Exactly how often should someone wash their hair? Good question! Everyone from celebrity hairdressers to top beauty bloggers have an opinion about hair washing. Some insist on washing hair daily, while others agree every other day is best, some say once or twice a week; and then is this girl-- who hasn't washed her hair in over five year. Yes, five Y-E-A-R-S. Honestly, WTF?
Exactly how does one wash your hair without shampoo? After some serious testing-- we tried everything from baking soda to eggs to beer to even applesauce! We've come up with nine of the best alternative shampoo recipes, aka "alterna-poo" natural shampoo recipes for gorgeous hair. Read on to find the holy grail of DIY natural goodness, no-po shampoos.
Apples are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but applesauce shampoo? It's one of those things that makes you go hmmm,. After trying it once; we emerged from the shower with super soft, glossy locks. If you're thinking about going no ‘poo and tend to have waxy build-up, try this alternative applesauce shampoo recipe.
This homemade shampoo recipe is perfect for thick and long hair. Instead of water this recipe uses tea. After sifting through several dozen DIY tea shampoo recipes, this one looks the best. Admittedly, we haven't tried it yet; but with all the different tea varieties in our cupboard, endless possibilities emerge. Ooo, we'll conjure some up for another post. Did you know that chamomile tea is a natural hair lightener? You can use plain, green and chamomile tea or even coffee. Wake up + enjoy clean, shiny and wonderful smelling hair.
The majority of homemade shampoo is not as thick or lathering as store-bought varieties, but even so, it will effectively clean hair with nourishing ingredients and botanicals. Because herbal shampoo is so much gentler, you can expect that your hair will not feel as squeaky-clean after washing. This is because it will not be stripped of its natural oils. This botanical natural shampoo recipe calls for sage, rosemary and mint washes away buildup from styling products without stripping away your natural moisture. The blend of natural botanicals reinvigorate your hair so it's more manageable, softer, and full of shine.
Apple cider vinegar is a perfect cleanser, gently lifting dirt and residue off the hair and scalp while also laying down the cuticle for a smooth finish. Just make sure that you dilute this highly acidic product so that it doesn’t dry out your hair. One part water to one part apple cider vinegar is a good mix. Good for all hair types, but especially oily hair, this apple cider shampoo rids hair of product buildup, chlorine, and environmental impurities. We liked that the deep cleansing didn;t seems to strip the hair of its essential oils.
As busy moms and always on the go we've become avid users of dry shampoo. You name it; we've tried them all: Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder, Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray, Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Enamel, Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo, Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo. Dry shampoos work to extend your blowout and instantly refresh hair between washings. They're formulated to gently absorb excess oil, product buildup, and impurities; but the store bought varieties all seem to leave our hair rather lackluster. After spotting this dry shampoo recipe on ModCloth, we knew we'd have to give it a go. We love that this recipe for is so simple --you're likely to find all the ingredients in your pantry. Too bad we made such a small batch -- it's that good.
Shampoo bars can be an all-over replacement from commercially available and harsh shampoos which strip the hair from its natural oils. Enter Rebecca from the Soap Deli blog. She has an easy to follow shampoo bar recipe that's simply divine. It took a bit to get used to the low lather, but once we tried it; we now admit to using the handmade jojoba oil and aloe shampoo bar from head to toe. It's that good.
Gentle, nourishing and all natural homemade honey shampoo is made from two ingredients: water and honey. Just mix 1/4 cup raw honey and 1 cup filtered water. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil-- vanilla, cinnamon and orange all smell great when mixed with the honey. Combine the honey and water in a bottle and shake well to dissolve. To use: wet your hair, then massage a few tablespoons on your scalp. Distribute through out the hair, then rinse and repeat. After one use; our hair was soft, shiny and remarkably more manageable.
Applying coconut milk on your scalp gives a cooling sensation, nourishing your hair by giving natural moisture from roots to ends. Apply some fresh, homemade coconut milk and massage for three to five minutes to boost the hair follicles, stimulating hair growth. A natural detangler and conditioner; coconut milk is particularly beneficial for restoring dry, damaged, weakened and brittle hair as well as split ends. Here's our all time favorite, tried-and-true homemade coconut milk shampoo. Try it; and your hair will thank you by looking healthy and smelling yummy.
Gorgeous glossy hair at a fraction of salon prices? The secret to great hair can be found in beer so let's give a shout out to your favorite stout. Beer is rich in vitamins, wheat proteins, maltose sugars: the complex carbohydrates have a hydrating effect, while the proteins coat each strand, giving them more strength and elasticity. This recipe required no prep work: we simply popped the top and poured it on our hair. The beer shampoo we tried (Fat Tire Amber Ale) not only made our hair appear shinier, but it also seemed to have way more volume than usual.
After trying each and every one of these all natural, no shampoo, which would we recommend? It's a tough decision: they're all extra-mild, all natural and all work really well.