I finally put together an easy homemade shampoo that works for my hair made from soapnut powder (also known as soapberries and reetha). I just mix it up before my shower. Hair and scalp types vary widely, so you will probably have to experiment with this to get it correct for your type. Also, if you have been using store bought shampoo there will most likely be an adjustment period for your scalp and hair. In addition, I have never colored my hair, so I don’t know if this works for color treated hair. I’m just sharing a recipe that works for me; try it at your own risk!
Also, I recommend wearing a mask when working with the dry powders. And, like any shampoo or soap, shikakai and soapnut will irritate your eyes, so keep away from your eyes.
The above three ingredients are also available as a set of three in a smaller quantity:
Add the soapnut, shikakai, and amla powders one scoop at a time. Depending on your hair length and thickness, you will have to experiment with the amount. I use two teaspoons soapnut, 1/2 teaspoon shikakai, and 1/2 teaspoon amla.
I also add two drops of tea tree oil and, if my hair is dry, I add a few drops of moringa oil. Again, this is the brand I buy:
You can add other powders too (I buy Merlion brand) such as their fenugreek powder. I tried that as well, but it wasn’t for my hair. You can also use different oils.
This is a liquid shampoo. I squirt it directly on my scalp with one hand and massage it around my scalp at the same time with my other hand. I also use this scalp massager to help work it around my scalp. Since this type of shampoo barely makes suds, the key is working it into your scalp. It does clean the scalp and hair; you just have to get used to not having a sudsy shampoo.
Again, there are different hair types, so you will have to experiment with what works for you. These are just the products I personally use and have found the companies to be quality and reputable. The babassu oil is like a light coconut oil. I switched to using it instead of coconut oil, because it is lighter but similar in quality. Coconut oil would make my skin break out when the oil got on my skin from my hair. Babassu oil even looks like coconut oil when it’s cold. At warmer room temperatures (upper 70s) it is totally liquid.
The argan oil is a heavier oil than babassu in my opinion, so I use a smaller amount of it. The marula oil is very nourishing and my favorite one to put on the lower portion of my hair, braid it and then it gives me smooth braid waves. The moringa oil I mentioned at the beginning in the shampoo mix is one I also use for getting great braid waves. I rotate all four of these oils on my hair. They last a long time, so it’s economical using them.
These are the combs I use for my hair. They are made of sandalwood.
I hope this helps you have healthy hair as well. I’ve also found it saves money making my own shampoo. I don’t have to use other products on my hair besides the above mentioned oils. It cuts down on plastic bottles too! In addition, the ingredients are so basic, whereas store bought shampoos have so many ingredients that aren’t actually healthy. Regular shampoo tends to strip your hair and is usually the wrong pH for scalp and hair. Soapnuts and shikakai have a pH of between 4 and 6, which is ideal for hair and scalp. I’ve found my hair keeps improving the longer I use them. Again, there is an adjustment period while adapting and also while you find the correct ratios and customization for yourself.
Here is a video I made on my YouTube channel about my shampoo and conditioner if you’d like to watch.
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