Homemade Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair

Treat your hair with a shampoo that you whipped up yourself.

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After indulging in a professional haircut and color session, having to invest in a color-safe shampoo might seem like you're breaking the bank. Looking gorgeous can get expensive! Of course, you're worth every penny, but if you're looking to save a few bucks, cut corners with a homemade shampoo. More natural, less expensive and made with simple household products (depending on the type), homemade color-safe shampoo is a choice that works for everyone.

With Castille Soap

One of the oldest soaps in the book, Castille soap is a natural, gentle cleanser made from olive oil that dates back to the 16th century. Get a hold of some Castille soap in its liquid form to be able to use it as a shampoo. Combine 6 oz. liquid Castille soap with 1/2 tsp. avocado oil and 1 tsp. coconut oil. Pour into a bottle with a top, close tightly and shake well to mix. Combine with 1/4 cup water to dilute and make your shampoo last longer, then store in your shower and use as you would any shampoo.

With Baking Soda

Even those with the sparsest of sparse pantries should at least have the ingredients for this easy shampoo on hand: baking soda and water. This quick and simple combination is a powerful cleaner, but is gentle enough to use on color-treated hair. Mix 1 tbsp. of baking soda with 2 tbsp. water and shake vigorously to combine. This makes enough for one seriously clean shower session, so double or triple it if you want your homemade stash to last longer. Apply this to your hair like you would apply any shampoo.

Stretch It Out

To get that yummy smell of your favorite shampoo combined with the penny-pinching advantage of a homemade mixture, mix the two of them together for a win-win solution. Add about 1/4 cup commercial shampoo to every 1/2 cup homemade shampoo, pour into a closed bottle and shake to combine. This is an awesome way to use up the last of your store-bought shampoo without throwing any away or to add some extra lather to your homemade version. Of course, make sure you're using a color-safe commercial shampoo.

Add Your Own Touch

For those who are strictly homemade-only gals, add some of your own special fragrance by using scented essential oils. These babies might be little, but they pack a powerful punch, so only use a few drops at a time. Invest in the scent of your choice, then add two to three drops to every 1/2 cup of homemade mixture for a delicious smell that is cost-effective and color-safe. Mix and sniff to see if you want another few drops. Essential oils have more benefits to your hair than just their awesome fragrance. Certain types are known to improve dandruff, strengthen strands, promote growth and more, so check that out if you're having any hair troubles.

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