BrokeAss Beauty: Homemade Shampoo
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- Estimated Cost $4.50
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Have you heard about this no 'poo business? Evidently, it's the latest underground beauty craze. People everywhere have stopped washing their hair and are "claiming it's the best thing ever.
I have to say, I'm inspired. Throngs of former shampoo-slaves are tossing their bottles and reporting shinier, healthier, more manageable locks. I'm seriously considering giving it a try...
...but not just yet. I have some important work things next week, and I need to look presentable (no 'poo-ers say the first few weeks of giving up shampoo leave you looking like a bit of a greaseball as your scalp adjusts its oil production). But I was psyched to discover this post from the hip homesteading blog, Crunchy Betty. It seemed like a good compromise--a homemade shampoo made from simple, inexpensive ingredients--just pure castille soap and coconut milk. Evidently, coconut milk contains very mild natural surfacants, which, in combination with the castille, create a luxurious lather. Oh, and it's 100% biodegradable. Now, sitting here, freshly showered, I can tell you: this stuff works. My hair smells amazing (kind of island-breezy, from the coconut) and feels soft and smooth, but not heavy. Even better, my scalp, which can sometimes get a little tight and dry after I wash my hair, feels great. Next time I make a batch, I might even experiment with adding a few drops of essential oil.
Call me a hippie--I don't care. My hair looks awesome.
- 6 oz. pure castille soap (buy in the bulk section of a health food store and take only what you need) $3
- 2 oz. coconut milk (don't use light) $1.50 for a 15-oz. can
Recipe Serves About 20 shampoos
- Combine the ingredients in a jar or bottle (make sure the lid/cap fits tightly). Shake gently and use about a tablespoon of the mixture to shampoo (that was enough for my just-past-the-shoulder-length hair.
- Store the leftover shampoo in the fridge.
- Makes enough for about 20 shampoos.