Make your own natural shampoo and avoid the harsh chemicals contained in commercial shampoos. Some form of soap is required to develop the suds; natural shampoo recipes usually call for Castile soap. This soap is made from plant oil, traditionally olive oil, but others can be used. It comes in both liquid and bar form.
Shampoo for Normal Hair
Mix together 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap, 1/2 cup distilled water, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Shake well before each use and store in a lidded container. This shampoo can be scented with a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. Try rose essential oil or geranium for a lovely scent. Peppermint and lavender are both thought to be beneficial to hair.
Moisturising Natural Shampoo
Combine 2/3 cup of liquid Castile soap with 1/3 cup of distilled water. Stir in one teaspoon of sea salt until dissolved. Add 3 teaspoons of jojoba oil, 15 drops of peppermint essential oil, 5 drops of spearmint essential oil, and 5 drops of bergamot essential oil. Decant to a container with a lid. Shake before each use and use as you would use any other shampoo.
Itch-Relief Natural Shampoo
Bring 236ml of water to a boil and add 1 teaspoon each of stinging nettles and lavender, which are both herbs. Cover the pan and simmer on low for 30 minutes. Strain the infusion into a bottle and discard the herbs. Add 85.1gr of Castile soap and cap the bottle. Shake gently to combine and store in a cool place.
Natural Shampoo for Oily Hair
Place 2 cup of distilled water in a pan and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoon of dried peppermint, 2 tablespoons of dried spearmint, and 1 tablespoon of dried sage to the pot and cover. Remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes. Strain the infusion and discard the herbs. Add 1/4 cup of grated Castile soap to the infusion and stir until the soap dissolves. Pour into a plastic squirt bottle and add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. Lavender oil is a degreaser and gives a pleasant scent.
Combine 1/4 cup of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Massage into wet hair and scalp. Let it sit for five minutes and rinse well. This is a soap-free natural shampoo that will leave hair feeling clean and soft. There will be no bubbles with the soap-free shampoo.