Banish Shampoo from Your Bathroom

Trying to choose a shampoo out of the hundreds that line the shelves in all manner of curvy and colourful bottles, all claiming to make your hair shine like the sun and feel softer than a baby duck, can be nearly impossible.

There are alternatives; however, using natural products that you can actually pronounce and identify, that will leave your locks looking like they do in the shampoo adverts without the need for countless chemicals or Photoshop. You’ll also save a bit of money on all those expensive treatments.

Olive oil massage

Take a few tablespoons of olive oil and simply massage it into your dry hair and scalp, preferably over the sink or a towel to catch any drips (NOT in the bath or shower or you’ll create an exceedingly efficient slip hazard), and then wrap up your hair into a shower cap or towel for around half an hour. You can then wash your hair as normal, using a small amount of your regular shampoo, or the following simple homemade shampoo replacement.

Homemade shampoo


Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)


That’s it! Just mix one part baking soda to three parts water in a squeezable plastic bottle and give it a shake. Apply to dry or wet hair, working it through with your hands. It won’t behave like the shampoo you’re used to, but stick with it. Leave on for a minute or two, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. After using this method for a few weeks you’ll find your hair is less oily than before, and stays clean, fresh, and shiny for longer.

Homemade conditioner


White/apple cider vinegar


Mix one part vinegar to four parts water in a plastic bottle. You can also add essential oils to the mix to give it a pleasant scent, such as lavender or rosemary, although don’t worry about your hair smelling of vinegar after you’ve dried it, because it won’t. Carefully squeeze some of the mixture on to your hair and work it through right to the ends. Rinse with cool water to help lock in the moisture and smooth your hair.

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9 Responses to “Banish Shampoo from Your Bathroom”

  1. July 2, 2014

    stephanie lynne Reply

    I am allergic to perfume, so I only use simple shampoo and conditioner, a change would be brilliant.

  2. Bi-carb massaged in, left a minute or two, then rinsed & followed by diluted cider vinegar, cleans well & leave my hair less prone to greasiness.

  3. July 7, 2014

    Paula Reply

    Tried and tested.

    Verdict: Olive, almond, coconut… any oil will do the trick but the main advantage of olive oil is it doesn’t leave behind any smell. The longer you can leave it on for the better but the length of time also depends on how dry your hair is and/or how thick your hair is. Don’t be afraid to be generous with the amount you use either, it washes out easily.

    Onto the home made shampoo… If you have coloured hair (especially bleach, whether highlights or an all over colour) DO NOT use baking soda or vinegar in your hair!! These formulas are OK for virgin hair but most definitely are not suitable for hair which has been chemically treated or heat damaged in any way. The baking soda helps to strip excess oil out of your hair which is the last thing it needs when it is heavily processed or heat styled. Finish it off with vinegar (which works in exactly the same way) and you end up with stringy hair which when dried feels worse than straw and is extremely fragile.

    The only thing which has saved me from loosing my hair is lavishing it in oil. It still isn’t back to its original condition but at least I can now get a brush through it without handfuls of it falling out or it getting so badly knotted, I look like I’ve got matts.

    I hope you find my comments helpful, who knows you may have better luck than me… but don’t say someone didn’t try to warn you if you don’t. Hair plays such an important part to our appearance so don’t take chances, treat it with some love and in return you will have happy, healthy hair.

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