I have been working on this recipe for several years, with a desire to combine mud-type hair treatments with a more cleansing but still natural shampoo. I have finally reached the stage where I am ready to share this fantastic recipe with the world! (The rest of the element recipes that compliment this shampoo will be offered in a downloadable booklet on home made shampoo. Check back with us here for updates on the availability).
This shampoo is for normal to dry hair and scalp. Sea vegetables like seaweed and spirulina hydrate the hair and scalp, repairing brittle strands and reducing breakage.
Michael and I have both been using this shampoo (along with the other 4 elements) for several months now, and we have both become so attached to these recipes! We have more body and shine in our hair, and the hair feels hydrated and stays clean longer. It even seems to have nourished a lot of new hairs that are growing in, both for Michael and me. I would love to hear from you after 3 months of using this shampoo, if you decide to make it.
This is not an easy recipe, and will require three steps of preparation before you are actually ready to put together the final shampoo product. But the end result is really worth it. So give it a try and let me know how it goes!
Mud / Water Element Shampoo Recipe
For Normal to Dry Hair & Scalp
Note: This recipe requires the use of a hand held stick blender.
Begin by preparing. First make an essential oil blend of:
Argan botanical oil 2 T
Flax seed oil 1/2 tsp
Grape seed oil 1/2 tsp
Ylang Ylang EO 4 drops
Bergamot EO 4 drops
Vetiver EO 3 drops
Rose EO 3 drops
Cardamom EO 4 drops
Clary sage EO 3 drops
Neroli EO 2 drops
Next make the prickly pear extract:
Combine 2 tsp prickly pear powder with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, simmer for 3 minutes. Cool and strain. Store the remainder in the freezer for next time.
Now make the shampoo. In a small cup or bowl, combine:
Xanthin gum 1/2 tsp
Guar gum 1/2 tsp
Glycerin 1 tsp
Mix well with a small spoon or chopstick.
Combine with these ingredients in stick blender cup:
Distilled water 6 oz
Aloe vera leaf juice 4 oz
Raw apple cider vinegar 2 tsp
Decyl glucoside 5 TBSP
Use stick blender. Turn it on before adding Xanthin gum mixture.
When it is all combined and thickened add:
Prickly Pear extract (make a tea of the fruit) 2 T.BSP (This could be substituted with green tea.)
Sea salt 1 light pinch
Citric acid 1 pinch
Ascorbic acid 1 tad (1/8 tsp)
Lactic acid 1 tad
Hyaluronic acid 1 tsp
White willow extract (make a tea with white willow bark) 1/2 tsp
Mix until well combined.
Pascalite clay 6 TBSP
Seaweed extract (make a tea of khombu or wakame seaweed) 1/2 tsp
Spirulina powder 1/4 tsp
Amla powder 2 tsp
Leucidal (natural preservative) 4 drops
Linatural (natural preservative) 4 drops
Essential Oil Blend (that you made at the beginning) 22 drops
Stir gently until all is emulsified. Pour into a plastic bottle for use.
Test your shampoo with a ph test strip. Shampoo should test between 5.5 and 7 on the litmus scale. If the results are too low, add a tiny bit more salt or baking soda. If it tests too high, add a little more citric acid or acetic acid.