Let’s face it, we all want great looking hair. Beautiful and manageable hair is totally attainable without having to spend a fortune on expensive hair care products. The secret to keeping hair looking its best is regularly keeping it cleaned and conditioned, eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting regular exercise. Keeping it clean, however, is vital to making sure it stays looking its best.
Making your own homemade shampoo is one of the best ways you can take charge of your hair and maintain your beautiful locks. When you use your homemade shampoo, you’ll want to make sure you’re washing your hair correctly. There are many people who don’t, and it can lead to build up that leaves hair looking dull and far less than vibrant. Following are some tips to make sure you shampoo correctly when using your very own homemade shampoo.
How to Use Shampoo Correctly for Beautiful Hair
1. Only Use a Small Amount
This is the one place where people usually miss out on washing their hair correctly. You really only need about a quarter sized amount of shampoo to wash your hair. It’s better to wash twice, rather than use too much. Using too much shampoo can leave serious build-up and take away from your hair’s natural brilliance.
2. Rinse Well
To get the best looking hair, you need to make sure you rinse out your shampoo really, really well. Not doing so can leave that icky build-up and make your hair look super dull. Rinse your hair for at least two minutes with the coolest water you can possibly stand. The cooler the water, means the shinier your hair will be.
3. Dry your Hair Gently
Rather than rubbing your hair dry, do it gently. Blot your hair dry instead of rubbing it coarsely with a towel and pull it up into a turban on top of your head for about twenty minutes. This will draw excess moisture out and leave it looking luxurious.
Now that you know how to shampoo correctly, it’s time to get on to the fun stuff. Making your own homemade shampoo. There are quite a few recipes for homemade shampoo out there, but starting with this basic recipe is simple and will show you just how beneficial making your own shampoo can be.
Basic Homemade Shampoo Recipe
This recipe is a great place to start in the wonderful world of making your own shampoos and beauty products. It will definitely seem a lot thinner than what you’re probably used to, but the results will prove to you just how well homemade shampoo really works for beautiful hair. Follow this recipe for a basic homemade shampoo.
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Castille Soap
- 1/2 Teaspoon Light Vegetable Oil (skip this ingredient if your hair is oily)
Mix all the ingredients together and pour the ingredients into a squeeze bottle or empty shampoo bottle. Use as you would any other shampoo, being sure to rinse well with the coolest water you can handle.
You may find you like this homemade shampoo so much that you want to go a step further and continue making your own shampoos. A herbal shampoo is easy to make and will leave your hair smelling amazing and looking absolutely beautiful. Herbal shampoos also tend to bring out your natural highlights for extra appeal. Try the following recipe to make your own homemade herbal shampoo.
Herbal Homemade Shampoo Recipe
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 2 Tablespoons Dry (1/3 Cup Fresh) Chamomile, Lavender, or Rosemary
- 1/2 Cup Basic Homemade Shampoo
- 2 Tablespoons Glycerine
Mix the water and herbs together on a simmer for about twenty minutes to make a strong tea. Add the basic homemade shampoo and the glycerine and mix well. Pour this mixture into an empty shampoo or squeeze bottle and let it sit overnight to thicken. Use this shampoo as you would any other, making sure to rinse well. This herbal shampoo solution will add extra shine and bring out your natural highlights.