There are a lot of easy DIY shampoo recipes out there. You throw a couple ingredients in a pump bottle, shake it up, and you’re ready to roll. Essentially, most homemade shampoo recipes contain the same basic ingredients: coconut milk, liquid Castile soap, and essential oils. Some other recipes throw in the additional olive oil, sweet almond oil, honey, or vitamin E oil. One recipe isn’t necessarily better than another one; rather, you have to find the right recipe that works best for your hair and scalp.
We do have to clarify one thing about the shampoo before we detail some of the impressive ingredients. This homemade shampoo contains coconut milk, but you have to be very exact with your measurement of that ingredient. If you add too much coconut milk, your shampoo will not be sudsy. Additionally, coconut milk will go bad after a while, which is why we included vitamin E oil in this recipe. It acts like a natural preservative, helping your shampoo last longer. Finally, adding too much liquid Castile soap can make your hair feel stripped.
Coconut milk is a common ingredient in skin and hair care products because it is a great source of healthy fats. The good news is that coconut milk also contains a list of nutrients that encourage a healthy scalp and optimal locks. Lauric acid, one of the primary nutrients in coconut milk, is a long-chain/medium-chain fatty acid that can easily penetrate the hair and strengthen the cuticle. Coconut milk’s high protein content may help strengthen your hair because the hair is predominantly supported by the types of protein you eat.
Peppermint Essential Oil
In general, peppermint essential oil is beneficial for people with oily hair and scalps. Just as with any essential oil, you have to dilute it in a carrier oil before topical application. Peppermint essential oil works to stimulate blood flow to the skin, which may increase dermal thickness, follicle number, and follicle depth, according to research. One study found that a 4% menthol solution caused blood vessels to widen, which increased blood flow. Another research study found that the use of a peppermint oil solution led to more hair growth than minoxidil, an FDA-approved hair growth product. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough research to support that the regular use of peppermint oil can increase hair growth. It may, however, stimulate hair growth due to the vasodilation of the blood vessels.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil was popularly used in folk medicine, which is why many scientists have tested it for potential health benefits. Although most of the research is preliminary, the studies illustrate possible uses for rosemary essential oil. One of the most common uses of rosemary essential oil is to help reduce hairs loss and improve hair growth. Rosemary oil works to fight back against androgenetic alopecia, one of the leading causes of hair loss. It does this by preventing a byproduct of testosterone from attacking hair follicles. Men with androgenetic alopecia massaged diluted rosemary essential oil onto their scalp twice daily for six months. At the end of the study, they experienced the same increase in hair thickness as those who used minoxidil.
Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo
- 1 (16-ounce) plastic bottle with pump
- 1.25 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 3/4 cup liquid castile soap
- 1 teaspoon almond oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 30 drops rosemary essential oil
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- Pour all of the ingredients into the plastic bottle, screw on the lid, and shake well to combine.
- Store in the fridge or in a cool, dark place. Use when ready.