I’m a big fan of Lush’s Big shampoo. I’ve got hair that could use a little extra shine and volume, so when I came across a product that promised both I was on that shizz like white on rice. Unfortunately, at nearly $28 a pop, this was not an addiction I could support. Helas.
That was before I came across Blushing Wit‘s recipe for a DIY sea salt shampoo that looked pretty promising. It didn’t involve a lot of ingredients, seemed easy enough to mix up, and didn’t seem like it’d leave my hair sticky and stringy like virtually every other DIY shampoo or no-poo recipe did. (We have hard water. Even with a vinegar rinse, hard water minerals do not play nicely with castile soap or ingredients with a basic pH.) Score!
I followed Blushing Wit‘s recipe in spirit, but I made a couple of substitutions. Since my roots tend to be relatively oily, I opted to sub out jojoba for coconut oil. Lacking lime juice, I squeezed a few lemons. I added the rosemary oil because it smells amazing and is pretty awesome for hair. So, in the end, my take on the DIY sea salt shampoo recipe looked like this:
- 6 T coarse Himalayan salt
- Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle shampoo
- 1.5 T lemon juice
- 1 T jojoba oil
- Five drops of rosemary oil
- A empty container. One with a wide mouth will probably work best; I used a jelly jar.
I don’t have an exact measurement for the amount of shampoo that I used, because it was largely a trial-and-error process. I added a few tablespoons, mixed everything together, allowed it to sit, then gave it another squeeze or two once I’d worked out how much shampoo the salt would absorb. The result is a not-very photogenic orangey mixture:
I like how this DIY sea salt shampoo made my hair look and feel. I had to use far less conditioner than I usually do to detangle my hair, and it definitely seemed to clarify as well as Lush’s Big does.
I didn’t like the consistency of this shampoo– it was pretty finicky, and I had a hard time finding the happy medium between “too runny” and “basically pumice gel.” Part of this was due to the substitutions I made (jojoba oil is a liquid at room temperature), but I think some of it may also be differences in formulation from one bottled shampoo to the next.
Would I make this again? Absolutely. I may make some more adjustments here and there and do a little experimenting (would apple cider vinegar work in lieu of citrus juice?), but on the whole I like how this turned out.