Natural shampoo is an alternative to commercial shampoo, and many people perceive it to be more gentle due to the pure, natural ingredients that it is made with.
If you’re interested in learning how to make all natural shampoo with essential oils, then look no further.
In this article, I will cover some key information on all natural shampoo, including how to make all natural shampoo using essential oils.
Let’s get started.
Switching up your hair care routine can be a daunting prospect, especially if you know what works best for your hair and scalp.
That being said, if you’re looking to make the switch from commercial shampoo to all natural shampoo, it’s good to get a better understanding of the types of benefits that are associated with making the switch.
Natural Shampoo and Conditioner Benefits
There are a variety of different benefits associated with using natural shampoo. These include but are not limited to:
Natural Shampoo is Naturally Moisturizing
Natural shampoos and conditioners are often enriched with pure and nourishing moisturizers, including oils, gels, and butters.
Aloe vera, coconut oil, and butters such as Shea and cocoa butter are amongst the most popular moisturizers commonly found in natural shampoos and conditioners. Not only do they smell great, but they are also excellent for moisturizing dry, brittle, and damaged hair.
Natural Shampoo and Conditioner is Better for the Environment
As natural shampoos and conditioners are made with natural ingredients, they don’t pollute the environment in the same way that synthetic chemicals do when they enter the sewer systems and rivers.
Instead, all natural shampoos and conditioners simply disintegrate and are non-toxic. As a result, natural shampoos and conditioners do not poison aquatic species or cause harm to the ecosystem.
They Improve the Look and Feel of your Hair and Scalp
Not only are all natural shampoo and conditioner better for the environment, but they help to improve the look and feel of your hair and scalp!
Natural shampoo and conditioner work to eliminate grease and condition your hair without feeling overly heavy and causing build up in your scalp.
Many traditional shampoos and conditioners can contain a variety of different products and ingredients that are designed to nourish your hair, but can leave it feeling heavy and greasy if they’re not right for your hair type.
Natural Shampoo is Stimulating and Soothing
Natural shampoos can stimulate new hair growth, while helping you to maintain your hair’s natural moisture. Pure, natural ingredients can gently yet effectively help to nourish your hair follicles and scalp with vitamins, minerals, oils, and botanical extracts.
Natural Shampoo and Conditioner Can be Non-allergenic
As the emphasis on all natural shampoo and conditioner is to use minimal, all natural ingredients, this means that there are fewer ingredients that you could have an allergic reaction to.
The pure ingredients therefore contribute to the hypo-allergenic compositions of natural shampoo and conditioner, and make them more suitable for all skin types, including people with sensitive or allergy-prone skin.
A Guide on How To Make All Natural Shampoo using Essential Oils
Equipment you will need
- A bowl
- A spoon
- A funnel
- A shampoo bottle (an old recycled shampoo bottle will work)
- ½ cup of water
- ½ cup of Castille soap
- ½ teaspoon of light vegetable or canola oil (can omit if you have oily hair)
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, rosemary, and peppermint work well)
Step One – Measure the Ingredients and Combine in a Bowl
To begin, you will need to gather all the ingredients and measure the correct amounts.
Once you have done this, combine the water, Castile soap, light vegetable oil, and essential oil in a bowl.
Step Two – Gently Mix the Ingredients until Combined
Following this, you will need to gently mix the ingredients in a bowl so that they are combined.
Make sure that you’re being careful to not over-mix the ingredients, as this will cause the mixture to foam up.
Step Three – Add your Natural Shampoo to a Shampoo Bottle
Once you have mixed the natural shampoo, it’s time to funnel it into a shampoo bottle.
Note: This can either be a new shampoo bottle, or an old recycled shampoo bottle. Just make sure that if it’s the latter, that you’ve rinsed it out well.
Now your all-natural shampoo is ready to use!
Step Four – Use your Natural Shampoo as and When you need it
When it comes to washing your hair with natural shampoo, you should use a palm-full of the shampoo or less.
Lather it up, and then rinse it out of your hair with warm water.
Note: You might be shocked by the fact that this homemade all natural shampoo is thinner than commercial shampoo. However, despite the fact that it won’t create as many soap suds, it still works wonderfully to clean your hair.
A Guide on How To Make All Natural Conditioner using Essential Oils
Equipment you will need
- A bowl
- A spoon
- A food processor (or blender)
- A double boiler
- A conditioner bottle or pot
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon argan oil
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
- 7 drops rosemary essential oil
- 3 to 4 capsules vitamin E oil
Step One – Measure out the Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Argan Oil
To begin, you will first need to measure out the shea butter, coconut oil, and argan oil.
Step Two – Place the Ingredients on Top of a Double Boiler
Once you’ve got all the ingredients measured out, place them on top of a double boiler over simmering water on your stove.
Step Three – Attend the Stove until the Mixture has Melted and is Well Combined
Stir the mixture occasionally until it has completely melted. This will typically take about 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly but not so much that it starts to solidify. This will typically take around 5 minutes.
Step Four – Pour the Conditioner Mixture into your Food Processor
Once you have allowed the mixture to cool, you will want to pour the conditioner mixture into your food processor. If you don’t have a food processor for this step, you can also use a blender, you just need to make the mixture very smooth.
Turn the blender to high speed and blend the mixture until it is totally smooth.
Step Five – Add the Aloe Vera Juice to the Food Processor Slowly
Following this, you will need to add the aloe vera juice to the food processor slowly. Blend the mixture until it is creamy (usually anywhere between 3 and 5 minutes)
Step Six – Add the Essential Oil and Vitamin E Oil
Next, you will need to add the rosemary essential oil and vitamin E oil and blend until it is well incorporated into the conditioner.
Step Seven – Scoop the Conditioner into a Pot
Once you have blended the conditioner, it’s time to scoop your all natural conditioner into a pot.
Step Eight – Use the Natural Conditioner as and When it is required
Now your all natural conditioner is ready to use!
Use a small to moderate amount of conditioner on the ends of your hair when washing your hair.
If you tend to have oilier hair, make sure that you stick to just the ends of your hair and that you limit the amount of conditioner that you use.
Alternatively, you can use this conditioner as a leave-in conditioner for 10 to 15 minutes for silky smooth hair!
Factors to Consider when Switching to All Natural Shampoo
It Takes Time for your Hair to Adapt to All Natural Shampoo
When it comes to switching from commercial to all natural shampoo, you need to recognize that this can take time. You can’t expect your hair to magically be used to it.
This comes down to the fact that your hair is used to commercial shampoo and switching up the shampoo that you use means it needs time to adapt. Bearing this in mind, you need to remain patient whilst your hair adjusts to being nourished with all natural shampoo.
When using homemade all natural shampoo, you will want to make sure that you’re aware of the pH level of your shampoo.
This comes down to the fact that Castile soap has a high pH level. This means that people with conditions such as dermatitis should be wary of this before using an all natural shampoo.
Hair and Scalp Conditions
It’s important to note that if you have a pre-existing hair and scalp condition, then you should consult with a dermatologist before you make any drastic changes to your hair care routine.
When you have a hair or scalp condition, there is always a risk with making your own all natural shampoos and conditioners. This is because when you make them yourself, they’re not made by formulation experts, and you don’t have the same understanding of the delicate balance of these natural ingredients.
Bearing this in mind, you should always consult a professional and prioritize your condition in this circumstance.
So, that’s how you make all natural shampoo using a simple recipe with essential oils!
I hope this simple guide on how to make all natural shampoo and conditioner with essential oils has been helpful.
Hopefully you enjoy experimenting with different essential oils to make your perfect all natural shampoo and conditioner!
Have fun making your own hair care essentials!