The search for organic shampoo in Japan is over! I’m not a fancy girl. I don’t usually wear makeup and I don’t spend an entirely long time getting ready in the morning. I use my time instead to chose holistic and skin sensitive products. I do this because of my husband, children and I all have extremely sensitive skin.
Our combined sensitivity means that we can’t use fancy and smelly hair products, soaps and laundry detergents without someone having a break out. On top of that my husband and I have two different hair types: I have curly, fine hair so most Asian specific hair products just don’t work for me. My husband, on the other hand, is Japanese and has thick, stiff hair. So after a bit of trial and error and a lot of research I found the two following recipes. These work great on all hair types and are very gentle on my family’s sensitive skin not to mention on our wallet.
Shampoo (for all hair types):
1/2 cup of spring water
1/2 cup of Castile liquid soap (I like Dr. Bronners baby mild)
1 tbs Jojoba Oil
8 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
8 drops of geranium essential oil (optional)
8 drops Clary sage essential oil (optional)
Mix and use like any regular shampoo. Follow with a vinegar rinse if needed.
Rinse (for all hair types):
This is an excellent rinse to clarify your hair and remove any product build up.
1 part warm water
1 part Apple Cider Vinegar (if you don’t have this than regular vinegar is OK too)
1) Mix and pour onto hair.
2) Rinse with warm water to remove the vinegar (hence removing the smell)
3) Do a final rinse with cold to close your pores.
I known a lot of you will be like, “vinegar?!!” But it is honestly the best and cheapest rinse I have ever found. EVER. It is awesome and leaves your hair and scalp clean, strong and obedient. My curls are more defined and I have less frizz, my husbands hair is soft and no one in my family suffers from an allergic reaction. Best of all it’s super cheap and completely chemical free.
Both recipes are safe to use on children and adults but please do a skin test before using any new products.
Heather Maya Suzuki
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