Making your own vegan hair care doesn’t need to be complicated. Learning a few simple recipes will take you a massive step closer toward making better choices for your health, the environment and your beauty budget.
Why should you choose homemade vegan hair care?
You have full control over the ingredients
Homemade vegan hair care gives you full control over the ingredients: You get to choose every single one of them, where they come from, how they are formulated and their quality.
You avoid nasty chemicals
Conventional hair care products are often laden with nasty chemicals.
While not all chemicals in the ingredient lists are harmful (because, after all, by definition even water is a chemical substance), it’s safer to assume so. Generally, we can say that the natural choice is better and safer for the body than anything synthetic.
It’s customized hair care that meets your needs
It might be a little trial-and-error until you find out what works for you, but you get to customize every product you put on your skin and hair according to your own needs and preferences.
Not a single person will have exactly the same skin or hair. We are all unique. So why rely on generic “types” like normal, combo, dry, oily?
Switching to homemade vegan hair care also means saying no to animal testing – one of the biggest beasts of the beauty industry.
You’ll save money big-time
Making your own hair care also saves you time and money in the long run – as organic, cruelty-free cosmetics are usually very expansive. Money that you then can invest in a nice haircut!
It creates less waste
Do-it-yourself hair care will bring less packaging into your home and lower the amount of waste your household produces. You can easily store these vegan hair care productsin a glass container or a previously purchased container that can be washed for reuse.
Another big plus: You’ll never have to worry about your favorite product getting reformulated or discontinued again! Yay!
There are so many good reasons to make your own hair care, but how do you actually go about it? Here are a couple of great vegan hair care recipes for you to start with.
Green Tea Shampoo
Veganized version of recipe by Organic Authority.
Put an old shampoo bottle to good recycled use by mixing the following ingredients together for your very own shampoo.
- 1 cup pure liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
- 1 cup green tea (brewed for 30 minutes)
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
Personalize your Shampoo
Depending upon your hair type, you might now want to add an herbal infusion to replace the green tea in the above recipe.
Use a handful of fresh herbs or a spoonful of dried herbs and a cup of boiling water to prepare the infusion, steeping for 30 minutes.
For dark hair: sage leaves
For greasy hair: yarrow
For fair hair: marigold flowers
For dandruff: a mixture of nettle leaves and burdock roots
Coconut Tea Tree Shampoo
A recipe that is excellent for natural, hard to tame curls – inspired by Niki from onegreenplanet.com.
- 1/8 cup coconut milk
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. vitamin E oil
- 20 drops of tea tree oil
- 1/2 tsp. olive oil
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- Combine all ingredients in a jar.
- Shake well to mix.
- This blend will last in the shower for up to a month.
- Shake before each use.
- Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner
A veganized version of a recipe by Organic Authority.
Our tip: Use a simple vinegar rinse as a conditioner two to three times a week, and you’ll be truly surprised at the results – both shiny and detangled locks.
- 2.5 cups of hot water
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 sprig of rosemary
- 1 bag of your favorite herbal tea, for fragrance
- Place the water in a container of your choice (old conditioner bottle).
- Add the rest of the ingredients. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes.
- Use about 3/4 of a cup of the rinse each time you condition, shaking up the bottle prior.
Avocado Banana Face Mask
A nourishing mask for thirsty hair by livelovefruit.com.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- Mash a whole slightly overripe avocado in a bowl.
- Add one ripe banana into the bowl and then a tablespoon of olive oil.
- Blend them to get a consistent mixture.
- Apply the smooth mask on your hair, working from the roots to the ends.
- Cover the head with a shower cap and leave the mask on for about 30 minutes. Rinse it off completely with warm water.
Treating your hair with coconut oil is one of the best ways to say goodbye to bad hair days forever! The secret? A generous amount of high-quality coconut oil left in your hair overnight, also called “cocobun.”
Whether you suffer from split ends, dry hair or damage from extensive treatments, coconut oil is the all-in-one remedy you’ve been waiting for. The results will be noticeable, your hair will look shinier, thicker and feel healthier and softer.
Give it a shot and be ready to experience your best hair ever!
1-2 tbsp. organic coconut oil
- If it’s cold and your coconut oil is solid, heat it up on the stove or in the microwave to liquefy.
- Comb your hair and make sure its tangle-free.
- Apply the oil, using your fingers from the roots to the ends.
- Keep it on overnight. Bestis to use a shower cap and protect your pillow with a towel.
- The next morning, rinse and wash your hair as usual. You might have to apply and rinse shampoo twice to make sure no oil is left.
Are you excited to make your own vegan hair care, or would you rather just buy these sorts of products ready-made? Tell us where you stand on this beauty issue in the comments below!
Looking for even more homemade hair fixes? Treat your tresses by checking out these Top 5 Natural DIY Hair Mask Recipes You Need to Try.