Looking for cheaper alternatives to washing your hair (or something with more natural ingredients)? I’ve moved the recipes for shampoo, conditioner and color rinses and tips onto this page for better organization, there’s a lot here to get you started. Enjoy!
First up, here’s an easy way to give natural color a boost without harsh chemicals or dyes.
Directions: Mix 1 cup of shampoo with 1 cup of the following:
- Blondes: Steep 1 tablespoon chamomile, calendula or powdered rhubarb root in 1 cup boiling water for thirty minutes.
- Brunettes: Add 1 cup strong black coffee *OR* water in which is steeped 1 tablespoon powdered black walnut shells, allspice, or cloves for thirty minutes.
- Redheads: Add 1 cup red wine and/or real orange juice, *OR* water in which 1 tablespoon red hibiscus or 2 tablespoons red clover have been steeped thirty minutes.
To Brighten: (with 1 cup of shampoo)
- Add a beaten egg white, leave this mixture on for 15 minutes before washing it.
- Blondes: Mix with an equal amount of strong chamomile tea (2 or 3 tablespoons to 1 cup of water).
- Dark/Brunettes: Add 4 TBS of crushed fresh blackberries.
- Redheads: Use raspberries instead of blackberries.
- Black (to increase shine): Mix with a cup of strong, freshly brewed black coffee.
Source: Ageless Natural Beauty By Sally Freeman
Bring Out Highlights:
Simmer the ingredients over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. After washing hair as done normally, rinse with the infusion twice (catch the first batch with a big bowl so it can be used again a second time).
Use 2 cups of distilled water and 4 TBS of the following dried herbs…
- Blondes: chamomile blossoms
- Brunettes: rosemary or sage leaves
- Redheads: calendula blossoms
Tip: The more regularly these are used, the more effective they will be (and last longer).
The No Poo Alternative: The idea is to massage a baking soda and water paste into scalp then rinse off with an apple cider vinegar.
Herbal: A lovely way to utilize herbs and flowers from the garden, this is made with dried rosemary, dried rose petals, liquid castile soap, aloe vera juice, jojoba oil, pure rosemary EO.
Green Tea: Made with pure liquid castile soap, brewed green tea, olive oil and honey.
Foaming: Liquid Castille, good quality olive oil, baking soda and a few drops of tea tree or peppermint EO.
Coconut Milk: Foams nicely, made with coconut milk and liquid castile soap.
Pina Colada: Coconut milk, liquid castile, olive oil, pineapple aromatherapy oil.
This not only helps nourish locks, it also helps remove much of the buildup from commercial products.
*Note: Some herbal combinations may affect light hair (blondes, grays) or dyed. It should be ok since it’s such a small amount of herbal vinegar that is well diluted, but just a heads up to test a small patch first.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fresh Herbs: lavender, rosemary, basil, sage
Citrus Peels: lemon peel, orange peel
- Take a sterile jar of any size and fill half way with chosen herbs and citrus peels, make sure they are pesticide free.
- Next fill the jar to the top with apple cider vinegar.
- Seal, store in a cool, dark place and shake daily for three weeks. Strain & refrigerate the infused vinegar.
- Take 2 TBS of the herbal vinegar and put into a 12 to 16 ounce spray bottle. Top with water.
Spray on as much as needed after washing (first rinse off soap well, shake spray bottle before using), massage into scalp, rinse off. No application of commercial conditioner is needed.
1 tsp honey
4 cups warm water
Directions: Mix together the ingredients then after washing hair, douse it thoroughly with the honey mixture. Dry as done normally, do not rinse the mixture out.
1/2 cup honey
2 to 4 TBS olive oil (use lesser amount for greasy hair)
- Mix together then massage it in evenly.
- Cover head with a shower cap and allow the treatment to set for 30 minutes.
- Wash very well then rinse thoroughly.
You’ll find more masks & conditioning wraps on this page.