If you were to grab your regular bottle of shampoo, it is unlikely that you would be able to name more than a couple of the ingredients. Why do people insist on using products that contain a long list of ingredients that no one has ever heard of? The answer is that most people do not realize how easy it is to make your own products using natural ingredients.
By making your own shampoo, you know exactly what ingredients are used. You can save money and create a shampoo that is more beneficial than any of the products that you would buy at the store.
There are thousands of DIY recipes for making your own shampoo, which can make it a challenge to choose the right recipe. If you browse through various shampoo recipes, you will notice that many of them include coconut oil or coconut milk. The reason for this is that coconut contains powerful properties that can help hydrate your scalp, strengthen your hair, and prevent dandruff.
If you are ready to try making your own shampoo, then take a look at these 4 coconut milk shampoo recipes for healthier hair.
Coconut Milk and Safflower Oil Shampoo
This simple coconut milk recipe should only take a few minutes to prepare and can save you some money. The coconut milk and safflower oil shampoo recipe uses a combination of ingredients that are intended to moisturize and hydrate your hair. The safflower oil is especially beneficial for adding moisture to your scalp. To prepare this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- 3 tablespoons of coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon of distilled water
- 1 teaspoon of safflower oil
- ¼ cup of liquid castile soap
Combine all the ingredients listed above in a bottle, close the lid, and shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Each time you use the shampoo, shake the bottle. You can store this shampoo for several weeks. Some people have claimed that using castile soap effects the pH balance of their scalp. If you notice this problem, then rinse your hair with a small amount of apple cider vinegar, after using this shampoo.
Enhanced Glycerin Shampoo
The following recipe uses coconut oil, instead of coconut milk, which offers many of the same benefits as using the milk. This recipe is not actually intended as a stand-alone shampoo, but can be used to make your dry shampoo usable again.
You will use a selection of ingredients, along with a tablespoon of any dry shampoo that you want to use up. Combine the following ingredients, along with your leftover shampoo:
- ¼ cup of distilled water
- ½ a teaspoon of melted coconut oil
- ½ a teaspoon of jojoba oil
- ½ a teaspoon of glycerin
- 1 tablespoon of leftover shampoo
Combine all the ingredients in a bottle – preferably a bottle that includes a nozzle. Swirl the ingredients together and shake the bottle before each use. Try to use this shampoo up within a few weeks, to ensure that it remains fresh.
Coconut and Honey Shampoo
This shampoo includes a variety of ingredients that are perfect for restoring moisture to your hair. They can also promote the health of your hair follicles, minimizing hair loss or the thinning of hair. You will need the following ingredients to make this shampoo:
- 1/3 cup of castile soap
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 1 ½ cups of coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons of raw honey
- 1 ½ cups of water
- 20 drops of essential oil (such as lavender)
Start preparing this shampoo by heating up the water. Dissolve the honey in the water and pour into a container. You can use any container, but one that contains a nozzle will make it easier to pour the shampoo into your hand. Next, add the castile soap, olive oil, coconut milk, and the essential oils that you choose.
Swirl the ingredients together and remember to shake the bottle up before each use. Some people may need to use a conditioner after using this shampoo. Instead of using another store bought product, use a small amount of apple cider vinegar. Pour a half cup of vinegar directly on your scalp and massage into your hair. Make sure that you rinse it out thoroughly afterwards.
Lavender oil is beneficial for moisturizing your hair and provides a pleasant fragrance; though, you can use any essential oil that you want. Other oils may be able to help address specific scalp conditions.
Coconut Power Shampoo
The final coconut shampoo contains both coconut milk and coconut oil, to ensure you receive all the amazing benefits of coconut for your hair. You can adjust this recipe as needed. For example, you may want to replace the vitamin E oil with an essential oil. Before experimenting with this recipe, try using it as directed. You will need these ingredients to make the coconut power shampoo:
- ½ a cup of coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
- 2/3 cup of castile soap
Before preparing this mixture, melt the coconut oil in your microwave. Once the coconut oil is completely melted, combine the oil with the rest of the ingredients. Use this shampoo as you would any other shampoo. Generally, you will use between one and two teaspoons of shampoo. This shampoo should remain fresh for up to one month.
Why Should You Use Coconut in Your Hair?
Coconut has been used for hair grooming practices since ancient times. It can help stimulate the flow of blood to your scalp, which can increase the health of your hair follicles. This keeps your hair fuller and could prevent hair loss. Coconut also provide a cooling effect and may be able to treat dandruff or dry scalps.
These four coconut shampoos are just a few examples of DIY shampoos that you can make at home and save some money. If you are looking for a way to cut down on the cost of your beauty products, then start making your own shampoo, starting with one of the coconut shampoo recipes provided.