Sunday, June 3, 2012

Making Your Own Shampoo

I read a blog a few weeks ago that mentioned that for almost no cost you can make your own shampoo. The blogger was doing it for environment and financial reasons. 

It piqued my interest since I have never found a shampoo that works well with my long, thick, wavy, oily hair. When I wash my hair with shampoo in the morning, it is greasy by nighttime. I have to do it every day. I have tried tea tree oil and everything under the sun to stop the oil from producing. 

Here is a photo of my hair. This photo was taken years ago but my hair basically looks the same (the then-non-existent bags under my eyes do not - I now have them). 

Here is a photo of my hair at a hair show. I was a hair model - ha! 

I thought I would give it a try. Here is how to make your own shampoo: 

1. Get an old shampoo bottle. I am planning on using on of the plastic ketchup/mustard bottles that you find at the dollar store. The cap screws off easily and it will be simple to re-fill. 

2. Buy baking soda. Wal-Mart sells a giant box for about 54 cents. This will probably last me around a month or so.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda into 1 cup of warm water. I mixed about 2-3 tablespoons into water since my hair is long.

That is all. The baking soda/water combo will not foam but I have used it for a few days and it seems to be just as good as shampoo. My hair is clean and perhaps a bit lighter in color. My hubby asked if I dyed my hair this morning before church. I did not.

The blogger seemed to think it would take 2 weeks until you noticed a difference in your hair. I can already tell you that my hair is softer. I haven't noticed a difference in the oily-ness yet but it is only a few days in.

If you need conditioner, the blogger said to use apple cider vinegar. Dilate it with water and pour it over the ends. Supposedly the scent would not linger. 

Let me tell you, from first hand knowledge, the scent lingers for quite a few hours. It reminds me of Easter (the egg dying part) and thankfully I don't mind it that bad. 

I am not sure I will stick with it but I am going to give it a real try and see if it does anything for my hair. 


  1. Wow!
    Imagine I didn't have to wash my hair every. single. day.
    I might try it.
    My girlfriend is making her own laundry soap. Maybe I need to start getting frugal!

  2. I didn't realize you had oily hair too. Yup, it is awful having to wash it every day. If I had a "real" job (and not just ebay), I would also have to dry it every day. Drying it takes about 30 minutes. I woke up this morning and it is a bit less oily. I'm going to stick with it.


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