The Accidental Natural’s Castile Moisturizing Shampoo
Ed. Note – I’ve been alerted to the fact that the pH of castile soap is 9 to 9.5 — way too high for hair! So, beware of using it on your hair unless you know that it can dry your hair and leave it fuzzy. I’m done with trying to create a liquid soap, but I’m all about trying to create my own shampoo bar :)
Co-washing (or conditioner washing) is great for keeping moisture in Black hair. What it means is that you wash your hair using conditioner. It doesn’t sound right, huh? But conditioners do have cleansers in them that aren’t as harsh as your regular commercial shampoo. Every so often, you do need to clarify your hair, especially if you use styling products like gels or mousses or products with silicones. So, what do you do? You can use a commercial shampoo – I’ve heard that Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo ($6.99 Cdn. for 350 ml) is good, but I can’t use it. Why? Coconut, my friend: Cocomide DEA and Cocamidopropyl Betaine.
So, I made my own: The Accidental Natural’s Castile Moisturizing Shampoo. Get a squeeze bottle or an applicator bottle and these ingredients:
- Liquid castile soap – Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap is made from coconut oil, but widely available at health food stores. I order my castile soap from Country Rose Soap in Surrey, B.C. — it’s real castile soap made with 100% olive oil. You can also choose liquid castile soap made from olive oil and castor oil. It’s $7.99 USD PLUS shipping (why do they charge in USD when based in Canada, I don’t know) for 8oz.
- Baking soda
- Oil of your choice – There are a number of oils that are good for your hair — you just have to figure out which one(s) your hair likes. You can use jojoba oil, avocado oil, castor oil or coconut oil, if it suits you.
Fill half of your squeeze bottle with water, then add a couple of squirts of castile soap (I haven’t measured, so I don’t know how much I’ve put in). Shake in some baking soda, about a tablespoon (it softens your hair and cleanses really well, but if you use too much you can end up with white residue and some stiff hair). Next, the oil — add about two tablespoons. Shake well and you’re ready to go.
Wet your hair and scalp and squeeze your shampoo into your scalp. Massage in and use the suds to cleanse your hair. I only shampoo once — I think twice would be a bit excessive. You’ll have clean hair, not squeaky clean hair, but clean and ready for you to style again. When you shampoo, even with this shampoo mix, don’t forget to deep condition — your hair will need all the extra moisture it can get.
C’est tout! Lemme know if you try it and what you think.