Everyone has different hair. Some have oily, others have normal, and some have dry hair. Coloring, curling and hair products can all damage the hair and as a result, what works best on someone else’s hair may not work best on yours. Hair is made up of two parts – the outer part is the cuticle and the inner part is the hair shaft. The cuticle is made up of layers of scales that overlap each other, similar to that of the scales of a fish.
When these scales lay flat, then the hair looks silky and is smooth to the touch. However, when the scales are open, then the hair feels coarse and frail. This happens for many reasons (including health conditions, stress and diet) but also due to the amount of chemicals found in shampoos. Read on to discover nine great hair shampoos you can try.
1 – Natural Shampoo Bar Soap
A bar of soap was all that was used to clean both the skin and hair a century ago. You can make your own natural shampoo bar soap using castile soap and olive oil but you may find it far too dry for your hair. Depending on what type of hair you have (dry, normal or oily), make your own shampoo bar soap with coconut oil or jojoba oil.
The best things about making this kind of shampoo is that you can use it for your skin as well as your hair and you don’t have to carry liquid shampoo when you travel.
2 – Lemon Juice/Apple Cider Vinegar Wash
In the past, when soap was too expensive, people would get rid of the dirt and grime by using a mixture of water and lemon juice. When lemons were too expensive, they were substituted for apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is well known for its many properties, including smoothing the hair as it closes the cuticles, curing an itchy scalp and improving the blood circulation.
To make your lemon juice or apple cider vinegar wash all you need to do is add a tablespoon of either to a cup of water. If your hair is long, then you may need to add another tablespoon. If you fancy making your own apple cider vinegar, simply cut up an apple and place it all (skin, rings and core) into a jar of water but do not put the lid on. Place the jar into a dark cupboard and leave for a few weeks.
3 – Baking Soda Wash and an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
A baking soda wash and then an apple cider vinegar rinse will get rid of all the nasty chemicals found in hair care products and everyday pollution. Simply mix half a tablespoon of baking powder (also known as sodium bicarbonate) into a jug of water and then pour over the hair. Once done, wash off with lukewarm water.
Take a tablespoon of baking powder and add a little water to create a paste and gently massage into the scalp. This will help improve the blood flow to the head as well as cleanse the pores of the scalp. Pour another jug of water mixed with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar over your head followed by another jug of lukewarm water.
4 – Raw Egg Wash
Eggs are a well known source of protein for those who don’t eat meat, but did you know that all that protein can be good for your hair? All you need to do is simply crack one egg and whisk it until it becomes light and fluffy and then massage it into wet hair and over the scalp. After a few minutes, rinse it off with water. You can then do an apple cider vinegar rinse afterwards to see the maximum results and to get rid of the “eggy” smell.
5 – Beer Wash
Beer, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions, works on a similar basis to apple cider vinegar in that you should see an increase in luminosity and body to your hair after using it. Hops and malt contain higher levels of proteins in them and this helps to make damaged hair healthy again.
Make sure you have opened the bottle of beer the day before and left it at room temperature. Simply shampoo as normal and then pour the flat beer over your hair and massage into it. Leave it for several minutes and then rinse off with tepid water.
6 – Rice Water Wash
Rice water washes are great for your hair and have been used for thousands of years in the Far East. All you do is cook your rice as normal and then wash it off with water.
Save the water and pour it into a clean, empty bottle and then add some normal water because if you don’t you may find your hair full of starch.
7 – Coconut Milk Liquid Soap
If you simply wash your hair with liquid castile soap or a shampoo bar then you will find that your hair will be left dry and brittle. Since no one wants dry, brittle hair, try adding coconut milk into your castile soap. Because coconut milk allows oils and water to mix together, it makes your hair softer than just castile soap.
To make coconut milk liquid soap, all you do is combine three tablespoons of the castile soap to half a cup of coconut milk. If you want, you can also add some essential oils, two tablespoons of coconut oil or a tablespoon of aloe vera gel for additional shine and moisturizing.
Be aware though, this mixture only lasts for around a week so create a batch and then freeze it into smaller batches (by using an ice cube tray for example). All you need to do it pull out a cube or two the night before you want to use it.
8 – Milk and Honey
Milk and honey have been used together for centuries for a range of health and beauty treatments and there is no doubt that the two make for great natural hair care treatments.
To create a product that not only cleans and conditions your hair, but also moisturizes it, all you need to do is pour a quarter of a cup of milk into a bottle and add two tablespoons of honey and shake thoroughly.
9 – Dry Shampoo
When you have no time to shampoo your hair (it might be because of a late-minute meeting or your hot water has run out etc.), then you don’t have to worry because you can always use a dry shampoo.
You need an ingredient that absorbs well, such as oatmeal or cornstarch, and sprinkle it onto your scalp and brush through your hair. Let it simply draw in all the oils on your head. Once it’s been on there for several minutes, just comb it all out.