The new trend of no longer washing your hair has not convinced you yet but you would like to use natural solutions.
So are you ready to ban shampoos based on synthetic detergents without giving up your healthy, silky and radiant hair? Count on the Panama wood, the saponite, climbing ivy, burdock, henna and rhassoul to concoct soft natural shampoos.
Let nature take care of our hair. Here are six easy-to-make and gentle recipes for your hair… and your wallet!
1. Panama wood: the ally of oily hair
Certainly, the best known of vegetable shampoos, Panama wood is extracted from the Quillaja Saponaria, a tree native to Chile and Peru.
Its bark dried and cut into chips, used by the Amazonian Indians because of its purifying virtues for the scalp, is particularly suitable for hair that re-greases quickly.
- Mix 20 to 30 g of Panama wood bark with 1 liter of water.
- Bring to a boil, then heat over low heat for about twenty minutes.
- Filter and let cool.
- Apply to the head and gently rub the scalp.
- Rinse generously.
In the last rinse, add a lemon juice or a little vinegar.
Attention: Protect your eyes well during the whole operation, because the Panama wood is very irritating for them.
2. The soapwort: the "soap herb"
Do you know the saponite? This perennial plant, which proliferates at the edge of the rivers, is distinguished by its opposite leaves and its large fragrant pink flowers. Ideal in a natural shampoo.
Naturally rich in saponins, a natural surfactant that gives it its foaming and washing properties, it has long been used for washing clothes and is sometimes used for the most delicate fabrics.
Its soft and fine foam is highly recommended for fragile hair:
- Pour a handful of leaves and fragments of saponary roots into 1 liter of boiling water.
- Infuse for about fifteen minutes and filter.
- Pour on the hair, gently massage and rinse thoroughly.
Good to know: the saponite root, macerated in alcohol and then used in lotion, can space out the need for shampoos.
3. Climbing ivy: the green shampoo
Another amazing care that can invade your bathroom: the decoction of ivy, an easy recipe, 100% natural and strong washing and foaming.
- Dip a handful of ivy climbing green in 1l of water.
- Let it boil for 10 minutes. then filter
- Add a liter of boiling water
- Wait until the preparation warms up and shampoo.
4. Burdock: against hair loss
Let's stay in the vegetable kingdom with another great classic: shampoo with burdock.
- Dip 100g of burdock roots chopped for 12 hours in water.
- Heat this maceration slowly and filter.
- Then wash your hair with Marseille soap and half of this preparation.
- Use the rest as the last rinse.
5. Henna: the friend of all
This plant from North Africa has been a staple of beauty rituals since the beginning of time. Its dried, then powdered leaves strengthen the hair sheath, give volume and tone to fine hair and functions as a sebum regulator for oily hair. Be careful though, the henna tints the hair with soft highlights, too, to avoid a color, choose neutral henna.
Your hair is brown? Henna will leave hints of auburn or copper.
As for a person with light hair, they will certainly prefer the neutral henna, with identical qualities without the colored reflections.
- Mix the henna powder in hot water until you get a smooth paste.
- Apply the latter, still lukewarm, on the hair previously wet.
- Leave in place between 20 and 60 min., Depending on the desired shade.
- Rinse thoroughly, imperatively, then a light shampoo.
6. The rhassoul: the ultra-soft
To give volume to your hair while shining, try also rhassoul. This clay earth, rich in foaming substances, cleans the hair without attacking them by leaving them a nice volume:
- Mix rhassoul with lukewarm water to obtain a creamy paste.
- Apply this preparation on wet hair.
- Rub and rinse copiously.
And finally, when you really have nothing at hand, something probably old as the world: beat an egg and dilute in a bowl of warm water. That's all!