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When I first learned about making my own shampoo with soapnuts, I was very excited. I have been on a journey this year to learn the many ways that I can no-poo my hair and soapnuts was on the list to try out. After I first made this shampoo, I haven't turned back. My hair is super soft after using this shampoo and didn't cause me to have to detox again with my no-poo regime. This has been my favorite herbal shampoo to date! My hair is still growing like a weed, something that it used to never do before I became my hippy self. Someday soon, I will achieve my goal of having “mermaid hair”!
Soapnuts are gentle on hair and no-poo safe
As we learned in my last post on The Many Uses of Soapnuts, soapnuts are a very gentle and effective option for those who have allergies to the chemicals in synthetic detergent soaps. They are even no-poo safe, meaning they will not strip your head of its oil causing you to have to go through the detox period once again. Soapnuts are often used as an Ayurvedic treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and even fungal conditions. A truly non-toxic option, soapnuts are an affordable choice that can even be composted when you are done using them! Because they are not actually nuts, those with nut allergies can rest assured that there are no issues using soapnuts for all of their cleaning uses!
Herbal Goddess Soapnuts Shampoo
- 2 cups filtered water (I love to replace the water in this recipe with hydrosol, or coconut milk when I have them on hand!)
- 5-6 de-seeded whole soap nuts (or 10-12 halves)
- 1 Tbsp. Marshmallow root
- 3 Tbsps. hair healing herbs (I used horsetail,
oatstraw, and hibiscus flowers)
- ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar (I use my herbal infused ACV)
- ¼ cup aloe vera gel
- 1 tsp. Guar gum powder
- ½ tsp. Leucidal SF (natural preservative)
- 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- Combine distilled water, soap nuts, and marshmallow root in a small pan. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down to simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and add any herbs you might be steeping. Leave it to steep until the liquid is cool. Strain herbs from the liquid with a mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
- Stir in the
LuecidalSF (natural preservative).
- Combine tea liquid with apple cider vinegar and aloe vera juice. Using a whisk, whisk in guar gum powder until dissolved into the shampoo and thickened.
- Whisk in the essential oils.
Pour a sufficient amount into your wetted hair and massage into your hair as you would soap shampoos. Let it sit in your hair for five minutes, rinse. If needed, you can follow with the apple cider vinegar rinse.
This shampoo is great on babies head and children's hair too, but just like castile soap and other soaps, this will sting if it gets into the eyes. Avoid getting it in the eyes!