Commercial shampoos use harsh detergents and chemicals that strip your scalp of its natural oils, which are essential for healthy hair. As a result, your body will produce more oils so most people feel as if they have to wash their hair every day or two. When you switch away from commercial shampoos, be prepared for a “detox” period as your body figures out the amount of oil it needs to produce. This can last for a couple weeks to a couple months. Your hair can feel greasy or waxy during that time, which totally sucks, but not as much as getting cancer from your shampoo.
Everyone’s hair is different so you might want to experiment with different recipes or ingredients. I am using PH balanced recipes for my hair because I think castile soap is too harsh for me. EJ is allergic to the coconut milk that is a based for many PH balanced shampoos so I’ve made him castile soap shampoo. His hair has quickly adjusted to the new shampoo. My adjustment is more difficult so I’ve been gradually weaning myself off commercial shampoo and onto the natural shampoo. We also use an apple cider vinegar rinse after washing our hair.
There are many different natural shampoo recipes on the Internet. Below, I’ve listed articles that have been helpful to me, as well as recipes that I’m trying–or hope to try. I’ve listed articles with general information, but the articles with recipes are also filled with a ton of information.
PH Balanced Shampoos
Castile Soap Shampoos