All things Ayurvedic are becoming popular nowadays – and for good reason! But what exactly does this strange word mean? The word Ayurveda directly translates to “life-knowledge” in Sanskrit, a language that developed in India thousands of years ago. There’s Ayurvedic medicine, therapy, and countless other practices. And some scholars believe this knowledge has been passed down from the Gods to people since the dawn of time. In fact, there’s no saying when exactly it started – it just seems to have always been around.
Today we’ll look into the best DIY Ayurvedic Shampoos. If you’ve ever bought an Ayurvedic hair care product, you know that they work well. But they’re often very expensive. So I thought I would develop a list of ingredients you can use to create your own Ayurvedic-inspired shampoos. Generally, Ayurvedic products contain herbs and natural plant powders native to India. Plus, these ingredients are preservative and sulfate-free. So you don’t have to worry about adverse side effects.
DIY Ayurvedic Shampoo Ingredients
To begin your DIY Ayurvedica Shampoo journey, you’ll want to ensure you have the right ingredients. Below is a shortened list of some of the most popular ingredients to get you started.
Neem – works as an antibacterial powder that can also cure dandruff and promote a healthy scalp.
Henna – you may have heard of this one before. Often used in hair dyes, henna is a natural hair strengthener and thickener.
Brahmi – may reduce hair loss and promote healthy growth. It also has antioxidant properties – so for those who may gray sooner than later, this one’s for you.
Amia – another one that keeps the grey hairs at bay, this ingredient can also condition and strengthen the hair.
Bhringraj – although the name is harder to pronounce, the benefits are straightforward: conditions and reduces hair loss.
Shikakai – this ingredient is for deep cleansing. So if you use a lot of product, this one’s for you.
Hibiscus – boosts hair growth while conditioning and preventing hair loss. It may also thicken new hair growth.
How To Make DIY Ayurvedic Shampoo
The simplest way to make DIY Ayurvedic Shampoo is to first find a shampoo. You’ll want to use a shampoo without sulfates, parabens, preservatives, or silicone. Something gentle is best. And you may also want to grab another container to keep your shampoo in. You’ll want to make this in small batches, as the Ayurvedic ingredients are fresh and can go bad much sooner than regular shampoo.
Add as much shampoo as you think you’ll need. And then about ½ tsp of any of these ingredients. Mix it in by closing the container and shaking it vigorously. You’ll probably do a bit of experimenting to see which concoctions work best for you.
If you want to go a bit further and remove the store-bought shampoo completely, we recommend using some kind of liquid that works well on hair. It can be water, apple cider vinegar, beer (seriously!) or a natural conditioner. For example, let’s say we want to condition our hair, but also fight dandruff and hair loss. A good recipe for this shampoo need would be something like this:
- 1 part Neem
- 1 part Brahmi
- 1 part Amia
- Water, shampoo, ACV, beer, etc…
To make this your own, try adding a couple drops of your favorite essential oils. Lavender and cedarwood have hair benefits, as well. You’ll want to read about these ingredients above, and decide what would work best for you. See what your needs are, and go from there. Generally, you want an ingredient that cleanses, another ingredient that strengthens, and another ingredient that conditions for the best results.
And for more information about caring for your hair, do a simple internet search or see what else we have on our site. Happy hair-caring!