Shampoo is the most commonly used hair care product around the world. Its main purpose is to cleanse the hair and nourish it. It is often use to treat dandruff, keep hair manageable, treat hair damage, and prevent hair fall.
Early shampoos were made from boiled herbs and natural oil. Moreover, soap and shampoo have been a part of everyone’s daily bath.
In Europe, shampoos were made from shaved soap with fragrances. It became popular because it had given shine and good scent to hair.
Today, shampoos are formulated to relieve oiliness, dryness, frizz, and damage from color treatment.
Types of Homemade Shampoo
Natural shampoos are classified according to their form. Organic shampoos can be bars, dry/powdered, or liquid.
Shampoo bars have a good lathering ability. They are easy to use and can last long. You only need up to 3 strokes of soap lather across wet hair.
People love them because they are convenient to use and easy to carry. It may seem new to you, but these were used before liquid shampoos became popular.
Homemade shampoo bars are made from meticulously selected ingredients that help moisturize scalp and remove dirt on your hair. They are also environmental-friendly because they never require plastic bottles.
You are advised to wash your hair once a day using shampoo bars. Fortunately, these shampoos are mild and hypoallergenic so they are safe to use regularly.
Liquid shampoos are a form of homemade shampoo which has great foaming properties. These are easy to make and apply.
Organic liquid shampoos provide great hair care by only targeting unwanted oil and dirt on the scalp and hair. They are gentle but perform like commercial shampoos.
Liquid shampoos can be used thrice a week by people who have non-oily hair and once a day for those who have oily hair. This helps maintain the natural oil in the hair.
Dry shampoos can be in a form of fast-drying spray or powder. This type of shampoo uses water-free method for cleansing the hair.
Dry shampoos absorb excess oil and leave the hair smelling fresh. These are a great alternative for those who do not want to wash their hair regularly.
These also help people save time while they refresh a style, add volume, conserve hair color, and eliminate odor.
Furthermore, this can only be used twice a week because dry shampoo can create irritation of the hair follicles.
Goat Milk as an Ingredient in Shampoo
Different hair care products are becoming more popular these days. However, people tend to forget that there are smarter, healthier products available. In this case, goat milk is the best example.
People are unaware of the possible effects of chemicals found in their commercial shampoos. They are probably clueless about the health benefits of goat milk too.
Goat milk shampoo gives a great lather while it effectively cleanses the hair. It also leaves the hair soft and smooth.
Choosing goat’s milk means avoiding toxic ingredients in shampoo. It also reaps the benefits of using a chemical-free shampoo.
Benefits of Goat’s Milk
- Goat’s milk is rich in fatty acids and protein. Thus, it nourishes the hair thoroughly and keeps its natural shine.
- It improves dry scalp and prevents dandruff, making it less prone to dryness and irritation.
- It adds moisture to the hair.
- It helps improve psoriasis, eczema, and other scalp conditions.
Other Beauty Uses of Goat’s Milk
- Pure goat’s milk has lactic acid that is helpful in cleansing and eliminating skin impurities. Moreover, it contains alpha hydroxy acids that remove dead skin cells on the surface layer of the skin.
- Goat’s milk contains vitamins A, C, B1, B6, D, and E. It also contains minerals such as iron, copper, selenium, and zinc that are also needed by the body to keep itself healthy inside and out.
- It also prevents skin aging. Its powerful antioxidants keep the body from free radicals. Therefore, it results in delayed aging such as appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and dark circles.
- Goat’s milk formulation in shampoo has balanced PH level that promotes healthy hair and scalp.
Harmful Effects of Excessive Shampooing
Shampoos are great partners for hygienic purposes. They give hair extra shine and strength. However, there are few harmful effects of using shampoo excessively.
Hair and Scalp Problems
Commercial shampoos have SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), a foaming agent and considered as the most toxic ingredients in shampoo. SLS can cause hair follicles damage and hair loss. Unfortunately, this can also cause skin inflammation. Therefore, if the hair and skin are exposed to frequent use of SLS, it can result to serious skin, hair, and scalp damage.
Formaldehyde, a chemical present in shampoo, can cause chemical reaction. This triggers asthma, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Daily use of commercial shampoos may increase the risk of these conditions.
Growth of Fungus
Excessive use of shampoo removes oil that is actually needed by the hair and scalp. This forces the scalp to produce more oil. Thus, excessive oil causes fungus. This makes the head more prone to dandruff, skin irritation, rashes, and inflammation.
Excessive washing of hair can cause brittleness and dryness. In worse cases, no matter what products you put into your hair, it just doesn’t style properly or style the way you want it. Experts say that healthy hair will always look good no matter how you choose to wear it or style it everyday.
DIY Homemade Liquid Shampoo with Goat’s Milk Recipe
Making homemade organic shampoo is the best choice to achieve a beautiful and healthy hair without any fear of damage.
In this recipe, you will be able to make your own liquid shampoo within a few minutes. This DIY shampoo recipe is also suitable for all hair types.
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 cup castile soap flakes
- 1 cup raw goat’s milk
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil/ almond oil/ olive oil
- Optional: 3 drops of any essential oil
- Put all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
- Mix them together until your desired consistency is achieved. Make sure that the castile soap is dissolved completely.
- Pour the mixture in a clean bottle or container.
This shampoo must be stored in room temperature but away from direct exposure to sunlight because it can cause reaction with the natural ingredients used.
- Pour an ample amount of the liquid shampoo on your palm.
- Make a foamy lather in between your palms and apply it gently onto your hair.
- Start from the top of your hair and massage it gently.
- Remember to massage not to rub.
DIY Goat’s Milk Bar Shampoo Recipe
Goat’s milk bar shampoos are also ideal for any hair types. Since goat’s milk has essential nutrients, it will keep hair healthy. Thus, it also gives luxurious and creamy feel.
- 250 grams frozen goat’s milk
- 20 grams distilled water
- 115 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
- 215 grams coconut oil
- 85 grams sunflower oil
- 85 grams Shea butter or mango butter
- 35 grams lavender essential oil
- Place the distilled water and the frozen goat’s milk in a bowl. Stir well.
- Sprinkle a small amount of Sodium Hydroxide at a time while stirring. Make sure that it dissolves completely and that the milk does not scorch.
Note: When the lye (Sodium Hydroxide) is poured in the milk, a chemical reaction occurs that can burn the milk. That’s why the goat’s milk is frozen.
- Mix all the oils but make sure that the Shea butter and the coconut oil are melted beforehand.
- Add the milk and lye solution to the oils. Stir the mixture carefully until it thickens.
- Add the lavender essential oil and stir one last time.
- Pour the mixture into a soap molder and let it cool. You can use a large soap molder and cut the soap into pieces when it cools down.
The soap is ready for storage if there is no trace of soap in your cutting tool when you slice the soap.
You can cover the shampoo bars lightly with wax paper and cloth. Then, you can store them in room temperature.
If it develops a crack, move it to a cooler place because it means it is overheating. Store the bar shampoos for 4 more days before use.
- Wet your hair thoroughly.
- Rub the wet shampoo bar in between your palms and make a creamy lather.
- Massage the lather onto your hair and scalp gently.
- Rinse thoroughly.
These DIY Homemade shampoo recipes will surely help you maintain a healthy scalp and hair. You will never suffer from the dangers of the chemicals present in shampoos available in the market.
Moreover, goat’s milk will give your hair the nourishment it needs. A naturally made shampoo lessens hair breakage, increases moisture, improves scalp health, and keeps hair smooth and manageable.
However, proper application is needed to ensure that the natural oil balance in the hair is maintained.