A poll has found that 49% of American women wash and blow dry their hair every day, and shampoo continues to be one of the top hygiene products that women use on a daily basis. A global industry and analysis forecast has revealed that the shampoo market will change and grow over the next 10 years. Moreover, the study revealed that shampoos based on food products such as fruits, beer, and other materials beneficial for hair care will continue to attract consumers over the next few years.
Making a natural switch
Plant-based natural and organic ingredients dominated hair care product development in 2016 and 33% of women have switched to natural or organic brands in the past year. As some of these products can be pricey, many have discovered that the key to having beautiful and healthy hair is through using DIY shampoos. Not only are these shampoos made from natural ingredients, but they’re easy to make, and best of all, easy on the pocket.
Why you should use DIY shampoos
Making your own natural shampoo is healthier for your hair and overall health as it lacks chemicals that may potentially irritate your skin and scalp. Moreover, it’s gentler on your hair and won’t strip it of much-needed moisture to make it look soft and shiny. You can also make shampoos to address certain hair and scalp issues, such as dandruff, hair fall, dry, oily, or thinning hair.
Another reason why you should make the switch to DIY shampoos is that it’s better for the environment as it does not contain any harmful ingredients that can pollute the earth. Lastly, making your own shampoo will save you money in the long run as you won’t be shelling out $8 to $10 on a bottle of shampoo which will only last you a few weeks. Here are 5 easy to make DIY shampoos for different hair types and scalp issues.
For oily hair
Oily hair can benefit from a clarifying shampoo to make hair look bouncy and less greasy. To make a clarifying shampoo, combine a cup of warm water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar. Apply to your hair and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. You can also use this DIY shampoo to cleanse your hair if you regularly use styling products such as gel, hairspray, or styling wax.
For long and thick hair
Combine a gallon of brewed chamomile or green tea with ½ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of castile soap, 3 teaspoons of xanthan gum, and 30 drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil for a great-smelling DIY shampoo that leaves your long and thick hair soft and shiny.
For curly hair
Curly hair needs a moisturizing formula to keep curls in shape. For a natural shampoo for beautiful curls, mix 1 ½ tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel with ½ cup of distilled water and 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil. Pour the mixture over wet hair, massage, then rinse. Follow with a rich conditioner. You can make a DIY conditioner by combining the flesh of one ripe avocado with 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Dandruff can cause itching of the scalp, so you’ll need a DIY shampoo that will soothe the itch and keep the flakes from coming back. Mix 3.5 ounces of liquid castile soap with an ounce of distilled water, an ounce of sweet almond oil, 1 ounce of shea butter, 4 ounces of coconut oil, 20 drops of rosemary oil and 5 drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing shampoo that will clean your hair and reduce dandruff.
For falling hair
Falling hair or hair that’s prone to breakage needs to be treated delicately, so you need to combine nourishing ingredients to make a shampoo that will help to make your hair stronger. To make a DIY shampoo for falling hair, take the gel and the clear “meat” from one aloe vera leaf and put it in a blender, then pulse for a few seconds. You should have about 4 tablespoons of the liquid after it’s been processed. To this, add 1 tablespoon of liquid coconut oil and four tablespoons of coconut milk. Place the mixture in a bottle, shake, and store in the refrigerator. Use this daily in the shower to minimize hair fall.
Keep in mind that you may not see any visible changes until you’ve used the DIY shampoos a few times. Some of these shampoos may even make your hair feel sticky or greasy due to the lack of detergents in it. The key is to continue using them to get the full benefits. In time, you may find that your hair has become healthier and more beautiful through the use of these DIY shampoos.