It feels like summer is already here in Philly. That familiar humidity has crept back into the air and the sun is showing off its strength as we move into the season of longer days. The importance of hydration can’t be stressed enough, both inside and out – and that includes your hair! There are three all-natural, homemade products I’ll be using all summer long – read on to find out what they are and how to make them!
This magical concoction is my new favorite thing. It took me a while to make the switch to natural shampoo, but I am SO glad I did. There are tons of variations you can try (such as this Coconut Milk Shampoo), and it feels good just knowing that you aren’t putting any harsh chemicals in your hair. This shampoo combines Castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s has a great variety of scents!), coconut oil, and dandelion root tea. I was originally going to make it with green tea, but happened to have the dandelion root and read that it actually is great for strengthening and moisturizing hair – it even makes for a great hair rinse on its own!
I mixed 4 ounces of brewed dandelion root tea with 4 ounces of Castile soap, and finished it off with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Shake the mixture well before each use!
When it comes to conditioner, there’s really only one thing you need: The ever-amazing coconut oil. When you get out of the shower, simply pour a drop on your hands and run them through your hair, paying extra attention to the ends. It’s incredibly moisturizing and smells amazing! Plus, this will ensure that the sun’s heat and ocean’s salt water (if you’re hitting hte beach this summer) won’t dry out your locks.
Last but certainly not least, I’ll be carrying this little bottle of sea salt spray with me everywhere this summer! This simple mixture contains water, a teaspoon of sea salt, and a teaspoon of coconut oil. It gives your hair amazing texture to create those desirable beachy waves, and the coconut oil balances out the salt, keeping it from drying out your hair.
What are your favorite natural hair care products? Do you have your own homemade shampoo recipe? Let us know in the comments!
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omg, the shampoo sounds great ! WIll try it. anyway great post as always <3 xo
cool homemade stuff
I might have to try this shampoo since the coconut milk one didn’t work out well for me!
Shampoo aside, the BEST “conditioner” I have ever used is apple cider vinegar. Dr. Bronner’s can be pretty harsh on your hair since the acidity level of the shampoo is very basic (your skin & hair are naturally acidic so soaps like Dr. Bronner’s can certainly dry it out overtime). A dash of apple cider vinegar diluted in a cup of water will seal your ends and your hair’s cuticles. I haven’t used conditioner in about 2 years now and my hair is shiny, smooth and strong!
Once you pour the ACV mix over your hair, wait a minute and rinse it out with water. Your hair won’t smell, I promise.
Another shampoo option is to dilute a few teaspoons of baking soda in water. Eventually you will need some kind of soap/shampoo because the baking soda will not keep grease away forever, but if you wash your hair everyday, baking soda is a gentle mixture you can use every other day to clean your hair without damaging it. Baking soda opens your hair cuticles though so it is best to use the AVC rinse afterwards.
My best solution is barely washing my hair at all. On the days I don’t want to wash it, I just rub some baby powder in my hands and distribute it onto my roots. I hear cornstarch works just as well too.
Wow, what a unique post…I love it! Can’t wait to try this and for summer to be officially here!
I’ve got really short hair, and I’ve been washing my hair with all natural organic baby shampoo for a while now, it’s definitely haloed my acne, but leaves me hair dry and a little tangly. I’ll definitely have to try this!
i love using coconut oil on my hair after i get out of the shower! i also use aloe vera gel sometimes. it helps to moisturize an keeps frizzle frazzle down.
I use two different oils on my hair. One of them coconut oil for all the benefits you guys just mentioned, but I also use olive oil. This last one I only use on my ends and any area that may look a little dry, but never on the roots. I like to put it on right before I leave the house for a little extra shine and weight.
Thanks for the tips! Love the idea of the sea water spray.
I can’t wait to try this! Shampoo has been one of those items thats difficult to find all natural at the same quality as synthetic. Thanks again Free People!
Hey everybody! I am just making the shampoo and i asked myself (since the Dr. Bronner has a high pH) – can I add acv directly to the shampoo (just a spritz?) to balance the pH? Would that be ok? Thanks for the great read! :*
My hair is extremely dry and i hve been trying to find the perfect shampoo. Would love to try yours. What is the receipe?
I’ll try. Sure it’s good for my hair, I hope it smells good too.
So, I decided to try this. It is awesome!! I have long, thick, wavy hair and I was worried my hair would get oily since my hair gets greasy easily, but it didn’t! My hair is smooth, soft, and since you add coconut oil to the shampoo, there is no need for me to use extra coconut oil for conditioner (Plus the castille soap has coconut oil in it as well)! I used the Rose scented Dr. Bronner’s castille soap to even out the scent of the dandelion root tea. It smells great! I also put it into a spray bottle since it’s more of a liquid than your average shampoo from the store; if you put it into just a jar, you end up using too much. So glad I tried this! Thanks Free People!!
Wondering if you might post some other shampoo recipes some time. My hair hates Castille soap, no matter what it’s mixed with. Same with coconut oil. My skin loves it, but it makes my hair very dry. I’m not too keen on salt spray either. Tried the stuff in the store years ago and it just made my hair a mess. But then again I’ve already got naturally wavy hair that either spirals or does mermaid waves on it’s own depending on the weather or how it dries.
great post! want to try)) but can I use olive oil instead of coconut oil making shampoo?
seriously, just apple cider vinegar and water works wonders. It’s the only thing I’ve put on my hair for about 2 years.
How long such shampoo lasts for the after you make it please?
Anyway, did you know stinging nettle shampoo is awesome too? It leaves my hair nice to touch and not greasy at all, it also makes the hair stronger. I will make the shampoo using your recipe although with stinging nettle instead :) it;s great
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Hi! Love the homemade shampoo. A few years ago I was buying something similar to your sea spray but the company stopped making it. Will definitely have to save that recipe for next summer! :) Thanks! http://www.chamuelproducts.com
Where did you get these containers?
‘Wen” products are amazing……they are all natural and I know first hand that they work. Not too expensive…..lots of different hair cleansers to choose from…….so we don’t call it shampoo…..your hair will be happy and thank you over and over.
I have baby fine hair will this work for me? I’ve tried castile soap and couldn’t rinse out, but to put oil on my hair too.
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