Back in June of this year I ventured into the world of the “No Poo Method.” My reasons were pretty simple; I was tired of having super greasy and I wanted to rely on less chemicals rather than drowning myself in dry shampoo every day. We were heading off on a month-long road trip with lots of camping and outdoor time, so I figured that was a perfect time to stop washing my hair.
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The first product I tried was rye flour. I read that it has the perfect PH balance for hair, so I gave it a try. It did a great job cleaning my hair, I’ll give it that. But, it’s messy to prepare, messy to use and awfully hard to rinse out. When you’re in a cheap motel with low water pressure, rye flour is no good.
Then I tried Moroccan Rhassoul/Ghassoul clay, which on its own is already great. It also takes a little preparation, but it isn’t as bad or messy as the rye flour. It’s a little pricey, so I wanted to find a way to stretch it out. I happened to already have a big old jar of bentonite clay, so I added some of that. Bentonite clay is super cleansing and clarifying, and I use it on my face once a week or so. The mixture worked great, but the addition of one more ingredient, which you already probably have in your kitchen, made this the best DIY shampoo mixture yet. Without further ado…
DIY Shampoo That Really Works!
Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Make sure your water is very hot, nearly boiling. Carefully pour the water into the dry ingredients while whisking. Whisk until everything is combined well. (It will fizz a lot.) Allow to cool and then transfer to a bottle. It should be relatively thin, like a melted ice cream consistency.
Depending on how much hair you have and how often you wash it, this should last you at least three shampoos. It lasts me about two weeks, and I “shampoo” every three days. (I use plain water in between.) It keeps just fine, though I sometimes add a little water if it starts to thicken.
Did you try this DIY Shampoo recipe? Let me know your results!