Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What happens before hair did day...

For some time now, a few of my favorite people have been pestering sweetly asking me to post the recipes for the HBA and cleaning products that I make.  

As a side note, we have been making a very concerted effort to rely less and less on commercially made products when there is a viable alternative that is better for you, does not include scads of difficult to pronounce words, uses items found in most every home, and/or is based on ways that our ancestors used for years and years before some marketing "genius" convinced them they HAD to buy X, Y or Z in order to be healthy or whatever.  Our experience to date has been that most of the things we have tried, actually work better than the previously purchased version.

The first success story:  shampoo and conditioner.  

Our water is a tad on the hard side and my hair is a tad on the wavy/curly-crazy/frizzy in humidity side.  This is not a good mix in most instances.  I have tried just about every product under the sun.  And then <beautiful beam of light shining down>, I started making my own shampoo and conditioner.  

For everyday use, this mixture is easy.  I mix it up and pour it into smaller bottles.  It is not creamy, but is very watery.  That was a hard adjustment.  It took about a week to get used to it and for my hair to get used to it also.  

Basic Shampoo:

1/4 cup distilled water
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
2 tsp jojoboa oil
1/8 tsp peppermint essential oil
1/8 tsp tea tree essential oil.  

I must admit that I am still a slave to a little mousse and hairspray, so every few weeks I will clarify by using 2 parts of the basic shampoo mixed with 1 part baking soda.  Talk about squeaky clean!

Shine Rinse/Conditioner:

1 to 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 cups distilled water

Drizzle over head after shampooing and rinsing.  Try not to think that you have turned into a salad and someone is pouring dressing over you.  Don't worry, after you rinse the vinegar mix out, there is no residual smell at all.  

Works for us.  My hair stylist commented the last time I was there that there was something noticeably different about my hair...it was not as damaged looking, much better texture, more body, overall healthier.  No, she did not know about the change until after those comments.  The other plus...it is dirt cheap!

Give it a try if you are so inclined.  What have you got to lose except, well nothing...


  1. I'll be interested in your cleaning products. I've become a cleaning, disinfecting machine around here.

    I checked your FB for this blog. The problem is you don't have it so it also posts as a note. If you check my profile and click on notes, you'll see what I mean.

    Blogger is claiming the posts will be restored and should look in drafts to see if they stuck them in there. *crossing my fingers for you*

  2. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  3. I've been making my own cleaning products for some time but SHAMPOO??? How exciting is that? Thanks for sharing!

  4. OK, if I'm going to really do this, I'm going to need to know where you buy your supplies please! :) I have two big bottles I can use for the new shampoo and conditioner, can't wait to try it out!

  5. Tarjay carries the Dr Bronners Castile soap...I get the baby unscented. Distilled water at Tarjay also. The rest I get either from the health food store or I order it from the same place I get my soap making supplies (actually cheaper from them but sometimes I am in a hurry and forget to order)

  6. Thanks Dina! You're the best!

  7. I've always meant to try the vinegar-rinse thing on my hair. And the shampoo recipe is tempting me, too...I might actually have some liquid castile soap somewhere, hm.

  8. This is very intriguing. Keep those recipes coming... (please?)



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