Homemade shampoo: how to start using it

In this article we will see recipes for homemade shampoos and talk about the No Poo movement which is defined as a movement which does not use shampoo or chemicals that can damage the hair defending that today we have so much need to wash our hair because we mess with the same products every day that we think we try to "clean it" ".

Movimiento No Poo

We recently wrote a compilation of Homemade recipes of natural cosmetics where we talked about how and why to start making it (saving money, half environment, less chemical, etc). Today we will emphasize the shampoo and talk about different modalities and the history of " movement no poo ", with two meanings: one is "no shampoo"; to remove the other we propose to put "no poo" in the Google translator.

If we start to search the net there are thousands of recipes and testimonials from people who have stopped using shampoo conventional and does not seem to have dirty hair . Rather it seems quite the opposite: brightness and natural beauty which has been joined by the very same Kim Kardashian who comments that washes her hair just twice a week (or every five days) with sodium bicarbonate and vinegar .

But, where does this movement come from?

The movement " No Poo " is an underground movement that it arises in contrast to ads that begin to recommend that shampoo be used on a daily basis . In front of this, there is a collective that thinks that the shampoos with silicones and chemical products do not help to have the hair clean but quite the opposite.

If we look at the history of the shampoo, we can see that in the 19th century it was recommended to wash your hair once a month . Decades later, the fashion of frequent shampoo begins and in the year 1808 the New York Times publishes an article in which it was recommended to use shampoo every two weeks.

In 1914 Kasey Hebert invents commercial shampoo. In 1927, Hans Schwarzkopf created the first liquid shampoo and this created a great revolution. Afterwards, different components such as detergents and silicones are added until in the 80s the 2-in-1 shampoos are created. Before that, a series of advertisements can be observed where shampoo is encouraged daily. But, why do you need to wash your hair every day if you could wash once a month before?

Testimonials and experiments

There are many testimonies from people who have tried to leave the shampoo or replace it with baking soda and vinegar. In 1915 the testimony of Lucy AitkenRead who confessed that had been without shampoo for three years and that had hair better than ever stood out. In an interview of the BBC says that was raised to stop using shampoo to reduce the chemicals and the carcinogenic substances he introduced into his body after realizing that half the ingredients of the shampoo he used did not know them . In addition, he says he also did it for reduce money and simplify his life .

Lucy AitkenRead explains that there is a transition period in which hair is not all the best he can (especially the first two weeks), but that then everything gets better . Not only is Lucy AitkenRead the one who follows this method but there are many people who today have said goodbye to conventional shampoo. In fact, in the UK sales of shampoos have fallen considerably . Although this is not the most vegan example because in 2015 the woman said that she was throwing an egg every 15 days, we suppose it could be substituted for an avocado or aloe vera.

How to do it?

Be for the environment ( reduce plastic packaging ), for experimenting or for health if you decide to give the change is not as difficult as it seems . You will save space and money and you will not have to use products that you do not even know what they carry.

In addition to plain water, there are many methods and recipes for washing the hair naturally and clean it thoroughly . You can always resort to essential oils or more elaborate recipes but the most common is to use bicarbonate as shampoo and apple cider vinegar as a conditioner of the hair. Also can be used coconut oil or aloe vera to hydrate hair or flaxseed as a substitute for foam .

On his Youtube channel, Curly Penny nos gives a practical class on how to mix the products and clarifies that although apple cider vinegar has a strong smell ]after a few minutes that smell disappears and the hair stays great .

Measures for shampoo

– 1 tablespoon of baking soda.

– 1 cup of water.

To make this simple shampoo you just have to mix the baking soda with water . The measurements can vary if the texture is not left that is needed, but these are the ones that are usually recommended. Wait for it to dissolve and use as if it were a conventional shampoo.

Measures for the conditioner

– From 6 to 8 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

– Water to complete a cup along with the apple cider vinegar.

– Essential oils (optional).

To do it you just have to mix the vinegar with the water and apply on the hair after washing with the bicarbonate .

Dry shampoo

We can make dry shampoo with only one ingredient: cornstarch . The procedure is the same as in those that we can buy, only without spray. You have to throw it through all the hair and then remove the remains with a comb.

Aloe Vera Mask

This recipe from Biobeauty is very simple and has only two ingredients:

  • 6 drops Aloe Vera
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

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