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.
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!
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...