In the spirit of Make-Do-March, I decided to go ahead and give it a whirl since I just happened to have all the ingredients (or at least the essentials) in my kitchen. Here's what I ended up using:
- 1/3 c. Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap (I have the Almond scented)
- 1/4 c. Coconut Milk
(left over from making pancakes, coconut milk instead of milk milk makes for AWESOME pancakes by the way...)
- A smidge (as in less than the tsp called for) of walnut oil
(In my mind walnut > olive oil for hair. I have absolutely no justifiable reason for this hierarchy...)
You end up with about 3/4 c. of the quasi-poo. Hmm, I don't really like this whole hyphenating with "poo" so I think I'll just call in shampoo... Supposedly, you should only need about 1 tsp to wash your hair, but seeing as I have twice as much hair as the average person, with it being super long and all, I'm sure I'll need more than that. :o)
I had some nice glass bottles that appeared to be good possibilities for being the shampoo vessel and would look pretty, but I was cleaning out some jars and bottles and saw this...
I had just finished up a bottle of Sriracha (don't worry, I have two more HUGE bottles of it!), and the squeezability of it just seemed to perfect. Easy application, less going down the drain because I spilled it all over the place from a cute but less practical glass... So, I threw aesthetics out the door and went with the practical choice.
I just poured the shampoo mix in...
|I realize this is a pointless picture in the sense that people know how to pour liquids... but I was impressed with my ability to pour and shoot at once, so I'm posting it gosh darn it.|
So there you have it. Natural, made from my kitchen, shampoo. AND repurposing a Sriracha bottle. Supposedly this stuff has a shelf life of about a month. I'm pretty sure I'll have used it all by then. :o)
As a daily conditioner kind of person (long hair = frequent opportunity for awesome tangles and crazy static, especially in the winter up here!) I had to figure out what to do post-shampoo. The answer: Apple Cider Vinegar. I actually started this before I tried making my own shampoo.
Side note: I've been using Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar mixed 50/50 with water as a toner of sorts at night. This acv has supposedly done awesome things for skin, so I figured why not. If it works, its wayyyy cheaper than buying various facial cleansers and again, I can read the ingredients without sounding like a 1st grader with major decoding issues... :o)
I tried the homemade shampoo with the acv rinse tonight. I had some pretty grimy running/hat hair for it to tackle, so we'll see how it did. If it's a disaster tomorrow morning, at least I'll have a chance to fix it with some store bought stuff before I head to work! Here's hoping it worked!
**Oh, and another side note. The quinoa, that I don't think I rinsed well enough, Kevin and I had Monday night didn't settle too well with our stomachs. I felt like I ate balls of lead, not little puffy quinoa... Anyways, that kind of derailed the whole menu plan for the week. Only thing I actually did up making from the proposed menu was more bok choy (There is so much left that I swear it seems like the package hasn't even been opened yet...) and the eggplant parm. I'll post the eggplant parm recipe and pictures later. Perhaps tomorrow... Anyways, no surprise here. I make plans and something throws a wrench in them. Good thing I'm generally a go with the flow kind of kid! :o)