A Simple DIY Shampoo for Healthier Hair

By Nancy Shaw

Hello everyone,

It’s not rare anymore to come across a person whining about their hair tragedies. Mostly or nearly all of us has gone or most likely is going through a hair loss phase; the reasons being various from pollution to stress to harsh chemical usage to imbalanced diet etc etc. Nonetheless we don’t want it; our hair is precious to us. We know that a healthy and happy hair goes a long way to make us feel and look beautiful. Our fast life certainly makes it difficult to maintain a rigorous and a lengthy hair care regime, but certainly we can take out just a few minutes per week for our invaluably precious hair. So today I will share with you a simple DIY which can certainly keep worries at bay.

This is a shampoo which can be made at home from herbal products available easily everywhere, and it’s really inexpensive, so nothing hard on your pocket.

For this the first thing you need to do is ditch your chemical laced shampoo, which is highly toxic and unhealthy (the SLS and other synthetic hydrocarbons in the shampoo are vicious that if I start mentioning there drawbacks you won’t touch a chemical-based shampoo ever again). In this already unhealthy and polluted environment you seriously need to consider what you use.

A Simple DIY Shampoo

The shampoo which I use is a simple and pretty commonly heard dadi/nani ke nushkhe. It’s the evergreen amla-reetha-shikhakai shampoo. We all know the innumerable benefits of these, but still I would like to mention some for each of them.

Amla – Highly rich in Vitamin C, works wonder for hair.

  • Removes dandruff.
  • Prevents premature graying of hair.
  • Promotes hair growth.
  • Stops hair fall.

A Simple DIY Shampoo

Shikhakai – A mild cleanser, with low pH.

  • Acts as a detangler.
  • Helps in retaining the natural hair oils.
  • Reduces hair fall.
  • Helps with dandruff removal and other scalp problems.
  • Prevents graying of hair.

A Simple DIY Shampoo

Reetha – A cleanser that works as a natural soap. It cleans all, from hair to body to clothes.

  • A natural cleanser.
  • A hypo allergen, antifungal and antibacterial.
  • Removes dandruff.
  • Makes hair shiny and healthy and clean.

A Simple DIY Shampoo

Procedure – (for mid-shoulder length hair)

  1. Take approximately 10-12 reetha, 7-8 shikhakai, handful of dried amla. For better result you can deseed the reetha and shikhakai and smash them up a bit.
  2. Soak them in about 4-5 cups of water.
  3. Boil them in a stainless steel utensil for 3-4 minutes.
  4. And leave them to soak whole night.
  5. Drain the liquid next morning; you will get a dark coloured cola like solution. Use the liquid as shampoo
  6. Don’t use the whole liquid at one go. Use the drained liquid in three parts at least and wash after every time.
  7. It might not produce lather in the first or second time, but you will notice mild to medium lather in the third time.
  8. Don’t worry thinking that it didn’t work because of mild lathering, it has done its work.
  9. Wash your hair nicely, and towel dry. Do not use a blow dryer, let it dry naturally.
  10. Your hair feels clean and fresh, no chemical smell and no heavy feeling. 🙂

A Simple DIY Shampoo

It might look tedious, but it takes around 5-10 minutes on each day only, surely you can spare this much twice a week! You might not notice the change at first time itself, but continue this process for 2-3 weeks and certainly you will see a huge change in your hair. Your hair fall will reduce considerably, hair will become shinier, cleaner and healthier. Enjoy healthier hair.

Because healthier hair is a happier you. 🙂

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9 thoughts on “A Simple DIY Shampoo for Healthier Hair

  1. Since, winters are over now, I was looking for a DIY for my hair. I’ll definitely try this one out.Thank you Nancy. 🙂

    1. I have always made them fresh, never stored them actually 🙁 As for in the dried form , all of the elements can stored for long time, around 1 year easily. 😀

  2. Hi,

    I tried this 2 to 3 times on oiled hair but could not wash out the oil completely.Is there anything i am doing wrong?May be i should use the quantity as in your article.It has nort given me squeaky feeling…Please suggest

    1. yes you can try increasing the amount of reetha and shikakai, because they are the ones that produce lather and remove the dirt and oil from hair. Although.i very lightly oil my hair before trying this regime, as they dont quite make my hair dry. Also try without oiling if you are comfortable, i dont think this will make your hair very dry. let me know how it goes. 🙂

  3. I remember my mom doing this…I am definitely gonna try this. From where did you buy dried amla, shikakai and reetha?

    1. Ya, it was my mom who told me to do this 🙂 i have a grocery shop nearby my house. you can get them easily from any modi shop 🙂

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