DIY How to Make All-Natural Aloe Vera Shampoo
How to Make Aloe Vera Shampoo
Commercially available shampoos are often filled with synthetic chemicals. These chemicals can cause allergic reactions and some are potentially harmful to the environment. As a result, many people have turned to homemade recipes to safely and naturally cleanse their hair. Aloe vera, a succulent plant prized for its skin-soothing properties, is a popular base for homemade shampoos. Aloe vera can gently cleanse the hair and scalp while also conditioning dry and damaged hair. It’s may also stimulate hair growth.
Natural Aloe Vera Shampoo
2 cups (475 milliliters) distilled water
6 ounces (180 milliliters) liquid castile soap
2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) aloe vera gel
½ teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) jojoba oil
40 to 50 drops essential oils (optional)
2 ounces (56 grams) dried herbs (optional)
Yield: About 3 cups (710 milliliters or 24 fluid oz) of shampoo
Assembling the Ingredients
Obtain organic aloe vera gel from a health or natural medicine shop.Commercially available aloe vera gel is sold in bottles and they come in varying degrees of purity. Many of these commercial products contain additives and chemicals. Since you’ll be using this shampoo directly on your hair and scalp, it’s best to get the purest aloe vera gel you can find. Check the label and ingredients before you buy a product. Make sure it’s certified organic and labelled as “pure.”
- If it lists any chemical names or alcohol as ingredients, look for a different brand.
- You can buy aloe vera gel at most grocery stores, but these tend to be the less pure versions. A health or natural medicine shop is the best place to obtain pure aloe vera gel that is certified organic.
Harvest aloe vera gel directly from the plant.Harvesting the fresh gel from an aloe plant will provide the most beneficial results. If you don’t grow aloe vera in your home, consider buying a few plants. To harvest the gel, start by cutting off one full leaf from the plant. Slice the leaf open length-wise and pull apart the two halves. Scoop out the thick, translucent gel with a spoon.
- Spoon the fresh gel into a clean bowl nearby.
- You only need 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of fresh gel, which you can harvest quickly and easily. It will only take a few aloe vera leaves to provide that amount.
Use dried herbs for additional benefits (optional).Aloe vera gel is a great moisturizer and can naturally promote hair growth.It’s a great carrier if you want to include natural herbs for added benefits. You can use any combination of the following dried herbs, as needed, as long as you don’t use more than 2 ounces (56 grams) total.
- For dry hair use nettle, burdock, rosemary or calendula.
- For oily hair use yarrow, lavender, lemon balm or mint.
- If you have blonde hair try calendula or chamomile.
- If you have dark hair try sage or comfrey.
- To combat dandruff try rosemary, thyme or any of the herbs for dry hair.
Use essential oils for scent and additional benefits (optional).Essential oils are concentrated extracts from natural plants. Many of them smell nice and others may have medicinal properties. There are quite a few essential oils that can benefit the health of your hair and scalp. You can use any combination of the following oils in your shampoo, but do not use more than 50 drops total.
- For normal hair use lavender, clary sage or chamomile.
- For oily hair use lemon, tea tree or ylang-ylang.
- For dry hair try rosemary, myrrh or peppermint.
- To combat dandruff try tea tree, patchouli or lavender.
- Never use essential oils directly on your scalp, since they are highly concentrated and extremely potent. In this case, the other ingredients in the shampoo will safely dilute the oils.
Creating the Shampoo
Bring the distilled water to a boil.Measure out 2 cups (475 milliliters) of distilled water. Pour the water into a pot. Place the pot on a stove burner over high heat. Bring the water to a rolling boil.
- If you're not using dried herbs, there is no need to boil the distilled water. You will mix the ingredients together as is.
Add the dried herbs of your choice.If you’re using any dried herbs in your shampoo, measure them out now. Remember, don’t use more than 2 ounces (56 grams) total. When the water begins to boil, carefully add the herbs to the pot.
Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low.After you add the dried herbs, put a lid on the pot. Reduce the heat to low. This will infuse the water with the herbs. Allow the herbs to steep in the simmering water for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the pot from heat and strain out the herbs.Turn off the burner and remove the lid from the pot. Be careful, since hot steam will probably rise up after you remove the lid. Place a large bowl beneath a strainer.
Pour the hot water carefully through the strainer.The spent herbs will remain behind as the infused water goes into the bowl. After you strain the spent herbs out of the water, discard the remains.
Add the castile soap to the herbal water.Measure out 6 ounces (180 milliliters) of liquid castile soap. Slowly pour the soap into the bowl with the infused water. Mix the substances together gently as you pour in the soap. The water is probably still very hot, so be careful not to splash.
Add the aloe vera gel, jojoba and essential oils.Measure out and add 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of aloe vera gel and ½ teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) of jojoba oil. Carefully add them to the bowl one at a time, stirring constantly. Mix the ingredients together well.
- If you are using essential oils, add them now. Remember, don’t use more than 40 to 50 drops of the essential oils. Stir well.
Bottling, Using and Storing the Shampoo
Bottle the shampoo mixture.Use a funnel to carefully pour the shampoo mixture into a plastic or glass container that will hold about 3 cups (710 milliliters or 24 fluid ounces) of liquid. If you used plain water and did not infuse the shampoo with dried herbs, you can safely store the entire bottle in your shower.
Store the bottle in the refrigerator if you used dried herbs.If you infused the water with dried herbs, you must store the bottle in the refrigerator. It will go bad if left out at room temperature for more than one or two days. It will last for about 10 days in the refrigerator. Around the 10 day mark, be sure to smell the mixture before using it.
- If it smells sour, throw it out and make a new batch. If it smells good, the shampoo is still usable.
- For convenience, you can transfer some of the shampoo to a small bottle and keep that in your shower for one or two days without it going bad.
Use the shampoo as needed.Aloe vera shampoo is gentle enough to use every time you wash your hair. Always shake the bottle gently before you use the shampoo, since the ingredients can settle over time. Pour a quarter-sized amount into your palm and massage it into your hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly.
QuestionDoes this shampoo help get rid of dandruff?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt has been shown to help a bit in moisturising the scalp and getting rid of dandruff. So yes, it does.Thanks!
QuestionHow long can I store it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerKeep it in the fridge, but it doesn't have much more than one week shelf life, especially in hot temperatures (summer).Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the importance of aloe vera shampoo?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt is not "important" per se, it is quite moisturizing to the scalp, and also has antibacterial properties in it that reduce dandruff quite a bit.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use filtered water instead of distilled water?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionCan I use dried herbs in my aloe shampoo?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can.Thanks!
What should I do to increase aloe Vera shampoo shelf life?
What do I put in shampoo to keep for a long time frame?
What's the best time to use hair oil? Before applying the aloe gel or after rinsing it off?
Am I going to mix distilled water (not boiled) with the other ingredients even if I did not use herbs and essential oil?
What is the difference between aloe vera shampoo and gogu shampoo?
To make aloe vera shampoo, bring 2 cups of distilled water to a boil, add 2 ounces of dried herbs, and let the mixture simmer for 15-20 minutes to infuse the water with the herbs. Next, strain out the herbs, add 6 ounces of liquid castile soap to the herbal water, and stir the ingredients together. Then, stir 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, ½ teaspoon of jojoba oil, and 40-50 drops of essential oil into the mixture. Finally, use a funnel to carefully pour the shampoo mixture into a plastic or glass container.
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