Are you ready for some DIY mixes? Great! Do you know how to start? No…OK, we can work it out! I keep seeing so many bloggers discussing it and so many friends on Facebook already doing it. They are whipping, and mixing and measuring and dicing away like seasoned chefs! They are making their own diy shampoo or conditioner, and natural hair concoctions and I know you want to be right up there with them.
Don’t worry though. You do not have to be a natural hair expert or a scientist to jump on the DIY bandwagon. All you need is the desire and a few tips to help along the way and I’m here to help! Before we get started, let’s get you ready with a few tips that will make the transition to a DIY mixtress easier.
Do some research. No, no one says stick your nose in a chemistry book, but simply do a google search for something you are in need of like a natural deep conditioner or a natural hair mask. It’s even better if you run to a blog (like Seriously Natural), vlog or website you trust and do a search there to see if they have any recipes.
There is nothing wrong with trying something someone else has perfected and that’s why they share their amazing recipes online. There are tons so if you don’t find one you like, try another site or search. Within a few minutes you will find more than you could imagine from the super simple to the mega-complex.
KISS, Keep it simple sister is right! Try and find a DIY shampoo conditioner recipe that uses only 3 or 4 ingredients. Why start off grand when you may end up becoming discouraged or having to spend a ton of money at the grocery store. I’m sure we all have the main ingredients that many of these recipes list like honey, eggs, Olive oil, or even brown sugar.
Another easy way to go is to use a commercial shampoo or conditioner you already have around the house and simply add something to it like your favorite oil or butter. Rome wasn’t built in a day so neither should your first few diy recipes. Simply keep it simple.
DIY means more than simply creating recipes yourself. It also means knowing as much as you can about the ingredients you are using especially how long they will last. Know the shelf life of your products you use in the recipes because without preservatives, their shelf life will be much shorter. When you you use preservatives, you lengthen the life for a few weeks. Remember many of your mixes (if you have any left over) will need to be refrigerated to keep them from spoiling and it’s best to use them within a week or two.
If it smells funny, has fungus or mold growing on or in it, throw it out immediately. Now, something like your spray bottle concoction will be just fine sitting out for a few weeks just like my lavender water refresher spray. Most often, when you find recipes on blogs, they tell you how long they will last and how to store it, so take heed.
You want to make absolutely sure you do not make the same mistake twice by not remembering what you used. You also want to remember what you used for that bomb ass recipe. Take clear and accurate notes so you can recreate or change up accordingly. Also, you can find mixes from others and tweak adding more or less or replacing some items to accomodate your hair needs or what you have accessible. Make the recipe your own and taking notes will help you get there.
It is vital for your mixes to be stored in the right containers, jars and bottle so they last. Keep the lids on tight to stave off oxidation and to keep your product from degrading. Dark containers are best to store your mixes because the less light exposure the better and keep them out of sunlight.
Label your creations and the ingredients and even add dates to ensure you are using it while it is fresh or still has potency. Do not just rely on your memory and know this is the best way to stay organized and to get the best out of your creations.
Now that you know how to create your DIY recipes correctly, let’s get into a few homemade shampoo and homemade conditioner recipes worth trying out.
Coconut Milk DIY Shampoo
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
1/4 cup organic coconut milk
20 drops of Essential Oils of choice
For dry hair: add ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional)
Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water). Shake well to mix and keep in shower for up to a month. Shake before each use and use as much as need to cover whole head.
DIY Shampoo With African Black Soap
DIY Pretty Basic Natural Hair Conditioner
1 Tbsp ACV (apple cider vinegar)
1 cup tap or distilled water
What to do:
Combine ingredients in a clean re-purposed squirt bottle and you can double or even triple the ingredients to fill up your bottle. Shake before each use before spraying liberally all through your hair from scalp to tips. Massage gently before rinsing after a couple of minutes. Style as usual.
DIY Dry & Damaged Hair Conditioner
What to do:
Place bananas, coconut oil and rosemary oil into blender and blend well until smooth. Pour into a small bowl but run through a strainer first to keep an even smoother consistency and to remove all banana bits. Once in bowl, add aloe vera gel and mix well. Now ready for use! Apply to freshly washed hair that has been placed into sections for easier application. Apply from root to tips. Place plastic cap on allow to set for 45 minutes to an hour before rinsing and styling as usual.
Which DIY Shampoo or DIY Conditioner recipe are you eager to try? Share below!