I made my own shampoo and conditioner, today.
I don’t know. I was bored. I had all the ingredients. The only real work it involved was digging through the recycling to find bottles.
The recipe is adapted from Organic Authority, but the internet is a total DIY health & beauty wonderland. You know that.
You will need:
- 1 cup pure liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s orange)
- 1 cup green tea, brewed for thirty minutes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey (from an apiary in Maine!)
Mix everything together in a bottle. Pretty simple. Oh. If you’re doing this yourself, use an actual shampoo or conditioner bottle. Juice bottles (wide mouth) are going to be messy. I know.
The conditioner is simply a mix of apple cider vinegar and hot water (one-half cup and two and a half cups, respectively). I halved it, and shook up them in a plastic juice bottle. The original recipe recommend using about three-quarters of a cup, two to three times a week after shampooing. Just drizzle over your head, let it sit for a bit, and rinse. If you’re worried about the smell, you can add an herbal tea bag; let the mixture sit for about half an hour before use, discard the tea bag.
I took a bunch of photos of the process, but they are terribly, impossibly lame and I am refusing to post most of them. My kitchen is small and dirty and lacks natural light and counter space. And, to be perfectly honest with you, I don’t want anyone to think that I believe myself to be a talented stylist or photographer. I’m totally not. Kindly observe.
I drank tea while I waited for tea to steep…
…which was unfortunately super-ultra-hippie-tea (or, according to boyf, “Ricky-Martin-tea” haha). Totally uninspiring.
Post-shower notes: Apple cider vinegar burns if you pick at your cuticles, but as a conditioner, it works wonders. My hair feels so soft. All I did was pour a little bit into a cup. I dipped the ends of my hair first, and then I just carefully poured the rest over my head, rubbing it in a bit. I let it sit for a couple minutes while I scrubbed my toesies.