No matter how fashion changes, beautiful, healthy, shiny and thick hair will always cause admiration from others and pride from their owner. Many women spend a huge amount of money, time and effort to bring their hair into proper condition and maintain it. But even that doesn’t always work.
According to the rules, the hair must be washed not with cold or hot, but with warm water. Only at the end of the washing procedure, you can rinse them with moderately cool water, or even take a contrast shower to increase blood circulation.
As for the process itself, first the hair should be combed well. Then they need to be completely wet, lather and lightly massage the scalp, rinse off the shampoo, and then lather again. It remains only to wash off the remnants of the shampoo and slightly squeeze the hair. In no case should you rub them with a towel, as this provokes brittleness.
Often, hair problems arise due to shampoos that we buy in stores. They contain surfactants, silicones, thickeners, dyes and preservatives. All this is necessary for the manufacturer for the presentation, but it is not at all useful, although effective, for washing hair. These components can make the hair heavier, spoil its structure, provoke loss and deterioration in general. So, when we say that shampoo just doesn’t suit us, it’s most likely not about us at all.
If such significant problems are encountered at such a basic and necessary stage as cleansing, then further care simply loses all meaning. However, if you are seriously concerned about the condition of your hair, you should try making your own shampoo.
Shampoo recipes are very diverse, and consist of both one ingredient and several. You can study the properties of each of them and mix the necessary and suitable for you. For example:
- Base oils (avocado, apricot kernel, jojoba, grape seed, almond, macadamia, etc.) nourish the hair, moisturize, add shine and silkiness. Improve the condition of the hair in general, which contributes to their growth.
- Essential oils have a narrower spectrum of effects, and they must be selected depending on the type of hair:
- Orange, mandarin, ylang-ylang, lavender, sandalwood and chamomile – for dry hair;
- Ginger, cloves, lemon, tea tree, pine, rosemary – for fatty;
- Lemon, rosemary, geranium, lavender – for normal;
- Sage, lemon, coriander – for gray-haired;
- Cypress, eucalyptus, cedar, yarrow will save you from dandruff;
- Frankincense, rosewood, cypress, ylang-ylang, coriander, bay and verbena will help with hair loss;
- Sandalwood, vetiver and rosewood can be used for split ends.
- Colorless henna strengthens the hair and thickens its structure.
- Clay helps to normalize the work of the sebaceous glands, make the scalp less oily.
- Cognac, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice add shine to hair.
- Honey and yolk nourish the hair, making it more vibrant.
- Red pepper tincture stimulates blood flow to the scalp, which promotes hair growth.
- Aloe juice softens hair.
- Decoctions of various herbs strengthen hair and give it shine.
- Vitamins A, C and E have a positive effect on the condition of the scalp and hair in general. Some people even add them to their store-bought shampoos.
There are also basic recipes that can be modified as needed.
The most common option is yolk shampoo. It is whipped and rubbed into the scalp, after which it is thoroughly washed off with warm water. Sometimes butter is added to the yolk.
If you are worried about dandruff, nettle shampoo is ideal. One hundred grams of fresh or dry nettles are poured with a liter of water and half a liter of vinegar, boiled over low heat for at least half an hour, then filtered and 3 cups of the resulting broth are added to a basin of water, with which they wash their hair.
For oily hair, shampoo made from fermented milk products is suitable. You need to take kefir (ryazhenka, curdled milk, sour milk), apply on the scalp and hair, cover with a film, wrap with a towel and leave for half an hour. Rinse, rinse hair with vinegar solution.
Herbal shampoo will help improve hair. In equal proportions, mix birch leaves, burdock roots, hop cones and marigold flowers. Pour 50 grams of the resulting mixture with a glass of hot light beer, let it brew. Then strain, warm slightly and wash your hair with the resulting broth.
If these recipes seem too unusual and inconvenient, you can try making your own foaming shampoo. It will also be more useful than store-bought, and you yourself will be able to fill it with the necessary properties and give the desired flavor.
So, in order to prepare a shampoo based on surfactants (surfactants), first you need to understand their types. Anionic surfactants, such as laureth sulfate, are used to create lather in shampoos. Amphoteric and non-ionic surfactants soften dry hair, are used in conditioners. Cationic surfactants give a strong moisturizing effect.
In addition, to prepare such a shampoo, you will need: soft (distilled or boiled rain) water, thickeners (usually dissolved guar, xanthan, or table salt), natural preservatives and useful additives from those described above. As a percentage, 40% is always surfactant, and the remaining 60% is the rest of the ingredients. It should be remembered that each additive should be no more than 5%.
Of course, good hair condition can be achieved using expensive professional cosmetics, but there is no guarantee that sooner or later it will not stop giving results. If, however, be patient and, through trial and error, create your own shampoo that is ideal for you, you can save a lot of time and have beautiful, well-groomed hair without much effort.