This easy to make hypoallergenic shampoo has only 3 ingredients and makes for a safe & gentle cleanser! Customize to your favorite scents and enjoy fresh hair.
One of the hardest things to remove from your allergens are your bath and body care products. Thankfully, making homemade hypoallergenic shampoo and soaps is so easy! This way you can ensure that you and your family will be safe from all allergens not only in the food but in your bath and body care products, too!
As I share my skincare routine, please keep in mind that I am not a dermatologist or an esthetician. I’m sharing what I have found to work best for me and my skin with the allergy limitations that I have.
Free from: wheat/gluten, dairy, casein, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, corn, soy, fish, shellfish, sesame, lupin, mustard, dyes
Understanding Hair pH
pH measures how acidic or alkaline liquids are. The range of pH is from 0 to 14, with lower numbers being more acidic, higher numbers being more alkaline, and a neutral number being 7.
What does that all mean?
Most parts of our body measure around a 7, similar to distilled water which also measures a 7. Things like lemon juice are more acidic, so they have a pH of 2 and soapy water is more alkaline which has a score of around 12.
When we wash our hair with castile soap, that has a score of between 10 and 11, we want to make sure that we balance out our scalp so that it remains in good health.
The most simple method of doing this is with an apple cider vinegar rinse.
Rinsing the hair with apple cider vinegar after using this shampoo serves several benefits. First, it helps to restore the natural pH balance of the scalp. Castille soap has a more alkaline level, so giving a quick rinse with ACV helps to balance the scalp back to a neutral level of between 4-7.
Apple cider vinegar also has several health benefits on its own. ACV is antimicrobial and can help control bacteria or fungi that can lead to scalp issues, such as dandruff. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals that can exfoliate the scalp in a gentle manner.
Finally, vinegar smooths the hair cuticle, creating lots and lots of shine and bounciness to your hair!
How often should you wash your hair?
This answer really varies on your hair type, where you live, what products you use, and your daily habits (like how often you work out or if your hobby is horseback riding).
How often I wash my hair changes with my daily routine and especially with the seasons. In high allergy season (spring time for my climate) I will wash my hair every day that I go outside. It’s a sure method of removing pollen from my hair so I can sleep better at night with clean, fresh hair.
During the winter (snow and cold in my climate) I will wash my hair far less often.
So it really depends on you and your lifestyle! However, I generally think that most people was their hair more frequently than they need.
How to store homemade shampoo?
To store this shampoo, keep it in a bottle in the bathroom to use in the shower whenever you wash your hair. I would recommend making a fresh batch every month, so don’t make up a lot of it if you don’t wash your hair frequently!
It’s so easy to mix up this homemade shampoo recipe! All you need are 3 simple ingredients.
Olive Oil Castile Soap - This is my favorite brand to purchase from as they only use olive oil to make their soap. That makes it super safe for me who is super allergic to coconuts! It lathers beautifully and has a gentle olive scent to it but nothing overpowering. I like to purchase it from Amazon since it ships so quickly. This much Castile soap is enough to make at least 6 bottles of shampoo. Give it a look here!
Vegetable Glycerin - Make sure that you source a glycerin that is safe for you to use. Most often, glycerin is made from soy or coconuts. I use this brand that is soy based as I can use soy. Glycerin helps the soap form a rich lather, provides moisture to the shampoo to make your hair soft, and helps to rinse out.
Rice Bran Oil - This helps to provide moisture to the shampoo so the castile doesn’t dry your hair out too much. I use this kind that is cold pressed and is so good you could even cook with it! I just use it in my shampoo, though.
You can add a few drops of essential oils to the shampoo to give it a scent you enjoy or for some extra added benefits to the shampoo. Here are some ideas of what to add to get you started:
Rosemary Oil - Great for all hair types, it is especially good as calming the scalp and encouraging hair growth.
Tea Tree Oil - Perfect for oily skin that is prone to acne, tea tree oil also helps prevent dandruff with its antifungal properties.
Lavender Oil - Wonderful for oily skin and provides a nice calming scent which is perfect for a shampoo at the end of the day.
All of these oils are from Now Foods. I find them to be a super safe and reputable company. And I love the fast shipping from Amazon. Best of both worlds!
To make the soap, combine all the ingredients in a clean shampoo bottle and mix to combine. That’s it!
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- mixing bowl
- mixing spoons
- measuring cups
- measuring spoon
- container bottle
- 1 cup Liquid Castile Soap (olive oil)
- ¼ cup Vegetable Glycerin make sure it is safe for your allergens
- 1 teaspoon Rice Bran Oil optional
- 5 drops Essential Oils optional
- In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients. Carefully pour into the empty bottle.
- Keep bottle in the shower for easy use. Can be kept in the shower at room temperature for up to one month. Discard remaining and make fresh after 30 days.