Monday, January 17, 2011


My next hygiene necessity of which I am running low is shampoo.  The recipe I chose is from a different book, 1001 Natural Remedies by Laurel Vukovic.  What won me over was that it is supposed to bring out highlights in dark hair.  A friend came over and made this with me as well.  We did a double batch, but unfortunately she forgot hers here, so I haven't been able to get her thoughts about how she likes it.  Here's what we did.

Herbal Shampoo for Dark Hair

1/2 c water
1 tsp dried lavender
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp whole cloves
2 tbsp unscented natural shampoo


In pot of water add lavender,


and cloves (I used ground) and bring to boil.

Remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes.


Pour into container.

Add shampoo (I used a natural liquid soap).  Refrigerate to keep for up to a month.

I have always been a freak about washing my hair everyday, and thus I notice any little increase in a greasy feeling.  When I use this shampoo, I find my hair heavier than when I use drugstore shampoo.  I don't know if this might actually be good or not.  Perhaps my hair is just heavier because I am not completely stripping it of all the natural oils?  I am considering just added more soap to the mixture and seeing if that helps.

I think I might be noticing the oncoming of some highlights though.  To help that along, I think my next project will be a highlighting hair rinse.  Stay tuned!


  1. 2nd Attempt...
    I was just commenting that I noticed that your hair looked brighter on the weekend. I wondered if you had dyed it, but then you said that you don't like dying your hair, so maybe the shampoo is having an effect.

  2. I make my own shampoo, too. It is a similar recipe to yours. It took a while for my hair to adjust from the store bought kind. But, now I find that my hair is much less weighed down when I use my own recipe. Good luck!

  3. looks like a good recipe! i will try it!nice photos.

  4. Shampoo is the last body care product I have yet to "green up." Like you, I can't get my hair to feel quite right. Perhaps making my own would remedy the solution!

  5. Great idea, what a great blog! I became a follower! :) Erin

  6. That sounds great! I actually notice when I use natural shampoo that I don't lose hairs...I think that's the sodium laural sulphates in regular shampoos....(not sure if I spelled that right?). Anyway, I'm going to try this! Following you now...over from Frugally Sustainable.

  7. Do you have a recipe for shampoo that is suitable for red hair? :)

  8. Rinse with 1tbsp vinegar+1 c water after shampooing then rinse with 1 tsp baking soda mixed with water. Works wonders. The vinegar removes the grease.