Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Best Natural Shampoo

By Girija Shinde

Shampooing is a major part of hair care. Even the healthiest hair gets damaged due to pollution, dirt, excessive use of styling products, heat etc. Plain water cannot help to get rid of all these harmful constituents. It's a shampoo that helps to get rid of them without causing any damage to the hair. However, the right or the best shampoo is different for different kinds of hair. Like for example, if your hair is oily, a gentle and clarifying shampoo is the best choice for you, shampoos containing essential or any other kind of oil will only make the hair more oily. For dry hair however, shampoos having an oil base are best as they reduce the dryness of the hair. In short, a great amount of care needs to be taken while picking a shampoo.

There are hundreds of shampoos for each hair type, so which is the best? Most of the shampoos that you get in the market contain chemicals which benefit the hair but also damage the hair if regularly used. So it is best to opt for natural shampoos which do not cause any harm to the hair. Instead of buying some so-called best natural shampoos, you can make it at home itself. Not only do you save money, but as you are making the shampoo yourself, there is no question of being cheated due to any hidden chemical ingredients in the shampoo. Given below are some simple recipes for some of the most common hair problems, you can make these shampoos and store for a long time.

Best Natural Shampoo for Hair Loss

This shampoo for hair loss contains sage, sage contains an antioxidant which prevents hair damage and has antibacterial properties. The shampoo also contains rosemary, nettles, MSM and lavender. Rosemary strengthens the hair follicles preventing balding at an early age. Nettles stimulates the blood and also purifies it, providing nutrients for hair growth. MSM provides sulfur which improves the strength of the hair and lavender reduces flaky scalp conditions.

  • 2000 mg MSM
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 4 oz castile soap
  • ½ oz nettles
  • ½ oz rosemary
  • ½ oz sage
  • ½ oz lavender
Firstly add all the herbs to a glass jar which has a lid, set aside. Boil water in a container and as the water boils add 3 tbs herbs to it and remove from heat. Let the mixture cool for about 30-40 minutes. When the mixture cools, add MSM to the herb mixture, when MSM has completely melted, strain the mixture into a large bowl. Pour the strained mixture into a 8 oz plastic bottle. Add castile soap to it and shake well until the ingredients are well mixed. Read more on natural hair loss remedies.

Best Natural Shampoo for Dandruff

This dandruff shampoo contains rum extract, apple juice, cloves and apple cider vinegar. Cloves and apple juice are used since centuries for hair problems. Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and helps balance the alkaline levels.

  • ½ tsp rum extract
  • 3 tbs apple juice
  • 6 finely ground cloves
  • ¼ cup castile soap
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
Blend all the ingredients in for about 30 seconds on low speed. Apply to wet hair, massage into the hair in circular motions and then wash off with cool water. Use this shampoo within 3 days only.

Best Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup castile liquid soap
  • 2 tsp tea tree oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon grass
  • 3 tbsp rosemary
Take a pot and boil water in it. Meanwhile, add lemon grass and rosemary in a strainer and the herbs in a heatproof container. Pour the hot water over the herbs and mix it with rosemary and lemon grass. Now add the herbs to the pot and allow the mixture to seep in for about 20-30 minutes. After the required time, remove the herbs and strain. Add tea tree oil along with vanilla to the herb mixture. Now add in the soap, and mix until soap dissolves completely. Let the shampoo cool completely before using.

Read more on: These were the best natural shampoo recipes for some of the most common hair problems. Now that you know how to make shampoo at home itself, you can make it whenever you need!

Article Source: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/best-natural-shampoo.html

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