1. ALOE AND HONEY SHAMPOO
About the Recipe
This recipe does not produce the typical suds of regular shampoos, but don’t be fooled. It works. Honey and aloe are both great humectants, so they draw moisture into the hair. The ACV is great for breaking up oils and build-up on the hair as well as for closing cuticles. Not to mention the numerous antifungal and andibacterial benefits of aloe, which makes it great for thos who are suffering for minor scalp irritations and/or dandruff.
1/4 cup homemade aloe gel
2 T honey
2 T apple cider vinegar (ACV)
I blend ingredients together in a small 1-cup chopper that I have. You can use a blender or hand-held mixer if you like, or do it by hand. It will be frothy and sorta slimy (much like the aloe gel was after whipping).
Without any essential oils, this recipe doesn’t smell the greatest, but remember it’s just for shampoo and will be rinsed out entirely. A few drops of your favourite essential oil can be added to help with smell if absolutely necessary. I do not pre-make this ahead of time, but actually blend ingredients right before using. When used in mixes, honey can go bad quickly so anything I mix with it gets used immediately. I have used this both on my hair and on Boo’s hair. When using on my hair, I actually add more ACV because my hair gets pretty oily.
2. ALOE DETANGLER
About the Recipe
I had to play with this recipe a while to get the amount of slip needed for good detangling. I’m still not as happy with it as I am with our store-bought detangler, but it does work really well. And if you’re looking for a way to save money on hair products, this is definitely worth it. As mentioned above, if smell is an issue you can add an essential oil. I don’t usually add any because I use a moisturizing product on top of this and I don’t want too much smell and/or for the smells to compete with one another.
1 cup distilled water
2 T homemade aloe gel
4 drops glycerin
I actually put all items into an old shampoo or conditioner bottle and shake until everything is well-blended. You can also use a spray bottle, too. However, I like my mixture a little thick and I’ve found that the conditioner bottle works better when squeezing it out. I squeeze it onto my hands and then work it through the hair with my fingertips. Then I detangle as normal. I do not rinse it out.
The amount of glycerin is what really helps with the slip; the aloe gel does provide good slip, as well, but as it thins out it gets sort of sticky which doesn’t help with detangling. Glycerin is actually the opposite; it’s sticky at full-strength, but actually becomes very slippery as it’s extremely soluble in water. If you find that you don’t get enough slip for detangling, more glycerin should help. Or you can even add a bit of a your favourite oil (olive oil or melted coocnut oil).
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