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Shampoo Recipe Help

by Jen
(Saskatchewan, Canada)

Hi there!

First of all, thanks so much for these recipes. I made the lotion and toner with great success and I LOVE them!

I also thought I'd mention that I couldn't get emulsifying wax fast enough so I used lecithin granules. It's a bit tricky to get the quantities right and my lotion turned out a little bit runny but considering you only need a tiny bit and I keep it in the fridge, this works just fine for me. (I got the lecithin quantity right for the conditioner which I DON'T NEED when using homemade shampoo.)

My problem is this: I try to use the shampoo very carefully but it makes my hair pretty greasy. I can't seem to rinse it out well enough. Will this go away with time or do I need to modify the shampoo recipe? It's driving me nuts! Haha!

Thanks for your time!


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Vinegar and Shampoo NEW
by: Kyley

I learned yesterday that it's a bad idea to add vinegar to soap because one is an acid and one is a base, which causes a chemical reaction that destroys the soap's cleaning power.

The blog I read said to wash your hair with castile soap, rinse out the soap and then follow up with a vinegar rinse after the shampoo is out of your hair.

I'm updating the shampoo recipe page again to show this change. It should be done early next week.

After I get the liquid shampoo sorted out, I'll start looking at baking soda recipes.

Best of luck, Rachael - let me know what you try!!!

Some thoughts NEW
by: Rachael

I've been looking at a bunch of homemade shampoo recipes and no 'poo options this morning and I thought I'd share what I'd like to try next.
1. Equal parts distilled water and liquid castille soap as shampoo - I want to try just cutting this down to the basics and see if that makes a difference. I also read something to use white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar on oily hair.
2. No 'poo - This involves using baking soda as shampoo and vinegar as conditioner. I've read a lot of good things about this method, but I'm a chicken so it might be a while before I try this.
3. Finding a unscented organic shampoo - If all else fails, I'll try to find a shampoo that isn't filled with nasty chemicals and add essential oils. I also read something about adding baking soda to shampoo.

Has anyone tried these options? Thoughts?

Homemade Shampoo NEW
by: Kyley

Hi Rachael, thanks for letting me know. I'm really frustrated with the homemade shampoo recipes. So much so that I'm going to post that on the recipe page.

I just can't figure out how to make a formula that doesn't either weight fine hair down or stop oily hair from looking greasy. And I'm researching and testing and failing. Grrrr!!!!

I would say your best bet is to buy a good unscented shampoo from your health food store or online and add essential oils to it. Sigh.

Still an issue? NEW
by: Rachael

I just made this around a week and a half ago and my hair looks really greasy when I use it. My hair is oil-prone anyways, so I made sure not to put in the oil. I did put the essential oils in as well as the apple cider vinegar. I thought that it might be the apple cider vinegar (I used raw with mother rather than just normal), but could it be something else? Any ideas?

Fixing the Shampoo Recipe NEW
by: Kyley

Hi Jen,

Glad to hear you're liking the recipes they're fun to play with, eh?

I found that the shampoo recipe made my hair a little heavy over time, but I thought it was just me. So, based on your feedback I modified the recipe page to say if your hair is oily or fine, leave out the oil.

That said, here's what I suggest you do. Make another batch of the shampoo without any oil in it at all and then combine it with the batch you already made. That will cut the oil in half and should solve the problem.

If you know you're going to use lots of it or you have a big family, you could even do this a third time (or double your second batch - genius!) to reduce the amount of oil in the whole lot even further.

Thanks so much for your feedback - you've had a direct impact on making this site better for everyone who visits :)

Good luck with the fix, and be sure to get in touch if you have any other questions...

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