DIY isn’t really a hobby of mine – much as I’d love it to be – but I have been getting more and more into natural, homemade everything. Specifically, I’m eliminating shampoo because I have a very sensitive scalp. For about a year, I had a store-bought shampoo I could use, but it’s recently been causing scabs and painful sores on my scalp. So…it was time.
Here’s the simple recipe I created to create this soothing solution for my unhappy head.
Simple, Soothing Minty Shampoo
- 6 chamomile tea bags
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 1/2 cups castille soap
- 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint essential oil
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
You’ll also need a bottle with a flip top lid (screw off are too difficult to handle in the shower).
- Boil a little extra water since some will naturally evaporate (I boil about 1.5 cups).
- Once the water has boiled, put the tea bags in a heat-resistant bowl and pour the boiling water in.
- Let the tea steep for 30 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and pour the tea, castille soap, essential oil, and olive oil into your flip-top bottle.
- Combine thoroughly.
Store in a cool, dark place.
Tips for Homemade Shampoo Use
- It will take a couple of days to get used to the shampoo. Your hair will feel heavier and slightly greasy after you rinse it out thoroughly. This is normal and will improve after a couple days of use.
- Don’t use as much of the homemade shampoo as you would store bought. It’s very liquid and seems like you need more, but you really don’t.
- Catch the shampoo in one hand and lather together in your hands before applying to your hair. This will help it lather and will reduce the amount of shampoo you need to use.
- Pair with a homemade conditioner to avoid chemicals in conditioners. (Recipe coming soon…still perfecting mine!)