DIY: Homemade Natural Almond-Coconut Shampoo

There are many methods to avoiding the harmful chemicals found in commercial shampoos. Many people do the no-poo method, and others go for the clay washes. Since I hold a 9-6pm corporate job, I’m not in the position to experience the two-week no-poo transition phase, in which my hair would be a massive grease ball. Plus, after some research, I realized clay would be a no-go because it’s just difficult to find all the ingredients.

So, I went with plan C, which was… figure out what other random things can clean hair and make a concoction.

Luckily, I found some great information and recipes using ingredients ranging from coconut milk to castor oil to honey. Very interesting.

I decided to do a little remix to a recipe I found on Wellness Mama’s blog, using some ingredients I already owned:

1/4 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup Dr. Bronner’s almond scented liquid castile soap
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp coconut oil
6-8 drops lavender oil

Shake and enjoy! Because of the coconut milk, this will last for about a month, which is why making small quantities at a time is key. One thing I’ve found is that the shampoo is a very thin consistency, but all it takes is about a teaspoon. Once that small amount is on my hair and I start lathering, it gets foamy and covers my whole head.

This is a great natural alternative for those who love the foaming aspect of shampoos (most shampoos foam because of chemical agents). The clay method doesn’t foam, and neither do many other recipes.

This shampoo works really well for me. I underwent a short transition period during which my hair was ridding itself of the chemicals other shampoos had built up, but it was only noticeable to me when I felt my hair. It didn’t look strange or dirty; it just felt a less soft than usual.

Some people experience no transition, others experience a more noticeable one if their hair has seen a ton of product. Once the transition ends, though, your hair will be shiny, soft and all-natural!

Ever washed your hair with uncommon ingredients, or done the no-poo method? Share it in the comments section!

P.S. Check out my DIY Natural Body Wash and DIY Natural Face Wash recipes.