Thursday, April 28, 2011

Personalize Your Head; Make Your Own Shampoo!

Top 'o the morning to everyone...Yesterday we covered making your own soaps and gels. Today we are going to cover making your own shampoos. Many essential oils contain active ingredient hat can benefit your hair and scalp, some can even help prevent head lice! But remember, essential oil shampoos do not lather, like regular shampoos, which is part of the problem with commercial shampoos, as the lather is actually stripping the much needed oils from your head and scalp).

You can use the oils while shampooing or use them as a pre-wash treatment by rubbing the oils into dry hair and wrapping your head in a towel for an hour before rinsing...Enjoy!


Make Your Own Aromatherapy Shampoo

Choosing Your Carrier Product

When making your shampoo keep the mixture light to avoid any leftover residue

Carrier Oils~Light base oils such as peach kernel or jojoba are ideal. Wheatgerm is also good for condition hair.

Water Rinse~You can also add essential oils to the water you use to rinse your hair, rather than adding it to the shampoo.

Store-Bought Products~Add essential oils to combat scalp conditions to your regular shampoo - for example, rosemary oil to treat dandruff. The best shampoos to use as a carrier product are those labeled with a mild PH. Theoils should be added at a ratio of six drips to 1/4 cup of shampoo.

****Safety Note: Avoid using the following oils with commercial shampoos as it will react****
  • Cedarwood
  • Cypress
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Orange
  • Pine

Shampoo Recipes

For Clean And Healthy Hair~The following blend of oils in this recipe can be used on any hair type:
  • 1 pt. clean water
  • 5 drops geranium
  • 5 drops pettigrain
  • 5 drops rosemary
1. Blend the oils together in a jug and stir before pouring onto wet hair.

2. Massage into the scalp and hair and leaves for five min.

3. Rise hair thoroughly until all the oil residue has been removed

If your hair is oily, use the following blend
  • 1 pt. clean water
  • 5 drops bergamot
  • 5 drops frankencense
  • 5 drops rosemary

Lavender Rejuvenating Hair Tonic~Use the following to brighten up dull hair:

1. Boil mineral or distilled water.

2. Pour into a jug containing a tbsp of dried lavender flowers and add the juice of a lemon. Strain after 30 min.

3. Regularly use this aromatherapy hair tonic as a final rinse after shampooing.

For extra shine and vitality, blend the following essential oils with vinegar and add this mix to the final rinse after shampooing:
  • 15ml cider vinegar
  • 2 drops geranium
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 drop petitgrain

Best Oils For Hair Care

  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree

Dry Hair:
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang

Head Lice:
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Lavender

Oily Hair:
  • Bergamot
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Petitgrain
  • Rosemary
  • Wheatgerm

Scalp Problems:
  • Frankincense
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

Scalp Care

Massaging your scalp with oils can stimulate blood circulation and improve your hair's condition. Use the following recipes according to your needs:

Prevent Dandruff:
  • 1/4 cup slightly warm coconut oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass oil
  • 25 drops tea tree oil

Reduce Hair Loss:
  • 1/4 cup slightly warm extra virgin olive oil
  • 10-12 drops lavender oil

Improve Oily Hair:
  • 5 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 10-12 drops rosemary oil

Treat Head Lice: (comb through with a fine-toothed comb and repeat every three days until the condition clears up)
  • 2 tbsp water and 6 tbsp vodka
  • 1 tsp lavender oil
  • 1 tsp tea tree oil

Instructions for recipes

1. Massage the blend into your scalp thoroughly

2. Wrap your hair in a warm towel for at least one hour before rinsing out the blend thoroughly.

3. Now wash as normal to keep your hair from remaining oily.

1 comment:

head lice shampoo said...

Thanks for the useful tips, I recently read an article about the chemicals that are used in different types of head lice shampoo and it really put me off using any of them. I think making a home made shampoo might be a safer way of getting rid of those pesky insects without harming my little one.