I have eczema and hypersensitive skin. Consequently, I have begun to make my own shampoo. I use brown rice because it is gluten free. Many homemade shampoos have oatmeal as the binding agent. Oatmeal is not always gluten free and then can be hard to work with when shampooing due to the pasty nature.
Evaluate your hair type to decide what essential oils to use. I have oily hair so I use a peppermint essential and antioxidant tea oil. This keeps my scalp glands, sebum, from getting clogged. Other oils to consider are argan, laurel, olive oil, cedar oil, coconut oils, and citrus essentials. Use an oil guide if you are not familiar with oils and their uses.
You will need to experiment, but you can use my recipe below to start your trek for a gluten free, all natural, shampoo that you will love!
¾ cup of ground brown rice (I grind mine in my blinder)
1 cup of coconut milk (you can substitute almond milk)
2 tablespoons of tea oil
1 tablespoon of peppermint oil
Put all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake for about a minute. Spray the solution onto your wet hair. You will not get lather like you do from commercial shampoos. Make sure to clean your scalp.
Then rinse using a cold-water rinse (1 cup of water and one lemon sliced). I rinse in cold water because it closes up my hair shafts, and I am prone to oily hair. I always rinse two times.
I love the smell of the peppermint and the lemons from the rinse. I get compliments all the time. I have noticed that different brands of brown rice make for different consistencies. Also the amount of time I grind up the rice can make a difference. I use a medium speed for about a minute for grinding with my blender. Because of the milk, I refrigerate in between uses. I find that I can get three-four washes from this recipe. I make it every other weekend and it takes about ten minutes to make.
This is not the old smelly and pasty homemade shampoo of the past. You will love this easy to make, reliable, nice smelling, and gluten free, natural homemade shampoo!