Last winters I dabbled into making my own shampoo. My experiments of saponification with hair friendly oils was a lovely experience.
I love the concept of using oils to clean hair. Come to think of it. Instead of a chemical based detergent. You use potent oils to keep your mane clean.
Hair is dead from the surface outside the scalp. Thus, they do not breathe. Though, since the skin absorbs whatever you put on its surface. Therefore, it is important to be aware of what products we subject our skin to.
Skin is the largest organ of our body. The scalp is skin too. Thus, whenever I wash my hair with the shampoo bars I made. I know that I am safe.
I know that there is little to no chance of not so good chemicals getting into my body. As you know, most of the commercial shampoo includes a variety of petroleum products. So, by switching to a natural handmade shampoo bar. I cut-off a channel that could otherwise expose me to toxins.
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Feedback on my solid low poo shampoo recipe
My shampoo bars are one of the best homemade shampoo recipes without castile soap.
I shared the bars with my friends and family. They loved the experience of using a natural shampoo to keep hair and scalp clean. Moreover, the hair did not feel dry after its usage. In fact, a few of my friends stopped using a conditioner while using my shampoo bars.
Though the lone negative feedback I got was on the physical state of the shampoo. Most of us use liquid shampoos to wash hair. So, the solid shampoo bars felt funny to some.
If you are a fan of natural handmade cosmetics. Then, you must be aware of solid shampoo bars by Lush.
Though many amongst us are not comfortable with the concept of using non-liquids to wash hair.
So, in case you also got a fascination for thick liquids. Then, you can read further to try some for washing your mane.
How to Make 3 Low Poo Shampoo Recipe for Proven Results
1. Coconut Milk Shampoo
Coconut is synonym with beauty. Whether you use it on your face or hair. It adds beauty to every body part. Not to mention it tastes and smells good too.
Coconuts rank high on being good boys.
That is why they find a prominent place in most of my beauty regimes.
I use coconut oil to massage hair. I also use the oil in my solid shampoo bars. So, it is an obvious choice to include coconut in liquid shampoo too.
The process is simple. It is as follows:
- Take 200ml of coconut milk, fresh is preferable. Else you can buy canned coconut milk.
- Add 100 ml of liquid castile soap to the milk.
- Use an electric blender to incorporate the two liquids together.
Your coconut milk shampoo is ready.
2. Rice Shampoo
This one is my favorite. Rice is a good source of b-complex vitamins. Its use as a shampoo cleans and nourishes hair.
The process to make Rice shampoo is as below:
- Boil 10 g of rice in 200 ml of water. (brown rice is a good option)
- When the water reduces to half. Stop boiling and let the rice water cool.
- Then, transfer the rice and water mixture to a bottle. Let it ferment in a cool and dark place for 2 days.
- Ensure that the bottle’s mouth remains covered with a muslin cloth. The mixture requires oxygen to ferment.
- After 2 days. The liquid will turn thick and whitish.
- Add 100 ml of liquid castile soap to this thick white mixture.
Give the bottle a good shake to mix its ingredients. That is all you do to make your rice shampoo.
3. Aloe Vera Shampoo
Aloe vera’s inclusion in a beauty product is common. That is because the benefits of aloe vera are huge.
It cleans the hair. The nutrients in it nourish the scalp. Moreover, its gel-like structure provides an easy application. Thus, you can make a number of hair care products with it.
To make an aloe vera shampoo. Please do the following:
- Scoop out the gel from an aloe vera leaf. You can also use a commercial one if you do not have an aloe vera plant.
- Add about 100 g of aloe vera gel to 100 ml of liquid castile soap.
- Run the mixture of both in a mixer until you get a homogeneous liquid.
That simple it is to make a super simple aloe vera shampoo.
Troubleshooting the Low Poo Shampoo Recipe
I make all the 3 shampoos at home. They require some iterations with time. It has been a year of using these shampoos. The steps I have taken to work them right are as below:
1. High temperature may affect the low poo shampoo
I live in a tropical nation. So, the temperatures are on the higher end. Though it seems that the heat did not spoil my shampoo.
There were no issues with its cleaning properties. The color also remained the same.
But if you suspect that the heat in your area might damage it. Then, you can put your shampoo bottle in the refrigerator. You can also add vitamin E oil to your shampoo. That will work to increase its shelf life. 1 tsp of oil to 200 ml of shampoo is fine.
2. Separation of ingredients in shampoo
This trouble is common to most of the DIY beauty stuff. Due to the absence of emulsifying agents in natural products. Its oils and water-based ingredients do not mingle. That is the reason store-bought shampoo has emulsifiers.
Though you do not find them labeled as emulsifiers in the ingredient list. They are common as – Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, etc.
All my low poo shampoo recipes do not have these complicated products. So, with time the shampoo separates into two parts. To make them as one again. You can give the bottle a thorough shake or add some castor oil. Castor oil’s viscosity brings all the ingredients together.
You can avoid the separation by using an electric blender to make a strong emulsion. High-intensity blending creates strong bonds between castile soap and liquids.
The other option is to add a little xanthan gum to your recipe. It is a polysaccharide that gives a solid consistency. With its addition, the separable liquids fuse into 1 in the form of a gel.
You can add 1 tbsp of xanthan gum to 200 ml of shampoo. That will give your shampoo a nice thick structure.
3. An unpleasant odor
With time, the ingredients in the shampoo may spoil. This will cause a rotten smell. If you discover that your low poo shampoo emits a foul odor. Then, you should throw it away.
But the rice shampoo is an exception. Over time, the rice water ferments. Hence, gives out a peculiar unpleasant odor. But that will not affect the shampoo’s performance. In fact, the fermentation process enhances its goodness.
If the smell puts you off. You can add a few drops of essential oils to the shampoo. Rosemary, tea tree, lavender, and bergamot are good choices. You can add these oils even when the shampoo does not go bad.
- Castile soap (I prefer the unscented one)
- Coconut milk
- Aloe vera gel (this one is 100% pure without zero chemicals)
- Electric blender (this one is on a discount)
- Xanthan gum (this one is edible)
- Rosemary oil
- Lavender oil
- Tea tree oil
- Bergamot oil
It is a tough choice to let go of commercial beauty products. Apart from the shift in the mindset. You also need to juggle up the resources for coming up with DIY cosmetics.
Not all handmade DIY cosmetic recipe work for everyone.
But with some permutations and combinations, it is easy to make your own products.
The 3 low poo shampoo recipe in this article will help your mission to go natural. Thereby allowing you to skip the commercial low poo products.
So, use them and indulge your hair to some nature love.
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