Our brains have been wired to think that only store-bought shampoos can clean our hair but what if we tell you that there are other more natural options that do the exact same job or maybe even better?
Our regular readers know that we have always promoted sustainable and natural ways to do things that you would normally find a chemical alternative for. Similarly, in this blog we will be discussing a few chemical-free ways to do one of the most important parts of your haircare routine – shampoo. There are so many companies out there which promote their hair products with the help of a faux “herbal” tagline. Sometimes we think to ourselves that maybe these shampoos would be natural and chemical-free since that’s what they claim to be, am I right? Hats off the people who think of these misleading marketing strategies because it is working well for them. The people who are at a loss are the users who are led into believing this charade and buy their shampoos over and over again, thus, ruining their hair over and over again. Sigh. What a world we live in.
We know that you put your trust in us and therefore we are here to deliver to you the best ways to clean your hair while keeping them healthy in the long run. These hair cleansers are natural, herbal and made from ingredients available in your kitchen or backyard. We honestly love to see the amazing response we receive and we always look forward to your happy faces. Sharing is caring which is why we share all our herbal secrets with you guys! Check out these 8 mind-blowing DIY recipes to get the hair of your dreams.
How to Wash Hair Without Shampoo?
- DIY Besan (Chickpea) hair shampoo
- Chickpea flour (besan)
- Half a Lemon/Orange
- Honey (for dry hair)
- Olive or coconut oil (for very dry hair)
Put about three heaped teaspoons of gram flour in a bowl. Use more if you have long hair.
- Mix this with enough water to get a smooth, lump-free mixture. Don’t make it too runny or it won’t serve the purpose.
- Make the citrus rinse by mixing a mug of water and the juice of half an orange or half a lemon. If your hair is very coarse, add a spoon of raw honey.
- Take the chickpea mix and the citrus rinse to the shower.
- Wet your hair and scalp thoroughly.
- Apply it on your scalp and hair, and massage it well.
- Leave it on for 30 seconds to a minute.
- Pour the citrus rinse over your hair and massage through hair and scalp.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
When starting to use this, it is recommended to use this on un-oiled, unwashed hair. Once you get used to it, you can use it on oiled hair. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix.
Chickpeas have a high amount of folate and folate plays an important role in hair growth by renewing the cells that aid in hair growth. The good source of protein also helps strengthen the hair's cuticle. The vitamin A and zinc work together to prevent dandruff and hair loss.
- DIY Amla, Reetha and Shikakai shampoo
- 6 reetha pods
- 6 pieces of shikakai
- Fine chopped amla
- To make the shampoo, soak 6 reetha pods, 6 pieces of shikakai and some chopped raw amla without the pits in half a liter of water.
- Leave it to soak overnight and the next morning, heat the mixture till it just reaches boiling point.
- Let the mixture cool and grind it using a blender.
- Strain the mixture till all the liquid is collected in a glass bottle.
- This liquid can be used just like regular shampoo.
Shikakai is a cooling agent and thus helps soothe your scalp. It reduces itchiness and inflammation. When you have an unhealthy, dry scalp, it affects your hair growth. Shikakai can help curb hair loss by restoring scalp health. Because of its silky cleansing nature, shikakai detangles your hair gently. This reduces hair breakage and hair loss.
- DIY Reetha shampoo
- 12-15 soap nuts
- 6 cups of water
- 2-3 drops of an essential oil
Boil 4 cups of water.
- Place the soap nuts in a muslin bag and put the bag in the boiling water. Let it simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add 2 more cups of water and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let it cool.
- Squeeze the bag to get all the suds out.
- Add a few drops of your essential oil and mix.
- Store the solution in a glass bottle in the fridge.
- To use, massage the mix into the scalp and hair and let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Rinse and repeat if necessary.
Since soapnut is antimicrobial in nature, it is a good option to cure bacterial and other scalp infections. Soapnuts are the best for hair growth. Soapnuts tame dry and frizzy hair, condition it and make it more manageable.
- Fenugreek powder and water
- Fenugreek seeds
- Grind methi seeds to powder.
- Add enough water to make a paste.
- Apply the methi hair mask all over the scalp and hair and massage it into the scalp.
- Leave for 20-30 minutes before washing off.
Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of iron and protein — two essential nutrients for hair growth. They also contain a unique composition of plant compounds, including flavonoids and saponins. These compounds are presumed to induce hair growth due to their anti-inflammatory and antifungal effects.
- Amla Juice
Amla is so good on its own that you can use nothing but amla juice as a rinse for your hair. This is also a quick fix if you don't have much time. The amla juice is gentle enough to be used everyday and doesn't need too much prepping. There are two ways to make the amla rinse, and in either method, the rinse is to be used over cleansed hair.
- Fresh amla fruit
- You can extract fresh amla juice and directly pour this over your scalp and hair.
- Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing off with cool water.
- You can also cook chopped raw amla in water for half an hour, then strain and use the cooled water as a rinse.
Amla strengthen the scalp and hair, reduce premature pigment loss from hair or greying, stimulate hair growth, reduce hair loss, prevent or treat dandruff and dry scalp, prevent or treat parasitic hair and scalp infections, like lice infections.
- Hibiscus Leaves hair cleanser
- 15 hibiscus leaves
- 5 hibiscus flowers
- Gram flour (optional)
- Simply take about 15 Hibiscus leaves and 5 Hibiscus flowers.
- Boil them in water and grind to make a paste.
- To this paste, add gram flour to make an organic shampoo.
- Use it regularly.
Hibiscus seeds are rich in amino acids that nourish your hair, strengthen your roots, and keep your locks lustrous and healthy.
- Raw Aloe Vera Pulp
- Long leaf of aloe vera plant
- Carrier oil like coconut or olive oil (optional)
- Cut a leaf from a live aloe vera plant.
- Using a spoon, collect the gel (some like to blend it with coconut or olive oil) and whisk it properly.
- Rub the gel or mixture directly into the scalp and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Wash off with cold water.
- Repeat this process 2-3 times a week, as needed.
Aloe vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair.
- Bentonite clay (Multani Mitti) clarifying shampoo
- ¼ - ½ cup filtered water
- 1 Tbsp. Bentonite clay
- 1 tsp. Coconut oil (optional)
- 1 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients in a non-metal bowl and mix until it forms a paste.
- These measurements are made exactly for one-time use.
- You can also double or triple the ingredients and store the extra in a glass jar.
- When you’re ready, massage your DIY shampoo thoroughly into your wet hair.
- Let it sit for 3-5 minutes, then wash out.
The rich mineral content of Multani Mitti not just promises a healthier scalp, but it also works to nourish and protect the hair itself. It hydrates dry hair but also works from the roots and strengthens the follicles of your hair.
Most of the shampoos available in the market contains sulphates, parabens, silicone, alcohols, artificial fragrances and colors. All these things contribute not only to outer hair damage but if came in contact with scalp for a longer duration, they may prove to be carcinogenic. By using natural ingredients to acquire same results of clean hair, you are protecting not just your hair but also your overall health. Promoting real herbal solutions to hair and skin problems is what will keep our society healthy, happy, and disease-free.
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