Organic and herbal-based shampoos are becoming increasingly popular, not only are they good for your hair and skin, but they are also good for the environment. You can make shampoos and conditioners at home with natural ingredients that are abundant in the kitchen such as yogurt, fruit, honey, cider vinegar, olive oil and eggs. All of these ingredients can easily be found at home and combined with herbal infusions such as aloe vera, tea tree, jojoba, henna and the likes, that add further goodness to the hair. Even if your hair is in poor condition, with some care and attention and by using gentle organic ingredients, a lot of damage can be undone. The great thing about making recipes at home is they can be tailor made to suit your own hair types and requirements. It is always important to remember to make smaller quantities when experimenting at first, because your organic ingredients will contain no preservatives, so the shelf life of your product will only be a few days.[widget:ad_unit-522075061]
Some people are mislead by thinking that the most effective natural shampoo is soap, but one of the ingredients is lye and sodium hydroxide and although perfectly natural it is immensely caustic, it will irritate your scalp, as soap is far more alkaline then any hair product, and alkaline strips the oils from your hair, and leaves it dry and unpleasant and will cause the hair shaft to swell, damaging the cuticle and making hair less shiny, and dry. Try using some of these ingredients below to improve the health of your hair, they are simple and effective and can be easily obtained in your local store.
Hair Masks: Can be made out of egg yolk, honey and avocado and are all extremely gentle and effective on the hair.
Rinses: Made from herbal infusions, they cleanse the scalp and hair of build up of sebum and product residue, they penetrate deep into the hair follicle and leave the hair shaft soft and smooth, a good combination is 8 drops of peppermint in 1 cup of cider vinegar, or a chamomile infusion can be made for blonde hair or a rosemary infusion for dark hair.
Sebum Build Up: A simple chickpea paste will attract the dirt and breakdown the build up of cells and sebum; this combined with jojoba oil has really good results.
Deep conditioning treatment: Try a blend of jojoba and sesame oil and leave it soak overnight for great shiny, healthy looking hair.
Treatment of Dandruff: Massage olive or coconut oil into the scalp, by adding a few drops of either grapefruit seed extract or Tea tree oil to the oils this further helps to soothe and nourish the scalp. Leave the oil on for up to thirty minutes and then shampoo your hair.