with cool water, I’m not loving it today because my hair is oily, but despite that my hair is clean and feels nice. I’ll give it a fair chance before I give up on it.