If you’re anything like me, you have a hell of a time trying to find a shampoo and conditioner set that doesn’t leave you on either the dry and itchy or limp and greasy side of the scalp and follicle spectrum. Most commercial brands contain sulfates and other nasty chemicals that dry out your scalp and leave your hair feeling like sour punch straws, while a lot of the sulfate free lines leave you feeling like Bootstrap Bill Turner after being aboard the Flying Dutchman for 10 years.
In order to come to a compromise, I’ve been snooping around the interwebs trying to find a good DIY shampoo that doesn’t involve grabbing a ton of ingredients in economy size jars that would go to waste if you didn’t like the formula on the first try. I did manage to find a fantastic dry shampoo recipe that I’ll have to throw on the blog later on, but for now I give you the best DIY shampoo recipe on the internet (in my humble opinion):
2 Tbsps 100% natural honey
6 Tbsps water
Yes I know that’s just watered down honey, but hear me out! Honey is chock full of antibacterial and moisturizing properties which help clean and soothe your scalp. Plus this little magic amber colored liquid helps bring out the natural highlights in your hair! To make the ‘shampoo’ (and I uses that term lightly because this stuff DOES NOT lather), simply throw the honey and water in a 1:3 ratio in a jar or other tight closing container, close the lid, and shake the contents until thoroughly mixed. You can always make a big batch to store in the fridge for the whole week if you end up liking it on the first go.
Store the container in the fridge until you’re ready to use it, this will help keep it from spoiling and give your scalp a refreshing chill. When you are ready to use it, simply wet your hair like you would with an ordinary shampoo, tilt your head back, and pour the liquid onto your head little bits at a time while you massage it into your scalp. Rinse, and you’re done! Don’t fuss about your ends, the natural oil in your hair along with the run off shampoo from your scalp with keep the ends nice and soft.
Fair warning: this stuff is magical if you keep with it. There is an adjustment period of about a month or so while your scalp gets used to not have nasty sulfates and junk being rubbed into it every other day. Your hair will probably be a tad on the grease-bucket side for a few weeks. I saw this as a perfect opportunity to don my favorite sunhats and paisley printed scarves for a while. You can always use dry shampoo when you feel the need for it. After a few shampoos you’ll start to feel the difference in both volume and softness, so try to keep with it if you can! If not, I won’t judge you;)