From Cleopatra to Kate Moss the women who have turned the most heads throughout history have had to take painstaking care of their own. They all know that a healthy scalp means a gorgeous tress – that silky, free-flowing seducer. Universal wisdom professes: the hair makes the beauty queen. That’s because the condition of your hair is an indicator of your overall health – physical and emotional. It’s a display of self respect, and respect for the gaze, and potential touch, of its beholder.
The fail proof secrets to healthy, beautiful hair in all cultures and eras all draw on Mother Earth basics. Only in the last century science has attempted to concoct chemicals that will refresh, rejuvenate and reanimate a head of hair, in the end, only to slowly return to the wonders of the organic natural world, which induce no toxic side effects neither biological nor environmental.
Organic and earthy is in again. Just as Queen Cleopatra washed and treated her royal mane with olive oil, aloe vera and lavender, so that Hollywood royal Kate Moss nurtures hers. These trendy ingredients are starting to appear on commercial containers of over-processed, chemically preserved, over priced, over advertised and way over-used products. You can purchase them and feed their manufacturer, or, you can make them yourself and feed your hair. You can learn the secrets that our contemporary royals don’t talk about, but only feel on their own skin. And the skin of their lovers.
It’s visceral. Every woman needs to feel the workings of her hair care ingredients on her own scalp in her own time. Does she need more to get moisture in the winter? Less, to avoid the greasies in the summer? Might she require coverage only at the scalp? Maybe the ends require a gentler ingredient?
Crafting your own hair products allows you to develop custom gradations of “clean,” personalized preferences for “soft” and tantalizing definitions for “touchable.” So why would you buy a prefab formula that was never created with your hair, your ecosystem, your lifestyle in mind? The most luscious and caressable hair can be achieved, adjusted and accessed only by its wearer.
So hair, hair! Liberate yourself from the chemicals, the marketing gimmicks and the costly containers. Stop flushing your hard earned cash into the corporate cesspool. Search the earth and mix up your own magic antidote to dull, dry, disenchanting hair, because, as Ivana Trump says: “Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.”
Masks: Out of the Lab and Into the Soil
You would never gulp down a can of pesticide or herbicide, would you? Yet you don’t even think twice when you grab a bottle from the shampoo aisle in your drugstore. You should. You should think more than twice – you should think eight times. Because there are eight extremely dangerous toxins found in most hair care products (especially those that promise quick wondrous results and those that claim to be “gentle.”)
Read any list of ingredients on any synthetic hair mask container, and you’ll be sure to find one of these eight toxic chemicals which you can so easily avoid by treating your scalp and hair to Mother Nature’s masks.
Every time you apply natural, hand made masks or shampoos you will be protecting 20 blood vessels, 650 sweat glands and 1,000 nerve endings from these eight toxins whose names you probably can’t even pronounce.
There is no controversy about these dangers. As far back as the 1970s researchers proved to government leaders all over the world that the absorption of the most common shampoo product NDELA (nitrosodiethanolamine) was more dangerous
absorbed by the skin than digested by the mouth! That’s because when you eat toxins (pesticides and herbicides) the enzymes in your saliva and stomach, then liver, and finally kidneys break them down to a certain extent before they flood your entire body. When your skin absorbs these toxins, however, it has no extra protection, and they get absorbed directly into the bloodstream and tissues.
Tracking and avoiding these eight toxins may sound like a laborious pain, but rest assured, the dangers posed by these all too common chemicals far outweigh any potential convenience you may think they offer:
This lathering agent is also used as a lathering agent. It’s cheap and it makes hair products look thicker and more effective. Actually, when it reacts with other chemicals it transforms into a carcinogen. NDEA is readily absorbed through the skin and has been linked with stomach, esophagus, liver and bladder cancers.
This one comes with an ironic twist – it’s used in masks and treatments labeled “gentle” because they claim to provide “PH balance.” What they actually provide, with long-term use, is protein-destroying toxins.
SLS (SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE) and SLEA (SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE)
These are the most dangerous sulfates on the market and the most predominant. They’re used in 90% of hair products that foam! And why do we need our hair treatments to foam? Well, the cosmetic industry’s illusion that uninformed global customers have bought into is that foaming products are thicker products. False. When combined with other chemicals in hair masks and treatments these sulfites transform into potent carcinogens (called nitrosamines.) Rubbing these cancer-inducing nitrosamines into your scalp allows them to be absorbed into your body faster than if you ate them in nitrate-contaminated food!
IMIDAZOLIDNYL UREA and DMDM HYDANTOIN
These extremely powerful preservatives release formaldehyde! Yes the same stuff that your biology class dissection frog was floating in. And you may remember the effects of prolonged exposure to formaldehyde: lung irritation, heart palpitation, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and insomnia…. The list expands with every study. Why wait to hear what side effects the next five-year study discovers?
MINERAL OIL and PETROLATUM
Though the term “mineral” may sound harmless this stuff is the liquid by-product of the petroleum distillation process used to make gas from crude oil. Yes, the gas that powers your car. It coats your scalp like a plastic wrap, disabling it from breathing in moisture and nutrition. Petrolatum actually cuts off your oxygen supply and causes your skin to age prematurely.
You can find this wetting agent in antifreeze! When used in heavy industry this toxic substance requires gloves and goggles to be worn by those who handle it, and yet it’s found in a myriad of masks, conditioners and scalp treatments of all brands and qualities across the globe.
Believe it or not, the color created for food and beauty products is made of coal tar. It’s the main ingredient in scalp treatments and it’s a potent carcinogen. When used to pave roads (yes, pave roads!) this stuff releases polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) into air, soil, streams and lakes. Do you want it to release even more PAHs into your scalp?
The word “fragrance” on your hair mask container means that there may be up to 4,000 synthetic ingredients composing that nostril tickler, including a slew of phthalates. Not only are they skin irritants, they can actually penetrate your skin, damaging your heart, liver and brain. Heavy users in studies have experienced headaches, dizziness, irritability and depression. There’s got to be a better way to achieve nourishment and conditioning for your hair without damaging your organs and affecting your personality. Doesn’t there?
THE ORIGINAL CLEAN
Humans have been using their planet’s animal and plants products to craft health and beauty care products for much longer than they’ve been using synthetic substances which have been introduced recently enough to be considered experimental. Do you feel more comfortable entrusting your skin and hair to ingredients used by humans in a few countries for mere decades, or those embraced by civilizations across the globe for millennia?
Humans are composed of organic hydrocarbons, as are animal and plants. If left to their own devices, biological systems across the planet – be they streams, sands, salamanders or movie stars – would be continually interacting, symbiotically bonding and organically nourishing one another in an ebb and flow free of toxic side effects. If you’re thinking “I’ve never experienced any side effects from my shampoo,” you’re not thinking long term. The deterioration of skin, brain and lungs cells doesn’t occur overnight. It’s the sustained use of toxic products over time that breaks down nutrient proteins and strip hair of valuable
oils. Why? To attain that corporation worshipped cheaply manufactured product and a longer shelf life to sell that product in.
As you reach for that fast and convenient bottle at your fingertips consider this: how much harder, really, would it be to make your own shampoo, store it in your own re-useable bottle and protect your body from the creep of unknown toxic effects?
If you’re still reading, then you’ve likely decided to try returning to the Earth for your cleanliness and conditioning. You have myriad ingredients and combinations to discover– from kitchen pantry basics to exotic herbal essences. But first, you should be aware of the ingredients you should avoid applying to your hair.
Some things are better left off scalp: what NOT to put in your artisan shampoo
The word shampoo derives from the Hindu word “champo” meaning to massage or knead. The Greek historian Strabo wrote about this ancient practice of women who nurtured and styled their hair, as did the ancient Mesopotamians. These rituals were reserved for the elite until around 3000 BC, when hygiene and beautification was democratized for the average housewife to enjoy. Egyptian cosmetologists crafted cleansers and conditioners from animal fats and essential oils, and for centuries beauty did not cost women in any side effects.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that synthetic shampoos came into fashion in England where hairdressers offered various types of hair washing and massage treatments. Germans marketed shampoo in the 1890s, but Americans were washing their hair with body soap until Massachusetts’s fireman John Breck started losing his hair. Determined to halt his hair loss, Breck studied chemistry at Amherst College and worked on a cure – liquid shampoo, which he tested in his scalp treatment center in 1908. It caught on with beauty salons, and by the 1930s Breck had changed the way Americans wash their hair (though he never did cure his baldness.) With each passing decade, shampoo ingredients became more numerous, more complex and more dangerous. The 1960s brought the development of the toxins available in today’s shampoos.
Mother Earth provides a bounty of lush, nourishing, nutritious, ingredients for all of your hair cleansing and softening needs. Before you run out to gather your supply you should pause to double check that you’re avoiding some items that are not desirable for your hair:
Salt is an organic compound and we all need some of it in our system. But not in our hair. Curly-haired women sometimes touch up their tresses with salt to shape their curl, but they are removing water from their scalp in doing so.
Alcohol is an organic substance, and some forms of it may promote health benefits. But not for hair. It will strip your hair of necessary oils, and dry it so drastically that it’ll become brittle and develop split ends. The most damaging forms of alcohol are: Isopropyl, Propanol, Propyl alcohol and SD alcohol 40.
This was touted as a natural, organic treatment by the stars for a while, but now it’s been determined that keratin methylene glycol is a carcinogen to be avoided. Keratin treatments contain formaldehyde and have been known to cause hair fall out in some cases.
Oils with polyunsaturated fats
Polyunsaturated oils like corn and canola when exposed to light and moisture release free radicals, which can damage cell membranes. These oils don’t penetrate the hair as readily or as thoroughly as monounsaturated oils like olive, sesame, sunflower, avocado, canola palm and shea butter.
Hydrogenated oils are vegetable oils whose chemical structure has been altered to prevent rancidity in foods, which increases shelf life and saves money for food manufacturers. The process of hydrogenation involves the addition of hydrogen atoms to the oil’s available double bonds. As the level of hydrogenation increases, the level of saturated fat increases and the level of unsaturated fat decreases. These extra hydrogen atoms also block the production of chemicals that combat inflammation and benefit the hormonal and nervous systems, while at the same time allowing chemicals that increase inflammation. Stay away from peanut oil, cottonseed oil and corn oil.
This hydrocarbon has no affinity for proteins, so it’s not able to penetrate your hair. It does create heavy build up, and in large amounts can irritate your scalp.
This triglyceride of linoleic acid has a bulky double bond structure and cannot penetrate fiber, so it can’t prevent protein loss in your hair.
Egg whites are just water salt and protein. They don’t contain any beneficial nutrients. They can severely dry hair follicles and block the absorption of biotin, depleting your body of this important micronutrient.
Making vinegar requires a two-step process: alcoholic fermentation and acid fermentation. Yeast breaks down the sugar or starch into alcohol, then a tiny microorganism called an acetobaceter completes the fermentation, creating acetic acid. Vinegar. White vinegar however, is made from grain or starch (corn, potatoes, rice or barley) and is produced from the second fermentation of distilled alcohol. It’s diluted, so it only reaches about 5 percent acidity levels.
Raw, unpasteurized, organic undiluted apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, is made from vitamin C laden apples and can reach an acidity of three percent. There’s a reason Hippocrates, the father of medicine, treated patients with it in 400 BC. He discovered that not only was it a powerful cleanser, it was a natural antibiotic and antiseptic that combats bacteria, mold and viruses.
Tap water Do you ever really know what’s in it? What your municipality uses to filter and process it? What build up lurks in the water pipes that deliver it to your sink? Since you are already buying all fresh, natural ingredients to craft your shampoo you should also make sure your water base is pure as possible. Best way to accomplish that is to invest in spring water.
Plastic bottles Never ever pour your hard earned money and your heartfelt efforts into a toxic plastic container. You’ll be defeating the purpose of natural shampoo, as you’ll be allowing harmful elements like antimony to leach into your fresh, nutritious ingredients.
Chapter 3 – Earth-friendly healers: how do they work?
The ingredients used to cleanse and condition hair over the last few millennia are innumerable, but certain mainstays seem to show up regularly in written documents and oral traditions. Each continent nurtures native specimens with its indigenous mineral rich soil and friendly climate.
Many very effective hair cleaners can be found in kitchens all over the world, but sourcing them from growers with ideal conditions is a luxury well worth the effort. The base of most common high quality shampoo is either spring water, castile soap, gelatin or glycerin.
The Arctic’s crisp, clear melt pond boasts some of the purest spring water, but strangely the cleanest (completely lead free) water has been documented in Canada’s Springwater Township! Spring water is the perfect starter for any refreshing shampoo recipe.
Castile soap originates from Spain’s Castile region where it was originally made from local virgin olive oil. Though today’s castile soap is still primarily olive oil based, it also contains other plant oils, most commonly: coconut, palm, soybean, hemp and jojoba.
Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which we no longer consume very often, as they are found in bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals. But boy do they shine and polish your skin, hair and nails.
Glycerin is extracted from animal fat or from plants, and it’s a natural humectant, meaning it attracts moisture. Glycerin has been seen to promote hair growth of up to an inch per month! But it should always be diluted with spring water, and, as with any natural ingredient, it should never be used in excess.
This protein packed staple also contains lecithin, nature’s cleanser. Of course eggs can be found anywhere, but quality eggs require a diligent search. Organic, pasture-raised eggs are laid by hens whose diet (alfalfa and clover) is high in organic omegas. There really is nothing like pasture fed for flavor and potency.
Healthy hair grows half an inch every month. If your hair is lackluster and growing way too slowly you are probably deficient in vitamin B or E – which avocados are choke full of. On a cellular lever vitamin B induces hair growth and vitamin E helps repair scalp damage. You really can’t go wrong with avocado, which should stay on your scalp for at least twenty minutes to be effective.
The aloe plant is one of the oldest and most renowned medicinal plants in the world. This succulent thrives in hot climates with well-draining soil and sun galore, but doesn’t need very much water. It is a PH balancer, detangler and its thick, unctuous texture provides the ultimate moisture coating which creates a barrier between your hair and your harsh, polluted environment.
Though they thrive in Greece and Spain, eighty percent of the almonds sold globally are grown in California. They must grow in sub tropical climates, but almonds do not require very much humidity. Magnesium, calcium, vitamin E and vitamin D – all that nourishment without the greasy residue others oil leave. Almonds add shine and prevent hair loss – a fact that’s been documented by chroniclers of many civilizations.
Coconuts grow in eighty countries south of the equator where they soak in plenty humidity and sun. The natives of these coastal and tropical regions will tell you that coconut oil was the first oil used by humans. They will also have you staring at their silky, shiny hair. Because it is a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid) coconut oil has a high affinity for hair proteins. Its low molecular weight enables it to penetrate the hair shaft. Multiple studies have shown that coconut oil reduces protein loss in hair – especially in kinky, Black and chemically treated hair.
Drawings of humans collecting honey from wild bees date back 15,000 years. Egyptians were domesticating bees 4,500 years ago when Cleopatra demanded it for her milk and honey baths. Resilient honeybees can be kept almost anywhere and their benefits are undisputed. Honey’s antioxidant power prevents plaques from accumulating on hair follicles. Its germicidal and fungicidal properties protect your scalp, while bits of residual wax serve as a conditioner and hair loss combatant.
Another one of Cleopatra’s secrets. The probiotics in yogurt (especially Greek plain organic yogurt) have long been touted as an internal as well as external moisturizer and PH balancer because of its abundance of probiotics. The zinc and lactic acid stimulate circulation in the scalp, which strengthens protein in the hair, enhancing its shine.
Some of the rarest but most potent plant treatments thrive in the plains of central India where the temperatures are mild and the soil well drained.
The shikaka, which means “fruit for hair,” is a climbing shrub native to India, whose leaves and fruit pods are full of vitamin C, vitamin D and essential phytonutrients that nourish hair follicles to promote growth. It also functions as a detangler, dandruff controller and anti-fungal. Believe it or not, it also prevents premature graying!
For deep cleansing Indian women have been cooking up soap nuts or reetha, for their natural surfactants called saponins, which produce dirt and grease- fighting foam. Reetha is also a natural softener.
Antimicrobial antioxidants have long been extracted from Indian gooseberry or amla, which promotes scalp health, strong roots and faster growth by stimulating circulation. Vitamin C and essential fatty acids strengthen hair follicles and generate luster. Vitamin A enhances elasticity of scalp skin. Amla can also tone down the red tones in your hair.
Bentonite is composed of aged volcanic ash, and takes its name from the largest known deposit of the clay in Fort Benton, Wyoming. It’s been called the world’s most effective cleanser, as, when added to water, it has a highly negative charge, which pulls heavy metals, impurities, chemicals and other toxins out of the body. This clay consists mostly of sodium or calcium montmorillonite, with a hearty blend of iron, magnesium, potassium and silica. A heavy-duty de-toxer.
Apple cider vinegar
Produced anywhere red apples grow, this PH balancer increases alkalinity and functions as antiseptic.
It contains high concentrations of pectin, vitamins B1, B2 and B6, biotin, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid and vitamin C. Its smaller amounts of sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, chromium and phosphorous, bring out a lustrous shine in all hair types. Because of its acetic acid and citric acid intensity apple cider vinegar should always be diluted. For ideal results always use raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.
This powerful Mediterranean herb boasts anti-inflammatory compounds and circulation-enhancing complexion and hair growth nutrients. It can actually increase the blood flow to your head and brain – enhancing concentration!
Lavender, from the Latin word “lavere,” to wash, was used in the famous Roman public baths. Originating in Mediterranean, Eastern Africa and Southwest Asian ecosystems this versatile, low maintenance herb flourishes in many climates and doesn’t require heavy watering. Ancient Egyptians used it in the mummification process, and it has been said Jesus was anointed in lavender oil. Lavender is an antiseptic and antibiotic, so it can help heal scalp sores or abrasions. The aroma therapeutic benefits are obvious and delightful.
Ancient Egyptians dedicated Chamomile to their sun god Ra and used it to cure stress and fever. Native to Western Europe, it grows in cool, party shady fields in moderate climates zones. Loaded with antioxidants to prevent free radical damage, Chamomile combats dandruff and scalp irritation. It can also naturally lighten and soften hair, while it aroma is touted globally for soothing the nerves and promoting deep, regenerative sleep.
This Mediterranean mainstay consists of eight percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant. Rich in vitamin C, it stimulates and supports nervous system. Chamomile strips your hair of build up and removes access oil, without stripping away too much of the natural oil that keeps your ends strong and supple. Citric acid relieves dandruff, and when exposed to sun, helps lighten hair. Drinking lemon juice also clears toxins and keeps hair growing at a normal healthy rate.
This 4,000-year-old South Asian treasure has been praised throughout history for its unparalleled speed in attaining results. This stuff works almost immediately! “Nimba,” the Sanskrit word for Neem means “good health, “ and the Vedas called Neem “one that cures all ailments and ills.” (Can you think of any synthetic product created in the last century that gotten such rave reviews?)
Vegetable oil pressed from seeds of the neem evergreen extracts triglycerides and carotenoids to protect your scalp and hair from free radicals. It’s also full of fatty acids that improve your skin’s elasticity.
Melaleuca oil (Tea tree Oil)
Native to Australia and New Zealand melaleuca is a relative of the myrtle. Captain Cook describes infusing the shrub for his morning tea during his expeditions. Melaleuca oil contains over 98 compounds and six chemo types – a uniquely diverse set of healers. It serves as an antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral and anti-infection agent, as well as an antidote for hair loss. Tea tree oil will unblock your hair follicles and boost your immune system’s resistance to the various infections that lead to hair loss. It can also combat lice and dandruff.
The Recipes: the most luxuriant gift you will ever give your hair and scalp
So now that you know which ingredients produce which effects you’re ready to start combining them, experimenting with them and discerning which of them nurture for your unique hair type and color. Remember, shampoo crafting is both a science and an art. Each person’s results will be as unique as her biochemical make up. Which recipe (or hybrid recipe) works for you will depend on your hair type and color, your complexion, your age, your climate, your general state of health and lifestyle.
Remember simultaneous use of synthetic products could have undesired synergistic effects on these all-natural recipes. Since you’re already investing the time, money and energy to craft and apply natural shampoo you should also be refraining from using toxic chemicals all together. It will take effort, it will take time, but in the end, once your new habit becomes second nature, you will be relieved of so much anxiety. You will never truly be certain about the side effects of those lab experiments that stock the shelves of your local mega store. So why be the guinea pig for the mad scientists? You can fit your own scientist and your own artisan into one luscious head of hair by crafting your own natural shampoo!
A few tips before you begin your beautification journey:
-Always comb your hair with a wooden (not plastic) wide-toothed comb before washing
-Try to keep the shampoo on your hair for at least ten minutes, twenty would be ideal. Natural ingredients perform their functions slowly and thoroughly– they cannot be rushed.
-Never rinse your hair with very hot water for too long. High temperatures can begin to strip the nutrients that you worked so hard to prepare.
-Try to use up the shampoos that can be stored within a week. Natural ingredients can go rancid and undergo biochemical transformations that will alter their efficacy
-After washing with natural shampoo allow your hair to air dry and mold it with your fingers into the style of shape you desire. Blow dryer heat can strip nutrients just as scalding water does.
SHAMPOO RECIPES FOR NORMAL HAIR
1⁄2 cup castile soap
1 1⁄2 cup spring water
3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
-liquefy coconut oil in a saucepan on very low heat
-remove from heat and cool to room temperature
-add water, castile soap and essential oil
-pour into dark glass bottle and shake vigorously before each use
1 tablespoon gelatin powder
1 cup spring water
2 egg yolks
-mix gelatin with water and let stand for 30 minutes
-heat the mixture til gelatin dissolves but do NOT boil
-let the mixture cool completely
-whip egg yolks and pour into cooled gelatin mixture
-massage into hair and leave in for 10 minutes for best results
2 cups spring water
1 1⁄2 tablespoons dried, finely chopped soapwort root
-boil water and add soapwart
-let it simmer for 20 minutes
-remove from heat and gradually add drops of lemon verbena
-keep in a dark bottle and store a in cool, dry place
Honey Bee Bounty
1 cup spring water
5 tablespoons honey
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops melaleuca essential oil
-combine all ingredients into dark jar
-mix well each time immediately before use
SHAMPOO RECIPES FOR DRY HAIR
1⁄4 cup dried Chamomile flowers
4 tablespoons pure soap flakes
1 1⁄2 tablespoons glycerin
1⁄2 teaspoon honey
-steep chamomile in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes
-remove teabags and stir in soap flakes
-stir in glycerin and honey
-store in dark glass bottle for up to a week
1/3 cup coconut milk
1⁄2 cup coconut oil soap
2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
10 drops essential neem oil
-slowly mix heated coconut milk with coconut oil soap
-drop in slightly heated almond oil
-drop in neem essential oil
-shake up in dark bottle
-store in cool dry place – ideally the fridge
1 very ripe avocado
1 tablespoon baking soda
10 drops of lemon or lime essential oil
-pit avocado and throw in blender for one minute on high
-mix in baking soda and essential oil
-stir thoroughly and use immediately (avocado cannot be stored for later use)
2 cups plain whole fat, organic Greek yogurt
2 cups bentonite clay
1⁄2 cup apple cider vinegar
-mix clay into yogurt until all clumps have disappeared
-pour in apple cider vinegar
-massage into scalp immediately and leave in for 15 minutes
-rinse with pleasantly scented conditioner
1⁄2 cup of acacia
1⁄2 cup of reetha
1⁄4 cup of orange peel
2 cups spring water
-soak all ingredients in water for 8 hours
-bring to a boil, then remove from heat
-cool and crush reetha, acacia and orange peel into a pulp
-pour liquid through a sieve and use immediately
-to store left overs for future use you must freeze them in ice trays and allow them to melt two hours before using
Egg Drop Divinity
2 egg yolks
1⁄4 cup rose water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon amia powder
-whisk the eggs in a bowl
-add rose water and mix well
-add remaining ingredients
-massage into dry hair immediately
-rinse with warm water after washing
-this shampoo cannot be stored for later use
SHAMPOO RECIPES FOR OILY HAIR
Tea Soda Surprise
1 gallon spring water
1 cup jasmine green tea leaves
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup castile soap
13 teaspoons xanthan gum
1⁄4 cup cornstarch (if traditional shampoo texture desired)
30 drops chamomile essential oils
-boil and steep tea in spring water for ten minutes
-remove tea leaves and mix in baking soda
-cool mixture completely
-gradually whisk in xanthan gum
-gradually pour in castile soap
-gradually pour in cornstarch (optional)
-add essential oil drops and stir
-transfer into bottle and shake vigorously before use
-this shampoo cannot be saved for future use
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons high quality gin
1⁄2 cup of spring water
-mix baking soda and egg yolk
-add water slowly
-top off with gin
-mix well in dark glass container immediately before each use
-store in fridge for up to a week
1⁄2 cup liquid castile soap
1⁄4 cup coconut milk
1⁄4 cup honey
2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
40 drops essential lemongrass oil
20 drops rosemary essential oil
-slightly warm up coconut milk and honey
-remove from heat
-add castile soap
-gradually pour in fractionated coconut oil
-gradually pour in lemongrass and rosemary essential oils
-mix gently and massage into scalp
-leave on for at least ten minutes
-store in dark glass bottle for up to a week
SHAMPOO RECIPES FOR VERY FINE HAIR
Honey Bear Hug
1 tablespoon raw, unpasteurized honey
3 tablespoons spring water
20 drops essential neem oil
-warm honey slightly while adding water
-drop in neem oil gradually
-remove from heat and massage into scalp
-cover with airtight cap and leave on for at least 30 minutes
-this cleanser/conditioner must be prepared right before use
1⁄2 cup spring water
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
-Mix the baking soda with water and mix til dissolved
-Pour into dark glass bottle and shake gently before massaging into hair
-This shampoo can be refrigerated for up to a week
Yolk Youth Boost
2 organic, pasture-raised egg yolks
1⁄2 cup apple cider vinegar
1⁄4 cup virgin olive oil
1⁄4 cup almond oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
-whisk egg yolk until slightly foamy
-slowly mix in olive oil and almond oil
-add apple cider vinegar and lemon juice
-massage onto scalp and cover with air tight cap
-leave in for at least 30 minutes
-this shampoo must be made before every use
Yes, you can be a “poo-free”goddess!
You are now prepared for your transform into a shampoo artisan and go “poo- free!” Consider the recipes provided here as your starting point, a center of gravity for the new natural you. But by all means, as with culinary road maps, please experiment with these: mix and match, improvise, refine and tweak for your own unique hair and scalp care needs.
The beauty (and science) behind natural hair care is that it allows customized care for each individual’s genetic, environmental and lifestyle challenges and advantages. Not each recipe will work for you every time. Nor will your hair have the same needs every time you try crafting a new shampoo.
In the winter, when you’re growing your hair long and want to shampoo less, you may want to craft a tea tree based shampoo with less fatty oils. Come summer, when you yearn to spend every sunny moment outdoors possible, and switch to a shorter, sassier cut which you know is going to be sweat-soaked and heated by ultraviolet rays daily, you may switch to a more robust, protein-laden avocado or coconut-based shampoo. Your hair is not an assembly line item designed and maintained by corporate scientists and marketers. It’s a unique organism, as delicate and fickle, and as needy of nurturing as a flower. Give your tress the love and pampering you would to any thing of beauty you would encounter in the wild.
What a field trip into the wild you can take now! After reading this book you may just see the world a little differently. You may stop to notice the clover amidst the grass between your toes, and think about the hens that feed on it in order to bring you those curative eggs that are making your hair so thick and luscious. The yogurt that you order at your customary café might invite you to stir it slowly, envisioning the pasture in which its creator grazed, and imagining how soft it would feel on your scalp and tired hair ends. You may literally stop to smell the roses and imagine extracting the aromatic magic they can bring to your next shampoo. It’s time to craft your own shampoo and discover the ancient goddess in you!