How to have FRIZZ-FREE curly hair: all natural, homemade shampoo

I have curly hair, and when I was little it looked so cute. But now, it is ALWAYS frizzy and no hair gel, mousse, oil, cream, or shampoo/conditioner has EVER tamed it. Lush conditioner worked somewhat, but it is expensive and I always used a lot of it. So, I was ecstatic when I found a recipe for homemade shampoo on this blog.

This shampoo I found by pure accident. I have been trying to lead a zero waste lifestyle (for info on that, read through this blog and this blog), and I wanted to make my own shampoo in order to stop buying plastic bottles of shampoo. I was looking for a general shampoo recipe, but I found the holy grail for frizzy hair instead!

The recipe is great for dry, curly, frizzy hair. I doubt this will work if your hair isn’t dry or curly. It did not work for my boyfriend, it just made his hair greasy, which I think is because his hair is short and not dry or frizzy at all.

DISCLAIMERS:

  • The shampoo doesn’t lather like store-bought shampoo, nor is it as thick. It also has to stay refrigerated, or it will go bad. So, what I do is keep it in the fridge and then pour myself enough for one use into a small container and then go shower. It does take some getting used to, I used to keep forgetting to get my shampoo and would remember once I was already in the shower.
  • Make sure you don’t use too much, it may make your hair greasy (hasn’t happened to me)

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT:

  • I don’t use conditioner anymore, my hair is tangle free using this shampoo.
  • I add tea tree essential oil to help with dry, itchy scalp (and dandruff), and I haven’t had an itchy scalp since using it.
  • I don’t use ANY product in my hair anymore! This is a miracle if you have curly, frizzy hair. If it’s a particularly humid day and my hair does frizz up a bit, I use a mixture of castor oil and argan oil (but not too much or hair will look greasy).

I have tweaked the recipe that I found,  after I made it and tried it.

So here is what I use:

  • 1.5 cups distilled water (or boiled and cooled)
  • One 400mL can coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional-but I think it helps with not going bad)
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil (optional-but I think it helps with not going bad)
  • 1/3 cup castile soap (or less, depending on your lather preference)
  • 10-20 drops tea tree oil (optional-keep shampoo in a glass bottle if you do use it, essential oil eats away at plastic)

Put all the ingredients in your container (the castile soap goes in last so it doesn’t bubble up too much), and shake! Also, shake before each use.

I use about 3-4 tablespoons of shampoo per wash and my hair is shoulder length. This usually lasts about 3 months for me, kept in the fridge it has never gone bad.

For the original recipe that I found, and more information on essential oils and this recipe in general, go here. You can check out the comments section for tips from other people who use this recipe.

Thanks for reading! Leave a comment if you try making this shampoo:)

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How to have a healthy, zit-free face:)

Hey, guys! So, I’ve never had too much of a problem having clear skin but I think it’s because of my face cleansing routing. Of course, some people are more prone to acne but hopefully this can help you too!

Step 1: Salicylic acid scrub. Wash face at least every other day with a salicylic acid scrub. I use an apricot scrub so that the apricot pit chunks exfoliate my skin. For some people, it can be irritating and dry out their skin if used everyday, so using it every other day is recommended. However, I use it almost every day and my skin is fine, so experimenting is the best way to find out what is best for you. I used to use St. Ives but they do animal testing so I’m going to switch brands (there are a lot of non-animal testing apricot scrubs out there, like Burt’s Bees, and more I’ve seen at Target).

Step 2: Sunscreen! This is very important! Few people use SPF on their face, but it helps prevent zits and fast ageing due to sun exposure. I use a moisturizer that also has SPF 15, but ideally, you want SPF 35. Any SPF above that pretty much does the same job as SPF 35, so don’t waste your money on super high SPF. I have one from Sephora but apparently they started doing animal testing so now I have to find another brand.

Step 3. Wash face at night and after workouts (even if you don’t wear makeup). If you go to the gym and decide you’re not going home right away to shower, use a facial wipe. It is not good for sweat to lay on your skin, wiping your face down helps prevent dirt and sweat from clogging pores and causing pimples! Wiping face at night is also important because, especially in the summer, pollen has been collecting on your face all day (because of the sticky moisturizer and sunscreen). You don’t want dirt and pollen that has stuck to your face to land on your pillow at night. I use Yes to Cucumber soothing hypoallergenic facial towelettes from Target or basically anywhere. Not tested on animals:)

Step 4: Remove all make-up at night. I use alba botanica Hawaiian 3 in 1 clean towelettes with deep pore purifying pineapple enzyme. Not tested on animals. These remove makeup, and are used as a cleanser and toner. They are hypoallergenic and 100% vegetarian.

Step 5: Fighting zits. Last tip is for fighting mother nature. Of course, every month mother nature decides to remind us ladies that we are women, and some of use get zits around that time. When I see one coming in, I wash my face with the salicylic acid apricot scrub right away, no matter what time of day. Then I apply Clean and Clear persa-gel 10 that has 10% benzoyl peroxide that used to be sold only with a prescription. I also apply this at night before bed, and by the next morning it looks 50% better.

I hope these tips help, they have helped me tremendously and I wanted to share them with others:)