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So I just ran out of my commercial shampoo, and damned if Walmart's getting another penny of my money. Shampoo recipes plz? I have oily hair and lots of it, so that needs to be accounted for in the recipe, as does the fact that my soapmaking skill level is single-scent melt-and-pour.

Thanks!

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Date: 2011-12-26 08:00 pm (UTC)
fioredelmale: (Default)
From: [personal profile] fioredelmale
Regular soap really isn't good for cleaning your hair: its PH is too high. But maybe people here can come up with something anyway :-)

Date: 2011-12-26 09:25 pm (UTC)
eowyn_unquendor: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eowyn_unquendor
I've been experimenting with store-bought soap for washing my hair, after the shampoo bar I'd bought in Germany was gone. That was handmade soap, via the 'cold process' from www.Savonetta.de. On the package they list as ingredients; Sodium Olivate; Sodium Cocoate; Sodium Castorate; Sodium Hydroxid; Persea Gratissimi Oil; Aqua. The website also lists "Citral, Linalol, Limonen".
I still want to try to replicate this soap bar, but I haven't been able to find castorate oil...

Now I'm using regular Marseille soap to wash my hair; the non-scented variety. And I still use a 10% vinegar rinse afterwards.
Edited Date: 2011-12-26 09:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-26 11:48 pm (UTC)
lauredhel: two cats sleeping nose to tail, making a perfect circle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lauredhel
Depending where you are, you may be able to buy castor oil from a pharmacy. Be a little careful though; most people are fine, but some can have reactions, allergic or otherwise (soap with castor oil makes me itch). It's usually used at around 5%.

To the OP: I don't use soap to wash my hair unless it's very short. I just don't like the results, even with a vinegar rinse; but YMMV! But if you're mainly looking to avoid paying a big commercial shop rather than specifically to use soap on your hair, how about buying an unfragranced shampoo base from a soaping supplier, and adding whatever additives you want to add? Some do trial packs so you can see whether it gets along with your hair first.
Edited Date: 2011-12-26 11:50 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-26 11:48 pm (UTC)
lauredhel: two cats sleeping nose to tail, making a perfect circle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lauredhel
(and sorry about the tags! I didn't realise I'd locked that down. Any member can add tags now.)

Date: 2011-12-27 08:58 pm (UTC)
sporky_rat: Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro running (oh awesome)
From: [personal profile] sporky_rat
Dr Bronner's works. I have quite a lot of hair and it does at least once a week (but I have oily at the top hair that dries out badly).

Date: 2012-01-03 07:55 pm (UTC)
raynedanser: (misc - Nook love)
From: [personal profile] raynedanser
JR Ligette makes AWESOME shampoo bars and they do mail order. I've been using them for years and absolutely love them. :D

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