Okay, so my co-worker/ hair guru might kill me for making my own shampoo, but hey… if it works it works!
On my recent escape to Kauai I was hungry to soak up as much of the island as possible. I ate loads of island grow fruits, swam in the ocean, and generally tried to allow the beautiful Hawaiian air to enter every single cell of my body.
But I still wanted more (typical island behaviour.)
I decided to try a recipe to soak up even more Kauai, this time through my hair! Using fresh local coconut milk, a touch of vitamin E, and my absolute favourite organic Dr.Bronner’s Lavender castile soap (I’m weirdly obsessed with this stuff), I made my own shampoo.
This all seems a bit too hippie/west coast, but I swear…it worked! It took less than 5 minutes to make, and my hair was silky smooth.
I’ve started making it at home in Canada now, with store bought coconut milk, and it’s just as good. I also find my usually knotted hair has way fewer knots and I can go an extra day without shampooing. So if you want to experience a little touch of island life with me here’s my recipe!
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup liquid castile soap (I depend on Dr.Bronner’s in Lavender, which is also the most insanely good household cleaner)
1 tsp oil (I’ve tried vitamin E and jojoba which both work well)
10-20 drops essential oil of your choice (since I used the lavender castile soap I skipped this step)
I’ve found this shampoo lasts about 2 weeks, so I’m not sure about a shelf life beyond that point. If you’re worried about the coconut milk going bad, just make half the amount.
I also use this stuff as body wash, it works great and smells so nice!