How was your weekend?
I started mine well with a haircut and I love my new look. Whenever I wanted more than a trim, I will skip my regular hair stylist and braced myself into a new hair studio, despite the high chance of being bombarded by new products and services. I do not face such a predicament with my regular stylist.
True enough, the new visit could have been more pleasant. As the salon assistant worked through the wash and blow, he commended about my hair being dry and brittle, as well as showing signs of hair loss. His envy for my thick hair roots was a flat one-liner which gave way to a cautionary note of using the right products. Soon, a shampoo-conditioner set that he claimed would address my concerns appeared before me. I felt he sounded more imposing than sincere to help me when he trailed me to the cashier with the products in tow. Not one to be pressurized, I did not pay for the set. It could have easily pumped up the bill by at least 40%.
Somehow, this unpleasant experience morphed into a form of motivation in me. I started to think of how I can make my own shampoo. One that addresses my so-called concerns at a fraction of the price by the salon. I started to visualize the natural ingredients in my cabinet, and could not wait to reach home.
I wasted no time in identifying the key ingredients for my first DIY shampoo. So, here they are.
Castile Soap. Castile soap is a type of soap that originates from Spain and mde primarily with olive oil. Over the years, the definition of castile soap has broadened to include other types of vegetable oils such as coconut oil, jojoba oil and other extracts.
Jojoba Oil. Jojoba oil is structurally and chemically very similar to the human sebum. Its is non greasy yet moisturizing. It can also unclog pores in oily skin and restore the skin’s natural pH balance. It is virtually odourless, so it does not interfere with other scents used in a product. Due to its high vitamin E content, it can act as a preserver too.
Geranium – The gorgeous rose scent makes shampooing more pleasurable. Geranium balances the production of sebum and this addresses my oily scalp condition.
Lavender – Lavender is known to be a gentle and versatile oil. Beneath its calming qualities, it is a cell stimulant. I am using it too to address the hair growth objective.
Cedarwood – Cedarwood is a circulatory stimulant and it strengthens our bodily systems. Its warm wood scent will balance out the sweet scent from geranium.
Here is my DIY shampoo recipe.
Basic DIY Herbal Shampoo – Makes 120ml of shampoo
100ml Liquid Castile Soap
100ml Distilled Water
20ml Jojoba Oil
Essential oils (10 drops – Lavender, 5 drops – Geranium, 5 drops – Cedarwood)
Mix castile soap, water and jojoba oil in a foam pump container. Add the essential oil drops to the mixture.
Tip: The foam pump container absorbs air into the liquid soap which creates a lather / foam as it leaves the dispenser. Diluting with water is essential to ensure a good foam. The castile soap does not lose its effectiveness when diluted.
How it looks like.
How it feels like
For someone like me with short hair, we can do with 2 pumps. The first obvious difference is that the lather turns flat almost quickly. Do not be tempted to pump more or again. Instead spend the time to massage your scalp. The next delight is, it washes off easily so you save water, money and time. Unlike commercial shampoos filled with chemicals, this DIY shampoo contains natural, biodegradable ingredients which go back to Mother Nature. For once, I feel really doing my part for the environment.
Thinking back, I should be thankful for the wash and blow experience at the salon that triggered the drive to create this personal bodycare product. I am not sure if that salon visit would be the one and only for me, but for DIY bodycare, I am sure there will be more to come!
Purchon, Nerys and Cantele, Lora. The complete aromatherapy and essential oils handbook for everyday wellness. Robert Rose Inc. 2014.