Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner

There are a lot of things that you can do with your hair, and these things can affect how you look. Your face or body may look plumper or thinner depending on your hairstyle and hair  length.  There are different ways wherein you can style your hair. You can cut it short, grow it long, keep it straight or make bouncy curls. Coloring your hair is also a popular way of styling and giving a new look to your  hair. Thus, apart from the shampoos and conditioners offered in the market, try out these homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes to improve the look of your hair.

Significance of Hair to Women

Women love their hair, and sometimes styling or cutting their hair can even signify that they are making changes in their life or moving on from heartbreak. Hair can become an instrument of expressing how women feel and making a statement. Every woman has just one goal when it comes to their hair it is to achieve smooth, soft and strong hair. This is regardless of the hair color, hair length and style that they have. Every woman has tried to find ways to achieve their goals, even to the extent of spending a lot of money in different treatments and products.

Companies saw the huge demand of women trying to make their hair stronger, softer and smoother. This pushed the different cosmetics companies to create and develop hair products that aim to meet the women’s needs. The different hair care products in the market that includes shampoos and conditioners are aimed to take care and treat women’s hair, but ironically these are made with harsh chemicals that strip the hair of its natural beauty.

Organic Shampoo and Conditioner

Organic hair care products then came into the market, but the only downside to organic hair care products is that they can be expensive. This is not ideal for women who are on a tight budget. An alternative solution to expensive organic shampoos and conditioners sold in the market are natural homemade shampoos and conditioners. This may shock most people, but yes it is possible to create a shampoo and conditioner at home that uses natural ingredients.

Homemade shampoos and conditioners are cheaper alternatives to the expensive treatments in salons and organic products in the market. This can still give soft, smooth and stronger hair because it uses natural ingredients that have nutrients needed by the hair.

There are some things that you must know before you decide on making your own shampoo and conditioner, first is that homemade shampoos will not lather up like usual commercial shampoos because it lacks the chemicals that can create suds in shampoos, but nonetheless it cleanses your hair. If you are experiencing from dandruff and other scalp related problems, it is advisable that you consult your doctor to make sure that your natural ingredients will not worsen your problem.

Here are a few recipes of homemade shampoos and conditioners that you can try at home.

Homemade Shampoo with Herbs and Honey

This simple recipe is easy to make and the ingredients are easy to find too!

What you need:

Pure liquid castile soap                    1 cup

Brewed green tea                               1 cup

Olive oil                                                1 tablespoon

Honey                                                   1 teaspoon

What to do:

Mix in all the ingredients in an old shampoo bottle.

This recipe is very easy and you can also contribute to the planet by recycling your old shampoo bottle. There are different

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varieties to this shampoo; this will now depend on your hair type and color. What you need to do is just replace the brewed green tea with the different herbs suited for your hair.

If you have:

Dark hair                              handful of fresh sage leaves or spoonful of dried sage leaves

Greasy hair                          handful of fresh yarrow or spoonful of dried yarrow

Fair hair                                handful of fresh marigold flowers or spoonful of dried marigold flowers

You just need to steep the herbs with a cup of boiled water for 30 minutes and you are good to do. The herbs used in this shampoo recipe are great sources of antioxidants that can slow down the process of aging, keeping your hair young.

Rosemary and Vinegar Conditioner

You might be wondering how vinegar can be a great homemade conditioner when it is known to be an acid and it also smells bad. Well, this homemade conditioner recipe will surprise you with its astonishing results. You will have shiny, smooth and detangled hair when you use this recipe.

What you need:

Hot water                                                                            2 ½ cups

Apple cider vinegar                                                          ½ cup

Rosemary                                                                           ¼ sprig

Herbal tea of your choice for fragrance                       1 bag

What to do:

In a container like your old conditioner bottle place in the hot water, then add in the rest of the ingredients. Let this mixture sit for about 30 minutes and you now have a good homemade conditioner.

Use this conditioner rinse 2-3 times a week and use about ¾ cup of the rinse each time you use it. Don’t forget to shake the bottle before using the rinse.