Homemade Eco-Friendly Shampoo and Conditioner

So I’ve written a post on my first blog with a recipe for DIY shampoo and conditioner. Both happen to be eco-friendly and extremely inexpensive as well which is always a plus!

Here is what I did: For shampoo, I just put 1 tablespoon of baking soda for every 1 cup of water. For conditioner I did 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for every 1 cup of water. I combed through my hair after putting in the “conditioner.” These amounts could be altered depending on hair type.  After rinsing the “conditioner” out of my hair I apply virgin coconut oil to it and then in the shower I usually wash the rest of my body and before rinsing my hair I comb through again. Cool water on the rinse is best. I do this process probably every week.

If I decide that I’m going to blow my hair out, I do not apply the coconut oil in the shower. In those 7-10 days, sometimes while in the shower, I will apply a little coconut oil in my hair and then rinse it out as well. A couple of times a month, instead of applying just coconut oil after washing, I will deep condition with the following homemade recipe: avocado, egg, extra virgin olive oil and virgin coconut oil. Some people who are used to washing their hair with normal shampoo who want to try this process may have to go through a transition period. Our hair is normally used to being stripped from the sulfates and chemicals in the shampoos so you may need to go through a few weeks or months of awkward oily hair to see that it actually works. 

Here are some changes that I have made after seeing the results over the last several months. I actually started doing this in March of this year. I’ve kept the baking soda and water as my shampoo. It does lather well and my hair does get squeaky clean.

One thing I’ve started doing is putting coconut oil in my hair before washing it. I do use it in between washes as well, but because I had a very dry scalp, I decided to part my hair and put the oil on my scalp. If I do this before showering and then wash my hair with the baking soda and water in the shower, I’ve noticed my scalp isn’t dry and I have no dandruff.

Another change I’ve made is the apple cider vinegar step. This may work for you so feel free to leave it in, but I found that it is too drying on my hair so I leave out that step. I still love using the homemade avocado conditioner. I’ve noticed that the avocado has to be just ripe and putting it in the blender with the egg and oils seems to make it smooth with no residue from the skin being left in your hair.

If you have thought about trying more natural, eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners but they seem too expensive, this is definitely something you should try! I’ve started making several other products right at home and I’ve been able to decrease the toxicity in my house and enjoy more natural alternatives that are so much healthier for me and my family. Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this! Until next time!

XoXo,

 

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16 comments

  • I should not admit this, but my husband does this! His hair is so soft.

  • Brittnei Washington

    That is so awesome, Tamara!

  • Brittnei Washington

    That is so awesome, Tamara!

  • I'm impressed, Brittnei! Your hair looks so different when it's curly – I like it! I don't know if I could use this conditioner – if I just look at my hair it gets greasy. The apple cider vinegar make work, but the avocado one I think would just be too moisturizing. But it's nice to have options, right?

  • Homemade shampoo and conditioner? I've never thought about doing this before. I do use olive oil in my hair though as a hot oil treatment and it does help my hair. I might try this and see if it helps my very dry hair.

  • Love this! I am curious…do you ever have any problems with the coconut oil going down the drain? Or clogging it up? That is the one thing I worry about with my old drains. I definitely may have to try this out, though! Have a great week!

  • I want to do this!! I have a dry scalp as well. I've heard about the baking soda/apple cider vinegar combo but have been too chicken to try it. I keep hearing that it's really better than the nasty stuff that's in shampoo (which is probably why my scalp is dry in the first place), so I will definitely be trying it out…

    Will definitely be checking out your deep conditioning recipe – my hair is also color treated, so it needs some love.

  • Brittnei Washington

    That is a great point, Dana! There are do many natural, ecofriendly options. I like these so far and haven't dabbled in other recipes. Thanks for reading about my experience!

  • Brittnei Washington

    Oh Amanda! If you try it you will certainly have to lt me know how it turns out!

  • Brittnei Washington

    I never thought about it. If any clogging happens its usually my hair. I have a bit of an excess in shedding because my hormones are still a bit all over the place because I'm still nursing. I hope you have a great week as well :)

  • Brittnei Washington

    Aw Julie! I felt the same way about the dryness. I hope this works for you! Would love to hear how it turns out :)

  • I'm definitely impressed! My daughter makes so much of her own beauty supplies…she uses our coconut oil all the time! So far I have stuck to making laundry detergent!

  • I'm definitely impressed! My daughter makes so much of her own beauty supplies…she uses our coconut oil all the time! So far I have stuck to making laundry detergent!

  • Brittnei Washington

    Yea I'm liking this type of DIY myself. Can't wait to post about me trying my DIY laundry detergent!

  • Living in a energy star house I am always looking for Eco-friendly ideas to incorporate in my home. I have never thought about making my own own shampoo before. This is very clever and i appreciate the advice.

  • Brittnei Washington

    Thanks so much Clarisa for stopping by and sharing your site! :)

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