Add volume to your hair, sure, for a day or two. End “split ends”, great maybe for a week. Each and every time, it was like my hair grew resistant to whatever chemicals were in there to do whatever they were supposed to do.
I was always on the search for a better Shampoo. I’ve tried super cheap to super expensive and each and every time, they were money down the drain. Frustrating doesn’t even begin to cover it.
After I had my children, I started to reevaluate what I was using in my daily household products. Including how I was cleaning us. So I decided to look into products offered by the Honest Company. I’d heard good things and seen great reviews. So I figured it was worth a shot.
I started using the shampoo/body wash on my children. I felt good that it was “green” and chemical free. And since I was using it on them, I decided I would give it a try for myself. I was surprisingly impressed what I was seeing! My hair felt cleaner, lighter and fresher. I was digging it!
After about two weeks of using it, my husband started to complain that his head was feeling itchy. He suspected it was because of the shampoo we started using. But I told him he was crazy and simply brushed it off. Around the same time, I noticed that my 3-month-old son’s scalp was very dry and flaky. Even he was trying to scratch it. Shortly after, a girlfriend of mine that I recommend the shampoo to, called to say the same thing! I realized this couldn’t be coincidence, as I had also recently noticed that my head too, was itching more excessively.
Unsure of what exactly was in it that was causing this, I decided it was time to figure out how to create my own. I researched and read up on various ways to create a good homemade shampoo. I mean, there were so many! But I had a vision and decided to throw a few ingredients together, certain it was going to work.
Needless to say, it was an epic fail. Even after I dried it, my hair still looked wet. It was gross. Way too much oil! Lesson learned. So I dabbled with a few other recipes until I created what I feel is the perfect shampoo!
It’s thick and creamy like real shampoo, and cleans and lathers well, leaving my hair feeling soft and light. Without the itch!! In addition to that, it makes an incredible body wash as well! My skin feels so soft afterward!
I was so impressed with it, I just had to share!
Incredible Homemade Shampoo & Body Wash
Makes 16 oz
Start with the Calendula and the water. Bring to a slight boil, then set to simmer. Allow mixture to steep for 1 hour. Remove from heat and strain water from the Calendula (may use a cheesecloth to extract all of the water). Next, you will need a double boiler. Pour in the Calendula water and bring to a slight boil. Then add the remaining ingredients. Stir occasionally with a metal whisk, until melted and well blended.
Whisking constantly until a thick, smooth and creamy texture appear. Keep in mind, your shampoo will thicken more as it cools. After your mixture has cooled a bit, add your Essential Oils of choice.
You can add a series of EOs to boost your shampoo and tailor it to your needs. You can do one or a combo of a few. Since this is such a large batch, I would put at least 20-30 drops of each oil, into it. If you are adding 3 or more, reduce the amount by one-third, ie: 20 drops each.
For Dry Hair use Geranium, Sandalwood or Lavender
For Body and Strength use Cedarwood
To keep your hair light and bright use Chamomile and Lemon
For Dandruff use, Rosemary, Lavender or Tea Tree
For Fragile Hair use, Clary Sage, Lavender or Thyme
To Stimulate Growth use, Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Cedarwood, or Ylang-Ylang
For an itchy scalp use Peppermint or Lavender
To help stimulate growth and help with thinning hair or loss use, Rosemary, Lavender, Cedarwood, Thyme, Roman Chamomile, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Cypress, Sage or Wintergreen
Keep in mind you don’t have to add any Essential Oils if you don’t want to, but they will make the shampoo incredibly better. Just sayin’.
I also like to follow up my routine with my Leave-In Conditioning Spray.
It is the perfect compliment to those gorgeous and lusciously clean new locks!
I hope you love the shampoo as much as I do!
Happy lathering my friends!!