Some natural alternatives for your hair. NOTE: Using castile soap on dyed hair may strip the color out. I have read recipes which use shavings of just regular Ivory Soap instead of Castile Soap & the writers claim it works just as well. Ivory Soap is mostly animal fat and fragrance. Find the unscented bars.

Aloe Vera Gel for Hair Care

You can use aloe as a smoothing serum, a fly-away tamer, and a light-hold hair gel. It works like a charm and it’s totally natural! You can even dilute it in water, add it to a spray bottle, and use it as a stand-in homemade hairspray.

Natural Shampoo

This no soap method of hair maintenance is meant to completely replace conventional shampoo and conditioner. It’s all about allowing your hair to re-learn how to self-regulate in the absence of harsh cleansers. It works with, not against, your hair’s natural oils. Weekly or bi-weekly, you “wash” your hair, but otherwise you simply rinse it with water.

To use, mix 1 tbsp of baking soda into 1 cup of warm water, and distribute the solution evenly through your hair. Begin at the scalp and work your way out to the roots, massaging as you go. Rinse thoroughly with water. Next, apply a 1:1 dilution of apple cider vinegar in water. A spray bottle works best for this. Rub it in, allow it to sit for a minute or two, and then rinse it out completely.

Basic Shampoo

Yield: 4 ounces

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup liquid soap, such as castile
1/2 teaspoon olive oil (omit if you have very oily hair.)

Mix together all ingredients. Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle or empty shampoo bottle. Shampoo as you normally would and rinse well with cool water.

Herbal Shampoo

Yield: 8 ounces

Certain herbs added to your favorite shampoo can bring out your hair’s natural highlights. Chamomile makes a mild shampoo that is perfect for fine, light-colored hair; the flowers have a mild bleaching effect. If you have dark hair, use rosemary or lavender to enhance your own natural color.

1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons dried or 1/3 cup fresh chamomile, lavender or rosemary (or any herbs or flowers you like; essential oils are optional)
1/2 cup Basic Shampoo
2 tablespoons carrier oil (almond, jojoba, avocado, argan, olive & hemp are all great)

Mix together the water and herbs and heat gently to make a strong tea. Let the mixture steep for at least 20 minutes. Add shampoo and oil to the herbal water mixture and stir well.

Pour shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle or empty shampoo bottle. Let the mixture sit overnight to thicken.

Shampoo and rinse well.

Beer Shampoo

Yield: 10 ounces

Beer is one of my favorite beauty treatments for hair – nothing else gives my hair such body, bounce and shine. This shampoo is a cinch to make and it really works. After you’ve tried it, you’ll never throw out flat or stale beer.

1 cup beer (any inexpensive beer will do – fresh or flat)
1 cup Basic Shampoo

Heat beer in a small saucepan over medium heat and boil until beer is reduced to 1/4 cup. Add reduced beer to shampoo and stir well.

Pour shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle or empty shampoo bottle. (You do not need to refrigerate this product.) Shampoo and rinse well.

Conditioning Packs

Conditioning hair packs massaged into clean hair and left on to allow the rich ingredients to penetrate. They are especially effective for dry hair and hair damaged by too much sun or blow-drying. Used weekly, a hair pack will return moisture and life to your hair.

To make your own natural hair packs, choose one or a combination of the products from the following list – for example, avocado and mayonnaise. Mash or stir the products together to yield approximately 1/4 cup, less or more depending on your hair length. Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair. Wrap your hair with a large piece of plastic wrap or use a plastic shower cap to hold in heat and open up the hair follicles for deep conditioning.

Wait 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Depending on your hair type and the ingredients you use, you probably will want to follow with a shampoo.

For dry hair: Coconut oil, banana, avocado, mayonnaise

For normal hair: Mayonnaise, egg, olive oil, unflavored yogurt

For oily hair: Add a little lemon juice (1 to 2 teaspoons) to the products for normal hair

Hair Rinses

Lemon juice: The juice of 1 lemon mixed with 1 cup water brings back life and shine to dull hair.

Baking soda: 1 tablespoon baking soda mixed with 1 cup water removes hair spray and gel residue.

Apple cider vinegar: 1/2 cup vinegar mixed with 2 cups water gives your hair shine and bounce.

Tomato juice: 1 cup of tomato juice will remove strong odors, such as smoke, from your hair.

Vinegar Rinse

Ideally, you’ll follow your homemade shampoo with a vinegar rinse. For best results, fill a small spray bottle half way with vinegar then top it off with water. Spritz all over towel dried hair. (Don’t worry, the vinegar smell disappears after a while!) You can also mix some up and pour over your hair as a rinse. (No need to rinse it out afterwards with plain water.)

The vinegar helps smooth your hair, restore pH and when used as a rinse – remove soap residue.

You can use homemade lavender vinegar or rose petal vinegar, or you can infuse your vinegar with other herbs, or just use it plain. Most people prefer apple cider vinegar.

To infuse vinegar, just place flowers and/or herbs (fresh and/or dried) in the bottom of a glass, heat proof jar. Pour simmering (not boiling) vinegar into the jar to fill, then cap and let sit in a dark, coolish place for several weeks. Strain and store in the dark for a shelf life of at least a year, most likely much longer. Sunlight will make the pretty colors fade faster than just time alone, which is why a dark storage place is better.

Need more info about essential oils?

You can download the most popular essential oil encyclopedia app on Amazon. This app is also available on the Google Play store.