Urban Green Life: Coconut Hair Care

Urban Green Life: Coconut Hair Care

Ladies, we all have that one brand of shampoo and conditioner we can’t live without. That one hair mask that makes our locks look voluminous, shiny, and luxurious. However, as luxurious as those products may be, they are not really good for us. Shampoo and conditioner are known to contain neurotoxins like methylisothiazolinone, diethanolamine, which are also biocides and cytotoxins, and carcinogens like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Never fear, you can avoid these toxins by making your own shampoo and conditioner at home! You will need the following, all available at Trader Joe’s.

Shampoo:

1/2 cup coconut milk

2/3 cup Dr. Bronner’s tea tree Castile soap

1 tsp vitamin E oil

1 tsp coconut oil

10-15 drops tea tree oil

Conditioner:

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1 cup coconut oil
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1/4 tsp tea tree oil
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1 tsp vitamin e oil

Hair Mask:

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1 egg
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1/4 cup coconut milk
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1 tbs coconut oil

In order to make and store your shampoo and conditioner, you will need two pump containers (I got mine from Dollar Tree), two mixing bowls, a whisk, and a funnel.

You’ll first want to melt your coconut oil, I melted my whole jar in forty seconds in the microwave. Then, you’ll want to start on your shampoo. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until frothy. Use your funnel to pour into your container. Do the same with your conditioner after you’ve washed your whisk and funnel. You’ll want to put your conditioner in the fridge until it hardens partway.

For your hair mask, you’ll repeat the same steps, excluding the containment. Just go to the bathroom, saturate your hair with the mixture, put on a shower cap, and wait twenty minutes. Use your new homemade shampoo and conditioner after, and you have soft, shiny, healthy hair.

Tell us how this worked out for you! Suggestions are welcome.

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