By Terez Howard

Many naturals opt to follow a no poo routine, where they use conditioner to wash their natural hair.  This is the method I used when I was a loose natural.  (Now, I’m Sisterlocked).  However, some still wish to use shampoo, just without all the nasty, drying chemicals found in commercial shampoos.

A natural hair shampoo not only cleans the hair, but also removes excess oils, build-up and dandruff.  The hair care recipe should also contain moisturizing ingredients, like sunflower oil or jojoba oil, and should be followed up with a conditioner.

Natural Hair Shampoo Options

The following two natural hair shampoos utilize eggs, which are high in protein.  Hair needs protein to gain strength.  So when you have a natural hair shampoo with eggs, think of it as restoring strength to your natural hair.

One of these hair care recipes also uses rum.  What can rum do for natural hair?  Rum acts as an astringent to strip your hair of excess oils.

Egg Shampoo

  • 2 egg yolks
  • hot water
  1. Beat two egg yolks in the hot water.
  2. Strain the mixture.
  3. Apply to hair and scalp, and leave the natural hair shampoo on for 1 hour.
  4. Rinse with warm water.

Rum Natural Hair Shampoo

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon linseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  1. Combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Apply to your natural hair.
  3. Soak it in for 1 hour.
  4. Rinse with warm water.

The following hair care recipe uses shikakai beans, a cleansing ingredient that comes from the Acacia Concinna tree.  You can also purchase shikakai in a powdered form.  Shikakai beans can be found at health food stores and Indian grocery stores.  This natural hair shampoo gives you soft, shiny hair.

Olives and Shikakai Beans Shampoo

  • 1 cup dried olives
  • 1 cup shikakai beans
  1. Wash the two ingredients in cold water.
  2. Soak overnight.
  3. Boil the ingredients for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Strain.
  5. Liquidize the remaining flesh with a blender or food processor, and you have your natural hair shampoo.

Castile soap is an ingredient you will oftentimes find in natural hair shampoo recipes.  Castile soap is a vegetable oil-based soap.  The liquid form of castile soap contains potassium hydroxide to make it into soap.  Potassium hydroxide can be found in relaxers and other straightening products.  Potassium hydroxide is not going to straighten or damage your natural hair; however, you have to choose whether or not you feel comfortable using it on your natural tresses.

Castile Soap Shampoo

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/2 teaspoon sunflower oil (or any other light vegetable carrier oil, like jojoba or soybean)
  1. Mix ingredients together.
  2. Pour them in a spray bottle.
  3. Use this natural hair shampoo as any other shampoo.

Another Natural Hair Shampoo using Castile Soap

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon organic coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon castile soap
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. A few drops of fragrant essential oil, like rosemary, if desired.
  2. Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  3. Use natural hair shampoo as you would use a commercial shampoo.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Store leftovers in the fridge.

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