I’ve always been one to go the more natural route when it comes to products and ingredients, but when my kids were born I actually started to make my own products to use at home. Because of the relatively inexpensive ingredients, I finally tried this cheap sulfate free shampoo recipe. It’s super easy to make, especially because I already had all of the items. If you invest in just a few items, it’s really easy to enjoy sulfate free products at home. I like to switch up the essential oils I use depending on the season – tea tree and lavender in the winter, peppermint in the summer.
Homemade and Cheap Sulfate Free Shampoo Recipe
Most commercial shampoos strip the scalp of its natural oils, which contributes to hair that gets really greasy really fast, and then you want to wash more often and then you are on a vicious cycle. Commercial shampoos normally destroy the natural balance of the scalp.
Now keep in mind there will be a detox period after you stop using commercial shampoo when you hair may feel stiff, sticky, oily, heavy, or dry. The “bad” ingredients in those shampoos artificially coat the hair with plastic or protein polymers to make it look and feel undamaged, so when you use a natural or homemade shampoo, those polymers are washed away and it takes a bit of time until your scalp’s moisture balance is restored.
Homemade Shampoo Recipe
½ cup distilled water
¼ cup liquid castile soap (buy it here)
2 tsp avocado oil (get it here)
12 drops lavender essential oil
12 drops tea tree essential oil
1 tsp vegetable glycerin (buy it here)
10 – 15 drops of essential oils
- Put the above ingredients in a bottle (you could even reuse an old shampoo bottle).
- Shake well before each use. Pour a little over your head. Lather good.
- Gently massage in the scalp for a minute or two. Rinse completely.