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Homemade Volume Boosting Shampoo
The majority of us buy our shampoo in the supermarket. Then there a quite a number (and it’s on the rise) that buy their shampoo online.
And then there is a small group that makes their own shampoo. Some do this for (semi-)medical reasons (because of a very sensitive scalp for instance), some go for homemade shampoo simply because they want to know what goes in their shampoo, and what they put on their hair.
If you want to have strong and beautiful hair, with a lot of volumes, then making your own shampoo is a good option. Homemade volume-boosting shampoo can be as good and at times a lot better than what you would buy in the supermarket or online. With homemade shampoo, you can also get healthy, full and bouncy hair.
In addition, it is not expensive and or difficult to make. Price-wise you can even save some money if you would normally buy expensive shampoo. And in terms of difficulty, putting together a nice spaghetti will be more work.
As described in other places on this site, having healthy (looking) hair does not only depend on the hair care products you use. A great deal has to do with how you treat your whole body. Here’s a list of things to consider:
- What do you eat? Are you eating healthy?
- Do you get enough sleep?
- Are you taking any medication?
- Are you under a lot of stress?
All these things, and more, determine the quality, vitality and overall health of your hair. Including its volume!
So why not consider making your own shampoo? Homemade!
If you’re in doubt, why not give it a try?
In this article, I’ll share with you a couple of homemade shampoo recipes, and I’ll tell you what to watch out for. Let’s start with the last point first.
What’s Really Important
The really one important thing to do when you’re making your own shampoo is to use very clean containers. The reason for this is that “ordinary” shampoos contain preservatives that make sure you can keep your shampoos for sometimes weeks if not months without them going bad.
Your homemade shampoo does not have any preservatives and therefore can only be kept for maybe a week or two. So make small quantities, or be generous when shampooing.
In addition, it is important to keep an ordinary shampoo handy and wash your hair and scalp at least once a month to take out all possible residue left behind from your homemade shampoo.
Basic Shampoo Recipe
The following simple basic recipe will give a total of 4 ounces of shampoo.
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup liquid soap, such as Castile(an olive oil-based soap)
- 1/2 teaspoon light vegetable oil (don’t add this if you already have greasy hair of your own)
Add all the ingredients together and mix. Use this basic shampoo as you would use any other shampoo. That’s it. Easy right?
Homemade Herbal Shampoo
This will give you a total of 8 ounces of shampoo.
Certain herbs added to your favourite shampoo can bring out your hair’s natural highlights. Chamomile makes a mild shampoo that is perfect for fine, light-coloured hair; the flowers have a mild bleaching effect. If you have dark hair, use rosemary or lavender to enhance your own natural colour.
- 1/2 cup plain water
- 2 tablespoons dried or (preferably) 1/3 cup fresh chamomile, lavender or rosemary (these additions will slightly bleach your hair)
- 1/2 cup Basic Shampoo; see earlier in this article
- 2 tablespoons of glycerin
First, add the herbs to the water and let it sit for some 30 minutes. Filter your mixture to take out any particles. Add you basic shampoo, and stir well.
Use this basic shampoo as you would use any other shampoo.
Ever considered adding a beer to your hair washing ritual? Now you will!
This recipe will give you a wonderful 10 ounces of excellent shampoo!
Beer is the ingredient (natural) that will add volume to almost any type of hair. How do you make it? Real simple:
- 1 cup of beer (any beer will do; but preferably a light-coloured beer)
- 1 cup of Basic Shampoo (see earlier in this article)
The first thing you need to do is to get rid of the alcohol in the beer. You can do this in two ways:
- Leave the beer open for a good 24 hours
- Cook the beer (thereby evaporating the alcohol)
The second option is actually preferred because by cooking the beer, you can increase its concentration.
That’s it. Now mix the two together and you’ve made your first homemade volumizing shampoo. Cheers!
Other Stuff You Might Want to Read:
- Organic Volume Adding Shampoo
- Herbal Volume Adding Shampoo
- Do Volumizing Shampoos Work?
- How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster