Everyone is familiar with the humble product – shampoo. A substance that you use on a daily basis to remove dirt and excess oil and debris accumulation. It is essential to use it when you want your hair to shine like the sun. But using artificial and scientifically manufactured shampoos might do more harm than good.
Why should you make your own shampoo?
Shampoo manufacturers are often just hell-bent on providing quick solutions not worrying much about your hair in the long term. Thus, they often add such ingredients to their products which may provide a temporary and quick solution but may harm in the long run. It’s quite the opposite what you should be looking for. A permanent fixture in the long run without overindulgence in harmful chemicals is what your priority should be when looking for a shampoo. After reading this article, you’ll come to know easy it is to make your own shampoo and you will never turn to these temporary solutions anymore.
Alternatives to shampoo
“Noo-poo” is a popular alternative to the retail shampoos and can be made in the comfort of your own home. It has only 2 ingredients and it seems deceptively simple to make. And it is. But dare not underestimate the power of simplicity in this aspect. Devoid of harmful chemicals, no poo will do exactly what you’re looking for: clean your hair without complicating your life.
So here is how you make the NooPoo shampoo:
- 1 tablespoon baking soda: Add one tbsp of baking soda to the cup in which you are going to assemble the shampoo. Baking soda is basically market sodium bicarbonate.
- 1 cup of water: Add 1 cup of water to the 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and mix it thoroughly into a smooth batter. The quality of the water should be good, preferably mineral or drinking water. There is no limit to how much shampoo you can make as long as the ratio of 1 tbsp baking soda: 1 cup water is maintained.
Add this batter to an empty or used shampoo or oil bottle, and use it whenever you want to, to witness the glory of this homemade shampoo. Squirt the batter onto your scalp and massage it with your finger tips for 2-3 minutes and then rinse it off completely with water. Make sure baking soda residue doesn’t remain in your scalp. This is why cleaning it on a regular basis is so important. Adding a conditioner to this daily routine can also be of utmost importance as the conditioner might help you restore the pH of your hair and bring about the change a simple shampoo cannot bring.
Overall cost of the shampoo
One of the ingredients, come absolutely free. The other if bought in large batches is almost dirt cheap. But for the sake of it, the price of the shampoo is calculated to be around 0.06 $ per ounce, depending on how much you want to pay for your baking soda. Usually, an average shampoo bottle is 16 ounces. Hence this homemade shampoo will come at an absolute cheap price of less than a dollar.
Suited for what type of hair?
With its core ingredients absolutely natural and pollution free, it is safe to be used by people with any type of hair. It is safe for all hair types. And unlike the commercial and retail shampoos, it will not strip your hair of its natural oils. Even if you’re going for a retail shampoo make sure it is SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and paraben free.
Making your own shampoo is probably the most beneficial and cost-effective. It is healthy, cheap and is effectively simple in the long run. Other than baking soda, many natural shampoos also use soap nuts, a kind of a shell of a fruit growing in the Himalayas. We would recommend using either of the 2 when you think about cleansing your hair.