You can learn how to make shampoo. Most shampoos have sodium laurel sulfate as a top ingredient. They are also filled with other chemicals and preservatives. Make your own luxurious homemade shampoo. Anything comparable will cost you $20-$40 for an 8 oz bottle on a natural hair care website.
Super Easy Moisturizing Shampoo Recipe
This recipe is so easy! You can whip it up in about 10 minutes. I came up with it because I like simplicity, I have three kids, I don't always have extra time and it's wonderful! This recipe is awesome if you want to slowly, naturally lighten your hair. If you don't want to lighten your hair use 1/2 cup of aloe vera instead or raw honey. Raw honey has natural peroxide in it so it can lighten hair.
The amazing thing about this recipe is that it leaves my hair feeling extremely soft and smooth without using conditioner. I don't even use a conditioner with it!
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup raw honey
1/3 cup cocoglucoside, cocobetaine or decyl glucoside (can be purchased at www.essentialwholesale.com)
1/2 tsp tea tree essential oil (optional)
15 drops cypress or pine essential oil (optional)
10 drops lemongrass essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients together and pour into an old shampoo bottle or purchase some new bottles at www.sunburst bottle.com. This recipe may be a little runny depending upon the thickness of the soap used. If it is runny just pour a little right on the scalp and work it through the hair.
Amazing All Natural Shampoo Recipe
All ingredients can be purchased at www.essentialwholesale.com.
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Coco Betaine
1/2 cup Aloe Vera
Coconut Oil 1/4 cup (you can use other oils - jojoba oil, argan oil, I have only made it with coconut oil so I am not sure what the other oils would do)
Glycerin 3 TBS
Xanthan gum 1 tsp (may need more for a thicker consistency)
Add essential oils as much or as little as you like.
Blend all ingredients but xanthan gum in a blender. Add xanthan gum slowly until desired thickness is reached. Add essential oils (I really like tea tree and lavender). Other fun essential oils to add are grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, orange, pine, spruce, fir or cypress. I get my oils from www.mountainroseherbs.com.
Troubleshooting: If the shampoo is too drying add more oil in place of aloe vera. If the shampoo is too moisturizing add more aloe vera in place of of oil. If the shampoo is not cleansing enough simply add more coco betaine. Coco glucoside can also be used in place of coco betaine.
If you are planning on using the shampoo right away it will not need a preservative. If you would like a preservative add 1/2 tsp of benzyl alcohol from www.makingcosmetics.com. Other preservatives are vitamin E, citric acid, rosemary extract and essential oils in larger quantities.
Other great add ins are panthenol, hydrolyzed wheat protein and hydrolyzed oat protein added in 1 tsp quantities. These can be purchased at www.lotioncrafter.com.
Purchase bottles at www.sunburstbottle.com.