As I have been walking along the natural road and performing extensive research about various products, including shampoo, I have learned more and more about just how bad many of them are for you. Most commercial shampoo products on the market today contain a plethora of un-pronounceable chemical ingredients that cause all kinds of internal and external bodily damage from minor like harming your hair, causing dandruff, and making you bald to severe like contributing to cancer.
As a result of my research, I have become a big fan of all things authentically natural (do your research–just because something says it’s natural doesn’t mean it really is). And to ensure that what I and my family are using is completely natural, I make it myself.
Today’s post is all about making homemade honey herbal shampoo that is easily customized to suit each individual’s hair type or conditions. This recipe is a breeze to make, smells amazing, and does an awesome job.
This recipe includes honey because this sweetener softens and nourishes hair as well as adds body and luxury to the shampoo. You’ll want to make sure to use an unrefined, raw, unfiltered honey because processed honey is not nourishing, plus it’s often bulked up with corn syrup.
What if you’ve gone no ‘poo? No-poo is where you use baking soda in water instead of shampoo and apple cider vinegar instead of conditioner (check out my no ‘poo post here). Many women I know who have gone no-poo still use a natural shampoo (such as the one being featured in this post) once a week. I have already started down the no ‘poo road, but once my hair and scalp are used to it, I plan on using this natural shampoo once a week before church. For now, it’s mostly for my hubby’s use.
Both exclusive and occasional usage of this shampoo helps to boost the nutrients absorbed through your scalp via the herbs, oils, and add-ins. And, whether you’re no ‘poo or not, you can use diluted apple cider vinegar as conditioner (as detailed in my no ‘poo post) after shampooing.
Like my spiffy bottle? The bottle is simply a glass vinegar bottle (cleaned out obviously) and it is fitted with the spray top from an average-sized 90-something cent spray bottle from Walmart. Why a spray top? Well, because the shampoo is on the watery side (and it’s supposed to be).
Now, here are a couple things you should know about this shampoo:
- It’ll smell like whatever you put into it. It might smell like the herbal tea or the essential oil(s) or a combination of the twain.
- It’s not thick like commercial shampoo. In fact, it’s pretty watery, which is how it’s supposed to be. I recommend using a spray bottle because of this.
- It doesn’t lather like commercial shampoo. The castile soap in it causes it to lather a little bit, but it won’t be lots of foam like you might be used to.
- You’ll need to shake it before using it especially if there are oils in it. The oils will settle along the top, so shaking it mixes them back in.
- Don’t use peppermint liquid castile soap. I tried that the first time I made this and, even though none of it got in my eyes, the peppermint smell was strong enough to burn my eyes for a little bit after I opened them (and after I’d rinsed it all off).
Here’s a free printable I designed that has a chart with the various herbs, oils, and add-ins you can mix in the shampoo recipe. The printable sheet also has the Honey Herbal Shampoo recipe on it.