At our house we are all different- as far as hair that is. I have dreadlocks, my husband has thick curly hair, Oliver has really fine kid hair and Jackson has thick blond hair.So finding a shampoo that would work for us all didn't even seem to be an option so I just stopped thinking about it. Then one day I decided that I wanted to make my own for dreadlocks, because dreadlock specialty soap is stinkin' spendy! Brad wanted to try it too, and then the boys- by mistake I have brought us all together under one uniting shampoo!
I looked around for a bit and found some good ideas on natural hair care here, and was excited to see that she was using tons of other ideas that I already loved-such as the coconut oil, I just can't get enough of that stuff!!
After a bit of browsing, I came up with this recipe and it works for all of us. Since we are trying to simplify one shampoo for us all is a good step to take. Before this we used the Burt's Bees tear free for the boys, no-residue dreadlock shampoo for me, and Brad used an anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner. We've eliminated all of those (well the boys are still finishing up their last bottle of Burt's) and now just have this nifty spray bottle thingy. We all love the lather that comes out of this green bottle, and knowing what is in our products makes life even better.
It works so well for Brad and I, it isn't anti-dandruff and (as I predicted) he hasn't had a problem with dandruff in the last 3 months since our switch-over.
A Homemade Recipe for Natural Shampoo
1/4 Cup Water
3/4 Cup Lavender Doctor Bronner's Multi-Purpose Soap
4 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon of Glycerin
6 Drops Tea Tree Oil
6 Drops Lavender Oil
6 Drops Ylang Ylang Oil
Combine all in a bowl or Pyrex measuring container (I use the one with the spout for easy pouring). Stir together and then pour into your spray bottle. These can be purchased anywhere. I got this one at Bi-Mart. You are done, now go wash your hair!
This recipe can be tweaked to meet your needs, it will leave your hair with more of its natural oils in it as it is not a commercial shampoo meant to strip all oils out of your hair- however if you find it just too much leave out the glycerin the next time around.
Also check out my Homemade Bath Salts Recipes!
If you make this recipe, or have your own-please share! I'd love to hear from you.