Looking for good shampoo products and hair conditioners that work? Sick of paying the high price in the store? Looking for natural shampoo, or organic products? The price tag on these are usually much higher.
Everyone is watching their money these days, and it can be hard to justify the money we spend on shampoo products and the rinses or conditioners. So, you decide the next time you are in the grocery store to go with that .99 cent one in the sale bin, and you get it home and use it, and next thing your hair is dried out and feels stripped. But some of the organic products are upwards of $15.00 or more in the store, and even more at your hair salon.
Well there is another alternative, and it means digging back into those recipes from our grandmothers day. I remember as a child, laughing at her making her own shampoo and conditioners, I thought you just went to the store and bought it, but you know, her hair was always beautiful. She told me, when she was a child, you didn't have a store on every corner, and you just could not justify that kind of money for shampoo or conditioner for your hair.
Since they were already doing cooking and baking from scratch they would quite often have the herbs and ingredients to make homemade shampoo. Many herbs are used to make homemade rinses. This was the practice back then, and now we are coming full circle, as I have tried some of these when I have ran out of shampoo and conditioner myself.
But I know she shook her head and laughed when they came out with "organic shampoo" as that was going back to basic ingredients, and charging a premium for it.
Below is a simple recipe for Chamomile Shampoo, the one she used all the time.
1 handful of fresh or dried chamomile flowers (I have used the dried with good results)
1-1/4 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons of pure soap flakes (these are usually sold in a box)
1 tablespoon glycerin
Place the flowers in a bowl (heat proof is best) and add the boiling water. Let it stand for 20 minutes, then take a strainer and strain it into another bowl. (heat proof again)
Using the first bowl (clean it out first) combine the soap flakes and the chamomile mixture and let it stand there until the soap softens (it will look like it is melting) just takes a few minutes.
Beat in the glycerin and you can also add a few drops of yellow food coloring to make it look more like natural shampoo.
Pour the mixture into a clean bottle with a tight fitting lid, and keep in a cool cupboard.
Use this as your regular shampoo.
You can also use up left over slivers of plain soap if you don't have soap flakes, and you can get glycerin at the drug store.
If you keep a few simple ingredients around, then you can make your shampoo products and conditioners fresh anytime for much cheaper. Pure soap flakes was a staple in many houses before more commercial soaps came to be. Glycerin was used in a lot of homemade lotions. These are still much cheaper than buying hair care products off the shelf.
There are many recipes on the internet for homemade shampoo products. The above is a good one, as chamomile leaves your hair feeling clean and healthy, and you only need to use about a tablespoon of this shampoo.
Hair conditioners are another great expense. Below are a couple of great ones to try at home:
Hair Thickener Conditioner
1/2 ripe avocado
1/4 cup coconut milk
In a small bow, mach the avocado with a the back of a spoon or fork, mix in the coconut milk to form a thick gel substance.
Apply this gel like mixture to clean hair and comb it through. Leave it on your head for at least 15 minutes, and then rinse it out.
The ingredients give your hair a protein boost, which will make it feel thicker.
Even if you can't go without your favorite natural shampoo from the store, you can at least save some money on the conditioners. Try the above recipe if your hair tends to be limp or fine. It is much cheaper than the hair thickener products on the shelves.
Organic Products work well for conditioners.
Salad Dressing Conditioner
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
In a container mix the oil, lemon juice, vinegar and egg and mix until blended. You can use a blender for this or a whisk.
Use the entire batch to condition your hair. After you shampoo, leave this conditioner on for 15 minutes, and then rinse clean.
It will leave your hair feeling enriched and soft. This conditioner works as well as any bought one. You just have to plan a bit and make sure you have these ingredients. If you make a lot of salads, chances are you have these ingredients.
If you happen to have that cheap bottle of shampoo from the store kicking around, then here is a way to enrich it.
The beer lovers in your house may not like you doing this, but if you can sneak a beer away then give this recipe a try!
3/4 cups of beer (you can drink the rest, why waste it?)
1 cup of your basic cheap shampoo
In a saucepan, boil the beer until it reduces to about 1/4 cup. Cool the beer (make sure no one drinks it!) and then add it to the 1 cup of your shampoo product, put in a clean bottle.
The proteins from the malt and the hops in the beer will coat the hair and build it up, it will help repair damage.
So if you are trying to cut expenses down across the board, then maybe it is time to check out just how much you are spending on hair care products. You can make the shampoo and buy the conditioner, or the other way around, or go completely with organic products like the ones above. Go back to basics, save money, and have gorgeous hair! Nobody will ever know you are on a hair care budget!