Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Coconut Milk Shampoo

Last week I went on a bit of a hair experiment when I tried making my own shampoo/conditioner combo out of just four ingredients:

- Coconut Milk
- Water

The basic idea is to combine two parts coconut milk with one part soap.  Shampoo your hair like normal, then follow with a vinegar rinse to soften up your hair. 
This was taken the third day of my trial!
What's a vinegar rinse? 
Combine 1 Tbsp of vinegar- I used apple cider- with one cup of water, and pour over your hair.  Sounds pretty strange, but it works!  The shower will smell like vinegar for a minute or two, but it has no lingering smell, just like when you add it to the washing machine!

So how did I like it?
 It was great! the third day!  The first two days, my hair felt a little weird, but I realized I wasn't cleaning my hair enough.  By the third day, my hair was feeling great!  I plan on continuing to use this method, but I might do a weekly clarifying cleansing or something if my hair starts to feel like it has too much buildup.  It feels fine so far, but we'll see!

What's my biggest tip?
Really work this concoction into a lather!  The first two days I didn't, and my hair was a little oily.  But by following a tip from my friend who's been doing a conditioner-only regime, I really worked my shampoo into my roots and scrubbed it good and clean.  That left my hair beautifully oil-free all day!

I often use this shampoo:

Which contains the following ingredients:
Aqua/Water/EauWater , Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine , Parfum , Glycol Distearate , Dimethicone Copolyol (Silica) , Cetyl Alcohol , Cocamide DEA , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , Polyquaternium 11 , DMDM Hydantoin , Panthenol , Silk Amino Acids , Cocos Nucifera Extract (Coconut) , Albumen , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Hydrolyzed Milk Protein , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) , Coumarin

So...I'm pretty content to try out a new shampoo with only two ingredients!

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  1. I'm bookmarking this recipe as I've been wanting to try making my own shampoo. I have curly hair though, and so I am always afraid to try something new! I might give that Coconut Milk Shampoo from Organix a try too. Thank you for sharing :)

  2. Because my hair is fairly curly, I usually use Curly Sexy Hair...but when I'm not, this is the exact shampoo I use! I love the coconut smell.

    I may have to try this out - thanks for sharing!

  3. I've made a few homemade face scrubs, but I've been wanting to try shampoo and laundry detergent too! This looks like a great recipe!

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