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The time has come where every cent in the budget counts. So what better time to learn how to make your very own shampoo at home? Not only will this save you lots of money but you will have fun doing it, the kids can join you and it is good for you and your hair as it doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals or detergents. This is cheap and smells amazing!

Step 1:
Collect your ingredients:
Liquid Castile soap or pure soap flakes (Can get it from most health food stores or organic supplies shops)
Glycerine (from the supermarket)
Herbs – Can be any dried herb that appeals to you however there are certain herbs beneficial for different hair conditions. For people who have blonde hair and want to keep it that way, stay with lighter coloured herbs. Many herbs are used as colourants so stick with herbs that are light in colour such as Chamomile, Lemongrass, Lemon and Lavender. If you don’t have any herbs available, you can also use herbal teas and these have the same result.
Essential oils: These can be to taste, whatever smells you enjoy. And go creative!

These are two of my very favourite combination shampoos:
Lemongrass, Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo
4 cups water
2 leaves of lemongrass
1 branch rosemary
1/4 cup of liquid Castile soap
1 tablespoon glycerine
1 teaspoon of pure lavender essential oil

Orange, Mint & Rosemary Shampoo
4 cups water
1 branch rosemary
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 teaspoon of pure orange oil
1/4 cup of liquid Castile soap
1 tablespoon glycerine

1. Put the lemongrass, rosemary or other herbs of your choice and water into a large saucepan. Put the lid on the saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Remove the herbs, then add the liquid soap and stir well.
3. Add the glycerine and stir again. Turn off the heat and allow to cool. Add the lavender or any other essential oil and stir again. Use a funnel to pour into a clean, sanitised plastic bottle.
(Tip: don’t use glass - it’s dangerous in the bathroom if dropped and broken).
4. As the mixture cools it will thicken; shake it up a few times to make sure it is blended well. After a few hours you should have a thick, yellowish liquid.

For the Rinse

The easiest rinse is to brew a large cup of mint tea. Allow to cool and rinse hair with it after washing. Comb out and dry as usual.

Lavender rinse
Pour boiling water over lavender leaves and allow to cool. Remove lavender and add 1 cup white vinegar to the water. Rinse hair with it after washing than dry as usual.

Keep the shampoo in a cool place (Fridge), and throw it out if it starts to look or smell odd - remember, it doesn’t contain any preservatives.
Obviously, this is only a taste of the wonderful recipes available. There is no limit to what can be created; your imagination is your only guide. Whatever fragrances you enjoy, you can incorporate them in your shampoo. However please be aware that your chosen ingredients are skin safe (check labels of essential oils in particular). If unsure, conduct a patch test of the ingredient on your skin for 24 hours.
Making your own shampoo may take a bit of experimentation, a bit of patience and a bit of messing around, however when you have mastered it you will realise that the effort is certainly worth it.

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