With coupons we can snag really cheap shampoo and conditioner . . . but how about making your own shampoo and conditioner that works well, AND doesn’t have any chemicals that can hurt you or your family? Here are a couple of really quick and easy recipes to make your own shampoo and conditioner. These are super cheap to make, and are good for us. I have been using this conditioner recipe for about a year now, and I love it!
It’s hard to put a price on good hair. It’s still harder to put an affordable price on good hair. These DIY shampoo and conditioner recipes, however, will have you sold.
DIY Shampoo (and Body Soap!)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap
Mix the ingredients together in an empty bottle and shake before use. It’s watery, but its lathering capabilities will surprise you; try flipping your hair over your head in the shower and applying directly to your scalp so it doesn’t just run down your neck. Lather, wash out, and follow with DIY hair conditioner.
In the past, I’ve recommended adding essential oils like jojoba for dry hair and tea tree oil for oily or thick hair. While you can do this, a thriftier option is to simply purchase a large bottle of Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap in a selected scent. Dr. Bronner’s soaps are fair-trade, organic, and vegetable-based (so totally guilt-free) and come in 8 scents, each infused with different essential oils. Because lavender and tea tree oil are natural antiseptics, they’ll help de-grease an extra grungy scalp (especially if you use a lot of hair products). Meanwhile, the eucalyptus and peppermint varieties do the best jobs at clearing sinuses, so stock up now in preparation for springtime pollen!
DIY Hair Conditioner
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
Vinegar? In my hair? The initial thought (and smell) might be overwhelming, but consider the cost of vinegar (which you’ll dilute) versus the cost of a decent hair conditioner. Moreover, this conditioner doesn’t come with a bottle full of parabens or eco-toxins, not to mention oily chemicals that might give you body acne. (Note from Rene: I was really worried about the smell the first couple of times that I used it, but I just count to 60 each time that I rinse, and I can’t smell it at all afterwards.)
Apple cider vinegar is actually a very effective anti-dandruff remedy as well as a painless detangler. It also balances the pH of your scalp so it’s not too greasy or dry (you can even use it in this diluted form as a facial toner). And don’t worry—the smell goes away as soon as you wash it out. By the time it dries, enjoy stink-free, shiny locks worthy of a salon ad.
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Bio: Alexis Bonari is currently a resident blogger at College Scholarships, where recently she’s been researching business management scholarships as well as business school scholarships. Whenever she gets some free time she enjoys doing yoga, cooking with the freshest organic in-season fare, and practicing the art of coupon clipping.
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